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Defying time

Comments are welcome!

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Rick Du Boisson , February 15, 2011; 05:56 P.M.

What a spectacular sky! The bright glow of the interior lights combine with the flaming clouds to give the impression the Coloseum is burning the ground. Very well done, RickDB

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Grigoriy A. , February 15, 2011; 07:56 P.M.

Quite astonishing work!

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Deidre McNamara , February 15, 2011; 08:13 P.M.

Most beautiful...

Wonderful shot. The colors are awesome. Right place, right time. Congrats, DMc

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Art X , February 15, 2011; 09:05 P.M.

very well done. nicely captured and edited. The sky highlights are a particularly nice effect. compliments

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Neil Jolly , February 16, 2011; 12:56 A.M.

A spectacular scene, superbly photographed Marianna! The lighting on the building, and the beautiful sunset combine to make this an outstanding image. Well done!

All the best,

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Radu Carp , February 16, 2011; 03:09 A.M.

Splendid moment and location for this composition,light is so pleasantly,regards.

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Pierre Dumas , February 16, 2011; 03:29 A.M.

Wonderful spectacle!

The best picture of this famous object I've ever seen! Seven all the way!


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Claudio Castelli , February 16, 2011; 03:33 A.M.



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Gallego Caldas Jordi , February 16, 2011; 03:50 A.M.

Bravo, expectacular!!

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Xavier Corcobado , February 16, 2011; 08:17 A.M.

Great view and colours Best regards.

Xavier Corcobado xcorcobado.blogspot.com

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Pekka Porokara , February 16, 2011; 08:30 A.M.

like photo!! fine work!!

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Mircea Tiron-Tudor , February 16, 2011; 08:40 A.M.

Beautiful ! Very well done !

Greetings, Mircea

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Anne S , February 16, 2011; 11:02 A.M.

Very nice image and great processing! 

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Marianna Safronova , February 16, 2011; 11:35 A.M.

Thank you all very much for your comments and ratings!


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niki barbati , February 16, 2011; 11:50 A.M.

i live in rome, i never see nothing like this! excellent 7

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Wayne Sadler , February 16, 2011; 12:21 P.M.

Your artful re-creation in light of this historic place may be the greater masterpiece.  Congratulations, Marianna. 

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Giovanni Rhodes Pasta , February 16, 2011; 01:50 P.M.

Beautiful !!!!!

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Wendy de Kok , February 16, 2011; 03:07 P.M.

This is so beautiful, the colors and light, magical, bravo!!!!

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George Trakakis , February 16, 2011; 04:55 P.M.


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Hamid Reza Farzandian , February 16, 2011; 05:14 P.M.


Just amazing! Bravo.


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Sumon Mukherjee , February 17, 2011; 03:29 A.M.

Excellent composition with brilliant light-effect and wonderful color tonality. Utilization of the clouds is really artistic. An image with fantastic backdrop. Best rating. Best regards.

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Arnav Mukherjee , February 17, 2011; 04:37 P.M.

Superb work!

Excellent center composition with superb light and color. Love the artistic use of the clouds.



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Vincenzo Corbo , February 17, 2011; 05:14 P.M.

This definetely one of the best shot of the Colosseum I've ever seen.

Colors, point of view and details.

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Thadd . , February 18, 2011; 08:03 A.M.


What an amazing capture of this familiar scene. I have to agree with the other critiquers who've stated this is the best shot of the Colisseum we've  seen.

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Emmanuel Enyinwa , February 18, 2011; 07:32 P.M.


Wow, wow, WOW!!

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Monte Stinnett , February 18, 2011; 11:02 P.M.

The way the light shines on the coliseum is really spectacular and along with the clouds makes it a striking image.

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Pamela Franklin , February 19, 2011; 09:35 A.M.

WOW ............. Just beautiful!

Best regards, Pamela

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Anonymous, March 01, 2011; 06:46 A.M.

Defying time

 Love the picture, I think the light in the arches is incredibly beautiful.  Love the color, sharpness. Good job.

Respectfully, I don't like the editing of the sky, the clouds are clones of each other. Ask yourself what is the subject? The coliseum or the sky? In my opinion the sky takes away from the subject.



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Lech Dobrzanski , March 02, 2011; 08:04 A.M.


I found a passage  here which can evoke some emotions. This crop has something of Boklin's  one way passage (IMO).

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Ed Logan , March 03, 2011; 05:16 A.M.


I was wondering did you use photoshop on this or is this just the right place at the right time? I love how you captured it head on following the rule of thirds.I also like how it gives the effect that the coliseum is on fire. Great capture & a great subject. I am sure there is so much more to say about this Photo but I don't have the time right now .Great Job.

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Aykut Turhan , March 07, 2011; 08:04 A.M.

I'm speechless! No point to criticise for me, bravo!

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Lex Linghorn , March 13, 2011; 07:29 P.M.


I can't believe people buy into these fake images and I can't believe photo.net sells out.

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Steven Edwards , March 31, 2011; 07:29 P.M.

The image is clearly photoshopped (pay attention to the clouds, there are exact duplicates).  However,  that is not to say that it isn't a wonderful piece of art!! 

Mastering photoshop enables one to create art that otherwise cannot be captured through a lense.  As long as the work isn't passed off as an actual photograph, I applaud & encourage works like this!

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kambiz babakhani , April 06, 2011; 05:52 P.M.


I love the color in this picture, very nice

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Christopher Wheeler , May 10, 2011; 01:44 A.M.

I like the colors and how the orange contrasts the sky. I also like the way that some of the archways are lit up and some are dark, it makes you move around the picture, the leading lines of the foreground pull you back in once you are done looking at the beautiful sky.

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Slavomir Misko , April 23, 2012; 12:30 P.M.


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