Last Rays of the day fall on Aos river in Pindos, it was a lovely evening, the landscape was just what we where expecting for a lovely photographic week, I had my tent setup over the near hill of the river bank, setup my tripod and waited for the light to do its magic. This is a blend of 2 exposures, one for the trees and the river and one for the sky, I decided not to use my GND filter to preserve the colors and the light of the scene.
After arriving at Pindos, my heart beats strong at the rhythms of nature, months have passed since my last visit, seasons have changed and the landscape has dressed in different "clothing", a deep breath and the tiredness of the long journey is long history! I am back at the land of my heart, the land where my soul and heart refused to come back with me back at summer. It is morning, a cold, moisty and overcast morning, although the conditions sound harsh, the don't feel like that, my soul can only hear the sweet calling of Nature, as if I was enhanced by a Siren call! we make a stop before we start "rolling" downhill towards Vovousa, the landscape just hypnotizes our "tired" of cityscapes eyes. It is overcast, but thats a blessing for us at this moment, the colors just pop in front of you, making you feel as this is a dreamland, they can't be compared to anything I have experienced up to today, and I thought I had seen autumn this years, a fool I was! I was full of anxiety before our visit, I didn't know for sure we would be catching autumn colors or winter scenes, I was afraid the trees might had dropped their last red and yellow leafs which would turn the place into something totally different, (not that I mind a winterscape) it was this magic scene I was long waiting for to capture, and it was in front of my eyes! Can I thank Nature? I don't know if she can hear my voice, after the "rappings" she has suffered in the name of humanity, but somewhere deep inside me I do wish she can hear me for the breathtaking pleasures she has offered to me, pleasures that even a God would enjoy!
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Woke up in the morning, had the urge to hope on my motorcycle and ride, what better? get the equipment together and pop for a short ride in the district of Attika. The souther part of Attiki holds a lot of nice places the sun setting falls always within the vicinity of the camera and I knew I could probably experience some nice sunsets. The sky was partially clouded and that meant that I could probably combine my short ride with a photographic opportunity, packed my stuff and headed towards Sounio and Saronida. After slowly checking places where I could possibly enjoy a nice sunset without the cement madness of the rest of Athens I managed to find a little nice opening on the cape, there was a small parking lot but the motorcycle could easily fit. Pulled over and took my gear (thats a bit of tiresome since I always need to carry helmets, gloves and jackets with me) and I started descending the cliff. I was a bit early so I had around 2 hours of waiting for the sun to start setting and catch up with the light I wanted to have, I put my equipment away and just waited starring at the calmness of the surroundings only the sea and the breeze, ipod playing my favorite tunes and thoughts overwhelming my mind. Although I initially used a GND, I decided to go for a manual blend of 2 exposures (EXIF for the exposure on the dark rocks). First exposure for the foreground was at 1.3 sec at f/16 and the second exposure for the sky was at 0.5sec at f/16
I have been checking this tree out for some time, but the light never worked out the way I wished for, so I kept returning just for fun. After several trips I was rewarded with this beautiful sunset. Please enjoy.