Back to Agios Nikolaos, the capital of Lasithi Prefecture, after 1 year and some moths. Always enchanted by its beauty and especially that of the "key" spot, the place with the small bridge, where the sea, the Gulf of Mirabello meets the small "bottomless" lake Voulismeni.
*Some info about Agios Nikolaos from Wikipedia:
"Agios Nikolaos (or Aghios Nikolaos, Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος) is a coastal town on the Greek island of Crete, lying east of the island's capital Heraklion, north of the town of Ierapetra and west of the town of Sitia. In the year 2000, the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos, which takes in part of the surrounding villages, claimed around 19,000 inhabitants. The town is the capital of the nomos (province) of Lasithi, and sits partially upon the ruins of the ancient city of Lato pros Kamara.
Agios Nikolaos was settled in the late Bronze Age by Dorian occupants of Lato, at a time when the security of the Lato hillfort became a lesser concern and access to the harbour at Agios Nikolaos became sufficiently attractive.
The name Agios Nikolaos means Saint Nicholas, and its stress lies on the third syllable of the word "Nikolaos". Agios Nikolaos or Ayios Nikolaos (alternative transliterations of the Greek Άγιος Νικόλαος) is observably a common placename in Greece and Cyprus, since Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors and of all of Greece
MODERN AGIOS NIKOLAOS
Agios Nikolaos is probably best known as a tourist town that serves as a hub to the twenty or so small villages and farms that make up that part of Lassithi. Tourist attractions include the small lagoon Lake Voulismeni, small beaches in the town, the tiny island Agioi Pantes, the archaeological museum, the local flora exhibition “Iris” and numerous fairs. Tourism is mainly west European with Greek tourism concentrating in mid August. The lagoon features a small park with a trail, traditional fishing boats, ducks, pigeons, an amphitheatre and many cafès."
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vixchris (284) 2008-09-03 5:04
Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία Ηρακλή, με υπέροχους αντικατοπτρισμούς (τελικά δεν έχει σαν τη Μεσόγειο ε!)
Χαιρετίσματα από το φθινοπωρινό Βέλγιο,
Rooster_kool (860) 2008-09-03 5:08
This image is full of life, beautiful color with blue sky.
mkamionka (39531) 2008-09-03 5:09
Very good blue hour timing.
Great colors. Good composition.
However if possible I would rather take less sky and include more of the reflections.
ManuMay (36287) 2008-09-03 5:12
Superb definition, great point of view and DOF...and wonderful colours!!
Very good composition using blues sky / water!!!
Very well done!
Regards from Madrid.
Sne011 (3084) 2008-09-03 5:14
Simply beautiful view and great image quality, of course. Very cute town, I love to see many lined up cafes on the shore and those crowded houses on the hill are very greek :)
Greetings from Belgrade
phwall (6785) 2008-09-03 5:17
Great shot, what a fantastic looking place.
You've captured the mood and atmosphere perfectly.
Wonderful sharp image so full of life, incredible detail.
COSTANTINO (68182) 2008-09-03 5:21
Geia sou Irakli,
katapliktiki foto,me uperoxes antanaklaseis
sto nero kai polu kali diaxeirisi tou fwtos,
mou aresei polu,
bema (26425) 2008-09-03 5:24
very pretty captured night-shot (as ever from you) of an well-known place at crete, like the colorful atmosphere down where in those tavernas, good sharpness, fine colors and a very special (greek) mood.. like it a lot.
Have a nice day, Bernd
tehanu_f (6896) 2008-09-03 5:25
you got it pin-sharp. its crystal-clearness hurts my eyes! and my feelings! (cos' I can never get it so perfectly clear!)
the place looks lovely; I'd like to spend a couple of days here.
npecanhuk (76907) 2008-09-03 5:34
Wonderful night picture!
Perfect sharpness, colors and management of light!
The high point of view is very good to give us a general idea of the place - it looks interesting and beautiful!
I also loved the reflections!
