A taste of Skioni

Β  Nea SkioniΒ  is a little village located in the peninsula of Kassandra, Halkidiki, Greece.Β  Nea Skioni was established in 1918 and used to be a fisherman village. It is named after the ancient city of Skioni, whose site was nearby to the east. According to Thucydides, Skioni was built by the Pelleneans from Peloponnese on their way back from the war of Troy. The village is now a popular tourist destination and has one of the prettiest ports in the area.

Enjoy a full screen gallery view πŸ™‚

Day 14 of the V-Light Art Sale and we are now at 59%. I’m very happy to see even a little contribution each day…anything helps πŸ™‚



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Skioni Port

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Hello my dear friends! πŸ˜€

Β  It’s been great to post photos from Thessaloniki but it’s even better to have new photos from new places that i can share with you. During my 3 day break, i got the chance to explore some areas close to the place i live, in the peninsula of Halkidiki. My next posts will be full of sea, beautiful shades of blue and summer πŸ˜‰ I hope you’ll enjoy them…

Β  Day 13 of the V-Light Art Sale and we are now at 58%. I’m so grateful for all your support! The campaign is going better than i would ever expect and it makes me truly happy to see that all the hard work i’ve put into it, is paying off. My dream of moving to Austria, is coming closer day by day and i’m so excited to finally have the opportunity for a better future.Β Thank you all πŸ˜€

Β  Shares are always welcome and if you happen to have an IndieGogo account, leaving a comment on my campaign page is also very much appreciated πŸ™‚


Interesting meeting

Interesting meeting by V-Light


Hello my dear friends πŸ™‚

Β  With this photo we close the posts from Thessaloniki. Here we have another interesting meet of different styles of architecture, right in the heart of the city. Maybe the two lovebirds sitting at the bus stop had an interesting meeting as well πŸ˜›

Β  Day 12 of the V-Light Art Sale and we have reached the amazing 57% 😯 I had a little break these last 3 days, relaxing at the sea (photos will be coming up next πŸ˜‰ ) cause running an Indiegogo campaign requires more work than a full time job…There are still 20 days to go, it’s a lot of time but we cannot rest. I’m working on a new video and maybe i’ll also add a new perk…Any shares are always welcome and they do help the campaign to stay higher on the trending list.

Thank you all for your amazing support πŸ˜€



Week 2 of my Art Sale for a New Life



Hello my friends! πŸ˜€

Β  Today we reached day 8 of my Art Sale! One full week has gone by! Damn, time flies by so fast! At the moment we are almoooost at 30% of the funding goal, with the campaign ending in 14 August, can we make it? I know we can!

Β  If you haven’t seen the campaign yet, please do so. It’s all for a good cause and if you contribute in any way that you can, even if it’s just sharing it with your friends, you are really helping a dream come true! πŸ˜€

Β  If you have any questions or do not know how to contribute using the IndieGogo platform, do not hesitate to ask me. I would really like to send out as many prints as possible, all over the world! πŸ™‚ If you want a signed print of your favorite V-Light photo, there could not be a better time than now! πŸ˜‰

Β  All the money i will get will go towards making my move to Austria smoother and creating a faster and dynamic start. I only want a chance for a creative and productive life, having a job and finally feeling appreciated for my work, so i promise i won’t waste your money on Apfelstrudels, even though i’m very tempted…hahaha πŸ˜€


Alex V-Light



I believe in color

Church of  Saints Constantine and Helene
Church of Saint Constantine and Helene

Hello my dear friends πŸ˜€

Β  How is your summer going? I don’t know if you noticed a different look in my latest posts from Thessaloniki but i have been experimenting with a new workflow. I usually shoot with cloudy and dark skies but in my last visit i had to do my best with what i had and that was a crazy sunny day with only a few scattered clouds. When i got back to my village and tried to edit these photos, my usual workflow didn’t do them any justice, so i tried something different. Although i always do 3 bracketed shots so i can make an HDR file if needed, these last photos were all made using a single raw file. The newest camera raw in Photoshop is amazing in recovering shadows, i can tell you that πŸ™‚

Β  This was the darkest exposure of the 3, at -2 stops and i still got great detail in the shadows without getting too much noise. Next i’m using Color Efex Pro adding the amazing detail extractor, pro contrast, skylight filter, darken/lighten center and sunlight for that extra shine. What do you think? Are you liking my last photos? I’m not used into creating such vibrant and colorful images in city landscapes, maybe my mood is reflected in my post-processing cause i am feeling extra bright lately πŸ˜€

