KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos

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The weather forecast was for high humidity levels and cloudy, so we only hoped for the sunrise shots the next morning. We put the tent in the sand, bought some ...
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The weather forecast was for high humidity levels and cloudy, so we only hoped for the sunrise shots the next morning. We put the tent in the sand, bought some souvlaki and beers and we were watching the clouds go by as the night was falling...
Although we said we were going into the tent in the warmness of our sleeping bags for a nice sleep, the weather became promising.
Slowly the clouds disappeared and the stars started making their presence..
We knew were the Milky Way was going to rise and the only thing we had to do was to wait for it to take its place in the shot...
After midnight, when everything was aligned and in harmony, we light painted the ship with different flashlights, from many angles and for various duration times...
About 3 o'clock in the morning, we decided we had the shots we wanted, so we went happily to the tent.
We set the alarms to ring at 5:30 for a morning coffee before the sunrise, but at 5:20 the rain woke as up...
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23 Comments | Report
Witmar
 
Witmar December 22, 2016
beautiful picture
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos December 22, 2016
Thank you very much for your time viewing and commenting !!!
mmmincheva
 
mmmincheva January 09, 2017
Great photo!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos January 09, 2017
Thank you !
mmmincheva
 
mmmincheva January 09, 2017
Afterburner PRO
 
Afterburner January 31, 2017
Really nice shot, thanks for sharing.
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos January 31, 2017
Thanks a lot !
MLundberg1
 
MLundberg1 February 01, 2017
Really cool photo! Id be pleased with that one!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos February 01, 2017
I am pleased too, thank you !
rosalynncolombo PRO+
 
rosalynncolombo February 05, 2017
Beautiful!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos February 05, 2017
Thank you very much !!!
SandyPictures Ultimate
 
SandyPictures February 05, 2017
Brilliant.
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos February 06, 2017
Thank you !
NadjaMineeva
 
NadjaMineeva February 05, 2017
Amazing!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos February 06, 2017
Thank you very much !
DirtRoad Ultimate
 
DirtRoad February 06, 2017
Stunning Capture!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos February 07, 2017
Thank you !!!
terrencerobertedwardyeatman
 
terrencerobertedwardyeatman February 06, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
leonidlen
 
leonidlen March 26, 2017
+++++++++++
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos March 26, 2017
Thank you very much !!!
Neckbone
 
Neckbone March 29, 2017
Amazing image, congrats!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos March 30, 2017
Thank you very much for your time viewing and commenting !!!
hernandezselvin
 
hernandezselvin June 30, 2017
Astonishing! Great capture!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos July 07, 2017
Thank you very much !!!
podesta
 
podesta June 30, 2017
Awesome picture
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos July 07, 2017
Thank you !
inspirationbeast
 
inspirationbeast July 07, 2017
One of the best photos I've ever seen ??
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos July 07, 2017
Very nice comment, thank you !
Manolios007
 
Manolios007 July 27, 2017
Perfect shot...!! ???? .. ?????!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos August 04, 2017
Thanks a lot !
Roxanne_Yvonne_
 
Roxanne_Yvonne_ July 30, 2017
Beautiful shot!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos July 30, 2017
Thank you very much !!!
saboytjie
 
saboytjie August 11, 2017
Wow! 10/10
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos August 17, 2017
Thank you very much for your time viewing and commenting !!!
Weller95
 
Weller95 October 04, 2017
Creative Capture!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos October 04, 2017
Thank you very much !!!
rudrab
 
rudrab October 13, 2017
too beautiful!!
KostasPetropoulos
KostasPetropoulos October 14, 2017
Thanks a lot !
LaurieS PRO+
 
LaurieS March 05, 2018
Stunning
gdb-photography45 Platinum
 
gdb-photography45 June 23, 2018
Very nice!
Safetygal
 
Safetygal July 30, 2019
Such a beautiful and peaceful shot! Can only imagine what it was like being there.
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken at Selinitsa beach across Gythio in Peloponnese.
Time
The weather forecast was for high humidity levels and cloudy, so we only hoped for the sunrise shots the next morning. We put the tent in the sand, bought some souvlaki and beers and we were watching the clouds go by as the night was falling... Although we said we were going into the tent in the warmness of our sleeping bags for a nice sleep, the weather became promising. Slowly the clouds disappeared and the stars started making their presence.. We knew were the Milky Way was going to rise and the only thing we had to do was to wait for it to take its place in the shot... It was after midnight when the shot came to life.
Lighting
We light painted the ship with flashlights, from many angles and for various duration times. The goal was to bring out the texture of the ship and give depth to the image, by separating the subject from the background. We also light painted the rock in the lower right third, to use it as an entrance point to the scene.The free bonus was the reflection in the water.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D610 (great performer at higher ISO settings) on a tripod, with mirror locked up and the shutter was released remotely with an intervalometer. The lens was the Tokina 16-28 at 16mm and f/2.8, the ISO was set at 2000 and the duration time was 25 seconds to avoid startrails according to the 500 rule. Flashlights were used to light paint the ship, the foreground and part of the beach.
Inspiration
The shipwreck "Dimitrios" is well known among photographers in Greece. It was abandoned from its owners at the port of Gythio and the tale says that in a strong weather the ropes broke and the waves carried it where it is now. The subject is an inspiration by it self...A shipwreck !!! So, the inspiration was there...to have it in my portfolio...but the greater inspiration was to do it justice and come back to Athens with the best composition possible, worthy of printing and hanging on my wall. The print looks amazing and makes me smile every single time I see it. That alone is enough inspiration for the next great capture.
Editing
I am a strongly believer that the post processing must look natural to the eye...This is trickier than it sounds...I use Capture One for the general balance of the image and Photoshop for specific contrast and colour adjustments. Nik software is a big part of my workflow and I always use masks and luminosity masks to adjust what is necessary to benefit the image.
In my camera bag
In my bag I have my camera, sometimes a second body and usually three lenses. An ultra wide (16-28), a normal to mid zoom (35-70) and a tele (80-200). I also carry a polarizer, a ten stops neutral density, an intervalometer, two flashlights, a speed light, a small softbox, a clothe and a rocket blower. I always carry my tripod and occasionally a fast 50mm and an old small 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 with a reverse ring for my macro shots.
Feedback
As with all landscape shots, you have to know the place...Scouting is essential ! For night shots especially, knowing your gear, where the buttons are on the camera, on the lenses, where is what in you bag, surely helps. Sometimes you don't want to turn on a flashlight because you will disturb your vision or a fellow photographer. More technically, for Milky Way or startrail shots, you should know how to focus your lens at infinity, where is infinity on your lens (it is not always at the infinity symbol), you should frame the shot prior to darkness in many cases and you must take several shots in order to nail the exposure. Always check the histogram and try to have detail in the shadows without clipping the highlights. Multiple shots and exposure blending in post is sometimes inevitable. Bottom line : learn your craft and take the time to refine your composition. A badly composed shot is a bad shot, even if it is technically perfect...

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