by Stefan Fletcher March. 21, 2009 6167 views

Caught myself this morning making a sententious comment in a friend's post [photoblog.com] about ‘smooth water images being rather hackneyed’. It's a fair bet that most amateur landscape photographers at one time or another set shutter speed to several seconds so that water acquires a strangely solid, almost feathery look.

Apart from the novelty of it, I can't see the attraction. Water has its own unique, physical, chemical and aesthetic properties (there I go again…). I'm already captivated - and easily overwhelmed - by trying to capture water as I see it, not how it isn't.

This isn't a rant - Fridays are my rant days. It's just another approach. Furthermore, I live in a city that's built around a rock between two mountains in what is, to all intents and purposes, a desert (Athens gets its water from lakes over 100 km away). Monet-like studies of limpid pools are therefore beyond me geographically and artistically.

Ah yes. “Arty” photographs. If you're reading this, Terry, none of these are ‘arty’ photographs. I like what light does to water and vice versa, because water on its own is rather boring.

Oh dear. I think I may have contradicted myself…

A city that ends rather abruptly in the Northern Aegean: Thessaloniki

Moonrise over the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio, the end of peninsula of Attiki. I didn't fiddle with the colours. This is how I saw them and how the camera captured them

The almost chocolate texture to water at dusk between the island of Poros and mainland Peloponnese

Sunset over yet another Greek island, Spetses

The Arno and Ponte Vecchio in Florence, because I grew bored with seawater

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Borgo | Allegri 10 years, 8 months ago

wow #2.... definitely an add to favorites. i don't even have but 2 favorites til your last 2 posts!!!!

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Marnev 11 years, 6 months ago

very nice

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Sk Tan 11 years, 7 months ago

#1 looks peaceful! If the boat is nearer it would be perfect!

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Rob Tulk 11 years, 7 months ago

Great pictures - lovely light. I like 1 and 5 best, but they're all great.

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Arie 11 years, 7 months ago

Amazing sets! Admire the 2nd and last pics..

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Eric J H Joyce 11 years, 7 months ago

Love this set.

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Gonia 11 years, 7 months ago

the last is super!

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Pumacat 11 years, 7 months ago

beautiful set !!

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Andrea Kennard 11 years, 7 months ago

These are all lovely. I particularly like the last one, the reflection is clear and very colourful.

With #3 and #4, I personally would have probably taken the photos a little earlier, when the sun was a bit higher to try to catch more colour from it on the water and also more colour in the sky itself. In #3 I might have zoomed in on the background land a bit more too.

#2 is almost two photos in one. I would crop it to have the moon and a bit of land under it and then cropped the sea and the boat and the reflection in another, cutting out the sky and the buildings.

But of course this is just purely my own opinion and they are lovely photos in themselves.

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Brian 11 years, 7 months ago

Great photos. I really like the first two. Beautiful

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Betty Meade 11 years, 7 months ago

I love your photos...loved your 2nd shot...it is so beautiful there!

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Jeff Hubbard 11 years, 7 months ago

I have been to #1, and very quickly moved on to the area near #4. That was in '78. i haven't repeated the experience in later trips to the country. In ammending that oversight, your photo will suffice!.
I like Spetse. I probably wouldn't but Fowles' Phraxos got to me first, and then the idea of it simply would go away. :)

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Fernando 11 years, 7 months ago

Preciosdas fotos. Me gustan todas.

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