Fez was a fascinating place, much more hurried and crowded than Chefchaouen but so much to see. These two men were taking home dinner, one a side of lamb or beef the other three very fresh chooks, yes they were still alive. The food in the medina looked so fresh and clean and even without refrigeration there were no flies.
The final week of the One Four Challenge organised by Robyn of Captivate Me blog. It has been an interesting month watching and learning from what everyone else has done to their image this month. I’m not sure that I like my last edit but I was quite blown away by the 3D effect on the mountains. I used Photoshop layers and blending modes.
What I did – Layer 1 was the original shot, cropped heavily.
Layer 2 was a painted door texture which I used a Linear Burn blending mode at 85% which turned the mts. really dark and kept the door texture in the sky only.
Layer 3 I duplicated the original (layer 1) and erased the sky
Layer 4 a copy of layer 2 and used a Hard Mix blending mode at 100% which created what looked like lights of a city down near the bottom of the image. I then erased the sky back to the painted door layer.
It’s been fascinating to play with the one image all month and to see what everyone else has done to their image as well. I wish you all a happy festive season and a happy and healthy 2015. Below are the four weeks of images, which one do you like best?
This group of women were working in the fields of sugar beet. It was harvest time and the women sat on the ground cutting the leaves off the beets with lethal looking knives and throwing them onto piles ready to be loaded onto the trailers to be taken to the mill. It was a very cold day but they were happy to let us take their photos and spoke amongst themselves with much laughter. Rural eastern Turkey still uses intensive human labour when it comes to harvesting time whether it’s sugar beet, cotton or pomegranates all of which we saw on our journey.
The Temple of Apollo at Didyma is the second largest temple of the ancient world with only 122 columns compared to the Temple of Artemis near Ephesus with 127 columns. The Temple of Apollo was home to an oracle and in ancient times was never a real town. Today the tourist town presses up against the ruins which are very impressive still. We only had a short time here and again very few tourists were around at gate opening time, so great for photos.
We have finally made it back to the western side of Turkey and Ephesus the best preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, if not all Europe. A huge city of 250,000 it was wealthy by means of its position as a port and the Temple of Artemis which attracted wealth and devotees. By the 6th century Ephesus was in decline as the port had silted up and malarial swamps were forming. Only 18% of the city has been unearthed with amazing murals, sculptures, mosaics, stone carving and buildings.