Β  Day 7 of the V-Light Art Sale and it’s one of the reasons why i feel so bright πŸ˜€ Your support has been amazing and i truly thank you for that! If you ever wanted a print of my photos now is the perfect time and you’ll get an e-book version of my book Visions as well! πŸ˜‰ Even if you cannot afford a print, consider contributing even 1$ and you will still gain the Artist Supporter perk. Your name along with all the other contributors will be featured into a unique artwork i’ll specifically create for this campaign. It will be displayed on my blog and you’ll be able to download it! I think it’s a nice way for me to say thank you and always remember your support πŸ™‚ Contributions over 1$ automatically gain this perk πŸ˜‰ Just visit the link bellow and show some love β™₯


Cathedral of Saint Gregory Palamas

Cathedral of Saint Gregory Palamas by V-Light
A fine example of modern Byzantine art and architecture, located right in the heart of Thessaloniki


Hello my friends πŸ˜€

Β  You don’t know how many times i tried to take a photo of this Cathedral and miserably failed. It’s located on a very busy crossroad and it’s impossible to get a clear shot under normal conditions. In my last visit in Thessaloniki, it was too hot for most people to walk around and it was Sunday so anyone who has a car was probably enjoying his bath at a beach near by. So lucky me, finally got a decent photo of this beautiful building πŸ™‚

Β The Cathedral was built in honor of Saint Gregory Palamas who lived in Thessaloniki from 1325 to 1359. It was built in 1914, by the famous architect Ernst Moritz Theodor Ziller. On the exact same site there used to be a Basilica built in the last years of the 13th century and in the late 16th century it was established as the Metropolitan Church of Thessaloniki but was destroyed in 1890 after a great fire.

Β  By the way, i always thought that with the palm-trees this looks more oriental than Byzantine. I can envision myself walking in a desert in Maroko and coming across this place πŸ˜› Maybe it’s just a mirage though, i’m kinda thirsty as we speak.

Β  Day 5 of the V-Light Art Sale and we reached 26% of the funding goal! Can we go to 50% now? With your help i’m sure it’s possible πŸ™‚ I really appreciate any shares on social media and if you happen to know any people who like to support artists, maybe they could give some extra help. Thank you πŸ˜€


Architectural Fusion

Architectural Fusion by V-Light

Β  While doing my favorite thing, which is getting lost in every little alleyway i can find, i came across this view. One of my favorite contrasts is how totally different styles of architecture can co-exist in the same place. Thessaloniki has many such examples, where you can find neoclassic houses next to modern office buildings. There are very few buildings with a glass exterior so when i can find one, i’m a very happy girl πŸ™‚

Β  Day 3 of my Art Sale. If you want a V-Light signed print, now’s your chance! πŸ™‚ Visit the link below to check out all the sweet perks, even 1$ can get you something unique! Even if you cannot contribute anything, just sharing the campaign is greatly appreciated and can help a lot! Thank you πŸ™‚



Timelapse: SuperMoon Rising, 12 July 2014, Greece

Β  Another SuperMoon tonight! Did you get to see it? I shot a little timelapse again but i still think last year’s was the best! Maybe August’s SuperMoon will be a better contender… I’m starting to think they ended up naming each typical full moon a supermoon just to make a fuss about it. Not impressed here…

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Rise like a Phoenix

Rise like a Phoenix by V-Light

Β  Beautiful street-art in Thessaloniki, Greece. I wish more buildings would get decorated with such stunning murals. We need to get rid of all that gray…Maybe then we’ll have a chance to rise again…

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Timelapse: Thessaloniki Sunsets

Hello my friends! πŸ˜€

Β  I’ve been feeling extra creative the last few days so i decided to gather some rather old footage and make a timelapse with it. It’s mostly an experiment with tracking and panning within Sony Vegas Pro…I think it can create an interesting result. I will be working on my extra epic sky timelapse now…It takes forever because iΒ  must remove the birds, frame by frame or else you’d be seeing black dots all over the place. Being a perfectionist, i can’t live with that πŸ˜›

Β  Let me know what you think of this timelapse. Any comments are welcome. The quality was greatly degraded because of YouTube, maybe i didn’t choose the best export settings but oh well πŸ™‚

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