Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sunset

When the sun sets behind the hills, it is a mystical moment. It sigmals the end of an effortful day when all the labors should give over to repose. Some rumination of the last acts that took place under the bright and warm sunlight occurs just as the king star recedes to rest. The nature responds with a last salute before it quietens, a few last tweets from birds still making it to their perches for the night. It is then when you think "what a magical creation we live in"!

Photo taken in Vathi | Sifnos, Cyclades, Greece.

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.

sunset
sunset | Sifnos, Greece

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lake Plastiras | Karditsa | Greece

Lake Plastiras (Greek: Λίμνη Πλαστήρα) also called Tavropos Reservoir (Greek: Τεχνητή Λίμνη Ταυρωπού) is an artificial lake fed by Tavropos (Megdovas) river, located in Karditsa regional unit, near the city of Karditsa, Greece. The lake is named after the Greek general and politician Nikolaos Plastiras, who was the first to visualize the construction of an artificial lake in the area.

Today the lake holds up to 400 million cubic meters of fresh water. It is used for irrigation and as a power source of a hydroelectric plant, but also as the main water source to the city of Karditsa. Due to its altitude (one of the highest in Europe) the Tavropos Reservoir is a popular tourist resort in Greece, as the formed landscape is quite unique. (More in Wikipedia)

The photo was shot from an elevated view point at the SW of the lake.

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos

lake plastiras
Lake Plastiras

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Capricious sea

Capricious Ionia Sea. Captured at Marathopoli, Messinia, Greece, where the Ionian Sea melts into mother Mediterranean Sea.

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.
capricious Ionian Sea
capricious Ionian Sea

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fullmoon rope walking

You don't realize how fast the moon moves in the sky unless you try to capture an image like this. There is only an opening of few seconds and then the shot is no longer good. And within that time frame you need to decide exposure settings, as the shot revealed itself unexpectedly and was not pre-planned.

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.
fullmoon rope walking
fullmoon rope walking

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sunrise over Athos, the Holy Mountain.

When you see the sun rise over Athos, the Holy Mountain, you can only think there is really something divine about this world. This photo was taken from the middle "leg" of the peninsula of Chalkidiki, on the road over Sarti, a small seaside village situated on the east coast of the leg. The view to Athos was majestic just as I could see the silouet of the Holy Mountain emerge in the white light of the sun rising behind it. It is said, any Orthodox should visit this majestic place with its 20 monasteries at least once in a lifetime.

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.
Athos the Holy Mountain
Sunrise over Athos, the Holy Mountain

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lavrion.Attica.Greece

These pictures were taken in Lavrion, an important port in Attica that today handles ferry boat connections to the islands of the Aegean and also hosts yacht tourism in the local marinas. In the near past, thanks to its sea connections and rich soil in ores, Lavrion has been an important industrial site. At present days, the remainings of this activity add to the local touristic folklore, as the region has evolved to a weekend getaway for people who live in the greater Athens area. The photos are a bit nostalgic of its industrial past.

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.
Lavrion - Out of service
Lavrion - out of service

Lavrion
Lavrion