Great Greece Trip: Day 9, Mycenae, Epidaurus & Tomb Of Agamemnon


Theater Of Epidaurus, Tomb Of Agamemnon & Mycenae

Last Day   😦

 

Mycenae & The Tomb Of Agamemnon

Ruins Of Mycenae, 590nm Faux Color Infrared

OMG! This was an incredible Infrared day from beginning to end!  The sky and clouds were perfect, the light bright and over bearing and the subject matter blew me away!  I did take some color (2 or 3) but the rest was 590nm Faux Color Infrared with a few B&W here and there for spice! The history of this place is out of this world, but Homer wrote the poem about Helen and Paris during the Trojan war which all started here!

 

Tomb Of Agamemnon, Mycenae, 590nm Faux Color Infrared

Tomb Of Agamemnon, First Major King Of Mycenae, 590nm Faux Color Infrared

The ancient city of Mycenae was once thought to exist only in ancient Greek legend and the epic poetry of Homer. It wasn’t until 1870 that an amateur archaeologist named Heinrich Schliemann found the fabled city. Many people doubted that he would find such a city, but using only landmarks from the text of Homers Iliad, Schliemann uncovered the remains of a once thriving civilization.

The city of Mycenae was the center of a large and powerful Mycenaean Greek civilization, which existed from circa 1900 B.C.E. to circa 1125 B.C.E. It is located in the south central part of what is present day Greece. The Mycenaean civilization was at its height between 1400 and 1200 B.C.E. It is believed that the entire civilization consisted of a few loosely joined city-states. Possible members of the city-states were Tiryns, Pylos, Thebes, Orchomenos, and of course Mycenae, which was the strongest.

 

Olive Groves Around Mycenae, 590nm Faux Color Infrared

The Mycenaean people were known to be warriors who lived for heroic battles. A monarch, who was supported by strong military leaders, ruled the Mycenaeans. Other people who held a high rank in society were the priests and bureaucrats. They kept precise records of inventory, distribution of materials for production, commodities produced, acquirement of land, and deliveries made. There were also lower members of society who were not nearly as important. They consisted of soldiers, peasants, artisans, serfs, and even slaves.

 

Mycenae, 590nm Faux Color Infrared

 

Inside Of Mycenae, 590nm Faux Color Infrared

If you can only visit one or two ruins while visiting Greece, make sure that Mycenae is one of them!

 

Mycenae, 590nm B&W Infrared

Even this B&W image of the first image at the top of this post is breath taking in its ability to draw you into its depth! As I said, I am thrilled with the Infrared images that I got here.  This was a perfect end to a great photography vacation!

Theater Of Epidaurus

 

Theater Of Epidaurus, 590nm Faux Color Infrared

Not as impressive as Mycenae but just as interesting is Epidaurus.  This was another good location for Infrared photography and again while I took 3 or 4 color images I concentrated on 590nm Infrared!

The sanctuary of Asclepios at Epidaurus is a spiritual place worth traveling around the world to visit! In fact the ancient Greeks did just that in order to pay tribute to their spiritual entities in the face of Asclepios, and to ask the gods for remedies for their physical ailments. It was a healing center as well as a cultural center in ancient times. Epidaurus was built round the 3d Century BC and it is adorned with a multitude of buildings most famous of which is the ancient Theater of Epidaurus.

 

Theater Of Epidaurus, 590nm Faux Color Infrared

This is one of the very few theaters that retains its original circular “Orchestra” and it is a rear aesthetic sight. During Roman occupation of Greece, most theater “Orchestras” were changed from a circle to a semicircle but luckily The Theater at Epidaurus escaped intact. The view, aesthetics, and acoustics of the theater are breathtaking, as is the feeling I got when I sat on the ancient limestone stone seat–high up–and thought of all the ancients that might have shared this seat with me. The theater is still in use today with frequent plays, concerts, and festivals.

 

 

Theater Of Epidaurus, 590nm Faux Color Infrared

 

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4 comments on “Great Greece Trip: Day 9, Mycenae, Epidaurus & Tomb Of Agamemnon

  1. Many Thanks!

    Ok, then the PEN looks like is next on the list. To bad for the NEX… In any case the lenses are really crummy and I was going to wait until next month since apparently some more “serious” optics where about to be announced.

    I am putting my sights on the EP2, or do you recommend the EPL2?

    Thanks again,
    D.

    • Don’t get we wrong, the NEX is a nice system, I can just get much better images with the pen! I like the E-PL1 and E-P2. The 2 handles a little better and will take a remote shutter release! It is way too soon to know about the new E-PL2. There have also been times that a higher shutter speed of the 2 has saved the day!

      There is a group of IR shooters and an active NEX IR group HERE and HERE

  2. Very impresive work! I just discovered your blog yesterday and I have already sent my NEX-5 to remove the filter.

    It has been 20 years since my last IR pictures and I can’t wait to get my NEX back. However, I am considering getting a PEN like yours. Do you recommend a full spectrum conversion or have some filter installed? Are the latest pictures you took with a full spectrum conversion?

    Thanks.

    • Thanks for the comment, I am glad you enjoyed the blog!

      I have the NEX and E-PL1 done as full spectrum. I think that the E-PL1 is 10 times the camera. Coupled with the new Olympus 14-150mm lens it is an unbeatable combination! Yes all of the IR pictures from Greece were done on a Full Spectrum E-PL1 using a B+W 090 (590nm) filter! I keep the B+W 090, 091, 092, 093, 403 and a Hoya R72 and Tiffen 47B filters on hand in my kit for what ever Infrared scene comes my way!

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