Marilyn Peake  

Temple of Hephaestus and the Acropolis by Marilyn Peake

November 2023 - Temple of Hephaestus and the Acropolis

About the Image(s)

When my husband and I recently went to Greece, Albania and North Macedonia with an adventure travel group, we arrived in Athens several days ahead of time in order to deal with jet lag. We felt great, however, so we went out to explore. One of the places we visited was the Temple of Hephaestus. It was incredibly hot while we were in Greece - so unseasonably hot, I'll never forget that. The ice cream and water we had at a restaurant near the temple felt absolutely lifesaving. I'm so glad we took the long hike up to the temple, however. We were there during the golden hour, which was great for photographing the site. I loved this view of the Temple of Hephaestus because off to the right, you can see the Acropolis in the distance.

I shot this handheld with a Nikon D7200, f/11, 1/400 sec., ISO-400. In Photoshop, I decreased the brightness (by -10) and slightly increased the saturation (by +3).

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12 comments posted

Lori Good
Marilyn, I really like how you shot this. You choose a good angle with the temple with some greenery framing it in. Then your eye is drawn to the Acropolis and invites your eye to the next spot in the scene. Nicely done!   Posted: 11/13/2023 10:11:48
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks so much, Lori!   Posted: 11/14/2023 16:38:52

Nenette Yu   Nenette Yu
You can see the wonderful hue of the golden hour against the Temple. You mentioned you adjusted the saturation but you did it very well as the colors look natural. The only thing I would say is that the Temple looks to be leaning at first glance even though I do see that the middle column is straight.   Posted: 11/13/2023 18:26:40
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks so much, Nenette!   Posted: 11/14/2023 16:39:26

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
It is a nice choice of angle with the other temple on the hill, the garden adds good scale and shape to the image, I am not a fan of the brown hedge, shame you did not have a wider angle lens on. I would straighten the vehicles as it is leaning to the right, good colour and detail.   Posted: 11/14/2023 06:27:26
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks so much, Paul!   Posted: 11/14/2023 16:40:00

Francois Venter   Francois Venter
Hi Marilyn. Good capture with good vibrant colours. Good for catching the scenes without lots of tourists. I would just suggest straightening you verticals a bit (Basically correct the lens distortion due to wide angle lens)   Posted: 11/14/2023 08:26:19
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks so much, Francois! I waited forever in between photos for each set of tourists to walk by. Thanks for the suggestion about the verticals.   Posted: 11/14/2023 16:41:42

Carl Johnson   Carl Johnson
This has very good potential Marilyn if you used a wider angle and/or panned to the left to capture more of this historic structure -OR- stepped away from it for a larger capture if it was possible to avoid this 1/2-split composition. Great potential.   Posted: 11/15/2023 18:12:01
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks, Carl! I actually have a lot of different photos of this building, although it wasn't possible to move too far back because there were bushes behind where I was standing.   Posted: 11/15/2023 20:56:03

Arief Rahardjo   Arief Rahardjo
You really smart in placing object for composition in this image. Contrast element of the building, the trees and clear sky all on the right place. Good shot.   Posted: 11/20/2023 05:18:47
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks so much, Arief!   Posted: 11/20/2023 15:57:46