Its been 3 months since I last logged onto my blog and for the most part I have been off-line so my apologies to all my readers who tried to contact me through mail or other means. Usually during the months of June, July, August I’m out of the office, offline and hard to reach so if you are around next year keep this in mind!
Best of 2014 is a collection of my favorite images taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 during my first year of ownership. Hope you guys and gals like them as much as I enjoyed making them.
I'M down with the flu
Sorry guys and girls, but for the 2nd time this month I'm down with the flu. The first time I got over it in a couple of days, but this time it seems that the flu has really got a good grip of me. The chills and fatigue are the worst i have ever experienced. I'm on the 3rd day and hopefully tomorrow I should be better.
2014 wasn't really a fruitful year for my "street" photography but the few chances I got to venture out I managed to get some interesting images - so I think! If you happen to like any of my "2014 Project" images please take the time to let me know.
Limnos, Greece - August 2003
It’s been three weeks since I’ve been observing and recording this striking bird. The sun is about to set as I scout the barn’s roof for any sign of the Little Owl. Uniformly placed on top of the roof-tiles are large stones, which have been placed there to keep the tiles in place when the northerlies are blowing strong. The Little Owl knows that the stones are similar to it, both in size and colour, explaining why it often sits still on the roof without drawing attention during the morning and evening hours when the sun is still low on the horizon.
When I first started shooting birds, I would often do the mistake of bypassing the common little birds of my area – a big mistake. No matter where you live in the world, its good practice to shoot anything that comes your way. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Sparrow or a Seagull, common birds can give you an award winning image if you give them the chance.
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)
I was driving through an olive grove looking for the famous Persian Squirrel of Lesvos Island with a Nikon D300 and a 300mm f/4 lens. I wasn’t having much luck and the weather really wasn’t on my side. Before I knew it, the sky darkened dangerously and it started to sprinkle. I knew I wasn’t going to get another chance at a squirrel and I was pretty much running out of time plus my wife would be expecting me home soon so I placed my camera on the passenger’s seat, swapped the 300mm for a wide angle zoom and started for the journey home hoping that by the time I would reach the town of Agra I may have a chance at a rainbow or a nice scape.
The Little Owl (Athene noctua)
Over the years, I have seen and photographed plenty of owls, but finding one in a hollow tree trunk is a rare thing. Most of my bird photography is (or should I say was) done on Limnos Island and there aren’t many trees on the island, so this may be the main reason for the rarity. The shot above was taken a few years back in February 2008 on Lesvos Island, which unlike Limnos, has plenty of trees.
The Greek Easter, or Pascha as we call it, is the most important week of the year for all Greeks the world over. It’s a beautiful and humbling week filled with traditions going back eons. During the Holy Week, most of us don’t have much time for anything but fasting and going to church. Fasting for us usually means avoiding all red meat, dairy products, and some go to extremes by avoiding all kinds of meat and even olive oil.
Little owl (Athene noctua)
The Little owl is my favorite bird species. This particular specimen was standing still on the lichen covered stone while I was slowly making my way up a hill in search of any wildlife. I had the Nikon D70 in my hands with a Tokina 300mm f/2.8 lens attached.
An older collection
I’m not known for people shots, since for the past 15 years in my spare time I have been photographing wildlife (mainly birds), but candid and street portraits is something I would like to do more off.
So heres my latest batch of images. They’re not master pieces, but none the less they are some images that I enjoyed capturing and believe you will enjoy as well. As I have already mentioned in a previous post, I’m no street photographer. My 2014 project is about collecting all my “street” images, if I can call then that, in one place and at the end of the year to pick some of the better images and decide what they best represent!
I used to shoot a lot of wildlife (mainly birds) up until 2009. Going through my library of images, I often come across some interesting images in my non-select folder. I never really labeled them rejects, so I never really got around to deleting them, so tried to find ways to utilize them and I think I have found the best solution. I will share with you what I think is an easy way to turn "rejects" or at least those undecided non-selects into fine art photographs, and this tip is not restricted to wildlife either!
Like sunsets and lightning, rainbows are another favorite subject that can be used successfully as an impressive backdrop to a less interesting foreground subject. Sure they are pretty nice on their own, but using them as a background to an “anchor point” is a sure way to elevate their WOW factor.
A couple days ago I got a chance to walk from the Acropolis metro station to Monastiraki station. This is a popular walk among Athenians and for the photographers a real chance to capture some interesting images.
Photographing lightning like the ones in this blog post isn’t that difficult and can make for some impressive images. Basically you pinpoint the part of the sky where lightning is active, you then point the camera in that direction, focus to infinity, select an aperture of f/5.6 or f/8, you open the shutter with a remote shutter release and last you close the shutter after lightning has stricken. In reality, the lightning has just taken a picture of itself; the lightning is the “flash” that is lighting the subject, as you wait in the darkness with the shutter open.
Although I have some images from the past that can be labeled "Street" I've never really got into it, but its something that interests me now. I'm not sure my investing in the Fuji X series cameras had anything to do with it, but surely my desire for a lightweight kit did. The Fuji's apart from lightweight, are not intimidating towards my subjects and they generally help me become more inconspicuous when cruising the streets of Athens.
Landscape photography is very challenging and don’t think otherwise, or else you'll be quickly disappointed. For this reason, I have put together a list with the most common "secrets" for better landscapes. Believe it or not, the best landscape photographers in the world go by these "secrets" so why not you? .... enjoy!
The diminutive house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is perhaps one of the earliest birds you tried to capture with your new telezoom lens LOL. Anyway, being that today (20 March 2014) is World Sparrow Day, I grabbed the chance to post one of my Sparrow images.
Late January 2009, its cold and wet. I'm using my workhorse D300 and Ais 500mm f/4P lens. I also have with me my modified TC1.4x. The converter on the lens gives me 700mm at f/5.6. On the DX sensor thats the equivalent of 1050mm. Thats a lot of telephoto power.