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Classical architecture photo assignment desk[edit]

WP needs more photography to illustrate surviving classical buildings of antiquity

  • strong sunlight accentuates sculptural detail, whenever possible please.
  • avoid wide angle lenses (short focal length), they distort.
  • axonometric views are best obtained with a normal or portrait focal length some distance from the corner of a building
  • shoot small details with telephoto lenses
  • true optical sharpness can only be obtained with the camera held absolutely still. For most lighting conditions this means a tripod and the smallest lens apertures. Stopping down to small apertures usually entails long shutter speeds.
  • hand-held shots can be made fairly sharp by using a shutter speed the reciprocal of the lens' focal length, e.g: for a 35mm format camera with a 100mm lens a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second will largely compensate for the hand-held sway. For a 250 mm lens you'd use 1/250th of a second

Arbo 16:02, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Temple to Portunus — so-called "Fortuna Virilis"[edit]

The Temple of Portunus with its tetrastyle Ionic portico, Photo courtesy of Ryan Freisling @.

The tetrastyle pseudoperipteral "Temple to Fortuna Virilis in the Forum Boarium, known as 'Fortunu Virilis' is dedicated to Portunus the tutelar divinity of the port on the nearby Tiber." — Henri Stierlin

A Henri Stierlin photo in Greece: From Mycenae to the Parthenon, Henri Stierlin, TASCHEN, 2004, shows the building free from obstructions on all sides, but I have no date for that pic. Contemporary www pics show dense folige obstructing the ground on either side, visible in Ryan's photo.

From examining numerous photos:

  • Building is largely intact despite fire damage.
  • Accessable from the front & rear.
  • Front & rear tympanae intact and very complete, minus any sculpture that may have once occupied the pediments.
  • A protective barrier surrounds it—very close to the temple itself, so you can get quite close to snap details.

Pics required
From the front:

  • A straight-on view of the facade from some distance (approx. 10 - 20 ft); cars are able to park in front of it; shoot with normal to portrait focal length. Get as high up as possible to avoid keystone distortion by tiliting off horizontal plane.
  • Axonometric views from both corners please, like the existing photo but if possible from further away shooting with normal to portrait lens.
  • Ionic column bases damaged but still photographable, detail shots please.
  • Entablature and Ionic capitals in excellent condition, detail shots.
  • Complete row of dentils, detail shots.
  • Steps in great condition, straight-on and axonometric views from both corners please.

From the rear:

  • Engaged columns in rear wall of the cella, axonometric and straight-on views of columns please.
  • Ionic fluting on inner pair of columns in excellent condition, one shaft of nearly complete fluting, detail shots of fluting please.
  • half of brick veneer facing has crumbled off, remaining veneer is photographable.

Arbo 16:02, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine[edit]

Remaining aisle structure of the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine in Rome.

Apparently it is possible to get much closer to this structure than the vantage point of the current photo. I rewrote the descriptive text of this article based the plan drawing and axonometric reconstruction in the TASCHEN book The Roman Empire by Henri Stierlin.

  • Position camera at left corner for axonometric view—in front of the dense clump of green bushes—between the bushes and the basilica.
  • Tilt camera up slightly to capture the octagonal coffers on the arch ceilings of the cross vaults. Try to get the arcade running thru the center of the vaults at ground level in the same shot.
  • The deep vaults cast a shadow over most of the coffers for most of the day. There may be only a narrow time frame when a portion of the coffers are lit by full sunlight.

Arbo 16:02, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Temple of Saturn[edit]

Temple of saturn forum romanum.jpg

The surviving freize is decorated with widely letter-spaced Roman inscriptional capitals, proof positive for typographers and lettering artists that the Romans were seriously into letterspacing on their public buildings

  • Front-on telephoto views please, of the complete inscription and portions
  • Individual letters or as close-up as equipment allows

Arbo 16:02, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

the Maison Carrée at Nimes[edit]

Photo courtesy of User:ChrisO.

Hexastyle pseudoperipteral Roman temple on high podium reached by steps. A most classical form of Vitruvian design in a remarkable state of preservation. "Tuscan Corinthian" columns, band of very classical sculpted ornamentation runs around the frieze, very refined dentils, petrified drips everywhere.

  • Existing WP pics by User:ChrisO (2 of them) are a great start, but much higher resolution shots are desirable, from all sides, front-on and axonometric views required
  • Detail pics of column bases, fluting, capitals, entablature, decorated frieze and engaged columns embedded along the walls of the cella. These shots will require a tripod, telephoto lens(es) and long shutter speeds at small apertures.

Arbo 16:02, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Reconstruction drawings, paintings and models[edit]

Interior of Cella: Reconstruction by German Architect Josef Bühlmann.

WP needs many more of these, preferably of much higher quality and larger/high resolution too.
So get out those art and history books, old encyclopedias and yearbooks, scan artwork in the public domain and upload it. Look for color guauche and illustrations—"artist's conception" style, especially reconstructions of Greek polychromy; Correct, Greek temples in antiquity were painted in lively colors, mostly the capitals, entablature and adorning sculpture, yet few of the articles on classical Greek architecture touch on this aspect. Arbo 16:02, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Talk goes here.

