The castle of Leros over the districts of Christos and Pandeli.
The Castle was built in the 11th century and was occupied by Knights, Venetians, Ottomans, besieged by pirates, used as watch post by Italians, British and Germans. It has hosted and protected soldiers, monks and villagers, various stone structures, ramparts, chapels and vaults, today a church and a museum.
People nowadays walk or drive up to the Castle for happy occasions: weddings or christenings at the church of Our Lady or perhaps a concert or a theatrical performance in the summer. It's really worth a visit simply to enjoy the beautiful view over Leros and the seascape around it.
It was exactly 66 years ago, March 7 1948, that Leros and the Dodecanese, the group of islands where it belongs, united formally with Greece.
Thank you for visiting
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daddo (24416) 2014-03-07 0:51
Hi Ourania.Spellbinding use of light. You waited for that special moment as the light creeps up towards the caste after illuminating the houses.Top shot. Quite a history too. Regards. Klaudio.
yquem46 (38746) 2014-03-07 0:51
A jewel of white village in the light in a box of black velvet
Lucky you to have this short instant and a nice sky as well to complete the compo
bravo, have a nice WE
Hellas (6831) 2014-03-07 3:19
Γεια σου, Ουρανία!
Το παιχνίδι της σκιάς και του φωτός είναι πολύ καλό. Η φωτομέτρηση έγινε σωστά κι έτσι αφ' ενός ο οικισμός διακρίνεται ολοκάθαρος, αφετέρου μπορούμε να απολαύσουμε την μυστηριακή ατμόσφαιρα που «φύλαξες» για εμάς. Τα σύννεφα από πάνω μαζί με το ανοικτό τμήμα του ουρανού πλαισιώνουν υπέροχα το σκηνικό και διαμορφώνουν ένα ωραιότατο σύνολο.
Να έχεις ένα όμορφο Σαββατοκύριακο!
holmertz (41797) 2014-03-07 3:21
This is a very dramatic composition, quite different from the sunny view of Leros that you usually show us. The partial darkness gets a symbolic signifiance considering the partly dark history of the island, and especially that of the castle, whereas the partial light could be said to symbolize the events 66 years ago when this part of Greece finally became Greek again.
But then it all boils down to a brief moment of very favourable light that created this fine effect. It was a fine moment which you captured very well from a good position.
jhm (140090) 2014-03-07 3:40
You play excellent with light and shadows.
The mountain and slope are completely built with nice houses.
Excellent composition, excellent captured.
Nice picture with pleasant colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Sergiom (61210) 2014-03-07 4:48
Une chance que les maisons sont blanches et qu'elles captent un petit peu de la lumière rare qui passe à travers les miroirs très sombres car l'ensemble serait un brin lugubre.
Silvio1953 (123643) 2014-03-07 5:42
Ciao Ourania, gran bella vista dell'antico castello che domina la deliziosa cittadina, gran gestione di una luce non facile, magnifico cielo, splendidi colori, bravissima, buon week end, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (58253) 2014-03-07 7:00
Perfect timing with the clouds moving to have light over the town roof-tops. That created marvelous contrast to the shaded mountain and castle atop.
Fine clarity, DOF and a fine POV found to have the whole slope filled the image.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
saxo042 (37578) 2014-03-07 7:20
The combination of sunshine and shadows create a fine and quite dramatic effect. The houses exposed to the sun also provide a good pattern, almost in a cubistic style. A very attractive view!
SnapRJW (31483) 2014-03-07 7:57
The dramatic contrast of light and shade gives the composition great atmosphere Ourania. Fabulous clarity across the sunlit buildings where the domed church makes a super feature.
Nicely managed and plenty of detail to enjoy.
Have a good weekend
cebe (1481) 2014-03-07 9:05
This is a very nice (and so recent!) photo of Leros and its castle. Descriptive and very enjoyable. Many details to look at. The strong contrast sunlight/shadow adds some drama. No idea about how long that patch of sunlight stayed around, just feel it was quite short-lived. Interestingly, a "wintry" Greek islands photo.
Best regards, Claude
Noel_Byrne (24852) 2014-03-07 10:55
And as the evil wizard looked from his castle, a dark shadow fell over the mountain and spread across the city....
