Archive for March, 2015

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Last week I wrote a post about the Urban Decay that i faced in my walk down to Neo Faliron. I intentionally left out of my post all the “good” , “normal” or “expected” street shots that I took as I walked around the triangle of Faliron, Peace & Friendship Stadium and Karaiskaki. Here are a few photos that i took with my D3200. I really enjoyed the beautiful graffiti that you could see almost everywhere, some where in my eyes fantastic.

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

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Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

Neo Faliro

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ONE 1

Minh Thein  At her blog writes a post about What makes an interesting image. .She writes “‘….Something is visually interesting if it holds our attention and demands some degree of conscious contemplation or consideration. There can be many reasons for this; most of it has to do with personal biases and preferences – what do you like, subject-wise? What do you like, atmosphere (i.e. light)-wise? Hold this thought for a moment.There are two parts that make up a photograph, or any visual image: the subject, and the presentation. The subject is of course whatever the image is about; what is the focus? What is supposed to draw the attention of the audience. I think this is relatively straightforward, except in cases where the intended subject doesn’t match the obvious one…..” 

Read the Article: What makes an interesting image, part one: subject and presentation

TWO 2

At http://www.slrlounge.com I read an article about RAW Vs JPEG , it was written in 2012 but still was interesting and had visual examples of different situations. 
 

THREE 3

JR Smith  Writes “…My photography has taken me on a bit of a journey these past five or so years. An adventure that, on occasion, has taken me down a few unexpected roads. Like instant photography. Or shooting the Hasselblad system. Lately, I find the journey has begun to take me right back where I started from…… 

Read the Article: Back Where I Started From.

Eclipse 2015_03_20

“Eclipse” D3200

Yesterday I decided to take a walk to Mikrolimano, in Faliro and I had planned to end my walk at SEF Basketball Stadium of “Peace and Friendship” and Olympiakos Stadium “Karaiskakis”. I had almost 3 years to walk though the cafe and past the bridge to the Delta of Faliron and I must say it was a shocking experience. The economic crisis since 2008 has hit hard every aspect of our life and economy. Thriving businesses are dying or have already died. That was the case here.

NAI cafe was a massive cafe/restaurant next to the sea that was a place to meet enjoy the sun and sea and have a great time. It would operate from early in the morning till late in the evening.

NAI CAFE past

The massive structure was in total ruins,everything was striped to the bone, broken glasses dangerously spread everywhere and it looked as a definite public hazard.I decided to enter the building from the back since from the front all three entrances where filled with massive dangerous pieces of glass. As I was ready to enter I heard noises from the inside of the building.I wont lie,I was troubled and backed up a few steps.That moment a middle aged Greek emerged from the inside of the building he had strips of metal and cables in his hands.I understood that he was Stripping metal to sell it in the junk yards. “Don’t Worry carry on your work!” I told him casually. He went to the side to lay the metal with the other material he had already collected and vanished to the side of the building. I proceeded carefully to the once glamorous cafe. Everything was tron down ,metal ,glass cables and rumble everywhere. I took a few shots. The thing that hit me is that there were signs of human presence. I then proceeded to the second flour again I took a few shots of the inner area and of the bay in front of the decayed building.

I then went towards the OLYMPIC FARE, It seemed abandoned I took a few shots of the front and side and again I could hear people moving things inside.There I used film which hasn’t been processed yet. Finally I reached the “OLYMPICO Cafe”, another trademark of Faliro and Piraeus, a high profile cafe/restaurant with great interior design and stunning view. Again here the situation was no good ,Everything was stripped but the peripheral glass walls was there, the inside was again empty and destroyed. Again here I was using film. As I was ready to enter the building I saw clothes hanged to dry in the inside and I didn’t take the chance top enter alone.

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The overall experience was depressing. There was a feeling of a parallel world of suffering that was absent from the news. I felt really sad because I had good memories from these places and I was angry that public property that we paid and still pay is destroyed this way. Also the human drama that is hidden in the shadows, I fell that is not going to get any better or find resolution in the near future.

Here are the Photos of the present condition.

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

View Of Peace and Friendship Stadium

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

NAI Cafe

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

NAI Cafe Main Entrance

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

View From Back Entrance

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Main Hall

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Self Portrait

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Second Floor,Side Window

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Back Stairs

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

View of Stadium From Stairs

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Second Floor Photos

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Way Down

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

The Old Sign Of the Cafe

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Olympico Cafe Main Entrance

Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath

Stairway to Olympico

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Self Portrait,Through Broken Glass

Here is a Self Portrait, called “Through Broken Glass” its a part of a series of photos of my upcoming post “Urban Decay, Crisis Aftermath“.

Stay Tuned.

Self Portrait,Through Broken Glass

 

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Angelina  At Photoadventure.com writes a post about 10 reasons to move to Sydney. .She writes “‘….Australia has been rated as one of the top 10 countries in the world to visit on many occasions and on its east coast you will find its most famous city, Sydney.
Sydney is widely known for its paradise beaches and for its multiculturalism, with over 250 languages spoken daily…..”
I may not move to Sydney but I would love to visit it.

Read the Article:10 reasons to move to Sydney.