TFS - Congratulations!
dta (81076) 2008-09-03 5:40
Hello Hercules ,
A fantastic picture ! I like a lot the blue of the sky and the sea . Beautifull lines , shapes and colors .
ktanska (28729) 2008-09-03 5:45
Beautiful evening view of the town and harbour. Blue tone on the sea and sky looks great. Reflections of lights are nice too. Interesting to see how the horizon disappears completely.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2008-09-03 5:57
Otra bonita foto. Buenísimos los reflejos y qué grandes los contrastes!
Un saludo, Oscar
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-09-03 6:02
amazing perspective on the city. The light is really nice under the blue hour.
athanvas (2369) 2008-09-03 6:12
Geia sou Hrakli
Ekpliktiki apotyposi aytou tou yperoxou merous, fantastika xrwmata kai poly kali oxitita.
TopGeo (38216) 2008-09-03 6:19
Geia soy Hrakli!
San trisdiastati xromatiki maketa i eikona soy edo! Entiposiazei kai optika kai lektika!
macondo (19780) 2008-09-03 6:32
Another really marvellous 'blue hour' photo from your camera. Wow, what a magnificent location. This town looks wonderful, surrounded by water and joined by the little bridge. This kind of shot always makes me want to jump right into the photo and the people enjoying their summer evening. The long tripod exposure has made this image sharp and the exposure is just right. Beautiful blue and pinkish tones to please the eye.
lc4giala (2190) 2008-09-03 6:56
Epae Irakli me ta wraia sou
exairetiki apodosi,xrvmata,antikatoptrismos,gwnia mpla,mpla,mpla
ta perisotera perita
eyge tse pies tse mia raki stin ygeia mas
cfreire (11741) 2008-09-03 7:15
Wow! What splendid color did took here for this picture? Lovely contrasts of these good saturation of the colors. Excellent depth and POV. It's an amazing place we can feel this mood. Well done. Regards, Consuelo
amaryllis (37039) 2008-09-03 7:43
on reste en admiration debant une si belle photo, avec un cadrage excellent en plongée sur ce port, les terrasses de café ou restaurant, un petit pardais, à une heure bleue qui s'annonce, une bonne gestion de la lumière
bravo, excellente composition
SELU (492) 2008-09-03 7:50
PROFESIONAL PICTURE, THE REFLEXIONS ARE PERFECTS. THE COLOUR IS MAGIC. TEN POINTS. A GREETING.
stefanocer (10642) 2008-09-03 8:45
Again a great night shot of yours Hercules , fantastic light management , great place and colours , many compliments.
dareco (17134) 2008-09-03 8:49
This place really is beautiful!! I love the colors, lighting, detail.....everything in this!! The pov is perfect. TFS and have a happy day!
PaulVDV (31173) 2008-09-03 9:24
I like this composition very much. Beautiful with the blue on top and at the bottom, and with the colours of the houses, their lights and the reflections in the water.
Best regards, Paul
gilou530 (34) 2008-09-03 9:32
une ambiance d'heure bleue ou les teintes se complétent et se mélangent parfaitement dans le POV en hauteur qui donne une vue plongeante magnifique, beau travail
besnard (57102) 2008-09-03 9:55
Une très belle composition avec une vue plongeante sur la ville et une heure bleue qui donne de magngifiques couleurs aux maisons.
Merci pour le partage et bonne soirée.
yaya13baut (3344) 2008-09-03 10:24
fine night shot ! great light, great colors and great reflection. Must be a nice place... a little be too touristic maybe.
Kielia (24077) 2008-09-03 10:30
the beauty of this place - and of your capture - is incredible!
CatherineD (4864) 2008-09-03 10:52
Geia sou Irakli,
Perfect timing and great management of light. It looks like the beginning of the blue hour when all the colours of the house can be seen. Very nice place to be... Xairetw,
Gerrit (52123) 2008-09-03 12:37
beautiful and colorful portrait of this city in the blue hour, Great photo work.
gneufeld (15890) 2008-09-03 19:18
A wonderful symphony of light and colors here. Perfect sharpness and clarity in this well composed image. Well done and TFS. Gerald
asajernigan (21427) 2008-09-03 19:22
This is a fantastic blue hour shot! The town seems to be suspended in a sea of blue. The blending of artificial and natural works well here to create a wonderful scene. Your composition and POV are great with the waterway leading the eye into the scene. The photo has excellent color with fine sharpness and DOF.
hispic (9652) 2008-09-03 19:52
Best time was chosen. I have never seen such a beautiful shot of the glowing city in the evening hour. A swaying reflection on the sea is also depicted exquisitely.