So many of your images are just inspirational, and were I a write, I would spend more time that I already do admiring your gallery. This is so filled with drama and mood! The shadow extends from the castle and fights to overcome the city, but in my eyes, only the beautiful red and white church can keep it a bay. A storm approaching makes this such a visually powerful vision.
As ever, thank you :)
Best wishes from Ireland
Cricri (107330) 2014-03-07 11:23
Douce lumière qui filtre ces gros nuages, illumine une grande partie du village, le château sur le haut de la colline domine le village, ainsi dans l'ombre cela donne une atmosphère particulière, belle présentation
photographer_sg (4402) 2014-03-07 11:58
that is a beautiful moment captured! The light falling on the buildings is magical and gives an enormous boost to the composition which in itself is great with excellent framing. The castle outlined against the partly clouded blue sky adds great mood. Thanks for sharing this superb picture with us. Congratulations and have a great weekend.
mesutilgim (85478) 2014-03-07 12:42
Hello dear Ourania,
Amazing capture from Leros.
Nice light on the buildings at the center. Dark cloudy sky creates a perfect bacground.
TFS and have a nice weekend
PaulVDV (22747) 2014-03-07 13:01
WOW! This is a fantastic picture of Leros!
In a great dramatic presentation.
The beautiful white houses with their flat roofs and the church with its red dome catch the sunlight while the foreground and the hilltop with the castle remain in the dark.
Threatening clouds arrive on the picture from the left.
I really like the composition and the atmosphere.
Very well done!
Best regards, Paul
carlo62 (33835) 2014-03-07 15:15
molto particolare la luce che colpisce le case, mentre il castello sembra ancora addormentato e immerso nella sua lunga storia.
C'è una bella atmosfera, un misto tra il drammatico e la souspance.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-07 20:29
Belle prise de vue de ce village dominé par le vieux château. J'aime bien la lumière qui éclaire uniquement le centre du village. Bien fait.
fabbs99 (16489) 2014-03-07 21:52
This is a marvelous image of the mountains from the Castle of Leros.Perfect composition and sharpness.Keep sharing. TFS
mohammad_H (9482) 2014-03-07 22:03
i Good Morning Beautiful background with clouds in the sky, the buildings, and castle with red roofs Beautiful views in depth with breadth of vision
Have a nice day
Subhogen (4065) 2014-03-07 23:12
Great timing to take this shot, because I know light will not always be selective in lighting up the scene in this eye-catching manner. Marvelous contrasts between the light and shadow areas. The dark hill provides for an amazing backdrop for the well lit town. Excellent atmospheric composition from your high POV. Thanks for sharing.
Gigidusud (16299) 2014-03-08 0:44
Ciao cara Ourania,
Splendida panorama su questo bellissimo villaggio tipico. Fantastico il cielo nuvolose e un bel contrasto di luce. Mi piace molto!
Ti auguro una bella giornata della donna!
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2014-03-08 3:28
a beautiful view from distance. The town at the bottom of hill, with all of its houses are looking like a toy city. Really enjoyable view. The light on those housed illuminated them nicely and created a nice contrast with the upper part of hill. Excellent work. Tfs.
pajaran (52636) 2014-03-08 10:11
Interesantan i dobar tekst o starom dvorcu, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa svetlom koje je naglasilo arhitekturu.
Prijatnom vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the old castle, with a history and description of the ...
Good time recording, sharpness, contrast and perspective, nice place and demonstrated architecture, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment of light that highlighted the architecture.
Have a nice evening and a beautiful night, all the best.
Schnappilic (9690) 2014-03-08 10:14
Congratulations for this splendid presentation. The light is superb. The white houses give more value to the picture.
Didi (57256) 2014-03-08 10:32
Une image très intéressante grâce à ce spot lumineux sur une partie de la ville, un éclairage sélectif avec le contour sombre qui donne un très bel effet
Nicou (123314) 2014-03-08 20:55
quel éclairage et iamge quel rayon éclaire cette vielle sueprbe cpatage et compo avec la belle colline à la très belle forme sueprbe ensemble bien vu.
