[Photo scene info]
This is the lighthouse at Cape Lefkatas, located at the far most southwest point of the island Lefkada. It's more south then Vassiliki, but when you follow the main road, you first got to drive to Komilio, north from Vassiliki and then in the direction of Porto Katsiki. (southwest)
The last 4,5 kilometers need to be driven on unpaved road. I've read in the past it was 16km unpaved! And I can tell you, the road, it's terrible! I have never(!) droven a scooter over such a terrible road, it's hell, really!
Little rocks everywhere, pain in my hands from steering and manouvring to avoid edgy stones. But we we're destined to get at Cape Lefkatas, so we moved along...slowly.
It took us atleast 25 minutes to drive 4,5km down the road, going back we we're quicker, lucky us. My girlfriend actually got pain in here back when driving that road, from backing up all bumps!
Following the road with a scooter is not recommended! but the location is nice, it's worth it!
Cape Lefkatas is the place where renowned Greek female poet Sappho allegedly leapt to her death from the 100 foot (30m) high cliffs. There are spectacular views across to Ithaca and Kefalonia in the south, however the 16km (10 mile) unpaved road is enough to put off all but the most determined.
[/info, source : wikipedia]
That's what I said about the 16km in the past!
[Photo technical info]
70mm, F11, 1/1000, ISO-200
Spot Metering (good choice for this situation? or not?)
* Rotate + crop.
* Selected sky with Magnetic Lasso Tool ->
* Levels applied on it.
* Removed some minor imperfections that we're the concequence of selecting.
* Inverse selection ->
* Saturation +15, some colours also increased.
* Some extra sharpening on the lighthouse with Sharpen Edges
Hope you like it!
Closer look on the lighthouse here
Critiques | Translate
Isab (865) 2006-11-18 13:56
Le point de vue est vraiment magnifique. Le cadrage est bon et les couleurs sont bonnes.
J'aime beaucoup cette photo et j'ai un faible pour les phares.
bostankorkulugu (41838) 2006-11-18 15:29
more like the ocean rather than the mediterranean...the compo is well balanced... strange light but really cool one... also the blue of the sea is kinda cold but i like it a lot...
take care emiel...
vincz (19099) 2006-11-19 5:30
Good light house shot. The vertical composition works very well here.
sebcz (2345) 2006-11-19 7:55
Great shot. I like the dark sky and you composition here. The lighthouse stands out very well. Compliments,
syd1946 (18663) 2006-11-19 12:42
Well composed image taken from the best point.Love the never ending perspective and the strong light.Beautiful!
jmcl (14535) 2006-11-19 17:00
I like how this fills up the portrait view just perfectly .. some really intriguing light right at the horizon. .. love the soft sky ..
Cretense (68681) 2006-11-20 6:34
Great, balanced composition in this one. Some would say that you should have put the horizon on the upper of lower third of the picture (as in the "books"), but I think that in this case your choice is excellent. Lighthouses are one of my favorite subjects although sometimes they transit certain feeling of melancoly and lonellines, as this one, standing on the edge of a rock, "lonely" looking at the inmense sea. Congratulations!
stamatis (2442) 2006-11-20 15:28
hi Emiel nice composition, i like those colours i think that you have choose the right time to take the picture. I have been there too, and i remember,and i will remember for a long time the road to arrive there. I will give you a link with 160 greek traditiobal lighthouses .
dragonslayero (3116) 2006-11-21 18:10
Don't fall off!
That is a pretty high rock, and a beautiful one I may add.
Composition is great, the lighthouse is placed nicely in the frame.
Colours work well too, the sky is maybe a bit pale but it doesn't matter.
jjbach (9324) 2006-12-05 18:27
Excellent composition with grade framing kai lighting. A picture full of emotions. Wonderful atmosphere!!
Mondaychild (378) 2006-12-13 5:10
well done! The light creates an unique (and a bit strange) atmosphere ... as it falls on the lower part of the cliff. Furthermore, the clouds in the sky seem to be blue, too (and not white which is the common color for clouds ...)
@Something completly different:
Concerning the fact that the photo is marked as a favorite but no personīs name appear (as you wrote): Somebody marked the photo as favorite - and then he removed it. The userīs name will disappear but it still counts as a favorite.
(I know that because I marked one favorite user twice, then I removed him, but I still see the higher number of favorite users)
doubay (2093) 2006-12-15 12:53
Very nice capture of the impressive cliffs at the southernmost point of Lefkas. My grandmother used to tell me a story about an aunt of mine who jumped from this cliffs because of lovesickness.
- Copyright: Emiel Hillege (Emiel_Skyfreak) (3002)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-29
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Transcend 4GB 150xSD
- Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Greece - The most famous sites, Lighthouses of Greece, Your Favorite Shots [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-18 12:05
- Favorites: 1 [view]