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Heraion of Samos

Heraion of Samos
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13706 W: 295 N: 27300] (109643)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-12
Categories: Architecture, Artwork
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA PRO1 Digital 77mm mC PL-C
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Samos-Ikaria - Ephesus
Date Submitted: 2010-01-26 9:10
Viewed: 4066
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 154
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The sole standing column from Heraion temple in Samos island,under this dramatic and threaten sky.

Heraion of Samos

The Heraion of Samos was a great sanctuary in the southern region of Samos island, 6 km south west of the ancient city, in a low, marshy river basin near the sea. The Late Archaic Heraion of Samos was the first of the gigantic free-standing Ionic_order, but its predecessors at this site reached back to the Geometric_Period of the 8th century BCE, or earlier. The site of temple's ruins, with its sole standing column, was designated a joint UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Pythagoreion in 1992.

In 1925 German archaeologists from the German Archaeological Institute at Athens began again at the site; work that was interrupted by the Second World War commenced again in 1951. The site has been minutely described in a series of volumes in German under the general title Samos, which were edited to a high standard, establishing a chronology against which the wide range of votive objects deposited at the Heraion from the 8th century onward can be compared. Helmut Kyrieleis and Hermann J. Kienast took charge of the excavations in 1976.

more about Heraion of Samos you can see here.
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Ναός της Ήρας

Στο Ηραίο της Σάμου βρίσκονται και τα ερείπια του ομώνυμου ναού της αρχαιότητας, ο οποίος ήταν αφιερωμένος στην Ήρα.Χαρακτηριστική εικόνα από το Ηραίο είναι η μια μοναδική κολώνα που παραμένει όρθια.

Η περιοχή του Ηραίου ήταν αρχαιότατος τόπος θρησκευτικής λατρείας, κάτι που φαίνεται από το γεγονός ότι στην περιοχή υπάρχουν ερείπια από τουλάχιστον 4 ναούς (Εκατόμπεδος Α' - 8ος αιώνας π.Χ., Εκατόμπεδος Β' - 7ος αιώνας π.Χ., ο ναός των Ροίκου και Θεοδώρου - 6ος αιώνας π.Χ., ο ναός με τη μορφή που σώζεται σήμερα - της εποχής του τυράννου Πολυκράτη 538-522 π.Χ., ναοί ρωμαϊκών χρόνων).

Ο Ηρόδοτος αναφέρει ότι το Ηραίο της Σάμου ήταν ο μεγαλύτερος ναός στην Ελλάδα. Είναι δίπτερος ιωνικού ρυθμού, με 155 γιγάντιες κολώνες.

Χαρακτηριστική για το επίπεδο της κατασκευής είναι η ύπαρξη δικτύου πήλινων αγωγών για την αποχέτευση των υδάτων της βροχής.

Από τα αναθήματα που έχουν βρεθεί και παρουσιάζονται στο μουσείο του Βαθέως, φαίνεται ότι η θρησκευτική επιρροή του ναού απλωνόταν σε όλη την Ελλάδα, τη Μικρά Ασία, μέχρι και την Αίγυπτο, συγκρίσιμη με την επιρροή του Μαντείου των Δελφών.

Μέρος του συμπλέγματος του ναού είναι και η Ιερά οδός, στρωμένη με πέτρα, η οποία οδηγούσε στην πρωτεύουσα της Σάμου (το σημερινό Πυθαγόρειο).

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salut danos
une grosse ambiance d'orage dans cette photo, le ciel donne du relief à ce paysage, beau travail sur les couleurs et le contraste

Hi Danos,

Never seen such a beautiful sky. Excellent capture. Thanks for sharing.


Hello Danos!

Very interesting composition with very good strong and concrete colors. Amazing atmosphere.

Well done!


