Two members of the Hellenic Military Vehicules Preservation Association (http://www.sdio.gr) on a visit to the primary school of Ayia Marina last September.
They are dressed as officers of the Sacred Squadron, a special Greek commando corps that operated along with and under the command of famous British corps such as LRDG (Long Range Desert Group), SAS, SBS and others. Their aims were: harassment of the transportations of the Axis, sabotage, collection of information, commando operations in general. The crew of this military car were Greek officers belonging to the Sacred Squadron and bearing uniforms, arms and equipment provided by the British Army.
In the photo, Andreas Galanos is talking to the gathered pupils and Iannis Zissis is leaning on one of the vehicles he has restored. It’s a historical restoration of a 1942 Ford GPW, used by the Hellenic Royal Aviation at its headquarters in Cairo in 1943, bearing the insignia of RHAF 336th FLYING SQUADRON.
In its day the car carried weapons, supplies and fuel that allowed great autonomy of movement. It had also gone under the necessary mechanical reinforcement in order to cope with the harsh desert conditions.
On the occasion of its participation to the commemorating events for the 70th years from the Battle of Leros, it was “dressed” as a Sacred Squadron accompanying car.
My colour picture wasn’t so good because of the deep shadow and the stark lighting contrast which I wasn’t able to balance or correct in pp. I decided to turn to monochrome because I wanted to save this scene. I was surprised by the details it revealed and I liked the atmosphere.
In the WORKSHOP:
1. a wider view that includes the whole of the car
2. a photo that shows the condition of a donor car before it was deconstructed and reassembled to make a faithful reconstruction of a WWII vehicle. (I borrowed the photo from Iannis Zissis’ archive upon request).
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Noel_Byrne (33054) 2014-01-23 0:28
This little cart has real soul and presence and your collection of shots here have captured it well. Showing the before and after shots is a great idea as is so cool to see the work that has gone into making and recreating this important part of history. I like the choice of black and white for the main post too, it brings out those shadows you speak of very nicely and sits three recreated theme of the scene.
thanks as always
snunney (104717) 2014-01-23 2:48
A fine capture of these two imposing military looking men. Black and white was an excellent choice for the reasons you mentioned. I like the play of light around the face of the man on the right. A successful image I would say despite the difficult lighting.
lousat (95888) 2014-01-23 3:08
Ciao Ourania,all'inizio avevo pensato che fossi messa anche tu a digitalizzare le vecchie foto come Gert o Miguel...ehehe....invece lo scatto è molto recente,ben virato in bianco e nero con personaggi ed abiti interessanti.Buona giornata,Luciano
jhm (157878) 2014-01-23 3:30
You know that I a lot busy am with WAR I and second WORLD WAR.
These pictures, all three are for my beauties.
Also your notes is very interesting.
As well as black and white as colour are very nice taken.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Enjoy the day ahead,
Nicou (148458) 2014-01-23 5:50
quelle compo nostalgique e tiamge sueprbe ces vétérans militaires et leur véhicuel quel rendu et scène sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (85999) 2014-01-23 6:01
Tu as bien fait de transformer cette photo en noir et blanc. Cela donne un beau côté documentaire et vintage à la photo. On a l'impression de voir des américains venant libérer l'Europe.
ikeharel (76107) 2014-01-23 7:27
For a moment the pic. is really "swept" the viewer into the 1940th years, Ourania, and a nice tribute to the soldiers here.
Nice shown the old Jeeps, I personally once drove one alike, and roofless hit with the wind is an amazing feel. Face expression of the bearded officer is outstanding army-style pose. Well collected.
Fine all three shots, and well told the history in brief.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-01-23 7:50
namaste, here is a nice composition with those military persons. Nice to see it in monochrome. Nice focus of the man at middle. Excellent framing. Tfs.
holmertz (57367) 2014-01-23 8:09
You had a difficult light here, as you point out, but it is still nice to watch these men in their WWII uniforms. It must have been interesting for the young pupils to hear them describe what happened on their island so long ago. I was pleased to see that the ws photo of the car was a loan from an archive - it is not up to your usual standard :-). Regarding this photo I think the shadows/highlights could have smoothed over some of the contrasts. It's a sometimes difficult tool to use but handled with care it can do wonders. Maybe even more for B&W photos, because it tends to distort colours.
danos (101784) 2014-01-23 9:23
πολύ όμορφη η παρουσίαση των δύο μελών του Συλλόγου που ασχολείται με τα διατηρητέα-ιστορικά αυτοκίνητα.Μου αρέσει το cropping με τον αεροπόρο στο βάθος να έχει πολύ στυλ.Ο λοχίας μπροστά συμπληρώνει το σκηνικό.
Cricri (123740) 2014-01-23 9:48
J'aime votre idée du N/B, le cadrage et le contraste bien donner du N/B, intéressant détails des tenues différentes, deux WS aussi très intéressant a voir plus la note détaillée, bravo
EstudioChispa (2178) 2014-01-23 11:14
Thank you for sharing all the interesting details and information about this scene. I'm especially thankful for your note about the monochrome as a method of "saving" this image -- it was a brilliant choice, for obvious reasons (the period of the costumes is most often seen in back and white!).
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-01-23 12:46
Super image of these Military guys in their uniforms, fantastic in B@W as you say gives it a great atmosphere.
Bet the kids enjoyed.
tenretin (2657) 2014-01-23 13:33
I love your photo, taken with this black and white which enhances the subject. The rating is interesting and everything is done.
mcmtanyel (26930) 2014-01-23 19:04
A well-composed photo and B&W suits the theme very well. I like the workshop photos, too. I appreciate the wider angle photo you took that includes the whole of the vehicle which is a delight to behold. The photo you borrowed from your friend gives us a good idea of how much work went into restoring the vehicle.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-01-23 23:41
yesterday I wrote critique to this image and than the site collapsed.I hope today I´ll have more luck:)
So I must say the scene works really well in monochrome as it accentuates excellently the historical character of the scene.The more I´m glad you´ve also like this version more.But apart from that I enjoy also this play of light&shade making the whole picture even more expressive and captivating to us.
Have a nice day
Silvio1953 (150245) 2014-01-24 6:14
Ciao Ourania, la scelta del bianco e nero e ben fatta per illustrare una rievocazione, belli anche i due WS a colori, ottima luce e splendida nitidezza, brava, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-01-24 10:02
We have re-enactors from different wars and I think they do a wonderful job of bringing history life. And they are a great reminder for the next generations not to make the same mistake. Nicely captured with good details and good use of lighting. Well done, tfs.
abmdsudi (57168) 2014-01-25 2:06
The exposure must have been a challenge, lighting is so harsh thus mono conversion is apt. An excellent close work, and the touch of history with vital elements work really well together and finely featured with great interest supported by your narratives. Lovely worked image, Well done, TFS
Equally good informative picts in WS.
mirosu (16273) 2014-01-26 2:50
Excellent snapshot. Monochrome captures the mood of this scene much more than color could. You have created a really strong composition with great light & light contrast, excellently framed in landscape format.
aliabazari (16252) 2014-09-06 20:54
Hi Ourania dear
Beauty portrait of the military man in front of the camera. Smart choice of black and white. Good sharpness and exposure. Thanks for sharing
- Copyright: Ourania Karali (ourania) (49831)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-09-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Event
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-22 23:01