I was thinking a lot about which my "comeback" (after 1 year and 2 months)photo should be. I thought that it should be one of my 2 favorite subjects, either a "blue hour" or a sunset. Then I noticed that my "goodbye" photo was a sunset, so I decided that it would be nice to "return" the same way!
Photo taken at Elafonissos (or "Elafonissi") beach, one of the most beautiful exotic beaches of Crete island (my homeland). It is located to the southwest of the island, in Chania prefecture.
Copyright © 2011 – Hercules Milas. The reproduction, publication, modification, transmission or exploitation of any work contained herein for any use, personal or commercial, without my prior written permission is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.
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dta (52250) 2012-01-04 5:34
Hello Hercules ,
What a surprise ! Happy to see you back on TE ! With an outstanding sunset picture . I like the whole composition , but especially the effects in the water around teh woman .
Happy New year 2012 !
InasiaJones (29355) 2012-01-04 5:38
It's a pleasure to see you back here, with one of your delightful image.
Rich tones, quiet mood and beautiful light.
erhan1958 (13253) 2012-01-04 5:47
well come to TE again
what a wounderfull sunset,
rigoletto (31014) 2012-01-04 5:47
What a great surprize for new year!
And with each great member coming back, i fill with hope for TE'2012. It is of course the starting sign of sleepless TE nights, pondering deeply about which new photo to admire. Well, what if all my problems were so sweet :))
Great quality of course, a classic from you.
All the best in 2012.
siudzi (24689) 2012-01-04 5:48
So nice to see you back here with such a beautiful submitted sunset shot. Amazing work! Bravo!
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4496) 2012-01-04 5:48
Fantastic seascape! Love the golden tones, the equal exposure of FG and BG! Great light management! good work! A stunning photograph!
Wanda1 (14018) 2012-01-04 5:53
Nice to see you back again and I look forward to seeing your beautiful images again like this one of a burning sunset.
Best wishes for 2012!
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-01-04 6:00
espectcular imagen...great colors and sharpness
very well done
Xaietismata kai euthxismeno to neo etos..
JFS (32429) 2012-01-04 6:07
Menuda sorpresa! El año nuevo empieza estupendamente en TE con tu reincorporación, se te echaba de menos!!!Has elegido una foto fascinante para tu regreso. Gracias por volver!
SnapRJW (19188) 2012-01-04 6:08
Hello Hercules - A warm and inviting image, I feel as if I can step right into the frame because the shot has such a good feeling of intimacy. Warm wishes for 2012 and welcome back.Rosemary
siolaw (37626) 2012-01-04 6:14
Great to see you back...! With a nice compo with girl perfectly placed and so special gold and copper colour of sky and water.
All the best for 2012
bema (25964) 2012-01-04 6:36
Geia sou my dear friend,
that´s really a lovely message here on Te to see your comeback again in 2012!!
and you are starting with a real magical capture, great in mood and technical presentation..
so keep on posting, see you around..
alin-m (3716) 2012-01-04 6:39
The picture is perfect for yours comeback.Nice to see you here again.
mursaloglu (8047) 2012-01-04 6:52
But where are you? I didn't see you since too many times in TE. I am very happy to refind you my dear friend brother... Kali hronia and merry christmas first of all...... I miss your beautiful pictures. This one almost beautiful amazing sunset. This is another loneliness sentiment. Marvelous melancholy inside. Bravo ihsan
patdeph (35738) 2012-01-04 6:53
what a great surprise to see you here! And a splendid picture! No, the splendid picture is not a surprise, as I am always in admiration when I see them !Here, I love the effect created by the reflections of the clouds around the woman, at the first sight, I thought that it was smoke. The tones of the picture are rich and deep,and I love the grey clouds and the light inside.Wonderful!
axiotea (21647) 2012-01-04 7:09
Geia sou Hercules
Glad to see you're back on TE :D
I had left as well the site (for some months) and then came back!
Anyway, it's a real pleasure to see your work again!
Love the WA effect, the colour tones, the smooth texture of the water. A beautiful sunset to watch and here the human presence is a bonus!
*Wish you & dear ones, All the Best for 2012*
resat1972 (5990) 2012-01-04 7:14
Welcome back again to TE
a great photo
a great return
We miss you in photos
baclama (15661) 2012-01-04 7:26
yes!!! an happy new!!
wonderful comme back with this beautiful shot!
I like the spped 's choise and water's effect..greta colors...
happy new year with lots of pictures (on TE!)
bebbetto (12) 2012-01-04 7:35
Happy to see you here again !
We all have a lot to learn from you.
For me, this wonderful picture is not a sunset. Is a sunrise.
Warm regards and happy 2012 !
Royaldevon (18361) 2012-01-04 8:29
Your photograph may be showing a young lady saying goodbye to the sun but, for you, it is a great photograph saying hello to everyone on TE. It is good to welcome you back.
This is a quality shot. The amber sky and its equally warm reflection make a beautiful scene and a romantic atmosphere. Excellent composition, using the rule of thirds both for the seascape and the position of the figure.
My warm regards,
npecanhuk (54221) 2012-01-04 8:30
A pleasure having you back here! Your photos are always wonderful!
What a sunset!
What a view!
A magnificent picture indeed!
Top quality, no doubt about it!
TopGeo (38000) 2012-01-04 8:56
Γειά σου Ηρακλή!