Hi Danos,
Great capture ! Dark wintery sky creates a perfect dramatical background to this historical site. Samos is one of my most beloved Greek islands, which I've visited quite often but never been to this temple of the goddes Hera. Maybe next time.
Nice entry with great usefull notes.
TFS and best regards

very nice one Danos,
a fine backlight shot here, well composed, good composition, very nice atmosphere, very good photo job here, have a very good evening.
regard jaap

This is a nice shot of these ruins. The off center placement of the column works well creating a sense of direction. The threatening sky creates the mood for the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has nice sharpness.

Kalispera Danos,
the sky is really dramatic. In this light the column has a different effect to the viewer. The POV is classical, depth and sharpness very good.
An impressive picture, thank you
Have a fine evening

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  • avene Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1587 W: 134 N: 2932] (12675)
  • [2010-01-26 10:11]

hello Danos,
the drama is fascinating here, the lone column looks like a single hero remaining after the battle, and still defiant in the face of the upcoming storm. there seem to be slight halos around the column and edges of the mountain slopes, but that's a minor point.


Waw! what a dramatic and impressive photo!
The effect of that sky is stunning!
This temple with one sole column is picturesque enough but the weather conditions here gives a very strong flavour indeed.
And there is a very good sharpness in spite of the dim light.
A very original and atmospheric photo, very expressive.

Excellent Drama
great depth
the sky is just so foreboding with the clarity and Luminescence of the pillar shining out at the front

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  • bema Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2762 W: 28 N: 3958] (26503)
  • [2010-01-26 10:24]

Hello Danos,

most of all impressive colors at the sky, looks like a very stormy day down there.. great capture with a good pov and a very interesting motive..

have a nice evening, filika Bernd

Bonjour Danos,

Une atmosphère bien pesante, l'effet est superbe.
les couleurs, le contraste est fort. Un magnifique pilier qui reste debout.
bravo pour la qualité de l'image.


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  • plimrn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
  • [2010-01-26 10:49]

Kalimera Danos,
The lone tower clearly shows an earlier building style; it's unsurprising that the site was largely destroyed by an earthquake. The tower style is strongly emphasized by the stormy sky; I especially like that bit of light through the clouds on the distant hillside. Just beautiful.
HLJ, Pat

Hello Danos,
this is a very interesting image with a really splendid subject, and you composed the scene in a very perfect way, with the coloumn a little out of centre.
But I think that the spectacular sky give to the image a great positive impulse and a dramatic feeling.
Friendly regards.

Hi Danos,
Very interesting shot of this ruins with nice atmosphere.Good composition.
Best regards

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  • toto Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2832 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2010-01-26 12:06]

belle photo de cette superbe colonne qui tient ainssi depuis si longtemps.
Les pierre ne sont pas bien mise, mais elles sont restée les unes sur les autres.
Cela me fait un peut penser aux jeux de cubes que l' on plaçait maladroitement les uns sur les autres.

Amitiés Thomas

Ola Danos ,
Uma foto bem dramática com este céu carregado de nuvens cinza , gostei muito do destaque dado a coluna de pedra, bons tons de cor pesados , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Geia sou Dano,

Entuposiakos ouranos kai omorfi parousiasi tou arxaiologikou xwrou pou ton episkeutika me to augoustiatiko faggari, kalo sou vradu,


Bonsoir Danos
Une ambiance apocalyptique qui donne l'impression que seule cette colonne a résisté au temps.Le ciel a une couleur superbe et la colonne me semble bien placée.
Bonne soirée Isa

Γεια σου Δάνο ,
Εντυπωσιακός ουρανός. Πολύ καλή δουλεία.
Σε χαιρετώ
nasos k

What an incredible, apocalyptic clouds in the sky. I guess just be a huge storm. And under the sky and the ruins of the column, which looks like laid with bricks. Great composition.
Best Regards

Hi Danos,

The point of view is allowing me to see the details and colors of the column and the ruins of the temple. The trees are framing well the ruins. The threatenning sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. have a nice day.