Bravo et amitié
krzychu30 (15498) 2014-03-08 23:03
I see also Leros has so picturesque topography as we know it from Athens or Santorini.
This village nestled to the hill and towering above it Castle look beautiful from this POV and under this lovely light.I really enjoy how this delicate sun beams help you to make the view a little bit "warmer" and more pleasant.
In the end I´d like to thank you for interesting note about the Castle and its importance in Leros life.
Have a nice sunday
abmdsudi (43720) 2014-03-09 5:54
The extreme contrast between dark threatening sky and the brightly lit houses on the slope is visually astounding and so special adding to the impact of the scene. An exceptional moment captured of a such a dramatic atmosphere which turns this to a remarkable shot. Amazing what you see just round the corner, Super quality image. Congrats and tfs.
mirosu (14548) 2014-03-09 6:51
Dear Ourania my congratulations on this excellent quality photo. I like the landscape format which highlights the character of the composition as well as very smartly chosen POV. The town houses are in excellent light, makes all the nice details visible. The castle is excellently placed on the top of hill. The blue-white sky is in superb contrast against dark brown hill colors.
Very well done.
ciakgiak (30421) 2014-03-09 8:37
Ciao cara Ourania,
bellissima la luce che illumina ed esalta solo il villaggio arrampicato sulla collina!!!
Una foto davvero magica, brava :)
Romano46 (18466) 2014-03-09 9:54
un perfetto gioco di luci e di ombre che crea uno straordinario quadro pieno di suggestione.
Un momento particolare catturato con un perfetto tempismo per una foto che ci aiuta a capire quanto la natura sia mutevole nei suoi aspetti e quanto il fotografo debba essere pronto a coglierla nelle sue variazioni.
Sei stata bravissima
Ciao e buona domenica
jcpix (13688) 2014-03-09 14:23
Sounds like this castle has quite a sorted and varied history, very interesting. I can understand the desire to occupy it however, the positioning atop the hill is dominant and imposing. You certainly caught a special moment of light for this shot, I absolutely love the atmosphere it projects, especially keeping the castle shrouded in a "darker" mystery over the city.
Such a wonderful vantage point as well, the elevated perspective gives a strong sense of all around scale. Destined to be photographed at just this precise moment, you were definitely in the right place at the right time. I particularly like the big ominous clouds making their way over from the left side of the frame, it feels like the "calm before the storm." I think Patrick said it best "A jewel of white village in the light in a box of black velvet." Very well taken and presented, this turned out marvelous! Enjoy the new day. All the best.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-10 3:35
great view for the castle which dominates the whole composition being so beautifully exposed on the hill and lovely panorama of the town sitting at the bottom of it. The dark colors contrast greatly with the white washed walls of the buildings and cloudy sky enhances the atmosphere. Well chosen POV and nicely managed this difficult light.
Thanks for sharing
eldancer1 (28529) 2014-03-10 10:52
As they say in photography..."timing is everything." Great timing and capture of the lighted part of this hillside village while the castle is in the shadow, kind of spooky to see the castle up there overlooking the village. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
mcmtanyel (14133) 2014-03-11 17:03
Those clouds look ominous but have given your photo a magical atmosphere. It continued to be cold and rainy here today, but as I was coming out of the concert hall tonight, I felt that the cold had "broken." Hopefully, it wasn't a wishful thinking.
sevy (15365) 2014-03-12 4:38
Located and deliminated lightning with a strong contrast is catching a special mood on this town view.
It is giving a piece of originality.
kwekwekan (1076) 2014-03-23 18:17
A great atmospheric picture with exquisite lighting conditions. The castle sits moodily atop the hill and a beautiful sliver of light illuminates the mid-portion of the town, and seems to shine brightest of the domed structure (presumably a Church). A fine vantage point that is very carefully composed as well.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2014-03-30 1:55
Formidable lighting. This place is just amazing, nice POV as well as it gives us a nice view of this town. Seems like a diorama with good lighting in it. Great capture.
adores (37641) 2014-04-03 15:08
You really got a very special moment! The light makes it so magical, with the castle in the shade and the sunlight showing part of the white houses. Great pov and atmosphere!