A great *thank you* for your own imprint on my photos!

Comments at guestbook

Thank you!

Overwhelmed by your warm comments at my photo guestbook, I feel the need to say a big “THANK YOU!” to all of you!

You were so kind to browse my Greece and World photos and to download and watch my slideshows! I appreciate it! But more than that, I really appreciate the time you took to send me back a comment, a critique or some words on how you felt seeing my photos, at my guestbook. For me that’s the fuel driving my photography passion further!

The “word cloud” above, is a snapshot of all your guestbook comments combined. The most frequently used words in your comments are larger in size.

More than 430 friends leaving their imprint, are not few! A great thank you indeed!

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A feast of the eyes, preserved – Stories behind photos #10

Santorini photo

Fira, Santorini - Full moon - Yannis Larios Photography

We had just completed our magnificent dinner at the village of Oia (Santorini) with my wife, Nancy. We had selected a cozy restaurant overlooking Oia and we enjoyed the perfect temperature for some great dishes on a wide balcony! It was a warm early-June evening, so tourists where long gone to their cruise ships, letting us enjoy the real-atmosphere of the island.

After we had our last sips of famous Santorini wines, we decided that it was time to head back to our base in Fira. We set back on foot. But then surprise had us!

While we were walking back, we suddenly experienced this rare moment: a full moon just entering the scene, just behind the island, overlooking Fira! It was so great that all bypassers stood there in awe, looking!

We were indeed mesmerised! I had my wines, so a tripod was really necessary and not only due to reasons of low-light. It was one of the moments that you always keep in mind as a perfect justice on why you should always carry your heavy equipment with you!

I set up tripod, adjusted my camera settings, and shot two consecutives frames: one metering for the moon and one metering for the very low light of Fira ahead, that I later combined in a single frame.

This was destined to be one of my most glorious Santorini photos. Was it the dinner, the Santorini Vinsanto wine? Was it the atmosphere of Oia, or the equipment ready at hand? Was it all? I don’t care! For the result, pleased me immensely.

I had kept this feast of the eyes for the years to come! And this was the crown to another great day in Santorini.

Symi island – a pearl dropped in the Aegean. Enjoy!

During the summer of 2009, I visited Symi island (Greece). Symi (or Simi as is often spelt) belongs to the Dodecanese islands complex and is famous for its architectural beauty, its traditions and its majestic viewpoints.

As a Symi visitor  I had read many things and had seen quite a few Symi photos of the place. And then I thought I was ready to confront its beauty! Or at least, I thought so!!!

The truth is that when I entered the Symi harbor, I stood in awe! Any Symi view is magnificent and to make a difference as a photographer, you have to treat every corner with utmost care!

I elected to search (and find!) new views and high vistas, to depict the island’s beauty.

Watch for yourself! Find the result at my Symi photos, now enriching my portfolio.
To feel the atmosphere of Simi, you are also invited to download and watch the relaxing Symi photo slideshow.

Liked it? Any critique? Post me your critique at the photo guestbook!

Computer-Generated Animation touches Reality!! Can you spot the “line”? I cannot!

I am always fascinated by pieces of art, be it photographic or cinematic.
But this time, our real-world reality is “touched” by the awesome work in computer-generated animation.

Like you, I have watched quite a few films with stunning graphics and 3D models that seemed realistic.

However, the magnificent work of Alex Roman has me standing in awe!

His work seen in the above clip is one of the most artful examples of how computer-generated animation, can indeed create pieces of art that combine architecture and photography together.

At first I thought it was just a beautiful film! But then, I saw the “behind-the-scenes” version which showed how it was created… Just awesome! Kudos to Alex Roman and his great work! 

Just make sure that you enjoy it in full screen with the sound set to on!

Canon 5D MkII video – Egypt/ Lebanon by Khalid Mohtaseb

Since the day of its launch, I have set my eyes upon the new Canon 5D MkII camera… Apart from its excellent quality of photos, Canon 5D MkII was the first to introduce real High-Definition video capturing. Well, to be true I am a passionate photographer but not fond of video capturing…

But then what do i know?!! 

My mind changed when I saw the work of Khalid Mohtaseb, who made an excellent montage of scenes from Egypt and Lebanon. Khalid captured Cairo and Beirut, using Canon 5D’s excellent capabilities, but his “film” has so much power emitting from people’s faces, that reminds me how life very frequently makes pictures by itself. It doesn’t matter whether it is photography or video. It’s life that interests me after all…

Watch it! You will be amazed! Congrats Khalid!

Magnificent sand artist Kseniya Simonova makes a nation cry…

Today, I want to share with you what I think is a really amazing talent of our times… I just have no words to describe…

24-year-old sand artist Kseniya Simonova was the winner of the Ukraine TV Show “Ukraine, you have talent”… But she is NOT an ordinary winner…

Her sand artwork made the whole Ukranian nation cry and brought chills to millions of Internet viewers worldwide….

See for youself here in the video above!

In this magnificent piece of sand art she recounts Germany conquering Ukraine in the second world war. Ukraine suffered more than 20% of its population in war losses in WW-II.

She brings calm, then conflict. A couple on a bench become a woman’s face as war planes dominate the skies; a peaceful walkway becomes a conflagration; a baby brings again joy but war brings again destructions and sorrow. A weeping widow morphs into the obelisk for the Ukrainian unknown soldier.

Simonova looks like some vengeful Old Testament deity as she destroys then recreates her scenes – with deft strokes, sprinkles and sweeps she keeps the narrative going.

She moves the judges and the whole Ukranian nation to tears as she subtitles the final scene “YOU ARE ALWAYS NEAR“.

I, personally, just have no words….
Just an infinite admiration for her work.
Please see for yourself. You will be touched.