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Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion, Greece

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This image is also available at Lois Bryan at fine art america in an exciting variety of framing and matting options.

This image is actually a re-post of an earlier version … but I treated it to even more Photoshop fun. Which makes no sense whatsoever as I actually have several more captures from that morning that are also okay, and which I should have tinkered with instead.

As before, this was taken at Cape Sounion, about an hour east of Athens, in July of 2005 with the little point and shoot Olympus C5000 zoom. This image is a compilation of images, the temple having been shot with the Olympus, and the sky image was taken with the Nikon D40x. Heavy duty Photoshop including textures.

I will repeat here the history I included with the previous image:

“The temple of Poseidon was constructed in approx. 440 B.C. It is perched above the sea at a height of almost 60 m. The design of the temple is a typical hexastyle i.e. it had a front portico with 6 columns.
As with all Greek temples, the Poseidon building was rectangular, with a colonnade on all four sides. The total number of original columns was 42: 18 columns still stand today. The columns are of the Doric Order. They were made of locally-quarried white marble. They were 6.10 m (20 ft) high, with a diameter of 1 m (3.1 ft) at the base and 79cm (31 inches) at the top.
At the centre of the temple colonnade would have been the hall of worship (naos), a windowless rectangular room. It would have contained, at one end facing the entrance, the cult image, a colossal, ceiling – height (6m) bronze statue of Poseidon. Probably gold-leafed, it may have resembled a contemporary representation of the god, appropriately found in a shipwreck, shown in the figure above. Poseidon was usually portrayed carrying a trident, the weapon he supposedly used to stir up storms.”

… the above abridged from Wikipedia.


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  • JudyBJ
    JudyBJover 4 years ago

    it looks amazing !

  • thanks, Judy … I keep figuring out and learning new Photoshop things … and I can’t help trying them out on old favorites, lol!!!! When I posted this version to FAA, I just had to have it here, too. Thanks again for stopping by!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Lois- outstanding effort! The lighting adds a special drama to this great image.

  • thank you so much, Rose … I’m glad you noticed the light … that was the main thing that appealed to me in this version.

    – Lois Bryan

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Fabulous image Lois so moody and really draws the eye

  • Hi Trudi … thank you!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago


  • Thanks!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 4 years ago

    This is excellent Lois

  • Thank you, Celia!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsover 4 years ago

    excellent image and creativity Lois!! I enjoy reading the history of the image and the background info too… well done.

  • Hi Mark!!!! Oh, thank you for telling me that … I wasn’t sure I should add the info to this one too, so now I’m glad I did!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMover 4 years ago

    Awesome work Lois

  • hey sweetie … thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • elisab
    elisabover 4 years ago

    The sky adds drama to the temple. Wonderful use of Photoshop!!

  • Thank you, sweetie!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 4 years ago

    I love what you have done with this shot! I remember it well.

  • Hi hon!!!!!! I felt kind of odd posting another version of this one … I have lots of other shots of this place … but this one just called out to me, lol!!!! So happy you enjoyed it!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 4 years ago

    Lois you’ve gone where no woman has gone before…..:))SS

  • Dennis .. I hope that’s a good thing??? You have me laughing!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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