Paestum, on the Gulf of Salerno, is probably the best-preserved site of Greek ruins on the Italian mainland (there are also some notable spots on Sicily).

Paestum © Harold Davis
Paestum © Harold Davis

To make this image with its sunburst effect, I stopped the camera way down (to f/36), and positioned the composition so the sun was about half covered by the peristyle on the Temple of Poseidon. My thought was to use the shaft of light to illustrate a divine visit—as apparently happened all the time at temples in ancient Greek times!

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