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Guy stoadies? Yes..he is at the Stoa..so he is stoadying!

This photo is taken at the Stoa of Attalos which is located not far from the Acropolis site in Athens, NW from it. (map info available, as always!)
This guy was studying his phone, maybe got a message, or is sending one, who knows. I guess 15 years ago we we're not even able to see this! I liked his presence as single person in the scene..Click!

Hope you like it!

[Photo scene information : the Stoa of Attalos]
The Stoa of Attalos is recognised as one of the most impressive stoa in the Athenian Agora. It was built by and named after King Attalos II of Pergamon (ruled between 159 BC-138 BC)

Typical of the Hellenistic age, the Stoa was more elaborate and larger than the earlier buildings of ancient Athens. The stoa is 115m long and 20 metres wide and is made of Pentelic marble (thus from mt. Penteli!) and limestone. Different architecture styles are used for it's outer and inner aspects. Doric, Ionic and Pergamene styles are combined.
The building is similar in its basic design to the Stoa that Attalos' brother, and predecessor as king, Eumenes II had erected on the south slope of the Acropolis next to the theatre of Dionysus. The main difference is that Attalos' stoa had a row of rooms at the rear on the ground floor that have been interpretted as shops.

The stoa is a gift to the city of Athens for the education that Pergamon received there.

The stoa was in frequent use until it was destroyed by the Heruli in 267. The ruins became part of a fortification wall, which made it easily seen in modern times. In the 1940s, the Stoa of Attalos was fully reconstructed and made into a museum with fundings given by the Rockefeller family, the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens. The building is particularly important in the study of ancient monuments because the reconstruction of
1952-1956 replicates the original building.

[Photo technical info]
23mm, F4 @ 1/400th, ISO 100, Pattern Metering, EV +0,3
should have picked F8 or F11 though, just came out of the (dark) museum.

[PP @ RAW in CS2]
Imported with :
* Added contrast & reduced brightness
* Exposure +0,5
* Curves play
* A bit more saturation
Then :
* Rotate + crop
* Shadow/Highlight, reducing the latter
* Converted to B&W w/ Channel Mixer @ Monochrome & playing with RGB sliders
* USM + selective Smart Sharpen
* Resize + border


In the WS : One of the works inside the Ancient Agora Museum, which is in the Stoa! It has a colourful background (and is thus not B&W ;) )

Greetings and nice sunday!

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