Our recent exchange on Sans-serif[edit]

Hi, I posted a comment on Talk:Sans-serif about the "optically" thing. I'd like to hear your reasoning if you've got a sec. :) SFT | Talk 03:33, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

Edits to Typography[edit]

I am sorry if I changed the article into the "wrong" spelling. I noticed that it used mixed BE/AE spellings, and the section I was reading used BE, so I changed the entire article to BE. I don't mind if it's BE or AE, but it should be unified. Kind regards, — Tirk· “…” 13:25, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

File source problem with File:Specimen by William Caslon from Cyclopaedia 1728 Vol 2.jpg[edit]


Thank you for uploading File:Specimen by William Caslon from Cyclopaedia 1728 Vol 2.jpg. I noticed that the file's description page currently doesn't specify who created the content, so the copyright status is unclear. If you did not create this file yourself, you will need to specify the owner of the copyright. If you obtained it from a website, please add a link to the website from which it was taken, together with a brief restatement of that website's terms of use of its content. However, if the copyright holder is a party unaffiliated from the website's publisher, that copyright should also be acknowledged.

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What spam are you talking about? Is a request for new material to be added to an article against WP regulations now? ⇔ ChristTrekker 15:29, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

On the talk page here:
You said, and I quote, "How does Caslon FS rate?"
That didn't sound like a of request for new material to be added. It looked like spam to me.
The Fontspring Caslon, IMO, is not a sufficiently significant rendition of Caslon's English roman type to justify adding it to the article
When a Wikipedian wants new material added to an article, it's up to that user to add that material, then wait for other editors to challenge it.
Arbo talk 23:35, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia Day Melbourne Meetup[edit]

Hi there. Just inviting you to the Melbourne meetup this Sunday at 11am, to celebrate our 11th anniversary. Details on that page. Hope to see you there! SteveBot (talk) 02:01, 11 January 2012 (UTC) (on behalf of Steven Zhang)

Arrighi typeface picture source[edit]


You have a picture uploaded of some print by Arrighi. Could you tell me where it comes from? It doesn't seem to be in La Operina, for example, as that is all much more ornate. Thanks. Anweald (talk) 22:46, 19 January 2012 (UTC)

That's a very common sample of Arrighi's italic type that can be found in dozens of illustrated books on type. For instance, The History and Technique of Lettering by Alexander Nesbitt. Arbo talk 09:25, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

February Melbourne Meetup[edit]

Hi All. Just letting you know that we have another meetup planned for Melbourne, on Sunday, 26th February at 11am. More details can be found at the meetup page. Pizza will be provided. Look forward to seeing all of you there :-) SteveBot (talk) 23:05, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Question about your Jenson Roman Type image[edit]

I'm wondering about the copyright of the image.

Did you scan it from an original, so it is your image to post and grant permission to use? I'm sort of assuming you did not, because you are listed as uploader only, and it does not say the source is "own work"

But I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask.

If you scanned it from a reproduction (e.g., someone else's image), do you happen to know if the printed reproduction was published before or after 1923?

I'm trying to get a sense of the copyright of the image, because I'd like to use it in a project. I know the piece itself is in the public domain, but whether or not a "faithful image" of the piece is in the public domain is rather murky. :-(

I'm a University professor who teaches type. I'm on sabbatical and doing research. I have a project due in 6 weeks and am finding it difficult to work with rare book rooms in such a short time span, so am now turning to the online community of type enthusiasts to try and find some examples of historic type!

Thank you for any insight you can give me on this, I greatly appreciate it. Laura Franz (talk) 17:57, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi Laura, sorry about the delay answering this one. The image of Nicolas Jenson's Roman type is in the public domain, and therefor it is free of any copyright restrictions. It can be found in many printed books on type and typography, and each printed reproduction looks essentially the same as the next. And since the type design is in the public domain, there is not copyright issue. I don't know how faithful the image I scanned is. To determine that I guess you would have to go to Italy to the museum or library or whatever institution where the original sample is held. Sorry I can't be of more assistance. Arbo talk 09:06, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

Melbourne meetup[edit]

Hey all, just a reminder that there's a meetup tomorrow at 11am in North Melbourne. There are more details at the meetup page. Hope to see you tomorrow! SteveBot (talk) 04:37, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Tomorrow! Hey, gee whiz, that's pretty soon, and you give me one flipping day's notice. You know, some of us have jobs and desks we have to be at every weekday without fail. And you send out your stupid bloody robot to tell me this? Jesus Christ wept on the cross. Not that I would want to meet any tards from Melbourne who are stupid enough to be serious about editing Wikipedia. No sir, not me. I'll give you a good idea where you can put your thankless invitation for your retarded fish frog get together. Please never try to invite me to any retarded Melburnian Wikipedian meetup ever again. K? It's embarrassing having any connexion with you at all. Arbo talk 17:28, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

File:Trajan inscription duotone.jpg needs authorship information[edit]

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Meetup invitation: Melbourne 26[edit]

Hi there! You are cordially invited to a meetup next Sunday (6 January). Details and an attendee list are at Wikipedia:Meetup/Melbourne 26. Hope to see you there! John Vandenberg 05:30, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

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