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.
I knew that Pindos (North Greece) was wonderful, but never felt it before until the minute I visited the vast landscapes of that place. Portitsa is a canyon in North Greece at one the most magical places of this country, Pindos, mountains, valleys, rivers, canyons anything your heart would ever want resides inside 2500 Km's of pure nature land. I entered the canyon early in the afternoon while the sun was right above it, I knew if I waited a while soon the light would be painting the walls of the canyon and providing me a capture that would be appealing. There where some distant mountains which I took in considerations before I started shooting, around 18:00pm would be a good time, with the sun a bit high not yet hidden and painting inside the canyon. I took a double exposure for this one, one for the entrance of the canyon to preserve the strong highlights and a second one within the canyon, the reflective light lit the walls on the left side.
Walking towards the exit of the canyon of Portitsa, the sun light plays with the walls of it and creates its personal color palette, I didn't have much to do, just setup the tripod and the let the camera do the rest while I was really lost in awe by the view. It is really astonishing and majestic being able to experience the beauty of nature at a time when most people are roaming crowded islands seeking for "relaxation", I couldn't have asked for more at that time as a human being, just stare in awe away from everyday pressure and problems.
To be in a magical place at the right moment can only be compared with a few things in your life. One thing I learned the last few years in my photographic adventures is to relax, let the anxiety (for making a good capture) go away and finally to embrace and "feel" the nature surrounding you, then everything can take its turn and become reality. The distant cloud played its part in this composition, I was on Morfa peak starring and enjoying the wonderful view from one of the most beautiful spots in Greece, the sky was kind of dull but that lonely and attracting cloud standing in front of the sun was just calling out for a nice sunset capture. I left my equipment on the ground, and relaxed enjoying the view, waiting for the sun to touch the distant mountains and waited for the time I would be able to shoot a sunstar with some summer colors in my frame. I had already spotted a lonely rock in the peak which gave me a wonderful view without any distractions, once the sun was lower than the cloud I started preparing for the capture. This is a double exposure manually blended with Tony Kuypers Luminosity masks.
An image from my morning of shooting the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park. This is one of the most picturesque lakes I've ever photographed and if you time the light right, it looks amazing in photos. (do a search for Dream Lake and you'll see what I mean)
Dream Lake, RMNP, Colorado.
Canon 5D. 24-105 L. 2 SS GND filter. Cir Polarizer.