Between September 18-30 I was serving as a special interest lecturer on board the Crystal Serenity, plying the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. Having sailed out of Istanbul on Wednesday, September 19, the magnificent cruise ship sailed through the Dardanelles, and docked at the Island of Mykonos on September 21.
Mykonos is a veritable stage set, featuring narrow streets, buildings painted in deep blues and pristine whites (the colors that inspired the Greek flag). And of course, there is the town's mascot, Petros the Pelican. (I must admit, in several visits to Mykonos in the past three decades, I've witnessed Petros's oscillation in age young in some years, old in others attesting to the existence of several generations of Petroses.)
As we traipsed along the narrow streets, we came upon a door to to the courtyard of an elementary school. Alas, it takes no more than a smile, to get children to respond to a camera. A good trick I've discovered over the years is to take several images in quick succession, and select the best. In this photo, the children jockeyed for position, put their heads together, and managed simultaneously to have their left eyes in the openings between the slats.
We also took a bus ride to the topless (optional) beach, "Paradise". We dared not to go to another beach, "Ultimate Paradise," where guests have to doff all clothing.
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COSTANTINO (47840) 2012-10-05 22:19
delicate and sweet shot bringing memories
from the childhood,the amazing blue
creates dynamic contrast adding color
our notes are very useful
have a nice weekend
serp2000 (35892) 2012-10-05 22:39
Hello, dear Bulent,
Attractive picture! I like this capture, it reminds me one of my first photos here. But my fence was green )))
Another interesting photo from Greece. I just fallen in love this country...
danos (80977) 2012-10-05 22:51
charmy the snapshot with the three boys to 'play' in front of your lens hiding behind the wooden fence.I like the brilliant light of the day,as enhance the vivid colours of the scene with the blue to dominates the image.
ourania (22868) 2012-10-06 0:18
a wonderful portrait of the three adorable friends behind the freshly painted bars of the primary school. I like very much the gentle lighting and the way you have managed the sheen on the blue railing. Sharpness is excellent adding to the vividness and contact between viewer and subjects. I love how we can see one eye of each boy but their expressions and bond are so obvious and clear. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
kordinator (14829) 2012-10-06 0:45
Nice kids with lovely smile in your capture.
Very interesting and original composition.
JFS (32457) 2012-10-06 1:12
Very good shot and very good POV, your work is so sharp and nice! Thanks Bulent!
bukitgolfb301 (33772) 2012-10-06 1:53
Hi dear Bulent, how are you?
Another impressive and happy image shot. children always make us happy. Perfect framework and stable composition as usual. Wonderful and tasetful color touch too. I can hear thier whisper. Thank you for your sharing with happy shot and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
Sonata11 (32261) 2012-10-06 4:04
Beautful shot of those kids behind the blue fence. Wondetrful captured and nice to seeing brautiful smile faces. Thanks for sharing and interesting note.
snunney (76508) 2012-10-06 4:19
An image full of happiness and delight despite their being locked in! Charming well presented capture.
krzychu30 (14996) 2012-10-06 4:51
beautiful portrait picture.These boys seem to be so cheerful and carefree and certainly enjoyed posing for your picture.The scene is well composed.I like this vivid coloured,blue fence in front of them.It gives wonderful color contrast to the picture.
Have a nice weekend
nikkitta (11212) 2012-10-06 16:04
Good to know you are back and posting such a charming capture of the smiling at...you! children
What calls my attention is the way you managed to capture ONLY one eye of each of them
Being blue my preferred color I found this composition very creative and beautiful
Congrats, cheers, welcome back
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4748) 2012-10-06 16:08
Saw this a while ago in FB! Very nice capture on these faces, i love how each child portrays different expression and how their eyes were concealed by these blue bars. As to the compo, i would have it cropped were the faces would be in the center, maybe get rid an inch or so at the bottom of the image, though this is a matter of my own visual preference. Regardless, love this image! TFS!
marabu61 (6587) 2012-10-07 13:54
A real charmer this one. Isn't the laugh of childern jus so catching?
Well spotted and nicely executed. The blue fence is just such a nice eye catcher that holds the composition together.
have a great week
chrisvek (6997) 2012-10-07 16:17
Very unique shoot and so nice POV.Beautiful expressions of these children.Great colors and lightning too.Nice job.
Matthew-Watt (6041) 2012-10-07 17:50
You departed Istanbul on September 19 and I arrived there on the 20th; on the 19th I was in Eceabat. It is a shame that we were in the same region unbeknown to us and did not cross paths. This is a fun photo of Mykonos showing some of the happy locals. The rich blue colour of the painted wood is reminiscent of the beautiful Greek national flag. I like the spectrum of facial expressions here from curious interest in the photographer to laughter. A fine composition, Bulent!
Suppiluliuma (3863) 2012-10-07 22:51
Dear Bülent Bey,
Both Aegean sides look so much alike. I first thought it was a picture taken in a village across the Aegean.
Santorini is a wonderful place, and it was a real change to see a picture that falls out of the ordinary, one that depicts the everyday life, without the classical church compositions. It is nice to see all children' eyes thru the slats.
Schnappilic (9682) 2012-10-08 11:17
Interesting framing with these 3 children. Lovely happy faces after blue fence. Well seen!
