I don't know whether this cat is somebody's pet, it looks well fed but this could be thanks to the fishing restaurant a couple of metres from where I was standing or at the quay of Ayia Marina less than 30m way. The fishermen always give treats to the harbour cats.
As I was walking away from the ATM machine, I noticed a lovely light on a blue gate at the end of a very short passageway. I tried to find a good composition and to deal with the shadows and then the cat appeared. It jumped on the fence and looked at me over its shoulder. It would have been a nice photo, that I could probably post only on Facebook, but by the time I got my settings ready, the cat had disappeared through the railing. I was disappointed and thought to see if I could make anything of just the railing. Then I saw that the curious cat had returned and settled on the step. It didn't move for a couple of minutes and so I happily included it in my frame.
Cats often appear in postcards from the alleys of the Greek islands and only yesterday I was writing Maria (nikkita) about the typical colours of our coastal villages.
Thank you for visiting
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rbassin (19197) 2014-04-08 11:45
Une superbe photo, une belle surprise de découvrir ce chat dans ce décor.
Bon cadrage sur ce bout de barrière bleue.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-04-08 11:50
that is such a charming composition with the brown striped cat in the blue and white setting that finally agreed to pose for you :-). Great framing with excellent sharpness.
Beautiful moment captured. Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
Noel_Byrne (26121) 2014-04-08 11:58
A very eye catching scene, from the thumbnail I was not sure what this was looking out at us! He gave you a perfect pose too, head on view works wonders. A great composition on thirds too, while all around the fine traditional colors. I love that this color and light is in an alley too, the alleys in Dublin are quite the opposite.
Thanks as always
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-08 11:59
i colori classici della Grecia, il bianco e l'azzurro che ricordano i colori del suo mare e il bianco delle spiagge, ma questa volta in una verisone animata nella quale il gatto fa capolino con la sua presenza e soprattutto con uno sguardo tra il sorpreso e il curioso.
Che dire? La composizione è quella canonica, la nitidezza è ottima, il soggetto assai piacevole e penso che il risultato di questa unione di elementi verrà senz'altro apprezzata dagli amici di TE.
Complimenti per il colpo d'occhio che non ti manca mai nel cogliere queste scenette di vita quotidiana.
Ciao e buona serata
holmertz (43293) 2014-04-08 12:13
What a charming and very Greek photo this is. White and blue and a cat could hardly be from anywhere else. The cat is perfectly framed by the iron bars of the fence and is watching you with great curiosity from its safe retreat. It's a lovely daily life shot.
pajaran (53749) 2014-04-08 12:43
Dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku, lep pogled na macku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i macka, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
A good article on the place and time, a nice view of the cat ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast, nice place indicated and cats, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
mjw364 (7512) 2014-04-08 12:46
a nicely composed shot using the lines of the wall and the pattern of the fence to create a graphic aspect to the image but the cat makes it! It is so well placed peeking through the bars and those round wrought iron curls add to its ears and make it look a little like horns!
nikkitta (15824) 2014-04-08 12:47
Hola Ourania querida
And here I am, quite fascinated by the charming capture with the colors of Argentina flag, more a cat
Love cats and cementeries, spent hours waiting for them to stay at the right place
Here he returned to help you with the photo, like the way he is looking at you
Great to frame him with part of the blue grill
Very personal, creative capture with a descriptive title
Silvio1953 (127002) 2014-04-08 12:55
Ciao Ourania, deliziosa composizione col gattone che si affaccia dalla buca, bei colori mediterranei e splendida nitidezza, brava, ciao Silvio
chrislo (4155) 2014-04-08 13:12
There's something about this picture that really captures the essence of Greece for me : the white walls, the blue tones, cats that are just so great to photograph. I like the tones and how they suit the mood of the image. The cat looks like it understands it has to pose for the camera. Excellent exposure, depth of field and sharpness. A nicely composed image.
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-04-08 13:25
cats are the subjects I wanted to photograph on Santorini(there were many,many cats,but looks like I have no good eye and hand for such scenes)
Whereas you did an excellent job here!
The cat is immortalized in the most appropriate moment and well placed between the fence.
Last thing is the color scheme with typical white and blue combination,which makes it easily recognizable for us where it was taken.
lousat (79962) 2014-04-08 14:20
Ciao Ourania,i gatti in Grecia sono sempre molto numerosi ed anche spesso sono soggetti di fotografie,come quella che postai io per gli auguri di fine anno..ehhee...la tua composizione è assolutamente perfetta,coi tipici colori bianco e blu ed una qualita' strepitosa,e non era facile.Complimenti e buona giornata,Luciano
carlo62 (36247) 2014-04-08 14:30
il gatto è perfetto in questa foto.
Ottimo il taglio e belli i colori tipici in bella evidenza, ma la presenza del felino che ci guarda dritto negli occhi, ha una marcia in più.
jcpix (13724) 2014-04-08 19:23
You've had some good luck with cats...must be a good sign. :) A lovely capture, I can't quite decide whether this cat is staring intently at you with a hint of anger, or is simply extremely curious with your camera and presence.
