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The Song of the Sirens

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In Greek mythology, Sirens were part human, part bird. They lived on a rocky island in the middle of the sea, possibly near Italy. They sang melodies so beautiful that sailors passing by couldn't resist getting closer to them. Following their song, the sailors would steer their ships towards them or jump in the water to get closer. Either way, it always ended in disaster on the rocks. That is why the island where they lived was full of shipwrecks.

That was just to explain the title. The more down to earth facts say that the tanker Africa fell into a storm on a night of December 2003. The strong winds and powerful waves made sure that it was its last pass from the island of Milos. And frankly, standing there on an August morning with the wind trying to sweep us off our feet and the waves crashing all around us, constantly spraying us with seawater, this second version seemed much more plausible. But then again, looking back at the memory of that day through the filter of nostalgia I could swear there was a haunting song hidden in the howling of the wind…

Location: Sarakiniko Bay, Milos Island

tech stuff

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tokina 12-24 @ 12mm
Shutter Speed: 60 sec
ISO: 200
Filters: Lee 2 stops hard grad ND, Hoya ND 400 (9 stops ND)
Image size
900x606px 435.86 KB
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Beautiful creepy. :)
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Felinix19Student General Artist
I really love this picture and was wondering if I could use it as the media for the second chapter of my book, "Siren", on wattpad (www.wattpad.com/myworks/544986…).
Of course, you will be credited at the end of the chapter for your contribution and I will not use any of your art without your permission.

Please notify me as soon as you can.
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So haunting! I love it!
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Honestly beautiful. It takes the breath away from my lungs.
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As I wrote on Flickr, this is one I can view over and over: threatening, inscrutable, beautiful. This photographer is tremendously gifted, and obviously achieves through a strong work ethic. I look forward to more of her photos.
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Incredible shot...
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This is EPIC
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justelineProfessional Photographer
Many thanks Alexandr, so glad you like it :)
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TrashinsProfessional Photographer
Thank you too, Mary for you awesome works =)
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Bernie!!!! :hug:
So happy to see you again, missed you! And so happy you like this one!
Hope you're doing great! :hug:
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EriUriStudent Digital Artist
I didn't know my country had such amazing landscapes :iconwowplz:
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justelineProfessional Photographer
Frankly I didn't know it either until I took up photography and started looking! Πανέμορφη η Ελλάδα μας, φτανει να ξεφύγεις από το χάος της πόλης! Σ' ευχαριστώ πολύ! :)
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A very strong and evocative image !
Perfectly realized, as always ... :)
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justelineProfessional Photographer
A great comment as always, huge thanks for the constant support and encouragement my friend :)
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Thanks :)
A visit to your portfolio is always a great pleasure and a reference for technique and quality !
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beautiful... very fantastic capture with a great composition.. well done.
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Thank you very much dear, thank you so much! :)
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:hug: thank you so much Ioana!
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wowowowowoooow i can't hold it back !! this is just the most amazing picture i've ever seen
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haha, no need to hold it back, so glad you like it Marc, many thanks! :)
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