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Photographer's Note

1 year Trekearth, Thanks to my friend Korkut, who have reminded me this :)

So what should I write in these lines...hmm.. Last year I joined in this great community as an amateur, and I gotta say I didn't expect to find so many interesting people, making me feel a part of the team, helping me on my first steps and sharing their opinion about my work so realistic and fair.

I'm very happy about it, I've made new friends in this community from all over the world, people who share a sensitive part of their selves kindly, without borders or boundaries, serving the creative side of life through photography. I'd like to call those people artists, either amateurs or professionals it doesn't matter. The big picture is that we all share the same passion. I guess if the rest of the world could think "artistic" and be so creative as we are, there wouldn't be such things as problems, but only points of views.

Once again a big thanks to you all, I'm glad to be here to support you like you did.

Today I'm sharing one of my finest works ever. This photograph means a lot to me. It means that photography has no such things as boundaries, but its all about shaping morphing and giving life to it in the appropriate time(Inspiration/Imagination). In other words: CREATING! and if you meet luck around like I did in this scene, then you'll be extra happy, knowing you've took a successful shot, and it doesn't matter if people like it or not. Like I said before there are point of views and each coin has 2 sides, I accept both sides the same.


If you'd like to hear some info about this post, the picture was taken in Methoni/Messinia region/Greece at almost 1:00am despite the surrounded fog, the moonlight eclipse, and the difficulties that dark light provide.

Don't be fooled, the eyes could hardly see around this place. I had to walk lets say 3 stadium fields in the dark, to cross on the other side to take this shot.
Alright I'm stubborn, you'll probably know that already, In fact the whole scene was ideal, I completely ignored all the dangers night offers such snakes where the castle is full of it, or other dangers I don't even want to think about. No light inside this huge castle and I hadn't a flashlight (arghhhhh!) but I'm not afraid of the dark anyway.
There was only one thing in my mind. "GET IT" at all costs!

FINALLY, after my endless walking:
Tripod set, camera set, POV set. It was so dark that my 30 seconds wasn't enough to capture that light up.
Not only I had to use a wide aperture f/4, but I had to boost my ISO to 400, to get a descend shot. Full manual settings and Live view to focus a bit in the brightest area and calculate manually the range since AF was a disaster here. I was surrounded by fog so there was no way to focus automatically.
The sweet sound of the shutter, the excitement, the 30 seconds of patience, and finally the confirmation, I'm happy! Don't forget, PP can make miracles and fill in the blanks.

I' stayed for at least an hour inside the castle taking pictures of the most interesting angles of it. Perhaps I'll present them in the near future after my journey to Western Greece and my posts from there.


Dedicated to you my friends. Love you all!

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