Holy Monastery of Arkadi
- lousat (106163)
- [2016-09-15 3:35]
Hi John,i don't need to read the note,i been there me too a year before you and i remember very well this lovely monastery of Crete. Not well preserved,but the architechtural style is unique and amazing,i like a lot the peaceful atmopshere in and out there.Perfect postcard very sharp and bright.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
- snunney (117491)
- [2016-09-15 4:08]
You have chosen a very good point of view to show us this monastery with such a fascinating story attached to it. I like very much the warm lights and colours and the beautifully rendered textures. The place looks very peaceful nowadays in complete contrast to its violent history. Excellent presentation all round.
- GyurMaster (11011)
- [2016-09-15 4:10]
Maybe it is a rather conventional postcard like photo, but from the better type. It has very beautiful colours and the lights are also nice.
Thank you for the informative description!
- jhm (171830)
- [2016-09-15 4:16]
One lovely old church but urgent need of restoration.
The old architecture and the excellent description make your picture real impression.
An excellent composition, lovely colours and sharpness.
Very well done, TFS.
- Sergiom (100816)
- [2016-09-15 5:38]
Il est vraiment très beau dans sa simplicité ce monastère grec.Superbe point de vue qui lui donne une belle ampleur, de belles textures et des couleurs joliment saturées.
- Nicou (164778)
- [2016-09-15 6:18]
Fantastique vue de cet ancien monastère quelle vue avec ces coupoles quel rendu sur la pierre et ces fleurs en bas qui donne une autre touche de couleur merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
- Royaldevon (51160)
- [2016-09-15 7:26]
Oh dear, John, the conflict and terrible loss of life seems as bad then as it is nowadays!
Your scene, full of warmth and tranquility, lends no clue to the terrible happenings of the 1860's.
I like how you have included just hint of a vine and a rose bush, on opposing corners in the f/g, creating a fine sense of depth and softening the impression of the building.
Your viewpoint is most effective drawing the eyes towards the building and creating a fine sense of perspective.
The shot is pin sharp with well rendered textures.
The lady, strolling across the b/g animates, scales and also links the reds.
My warm regards,
- holmertz (68048)
- [2016-09-15 9:19]
You present to us what may be the longest note in TE history, and contrary to many other long notes it is actually readable and "enjoyable" (not the best word for this kind of story, but you know what i mean; splitting it into many short paragraphs also means so much for the readability). It is a terrible story, and most of it is probably true. In the shade of the story the photo is fairly low-key, a nice picture from a good angle of a church that has seen better days, excellent light and nice greenery in the opposing corner. But the photo is almost an excuse for telling the story.
- Silvio1953 (167275)
- [2016-09-15 10:13]
Ciao caro John, great view of fantastic monastery, fine details, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
seven years ago or so! I wish I had some treasures like this hidden in my drawer!
Great light amazing contrast of the well lit chapel and the polarized sky. It feels so full of light. And the composition is lovely with some plants framing the scene in the corners. The level of detail is amazing! It feels three dimensional -so sharp it is.
- dta (88633)
- [2016-09-15 12:24]
Hello John ,
What a pretty little church !
I like a lot the angle of view , the composition with the green leaves in the corner , the strong but very well managed light .
- jean113 (8620)
- [2016-09-15 13:16]
Hello John, a shocking tale to accompany this lovely shot of the monastery;just looking at it now, one would never imagine the tragedy played out here.
An excellent sharply focused picture.Very good point of view.
The shrubs add extra colour.
Thanks for sharing, Regards Jean.
- alvaraalto (28248)
- [2016-09-15 13:45]
You found a lot of information about this monastery. When I look at the building I can see ages of history. Your picture uses a classical POV and I think that is the best choice here. The colours of the photo, the warm yellow and orange colours of the monastery and the mysterious blue of the sky, gives the picture a fascinating atmosphere.
- carlo62 (64933)
- [2016-09-15 14:44]
un post molto interessante, non conoscevo questo monastero.
Belli tutti quei fiori intorno all'architettura, anche se non ci sono prati verdi intorno.
wow, thats quite the story! There certainly is alot of these horror stories from the past isn't there - what a shame indeed, hard to even comprehend.
you should probably post more of your Greek photos, why not?
if you have some like this, keep showing them.
elegant lighting, soft warm tones mixed with the blue sky, great texture and a sad heart warming story to accompany it makes it that much more meaningful. excellent TE post
thank you so much both for this wonderful dedication and for the inspiration and encouragement you are offering me and other members so generously! The story of the monastery of Arcadi is fascinating and has become a solid legend in the Greek consciousness. I recall how it terrified me during History lesson at school. I learned a lot of details I didn't know or remember from your note too! I love the light, the colours and the textures of your picture. The perspective and shapes of the church are very well placed and attract the viewer instantly. I also like the way you handled the contrast, the lovely warm and cold colours exude a dramatic intensity. Congratulations and thank you very much again!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Thanks for reminding me of our honeymoon which my wife and me spent there in April 1987! We stayed in Rethymnon and visited Arkadi by bus. My wife took a photo which is still hanging in our bedroom: open stairs without any railing somewhere in one of the monastery's inner courts. Purely graphic.
Can you remember if these stairs still exist?
Regards from Rhineland
- Tue (53368)
- [2016-09-17 13:01]
What a beautiful photo of this old monastery, which has an interesting story attached to it too. The colours are so vivid in the appealing sunlight and the perfectly blue sky makes the best background for the warm colours of the old walls and roof tiles. You chose an excellent POV and included the tree in the upper right hand corner very well. Great photo with a most relaxing mood!
- claudeD (43740)
- [2016-09-18 11:06]
you have shared here a wonderful picture from Greece showing this very interesting composition with much details to explore. Excellent sharpness and light managment. Perfect contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
- kordinator (15481)
- [2016-10-28 11:46]
Nice dedicate this picture to Ourania, our friend from Greece.
Nice photos from your archive a few years ago made the holiday in Crete.
This is wonderful church of the Holy Monastery of Arkadi.
And my country Serbia has been enslaved by the Ottoman Empire for 600 years.
Much blood has been spilled for freedom.
It is not unknown to us such a history that you describe in the text.
Technically and visually fantastic photos.