30 Seconds at F22, ISO 100 (50mm).
I love it when I see photographs that look like they were painted on a canvas. Usually, the way to achieve this effect is with movement. Adding movement to a photograph can create the feeling of brushstrokes on canvas.
You might be surprised, but this was taken on a tripod. I stopped the aperture down to F22 to allow for a 30 second exposure to capture the force and movement of the waves and ocean. Although looking at it again, this print might need a little more film grain.
I've yet to print this, but I think it would look good on canvas.
At the end of a 4 kilometer hilly walk down the main road of Folegandros, you come to this gorgeous blue and white church. These churches are scattered across the tiny island, often in incredibly remote and uninhabited areas of the island. Some are basically the size of one room sheds, but if you peer into the windows you can see them filled with gorgeous iconography. This church was the largest on the island and the only one that was open for us to walk into. Luckily, it was unattended as they don't normally allow people in with shorts, a rule that I don't quite understand given how hot Greece is.
On a personal note, we're stuck at the Athens airport for about 36 hours as our flight was canceled due to protests in the city and by the air traffic controllers. It sounds like they're now tear gassing protesters in the main square, which is where we were staying almost two weeks ago during the previous protests. It's impossible to travel anywhere since public transportation has been halted, but luckily the airport hotel is brand new and very nice, so I'm getting some work done and watching some movies.
As you can probably tell by my lack of posting this last week I've been having a lot of fun on the honeymoon. We've been pretty active so I haven't had much time or energy to post, but I think I'll get a couple of them done tomorrow.
Will be back home on Weds and then we will return to our normal daily post schedule. Looking forward to it.
We're leaving Folegandros tomorrow for Santorini and I don't want to go. I've never been anywhere like this before.
Folegandros is a tiny Greek Island that is part of the group of islands, including Santorini, that make up the southern part of the Cyclades. The island is about 12 square miles and has only about 650 inhabitants and one paved road that travels the length of the island.
The island fills up with tourists during the high season of summer, but it is almost empty by the end of September. If you decide to travel here make it at the beginning or tail end of the season.
The buildings here are in the same style as Santorini, white stucco with blue doors and windows (the blue is meant to ward off evil). The buildings are built into the cliffside with winding passageways that were meant to confuse attacking pirates to let the inhabitants escape attacks. The island had a constant problem with pirates and attackers up until the 19th century.
(Above Taken by Sara)
View from our room right on the edge of the cliff. The first photo from yesterdays post was taken at our hotel, the Anemomilos Apartments.
Sara with the X100 - doesn't she look cute!
A couple of preliminary shots from Folegandros before bed. Much more tomorrow hopefully when I have a chance to write about the island. This place is heaven.
1/125th at F2, ISO 1600 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
I don't really like Athens very much. It's a dirty, disorganized, traffic plagued city that is very stressful. Not the perfect setting for a honeymoon.
But Sara had never been here and her grandmother offered to put us up in the Grande Bretagne for three nights. It's by far the nicest hotel I've ever been in, and a stark contrast with the surrounding city.
The rest of the city could be extremely beautiful, but it's just plagued with graffiti, dirt and run-down buildings. It's clear that they are having problems.
That being said, the Parthenon is the most incredible structure that I've ever seen. It's almost more impressive seen from afar, how it towers over the city.
But outside of our hotel, in the main square of Athens, is where the action is. Yesterday there was a large protest and a 24 hour transit strike that ends at 5am. Our cab for the ferry to the Islands is at 6, so hopefully we can make it there. I feel like the honeymoon officially starts when we get there. Between the wedding fatigue, jet-lag, and craziness of Athens it's been a tiring last few days here.
The first and last shots in this post were of protesters seen through the windows of the hotel restaurant.
Like most people, being out in nature inspires me and I love to hike. But I am not really a nature photographer. My landscapes are skyscrapers and people, not national parks.
Of course I did take the obligatory photographs of the mountains and tall trees and streams, etc., but when doing that I felt more like a tourist than a photographer.
One piece of advice I have is don't change your style just because you've changed your location. And as a street photographer, I couldn't get all of the funny tourists out of my head.
Landscape photography tends to be one-sided, tranquil and relaxing. And I'm not trying to knock it, that's how it should be. It makes you feel like you are the only person in the world staring at this grand piece of nature.
But that is just what the photographer chose to show you. The reality is that there are often hundreds of tourists in crazy looking hats and ridiculous t-shirts standing next to you, staring at the same view and getting in your way on the trails. At some points I was all by myself, but at others I felt like I was walking through Grand Central Station.
So here's my interpretation of the Grand Tetons.
I'd like to say this is a random tourist, but it's my good friend Jason. He definitely had one of the better tourist shirts of the day.
It always helps your nature photographs to have flowers in the foreground :)
I found the source!
And of course the most beautiful hat wearer of the day :)
Here's a quick snapshot from the Grand Tetons.
We're in Jackson Hole now for a close friend's wedding and went on a gorgeous hike yesterday.
The weather was perfect and sunny for hiking, but some clouds would have been better for photographs. Not that this mountain hasn't been photographed a million times already though.
Here are some photos from a day trip that we took to Chichen Itza, a large archeological site built by the Maya Civilization in the northern center of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Chichen Itza, which means "at the mouth of the well of Itza", was used as a religious site, where the pre-Columbian Maya sacrificed objects and humans as a way to worship the Maya rain god. The building above is the main structure in Chichen Itza, known as the Kukulkan Pyramid and was one of the seven new wonders of the world that were elected in 2007.
Besides the structure itself, I found the people that were hawking souvenirs to be extremely interesting. You got to watch them chip away at blocks of wood to create these pieces.
Is it just me, or does this seem to have an anti-American influence?