All the best,
pajaran (45613) 2012-10-08 23:33
Lep trenutak ...
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija.
Lepa deca sa osmehom na licu i lepim pogledom.
Beautiful moment ...
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good lyrics and compositions.
Beautiful children with a smile on his face and a beautiful view.
All the best.
wolf38 (29818) 2012-10-09 1:03
Hello Bulent. A beautiful photo that you also may be interpreted psychologically well. You've captured this nice scene skillfully with your camera. It is a pleasure to look at this file.
macjake (49384) 2012-10-09 10:09
oh come on....make it to the Ultimate Paradise! lol
and don't forget to take you camera, but leave the tripod at home haha...
I like the photo because its something that i think we can all relate to on some sort of level.
also, its great to see the 3 varied facial expressions.
the boy in the middle is easily the most shy and contemplative.
and i've contacted your family through facebook :)
delpeoples (50717) 2012-10-10 22:12
Merhaba dearest Bulent
I hope you have enjoyed your travels, I certainly regret missing the opportunity of meeting you in Venice (my dad has not been well) but hope to meet you personally one day soon.
And these little cuties speak for themselves. You have captured so skillfully all their innocence, wonder, beauty and mischief. Your delicious photo makes me feel like kissing every one of them and pinching their little cheeks. Oooh this has made me smile, thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Un caro saluto
holmertz (34757) 2012-10-11 6:11
The blue grids of the gate are an ideal setting for this triple portrait. It makes a colourful foreground and it forces the kids to peep with only one eye through the openings, which gives the picture an amusing and spontaneous atmosphere. The titel is certainly well chosen.
papagolf21 (81722) 2012-10-12 0:15
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
L'enfance, chaque adulte a passé cet âge. Il a laissé des traces, stigmates et autres souvenirs. Entre nostalgie et parfum d'antan, éloge d'un temps passé pour nous, mais présent pour les nouvelles générations. Un âge qui devrait être béni pour tous.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-10-12 6:47
This is a well composed picture and fun with these playful children. The composition is creative and achievement and very good quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
jhm (131986) 2012-10-12 10:35
Thank you very much for your visit to my site, also for your attention of my birthday.
You found a very well image with the three children behind the fence.
Young prisoners with the smile.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant for look at.
Nice composition, good presentation. TFS.
Have a nice evening,
zoomer (6) 2012-10-12 17:54
Hi,as far as innocent charm is concerned all children seem to be related.Your shot shows this wonderfully.Friendly regards,Wolf.
s_lush (16130) 2012-10-12 23:07
This inventive group portrait of schoolboys is highly interesting, attractive and of a very high quality. In addition, the shot is an excellent illustration of the comprehensive story about your visit of Mykonos given in the note. A perfectly good job!
corjan3 (2003) 2012-10-13 14:34
Just such a pleasant image. And talking about jockeying for position made me remember a shot I took the other day. Will upload it next. Well seen and well presented. Innocence is always beautiful. Best wishes.
mesutilgim (76920) 2012-10-13 23:01
Son seyahatinin izleri başlamış düşmeye !
Tipik Ege mavisi parmaklıklar arasından üç tane gene tipk Ege'li surat !
Çocuk dünyanın her yerinde çocuk, ama biz büyükler onlara hiç de iyi bir dünya bırakmıyacağız ne yazık ki.
İyi bir hafta sonu dileği ile
Selam ve sevgiler
emka (68788) 2012-10-15 23:30
I returned yesterday from South Africa trip. It was fantastic adventure. I am full of great memories (and a few SD cards are also full :)). Sweet photo of the children behind the blue Greek fence. To go to Ultimate paradise could be fun. Why you didn't dared to go?
Warm regrads to you and CJ
aliabazari (10530) 2012-10-16 20:23
Hi Bulent Dear
Sign beauty of happy and smiling children. Good Exposure
Thank you for registering for this beautiful picture.
subhendu_bagchi (24447) 2012-11-18 20:52
it is indeed a nice portrait of these trio... Excellent mood... Nice framing. The blue colour of the wooden gate added a lot to this photograph. Great depth and clarity... Just excellent... Tfs.
Wishes Of Dipabali.
thebest (4260) 2012-12-09 4:41
Yes indeed children being children... such a gorgeous image of them & three different looks... the first boy is happy to have his picture taken - then we have the coy cheeky look - followed through to the mischievous lad.
Great colour gate & excellent photo.
I would like to wish you & your family '' A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS '' with much love & good health in the New Year.
bostankorkulugu (41742) 2012-12-30 14:05
bu güler yüzlü fotoda size iyi yıllar demek istedim sevgili profesör... 2013'te herşey gönlünüzce olsun...
kuzey ve ben öpüyoruz sizi...
aguilarjlr (141) 2013-05-28 18:18
Nice picture!!! Very similar to other that I just shared!!! Jorge
mirosu (10942) 2013-09-12 5:28
This is an outstanding photo. I like the well chosen tight crop, the nice blue color and the smiling children (happy boys) faces. I'm sure they have enjoyed your photo action.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (34143)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D200, 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED AF Zoom Nikkor, 62mm UV
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/45 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-05 16:55