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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2010-01-26 16:02]

Dramatic day in Samos. The occasion that your experience cannot miss, dear friend Danos. Thank you for note. I know more dear Greece.


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2010-01-26 23:38]

Kalimera Danos,
amazing historic column. Good composition. An interesting note also. Unusual dramatic sky and clouds. Well donephoto.
Gr., Aleksander

ciao danos,
spettacolare immagine quella riportata con la colonna che rimane lì sfidando i secoli e quel cielo plumbeo fantastico.
molto bello il tutto

nice view of the beauty of nature

Hello Danos,

A very impressive shot of this runins with vertical colon, the beautiful contrasts well collected nad this incredible sky well collected too. The lements of the ruins in the FG give a greta depht to the composition.
Best regards,

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  • Urs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1444 W: 83 N: 3294] (14082)
  • [2010-01-27 4:04]

Hi Danos

Diet, I say that all the time, but as long as you feel happy, keep on eating, but only the good stuff, a fine mixture of vegetables and meat/poultry/seafood. Avoid the fired items, that will help. Thanks for your critique.

Your shot above is very dramatic, I guess it will pour within minutes. Very well framed and executed with great precision. Well done

best regards

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  • Amaz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2921 W: 346 N: 2836] (11475)
  • [2010-01-27 5:06]

Great work, my dear Danos!!
Strong colours and perfect POV!!!

Very well done!!


Kind regards,

Hi Danos,
the atmosphere of this shot does not look like Greece at all.
The sky is so incredibly dramatic here, the colors and the mood so dark.
Excellent catch, TFS

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  • gunbud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • [2010-01-27 6:06]

Hi Danos,
The brooding silver gray storm clouds make the ideal backdrop for these ancient ruins.
The impending storm illustrates well the natural elements that these ruins have been battered with over the centuries.
Regards, Tom

Γεια σου Δάνο,
Εξαιρετική σύνθεση με την τελευταία όρθια κολόνα του ναού σαν αλεξικέραυνο να στέκεται κάτω από τον υπέροχα συννεφιασμένο ουρανό, σε μια πανέμορφη ατμόσφαιρα. Πολύ καλή η προοπτική από την πολύ καλά διαλεγμένη γωνία λήψης.
Σε χαιρετώ, Βασίλης.

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2010-01-27 11:04]

Hi Danos,

A beautiful photo with mystic mood. I really like it as it is, but I was a bit curious what it would look like it made a bit brighter. I made a WS but then I realised that someone else had done the same thing. I like both versions. TFS and have a nice evening!



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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9149 W: 57 N: 15360] (56924)
  • [2010-01-27 14:24]

Hi Danos,
Excellent photo. You captured the column from a good low POV to get a nice contrast with the dark, dramatic sky. Well done!

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2010-01-27 16:44]

Hello Danos,
The darkness of the photo gives a special drama to this column from the temple and the ruins that surround it.
A stunning sky with clouds that Amenez with storm.
Best regards,

Hi Danos,

A dramatic scenario, with the overcast sky on these magnificent ruins. The column stresses remain standing, as if defying the time. Stunning contrast of colors, great light and sharpness. Well done!


Hello Danos

Very beautiful and dramatic picture with this strong clouds and this impressive column.Excellent capture. TFS

Hello Danos,
Superb image and of the fantastic colors, perhaps an HDR treatment? Framing is brilliant. The dramatic sky is very beautiful. A very beautiful work. Cheer.
Have a nice day

Geia sou Danos, what an incredibile piece of architecture. Those dramatic stormy clouds look amazing. The column itself is slightly dark, I would have tried to selectively lighten it (I tried but could not) but I have done a Workshop which is very similar to the Workshops already posted. Great job, thanks for sharing this amazing photo, Lisa

Hi Danos,
The sky that you have caught in this photo, not only is dramatic and threatening, but also it is impressively wonderful, and gives a great aesthetic level to your composition, in which you have combined it skillfully with the sole standing column of the temple.
The weak luminosity adds more dramatic quality to the scene.
An excellent work, my friend.
Best regards,