Have a nice day, Hisashi
carper (96) 2008-09-03 23:15
a very nice one Hercules,
well composed shot here, good balance and a fine mood, good photojob, have anice day.
syrus_persia (2270) 2008-09-03 23:26
Great shot, what a fantastic looking place !
This place really is beautiful!!
I like this composition very much.
stelli (2993) 2008-09-04 0:14
As if out of a post card!!! Your amazing blue hour hits again!!! Excellent work! Thank you for sharing! ΦΙΛΙΚΑ Στέλλα
kiks (12757) 2008-09-04 2:56
Crispy blue our image, Hercules. I like the scene it makes me want to go on vacation again and relax.
delkoo (68) 2008-09-04 3:53
fantastic light and colors, The frame is flawless as you have captured everything in the proper way.
clio (27961) 2008-09-04 12:55
Geia sou Hrakli,
Fantastic blue hour in Ag Nikolaos!
No violent light. A very beautiful balance. The city seems to go out of the sea. The recording in high angle shot creates a very beautiful effect.
bostankorkulugu (42480) 2008-09-04 15:39
...and i m in love with this scene... the town looks spellbinding from this point of view... i am jelaous of the ones who wakes up to see this beauty every morning... great job dancing giritli mou... as always...
dip (23890) 2008-09-04 21:28
Geia sou Irakli,
katapliktiki panoramiki foto apo ton Ag. Nikolao,
fantastika xromata kai fotismos kai opos panta eksairetiki poiotita,
rigoletto (34279) 2008-09-04 23:37
Visit it a thousand times, and i won't ever be bored. I just wonder, whether it looks so beautiful in real, or is it the magic of "Cretense" touch.
Graal (103038) 2008-09-04 23:56
fantastic colours and reflections. Good POV You had. Beautiful place. Friends all told You. I like this picture also.
jemaflor (101285) 2008-09-05 3:03
Very lovely village, a good memory for me ... perfect light captute at the famous blue hour, nice reflections on water, well done.
chrkont (4005) 2008-09-05 6:20
Ηρακλή μου, εσένα έπρεπε να σε πληρώνουν για να ανεβάζεις τις φωτογραφίες σου στο site. Έψαξα και ξαναβρήκα την παλιότερη φωτό σου από το ίδιο μέρος 'Shining Agios Nikolaos'. Αυτή είναι σαφώς καλύτερη. Το αστείο είναι ότι (την ώρα που γράφω) αυτή εδώ έχει ακριβώς τους μισούς βαθμούς από εκείνη. Μάλλον έχεις ανεβάσει πολύ τον πήχη.
Glint (6171) 2008-09-05 21:43
stunning iamge of Ag Nik. Love those brillatnt colours, the reflections and the geomtry of the buildings.
ChrisJ (117199) 2008-09-06 6:01
Wow! Missed this one. Fantastic colour & reflections with a superb high pov & good sharpness & warm cold color contrasts. Tfs!
lilimih33 (9918) 2008-09-08 15:06
Fantastic colours, beautiful panorama!
Vato_Law (12732) 2008-09-21 12:57
There's life exhaling all over this photo, not only near the water line but everywhere it seems to flow. Don't know if it's due to the look of the city itself but I seem to get energy from the photo, don't ask me why but i do.
Once again the reflections, the hour you took it, te typical Greek architecture present all over the photo al conveys to this great photo.
steliosk (4802) 2008-09-21 16:44
Afou petyxes autes tis antanaklaseis eisai tyxeros agaphte mou file!!
de lew tipota allo ;) sygxarhthria
coco (30439) 2009-03-09 6:24
Pues sí, Hercules, sí. Ésta me gusta más.
La composición (con el plano más cerrado) y sobretodo una luz mucho más "fina" que le da un toque a la foto más que acertado.
- Copyright: Hercules Milas (Cretense) (68703)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark III, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR
- Exposure: f/11, 8 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Greek nights, Steliosk Favourites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-09-03 5:02