TWO 2

Iberieli  writes in reverse psychology 35 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD not VISIT GEORGIA. He writes actually about the reasons you SHOULD visit Georgia.
 

THREE 3

Zorki Photo  Writes “Most photographers end up shooting the majority of their pics in bright sunlight. No great mystery there – we have our cameras with us when we’re on holiday or out on bright, sunny days. Photography needs light, and these conditions present us with a feast. But it’s not the best light for photography. Hard, overhead summer sun creates deep black shadows – great, perhaps, if you’re shooting a colourful street scene, but ugly if you’re attempting portraits; the overhead sun creates hard blacks even under eye sockets…..

 Read the Article: 52 Photo Tips #9: Use morning and evening light.

Apocalypto

“Apocalypto” D3200

I tried to take some photos of the eclipse the clouds didn’t help.Still I managed a few usable shots.

Eclipse 2015_03_20

Eclipse 2015_03_20

Eclipse 2015_03_20

Some more photos from Drapetsona following my last visit there.

Apocalypto

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When I visited Megara the first thing that I wanted to visit and capture was the old Train Station and the Old Steam Locomotive.

Megara Old Train Station

A few words about the history of the railway in Megara. The old train station was established 1885 and was attributed to Charilaos Trikoupis. It was planned from A.Koumoundouros in 1881 who signed the agreement but was left aside due to Parliamentary disputes. Later on the “Railway company Athens Piraeus and Pelloponisou” takes on the project, starts of at Piraeus at the 21st of May 1884.The raisin producers where against the project and didn’t agree to land expropriation  and the usage of water which was scarce in Megara. The first problem which had to do with money was eventually solved the second was a harder matter to be solved. Even King George the First, came to stop a riot of the citizens of Megara who had broken the water pipes who provided water to the trains. The pressure of the citizens to the mayor led to an unthinkable denial to the King itself for water supplying. At last the solution came with the company bringing water from another district.

Megara Old Train Station

Today after more than 130 years the Old train Station with the one steam engine and a few wagons stays forgotten and slowly fading away. Unfortunately it hasn’t found any use for the public as a recreational or educational center.

Megara Old Train Station

Megara Old Train Station

Megara Old Train Station

Megara Old Train Station

Megara Old Train Station

Megara Old Train Station

Megara Old Train Station

Megara Old Train Station

Megara Old Train Station

Megara Old Train Station

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Yesterday I took my D3200 and decided to do a small trip to Megara with my brother. Among other places we visited Pachi, where we had a warm cup of coffee next to the sea.

Pachi is a small Village by the sea, near Megara. Only 30km from Athens.It is a beautiful traditional village next to the sea.It has many coffee shops,traditional restaurants where families can enjoy the sun the beautiful sea view and a refreshment drink or a meal. It has easy access easy parking and is very close as I said to Athens. In the port is situated the graphic church of Saint Nikolas. Its a nice place to visit at your weekend excursions.

Pahi,Megara

Pahi,Megara

Pahi,Megara

Pahi,Megara

Pahi,Megara

Pahi,Megara

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The bay of Vourkari is near Agia Triada, at the periphery of Megara. Its a Wetland that is densily populated by different kind of birds. Its a popular destination for any bird watcher .

It was recently named as a Periphery Park with Presidential order.

Here is the intro form a report on the Wetland written from Vasilios Liordos, it can be found in whole here.

Seasonal trends of waterbirds at Vourkari inlet, western Attiki, Greece
Vasilios LIORDOS* Hellenic Forest Service, 12 Minoas str., GR-19100 Megara, Attiki, Greece
Received: 30 September 2009 Accepted after revision: 28 July 2010

The waterbird assemblage of a small shallow coastal wetland, the Vourkari inlet, western Attiki, Greece, was studied in 2008. Weekly counts revealed distinctive seasonal patterns of occurrence and abundance. A total of 54 species of waterbirds were recorded, 22 of which were regular visitors and 32 scarce vagrants and were classified as residents, winter and early spring migrants, autumn migrants, and spring migrants. The highest total numbers of individuals were observed in winter and early spring migration. The monthly number of species varied from 6 in June to 29 in October and was not correlated with the monthly total population size (rs=0.420, n=12, ns). The yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis), little egret (Egretta garzetta), grey heron (Ardea cinerea), common redshank (Tringa totanus) and dunlin (Calidris alpina) were regularly observed in most of the months, whilst the black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus), Mediterranean gull (Larus melanocephalus), yellow-legged gull, sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis), great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), common redshank and little egret were the most abundant. The inlet holds nationally important wintering populations of the common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), little egret, common redshank and sandwich tern. At least 13 of the regularly occurring species have an unfavourable conservation status on the national and/or international level. The Vourkari inlet hosts a diverse waterbird assemblage and its value lies more in its use as a feeding, roosting and staging site for wintering and migrating waterbirds. The inlet is currently threatened by overexploitation and conservation efforts should focus therefore on its protection and improvement through the designation of a wildlife refuge and with appropriate habitat manage

Here are some photos I took when I passed from there.

Vourkari Megara

Vourkari Megara

Vourkari Megara

Vourkari Megara

Vourkari Megara

More photos in my Flickr album.