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The Norias of Hama 2 Colored by Stelthman The Norias of Hama 2 Colored by Stelthman
The Orontes River (Al Asy) was of great importance to the growth and development of Hama through history. Like all other rivers in the world, it played a part in the irrigation of the fields surrounding it.

The Norias of Hama, which are some of the oldest waterwheels in the world, were first built by the Byzantines, as a system of irrigation. The Orontes walls were too deep for water to be transferred directly from the river, so gigantic waterwheels were designed and built in order to raise water from the river and drop it into ducts and canals that lead to the fields waiting to be irrigated.

There are 17 surviving Norias along the Orontes, and most of the existing Norias were rebuilt after the Byzantines by the Ayyubids.

Today, most of the Norias, although not in practical use, can be seen turning at a slow droning pace, from restaurants and cafes on the riverside.

Location: Hama, Syria

A colored version of my previous photo [link]

Hope you'll like it too :)
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:iconjpcespedes:
JPCespedes Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
This is wonderful, it's a pitty there's no human size reference but it still looks huge.
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Stelthman Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad you liked it my friend :aww:
If you like I can e-mail you the picture with the original size :)
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:iconjpcespedes:
JPCespedes Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
The "Download" version is big enough for me, anyway, it's the kind of things you simply can´t imagine how big it is until you're there.
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
True.. True :aww:
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Junoesque-S Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
beautiful
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks :bow:
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spacewarp Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
This is one great photo :)
:+fav:!
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks :bow:
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:icondeora:
Deora Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Professional Photographer
I Really like how you can almost feel the years of dirt and grim and rigid steel, beautiful photo, wonderful angle.
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Glad u liked it my friend ^_^
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:iconoutlawstudios:
OutlawStudios Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
this is a really cool device
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
^_^
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gon90 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
great shot!
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks ^_^
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designer-brain Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Photographer
nice shot
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks ^_^
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Talenshi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
your composition flows really well, and has so much motion. the cool colors keep it from going off the wall. beautiful!
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Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks my friend.. I'm glad to know that u like my work :hug:
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dancingelf Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
Very nice writing of the textures! :clap:
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks ^_^
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MaschaW Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Professional Photographer
This is my favorite. Somehow it looks surreal to me. Really great shoot. You have a good eye.
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks my friend.. I'm happy u liked it ^_^
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sajlent Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like movement of water. It makes the photo look magical. :)
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Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You're right my friend.. But sadly the river is not like before.. They build so many Dams & the water that run in the river is very small..
You can even see the color of the water turn to green bcoz it's not moving.. The smell also is very bad..
They are not taking good care of this historical architect that they have.. I'm sure if this was in America or in Europe it will be a paradise :)
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Zefhar Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Really interesting pic! :+fav:

So, is this the original pic or the b/w one? I mean, did you shoot this in b/w, then color it? or what?

Peace
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Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The original picture that I shot was in color.. I made it B/W in my first post..
Then I posted again the original one..
I don't have that much of a skill to do coloring.. I have a lot to learn..
I'm glad u liked my work.. Have a great day :rose:
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ImperialBlue Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
I like it too... Nice composition :clap:
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Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:hug:
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Ellunas Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's such an amazing shot for being so simple, Stelth.
Very interesting background story, too.

...:hug:

(By the way, I apologize for being so behind on all of your photos!)
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Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's oky my friend.. Life is very busy with everyone..
But I'm happy to see you like my work :hug:
Have a good day :rose:
:smooch:
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X3HNz Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
Awesome image. :)
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks :)
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:iconfractalinda:
fractalinda Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007   Digital Artist
Awesome perspective and an excellent shot!
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seraphicgate Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree. That perspective is amazing.
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the nice comment my friend ^_^
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:iconfractalinda:
fractalinda Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007   Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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Stelthman Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:Hug:
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HvonD Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, amazing photo :)
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks :)
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AMINOVISH Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
nice manipulation :)
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I didn't manipulate anything with that picture my friend.. I only adjusted the colors..
Glad u liked it ^_^
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AMINOVISH Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
OMG !! it's very beautiful :)
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Stelthman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks bro :rose:
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LittlePan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
like the river photos :D
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Stelthman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
^_^
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rinoa-kisaragi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
wow!!!! wanderful!!!! :clap:
it deserves a :+fav:
:hug:
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Stelthman Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks my friend :hug: :rose:
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rinoa-kisaragi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
you're welcome... :hug:
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rokama Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exelent :+fav:!
RoKaMa
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:iconstelthman:
Stelthman Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks :thumbsup:
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