Ciao Danos, wonderful column against a fantastic sky, splendid view of old remains, beautiful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Danos!
And there is a very good sharpness in spite of the dim light.A very original and atmospheric photo, very expressive.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15455 W: 159 N: 27009] (141876)
  • [2010-01-28 8:00]

Hi Danos
Impressionnant de voir ainsi la colonne avec le ciel dramatique, ça donne une atmosphère très particulière et joliment bien présenter dans les moindres détails

Namaste Danos,
nice presentation of the amazing tower. Great composition with superb sharpness. Background dark sky added a lot to it. I enjoyed here your light treatment and also enjoyed the workshop with bit high light photo. Fine colours. A very good shot. Tfs.
Have a nice evening.

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  • diomed Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 32 N: 2491] (13926)
  • [2010-01-28 16:46]

Hi dano,
fantastic capture, dramatic and amazing sky, great contrast and sharp.
Nive evening

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  • jmcl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
  • [2010-01-28 19:19]

Hi Danos,

What a sky .. and that to have that evocative column there as well amplifies both the elements into a dramatic whole .. love how you placed it in the composition .. the layers give a good sense of horizontal space .. and I love the darkness. very good.

take care, John

Bonjour, cher ami Danos,
Une véritable peinture ! magnifique réalisation.
Merci, cher Danos, de nous offrir de si belles images.
La qualité est bien présente à travers cette composition.
Un pur régal.

hi danos
although is too dark for my taste, I do like the heavy atmosphere created by the threatening sky.

ta leme

The lonely standing column looks majestic in front of the threatening weather, and it's good we can still see some landscape on the background. Good work, congratulations!

Yassas Danos.
Interesting and very beautiful ancient column.
Terrible sky in yours picture.
Best regards.Alin.

Hi! Danos

Very beautifull,interesting and very rare photo, its because I naver see this monument, and your photo its perfect with collors,contrast,sharpness and POV, congratulations and TFS,

I wish a excelent Friday for you,

Hugs from Brazil,
Jose Tadeu

Kalispera Dano,
Cette photo est d'une très grande beauté, il suffirait de l'éclaircir un peu comme sur le WS et ce serait parfait. J'aime ce ciel incroyable sur cette colonne dressée depuis tant de siècles.
Bon week end !

Hi Danos,

dramatic atmosphere.... the sky is amazing. I like the composition with this lonely column, good details.

Have a good weekend!


Hallo Danos!
Wirklich sehr gut dokumentiert, auch dein Foto hat Klasse!
Viele Grüße

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2010-01-30 5:32]

Hello Danos,

Almost oppressive atmosphere !!! One wonders how this column is still upright after these last centuries… But I think that it has being to rebuild on several occasions apparently because it is not completely right... Interesting photograph with an original treatment, thank you Danos for the instructive comment.

With all my friendships and a very good WE,


Hello Danos.
Excellent and dramatic capture what transmits this so special sky and of incredible beauty, the column alone that this as defying the step of the centuries, contributes great character to the image. Well done.
Have to nice weekend.
Best regards.

Hi Danos!
The dramatic sky makes a great bakgrround for this vertical structure. The details of the column are precised. You respected perfectly the rule of the thirds. Good job!
Best regards

Hi Danos,
Very interesting place as well as capture... Great composition with this impressing column... The weather conditions weren't favourable but your shot is really good.
Best regards,

Hi Danos!
Wonderful column. Amazing sky. Superb contrast. Good minimalistic composition. Perfect shot. Very fine note. Original effect.
Greetings from Warszawa!

Hello Danos
very nice place
i like architecture and atmosphere
i like glomy clouds
thanks for sharing and explanations
best regards

Hi Danos.

Superb shot against the threatening sky. The ruin is in very good details in this balanced frame. I like it and thanks for sharing.