No matter the reason, it's a wonderful moment captured that expresses emotion in one way or another...albeit the feline variety. lol This is actually an original way to incorporate the traditional Greek colors that we've all come to know and love through pictures. Well, for me anyway...I haven't yet been fortunate enough to visit in person and acquire the same type of connection....but the blue and white combo still makes an instant association in my mind to Greece.
He does look well fed, a by product of living on an island with no shortage of fisherman...great place to be a cat! Nicely captured...figuratively of course. :) Enjoy the new day. All the best.
Corry (4508) 2014-04-08 20:18
Jolie composition de ce chat derrière la clôture. Beau contraste des couleurs avec un bon cadrage. Bien fait.
elenimavrandoni (14207) 2014-04-08 20:29
Ουρανία, δεν θα μπορούσα ποτέ να φανταστω τά σοκάκια και τα πλακόστρωτα της πατρίδας μας χωρίς τα κεραμιδογατάκια μας...ανήκουν τοσο πολύ στο περιβάλλον και ομορφαίνουν ακόμα πιο πολύ με τήν παρουσία τους..
Η φωτογραφία σου ειναι πολύ χαρακτηριστική και πολύ ελκυστική τοσο οσο για το θέμα της οσο και για το τοπικό χρώμα της!!
μια εικόνα που ενθουσιάζει ευχάριστα και φέρνει χαμόγελο στα χείλη!!
εγω πέρασα ολα τα παιδικά μου καλοκαίρια στήν Σέριφο και με ειχαν βαφτίσει "Σεριφοπούλα" θυμάμαι πού πάντα έπαιζα εκει στα σκαλάκια με τα γατιά!!
καλη σου μέρα
Kamilutka (8103) 2014-04-08 23:50
such a classic view for any of the Greek village: the cat sitting on the porch and having its lazy time. The blue and white settings are lovely and indicate the location since these are the colors one would associate with this country. Very well framed and with excellent focus. The light has been managed masterly.
Thanks for sharing
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2014-04-09 2:04
an interesting framing here. Like the view of that cat through the white and blue signature of Greece. Excellent idea and well presented. Tfs.
jhm (142067) 2014-04-09 2:30
These cat is nice and not lean, but the fishers care for for a good fish menu, this is perfect of these people, I am a great fan of cats.
A lovely picture with the this nice decorative fence.
Excellent captured, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
abmdsudi (44966) 2014-04-09 3:48
A cool Meditterranean look with its traditional trademark colours simple yet effective, very neatly composed, the paint spot-on, very well look after. The bright blue makes you really focus on the white, while the tender kitty is vital to the composition certainly draws attention adding something to the picture and stops the eye exiting the scene. This makes the shot nicely balanced, a much stronger image in my opinion. An uncomplicated shot really worked, Well done, Congrats.
Sergiom (64117) 2014-04-09 6:03
Juste à regarder cette image on peut situer l'endroit instantanément.Premièrement avec les couleurs très typiques et ce chat qui n'a peur de rien derrière sa clôture protectrice.
ikeharel (60485) 2014-04-09 8:32
Of course it is well fed, Ourania, living backyard's of a fish restaurant...
Nicely combined him with the wahite walls and a window legde it set, and in contrast with the blue painted iron fence.
simple, yet beautiful.
Didi (58094) 2014-04-09 8:57
Composition Grecque par excellence avec les couleurs locales avec ce chat qui agrémente la composition
mesutilgim (87410) 2014-04-09 12:49
Hello dear Ourania,
Nice capture from Leros of this cute cat behind blue fences. Good layout and great effect.
TFS and best regards
ChrisJ (101900) 2014-04-09 14:52
I love how the cat is perfectly framed within one of the gaps at right in the blue gate. It is also well positioned in the frame on the 1/3 axis. Good sharpness density levels and composition. The blue and white colours of Greece are here, too! Tfs!
Kielia (23993) 2014-04-10 9:03
a lovely document! First of all I enjoyed reading the nice notes and then I saw how smartly this creature was posing for you. Very beautiful colors and light and a very successful composition. Congratulation.
fritzi007 (7638) 2014-04-10 14:35
sehr gute Farbkombination, die Katze ist der I-Punkt!
Cricri (109809) 2014-04-11 5:41
Quelle jolie rencontre, j'aime son regard vers vous bien placé entre les barreaux, le bleu et blanc typique de ton pays, c'est une très belle composition, de plus la lumière est fort bien gérée
SnapRJW (31623) 2014-04-13 23:27
Hello Ourania - This has to be one of the quintessential images of Greece; cats and blue and white paintwork is something that springs to mind when I think of your country! A well spotted DL shot.
Have a good week
mcmtanyel (15011) 2014-04-27 15:31
A very handsome cat surrounded by purist Greek colors. As you said, it might be a feral cat supported by the fishing industry or it might be semi-feral, with somebody feeding it. I found out in Turkey that many people will feed these stray cats or dogs, and even name them but will not take them into their homes. Let's go with that, shall we, a feral cat with a gracious benefactor?
- Copyright: Ourania Karali (ourania) (34525)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-01
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Cats everywhere [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-08 11:39