Archive for March, 2015

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

You can see more photos in My Flickr Album.

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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

See more in my Flickr album.

 

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.

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JIM GREY  Writes a post right from his heart about What was and what could be, life lessons and photography.He writes “‘….It was 1990. I was 22 and didn’t know myself yet. Who does at 22? College was less than a year behind me; I had gone to work. Trying to figure out what it meant to be an adult, I mimicked what I saw growing up. My parents went to work come hell or high water, even when sick, even in treacherous weather. The ice storm had blown hard all night. The radio said that roads were dangerous. Dutifully, I drove to work anyway….”

Read the Article:What the ice storm could have taught me about myself.

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JR Smith  writes “On Monday, during a staff meeting, I made a reference to Fleetwood Mac. Our 20 year old marketing assistant looked at me with an empty, glassy-eyed stare. She had no idea what I was talking about. Our 40 year old company president was quick to jump in…”They were a rock band in the 70s. Doobie Brothers? The Who? Steely Dan? Jethro Tull?” It wasn’t until he mentioned Led Zeppelin that she had any idea what we were talking about……..”
 Read the Article: Yikes I’m Getting Old!
 

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Francois Dourlen  is a French photographer who has found the best use for an iPhone yet.While the rest of us spend our days taking selfies, Francois Dourlen has been putting his iPhone to much better use. Using film stills displayed on his iPhone screen, the 31-year-old history teacher from Cherbourg, France, transplants iconic movie scenes and characters into every day situations.

 Read the Article:Photographer uses iPhone to put famous film scenes in real life situations

NIKON F75 (22)

Nikon F75 ,Lucky SHD 100

B&W Spring

Rusty Cage

Posted: March 11, 2015 in D3200, Nikon 18-55mm f3.5 VR, PHOTOGRAPHY

D3200 & Nikon 18-55mm VR,Lightroom 5

Rusty Cage

Rusty Cage

Dangerous Skies

Posted: March 8, 2015 in D3200, LR5, Nikon 18-55mm f3.5 VR
D3200 & Nikon 18-55mm VR,Lightroom 5

Perama View From Roof Top

Dangerous Skies

Dangerous Skies

Dangerous Skies

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I recently bought a Nikon F55 and a Nikon F75 for 32 euros (the pair) including postage that’s 16.00 euros (18$) each. Is it a steal? For that less than the cost of going out with my wife and son for coffee and ice-cream i got a film camera that only the body in 2003 cost new 190$ which is 2015’s value 241$. So less than 1% of the original value,not bad.

 Nikon F75

Nikon F75

So what is this camera capable to do?Lets compare it to N65 and N80.

N65 N75 or F75
N80
Five autofocus sensors under user control (single button) Five autofocus sensors under user control (direction pad) Five autofocus sensors under user control (direction pad)
Auto DX ISO coding only Auto DX ISO coding only Manual or DX ISO coding
Matrix Balanced Fill Flash Multi-Sensor Matrix Balanced Fill Flash Multi-Sensor Matrix Balanced Fill Flash
Infrared remote control only (optional) Infrared remote control only (optional) Standard cable release option only
Matrix and Centerweighted metering Matrix, Centerweighted, and Spot metering (latter two controlled unusually, though) Matrix, Centerweighted, and Spot metering
P, S, A, M plus 6 special exposure modes (some are only way to get certain features) P, S, A, M plus 6 special exposure modes P, S, A, and M exposure modes
89% viewfinder coverage 89% viewfinder coverage 92% viewfinder coverage
+/- 2 EV compensation, 1/2 stops +/- 3 EV compensation, 1/2 stops +/-3 EV compensation, 1/2 stops
1/90 flash sync 1/90 flash sync 1/125 flash sync
No custom settings 12 custom settings 18 custom settings
2.5 fps 1.5 fps 2.5 fps
30 second to 1/2000 shutter speeds 30 second to 1/2000 shutter speeds 30 second to 1/4000 shutter speeds
CR2 batteries CR2 batteries CR123A batteries
Short load time, long rewind time Long load time, short rewind time Short load time, long rewind time
No grid lines No grid lines On demand grid lines
13.9 Oz (395g) 13.4 Oz (380g) 18.2 oz (515g)

 Nikon F75

Nikon F75

Ken Rockwell writes for this camera “…The lens mount is metal. If you can get over the plastic, and especially if you love light weight, it is among the best 35mm cameras ever made. It’s a plastic F5 or F6. The N75 has a metal lens mount.

No one knows about the N75 because it came out just as digital had replaced film for most people. That’s too bad, because the N75 has every trick Nikon has ever learned to put in cameras, at a very low price.

It’s designed for people’s moms, and it also works great for serious photographers on a dollar or weight budget. It’s a better camera than older, more expensive Nikons like the N90. The N75 is a very competent film camera, sadly no one paid much attention because it was introduced in February 2003: a year after the D100 and a year before the D70.

The N75 has every feature I actually use, like depth-of-field preview, illuminated LCDs, full VR, flash, AF and AFS compatibility, every exposure mode, program shift, and just about every feature one might want in a film camera.

The only things missing, compared to today’s newer professional F6, are durability (the N75 does have a metal lens mount), speed and fast frame rates, slower 1/90 sync, metering with manual lenses, and the high price. The N75’s finder is bigger and brighter than any DX camera like the $1,800 D300, but it’s not as good as better film cameras…..”   Full review Here.

So I thing you get a lot for 16Euros/18USD. It is not pro,it is not amateur its mid-range ,easy fun capable camera. Its cheap enough to not cry if you carry it around as a second film body and gets busted.It has almost all the things you will ever need without almost all  the stuff you don’t need.Hell yeah its worth buying one.

I am going to run few rolls through it and see how it performs. Some shots that I took on the cheep Lucky SHD100 developed in Rodinal 1:100 are following. I am not very happy with them because the roll was labeled 100 but had been coded in DX 200 (recycle power!). I knew that, used EC (exposure compensation because you cant set ISO manually) but EC  didn’t work perfectly and the weather wasn’t helpful.

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Nikon F75 Lucky SHD 100