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  • Jakab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 449 W: 213 N: 1282] (3867)
  • [2010-02-01 13:53]

Hello Danos,
this photo is definitely more than a good documentation of an old column. The clouds and colours give a strong dramatic effect as if you would remind the viewer of the fragility of our common cultural heritage. A very sympathetic message on a high emotional temperature through a perfect photo!
P.S.: Special thanks for the links in the note.

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2010-02-01 22:53]
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Geia sou Danos,
Strange that just one remains! Has it been put up again recently, or is it standiond since its construction? Nice dramatic sky anyway giving strong atmosphere.
Se xereto

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2010-02-02 6:59]

Hi Danos,

I was absent and I see I've lost two great photo of you. This one caught my attention because of its graphical apealing and all the dramatism provided by the cloudy and dark sky. Very good catch and a good taste for the post processing. Well done!
PS: soon I'll take a look at your last post.

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2010-02-03 23:25]

Katapliktikos o dramatikos ouranos Dano,klevei tin parastasi kai ginetai mallon to kurio thema tis fotografias,
ta apominaria tou arxaiou naou sto proskunio sumplironoun kai omorfainoun tin sunthesi,

Hi Danos, A wonderful stormy sky offering a great atmosphere, the colunm creates a superb focal point & excellent light is difficult conditions, TFS, kind regards Wilson,

Hi Danos,
An amazing mood, in not easy conditions of light.
A superb composition with great depth thanks to the column in the foreground. Well done!
Best regards

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  • Ricx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 994 W: 51 N: 2900] (13495)
  • [2010-02-08 0:41]

Hi Danos, Hey I like the dark clouds and the framing of the tower.. What an unusual tower and great notes.. It looks a fascinating place to be with a camera.. Have a great week. Rich

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  • dexy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 126 W: 0 N: 44] (341)
  • [2010-02-10 7:42]
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Strava vreme, lepa fotka.

Hi Danos,
Impressive result with this cloudy and dark sky in the bg, strange and original atmosphere to show us these ruines, well done.

hello Danos,

Très belle composition, sous un magnifique ciel.
Bonne soirée

Olá Danos,

Well balanced because of the marvelous sky filling up the frame.


Hello Danos
Very interesting composition with very good strong and concrete colors.
This is a nice shot of these ruins.
Nice to see history and the place is still being investigated.
The POV is classical, depth and sharpness very good.
Greats Job.

Dobar dan.
Odlican trenutak koji plasi ...
Lep pogled preko stare arhitekture na nebo sa strasnim oblacima koji donose nevreme.
Dobar trenutak snimka i tekst, lepe boje i fotografija, moje cestitke na dobrom radu i ulovljenom trenutku.
Prijatan dan i lepo vreme, zeli vam Paja.


Good day.
Very moment that scares ...
Nice view over the old architecture of the sky with clouds that bring the terrible storm.
A good time recording and text, beautiful color and photos, my congratulations on the good work and caught the moment.
Nice day and good weather, he wants you Paja.

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  • yeln Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 55 N: 2227] (11516)
  • [2011-01-01 16:30]

hi Danos
grozeče, toda čudovito nebo v fantastičnih barvnih odtenkih! odlično!! meni je zelo všeč! tfs
lep dan, vojko

η μοναδική κολώνα του Ηραίου κάτω από αυτόν τον γκρίζο και βαρύ ουρανό είναι καταπληκτική,όπως φυσικά και η παρουσίαση.


Kalispera Danos,
What a drama... intensified by the low clouds and ruins.
The history tale of this place enforce the POV with the culumn dominating.
Sent you a copy of my idea.
Enjoy a nice weekend.

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2013-07-24 22:09]

Hello Danos
an old gold from your arvhives...
While the column is definitely interesting, the main attraction is the dark brooding sky and the clouds which in some parts look almost 3D...lovely work!

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