Into the forest

Into the forest by V-Light
Inside the forest of Kriopigi, while it was raining | 04.10.2013

 

Β  Winter is coming…No, it’s already here! We had a very sudden change of weather in Greece. Typically in my area it would still be summer-like until the end of October, with temperatures over 20c.Β  So today i woke up to a rainy and cold day with the thermometer barely showing 11c. That’s winter for us here. Despite all that i do like rainy and cloudy weather so i grabbed an umbrella and my camera and went out shooting. There’s not a lot of things to shoot at my little village but i thought it would be nice to visit one of the newly opened trails in our little forest. And i was right…it felt like i entered a different planet. Kriopigi is mainly a summer destination. It’s right next to the sea and most if not all of its shops and facilities are only open during the summer season. In the winter you can safely call it a ghost village. It’s really unfortunate that they don’t take advantage of its beautiful forest and walking trails. I think i need to do a complete hiking trip and photograph the whole area, make a post about it and spread it around so people can realize that Halkidiki is not only about summer and the sea…

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Our little paradise

Our Little Paradise by V-Light

I took this photo in August of 2011, while camping on the beautiful island of Samothraki, Greece. It was a hot summer morning and we started the hike to the famous “Vathres” of the island. On the way there, we got to see some nice waterfalls and many little lagoons. It was really beautiful but also people crowded. As we got higher, the hike was getting more and more demanding so there were less people around…And then we got on the top. Words could not describe. After hours of walking and hiking under the hot sun…This literally felt and looked like paradise. We were alone up there…All this beauty just for us! We immediately threw our backpacks on the ground and dove in the refreshing water. I actually took this photo while being in the water. I placed a mini tripod i had with me on a rock and used an aperture of f/22 and a 2.5 second exposure to make the water look silky. A few little specks of water on the lens created this weird effect that makes the image look more heavenly. The only post-process i did was to add a bit of contrast and sharpness. A magical place indeed…

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