Photographer's Note

The seaside village of Sykia (Greek: Συκιά) is located at a 160 km distance from Thessaloniki. The village is home to about 3,000 people.

Sykia is one of the oldest villages in Halkidiki. There are various legends concerning the village's name ... the first one relates to the shadow (Greek: skia) of mount Athos, another one states that the name stems from the name of the ancient town Siggos and eventually morphed into Sykia, the third legend revolves around the old fig tree (Greek: sykia) which the town is built around.

The towns architecture was strongly influenced by the architecture of Mount Athos. The relations between Mount Athos and the village of Sykia go back many centuries to a time when there were large monastic properties in the area surrounding Sykia.


I used the HDR technique for this shot. I used a RAW file to create five JPEG files with different exposures (-2.00 EV to +2.00 EV) and then merged them with Photomatix. Colors and levels were adjusted with Photoshop.

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