E.J.Wilkins

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Mérida, Spain

Amphitheatre.

This picture is just for me!

 

We were walking around the outside of the amphitheatre, behind what in this picture looks like a rectangular entrance (you can see the railings to either side/above it) when I spotted this rather nice shadow and, because of the, "Come on, we haven't got much time," ... it was really little more than a holiday snap.

 

We were in deep shade, the picture was taken through an area of almost black darkness opening out into 40 degrees Celsius sunshine. I concentrated on not losing the colour of the sand and highlights and so, of course, lost a lot of the detail in the dark area. It's been recovered a bit, using noiseware, but at a cost because the end result is rather soft. But, I don't care because I still like that shadow! I could perhaps have desaturated the image, which might have brought out detail and perhaps made the shadow crsiper, but the colour adds to the feel!

 

Anyhow ... can you imagine having to walk through this archway into that massive arena, the seats crammed with 15,000 spectators. Can you imagine seeing their shadows on the ground, you have to walk or run across them on your way in to do your job - which may be to fight, possibly to the death, as a gladiator.

 

Probably a bit fanciful, but that's what this shadow said to me. Does it say anything to you?

.

Mérida, Spain

Amphitheatre.

This picture is just for me!

 

We were walking around the outside of the amphitheatre, behind what in this picture looks like a rectangular entrance (you can see the railings to either side/above it) when I spotted this rather nice shadow and, because of the, "Come on, we haven't got much time," ... it was really little more than a holiday snap.

 

We were in deep shade, the picture was taken through an area of almost black darkness opening out into 40 degrees Celsius sunshine. I concentrated on not losing the colour of the sand and highlights and so, of course, lost a lot of the detail in the dark area. It's been recovered a bit, using noiseware, but at a cost because the end result is rather soft. But, I don't care because I still like that shadow! I could perhaps have desaturated the image, which might have brought out detail and perhaps made the shadow crsiper, but the colour adds to the feel!

 

Anyhow ... can you imagine having to walk through this archway into that massive arena, the seats crammed with 15,000 spectators. Can you imagine seeing their shadows on the ground, you have to walk or run across them on your way in to do your job - which may be to fight, possibly to the death, as a gladiator.

 

Probably a bit fanciful, but that's what this shadow said to me. Does it say anything to you?

.

comments (13)

  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Sep 2010, 00:18
Not fanciful Ellie we can see how much you enjoyed this lovely image. I can imagine the crowds going in and out the tunnel.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 25 Sep 2010, 03:41
Nice composition Ellie....great curves and angles, and great lighting....i like this....petersmile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Sep 2010, 04:55
Nope!

It does say "Good thing you remembered to bring the brolly, Juliette...cos its gonna be a stinker in the stalls today!"
  • Alan
  • Wandering in Wyoming
  • 25 Sep 2010, 05:02
It says "Phew! It ain't 'alf 'ot, Mum!" I'd be quite happy to stay in the shade of the top rather than cope with an angry crowd and fit with lions or whatever. Good work on the recover.
your 15,000 spectators, do they pay to see the gladiators?
Since I have been watching "Spartacus, Blood and Sand" I can Ellie!! Nice shot!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Sep 2010, 09:49
oh, a beautiful composition - with the fine silhouette of the staircase! I can feel the (dry though) heat and enjoy the shadows!
when you think how old this is, its amazing what good condition some of the parts are in
Yes it does say something, Ellie. I know that all of us must face death sometime, and witness death, but seldom in mortal combat! I can`t begin to imagine how that would feel. Did you get any `vibes` when you were there?

The shadow was asking to be captured, by the way, not to do so would have been a crime. (:o)
This is the point at which the nerves probably used to really strat kick in in Ellie, and just think, this wouldn't have looked any different all those hundreds of years ago. Almost a journey back in time.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Sep 2010, 18:35
They must have dreaded the moment they stepped into the arena. Beautiful shot EJ
Nice angle of view and interesting visit !
great photo, and I really like the context you've given here

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