Επίσης ευχές Καλή Χρονιά!
Απροσδόκητη και ευπρόσδεκτη η επιστροφή σου! Εντυπωσιακά όνειρα και μαγικές στιγμές! Καλή η επιλογή και ατμοσφαιρική η ώρα του δειλινού! Τα χρώματα και οι αντανακλάσεις χαρίζουν κάτι από την πατρίδα σου ονειρεμένο, ,Καλή η επιστροφή από κεί που άποχώρισες ένα ηλιοβασίλεμα!
vasilpro (40233) 2012-01-04 9:12
Γεια σου Ηρακλή,
Πολύ χαίρομαι που επέστρεψες στο ΤΕ, αν και την καταπληκτική δουλειά σου την παρακολουθώ στενά και από τον ηλεκτρονικό και από τον έντυπο φωτογραφικό τύπο.
Εξαιρετικό ηλιοβασίλεμα, τόσο ζωντανό που νομίζεις ότι είσαι πίσω από την κοπελιά και θαυμάζεις μαζί της την υπέροχη ατμόσφαιρα με τα μοναδικά χρώματα.
batalay (32930) 2012-01-04 10:09
Hello dear Hercules,
How wonderful to see you back, and with this Surrealistic gem. There is an inspirational quality the image, and that Dali would have envied. I wish you and your family a belatedly a superb New Year.
brianmcc (5536) 2012-01-04 10:35
the light in this picture is fantastic and has resulted in some wonderful colours in the sky and also reflected in the water. the silhouetted rock formations and horizon add to the tranquil atmosphere. the clouds are superb especially the way in which they spread out towards the esges of the frame.
Robpulp (1043) 2012-01-04 11:21
Stunning photograph - welcome back
BluSimo (9392) 2012-01-04 11:26
I am happy to see you again here on TE. Thanks for this fabulous photo with this horizon orange, and its fantastic mood.
I wish you an happy new year!
Gigidusud (8332) 2012-01-04 11:55
Fantastic shot with beautiful colors,i like it!
All the best in 2012.
macjake (39998) 2012-01-04 11:59
great to see you back on TE, I understand you reasons for leaving, but it is great to have you here once again.
I like the calmness in the water, how its used as a reflecting pond and mirror for the bright oranges.
soothing and relaxing.
Bluejeans (64241) 2012-01-04 12:07
Bem vindo ao TE fazia falta a este site as tuas fotos :) ,belo momento com esta mulher a ver o pôr do sol , belos tons de laranja , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
yeln (11502) 2012-01-04 13:47
mnogim fotografom si idol in mnogi smo se od tebe veliko naučili. hvala ti za vse!!
tvoj sončni zahod je kakor pravljica. super!
the show must go on!
bostankorkulugu (40894) 2012-01-04 13:47
i think it should have been a sunrise shot rather than a sunset one but it's better then nothing!...
welcome back irakli mou...
Ricx (13453) 2012-01-04 14:05
Hi Hercules, When I say it is good to see you back and that TE is richer for your return.. I mean it.. Your quality of images and your friendship amongst the community was missing.. This is a superb image and reflects your quality of work.
The moderators are trying and I think that is important.. Good luck in your job.., Greece is a beautiful part of the world.. Welcome back Rich
Hunkar (6626) 2012-01-04 14:19
Beautiful sunset scene,
Rafer (14305) 2012-01-04 14:21
Excelente amigo mio...una foto de gran idea y calidad!!!! Saludosss
LOOOK13 (19022) 2012-01-04 14:36
A very good year 2012.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-04 15:09
Hi Hercules, Welcome back!
This is a picturesque atmosphere with beautiful composition, the colours and lights are splendid, great shot, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
Happy New Year!
Boldog Új Évet Kívánok!
federico (1603) 2012-01-04 17:13
well come back hercules, great picture, thanks for sharing, great reflections and the whole quality of the image
definitely well done
prasun984 (5590) 2012-01-05 0:03
welcome to TE from long periods of time with a terrific shot...like the framing here by the lady in FG who is watching the beauty of nature at sun set time...
I feel the calm situation here...nice texture sky...
superb clarity...good chosen POV with nice golden tone & sharpness...
svefay (800) 2012-01-05 0:18
we missed your photography...
and back to the TE photo is great...
annjackman (13463) 2012-01-05 0:29
Good to see you back on TE with your superb work. You chose an excellent one here as the quality of light and level of sharpness are first class. The play of reflections in the FG has given some super gentle colours that then mix with the more rich colour of the sunset further back. The girl gazing out towards the sunset is so perfectly positioned.
A beautiful image and a favourite for me.
Kind Regards, Ann
ChrisJ (87654) 2012-01-05 0:50
Hi Hercules & welcome back!
A fantastic sunset with rich saturated warm colours of orange & yellow that contrast well against the womans blue top & blue grey patches of sky. Excellent sharpness & silhouettes of the rocks & horizon. Love the slight morion blur of the fg waves yet the woman standing still is pin sharp! Tfs!
papagolf21 (76995) 2012-01-05 0:52
Bonjour, cher Hercules,
Magnifique réalisation ! cette photo mériterait d'être primée à un concours photographique.
L'image est d'une très grande beauté.
Félicitations spéciales !
Meilleurs voeux 2012.
danos (74518) 2012-01-05 1:13
Ηρακλή γεια σου,
πολύ καλή η ιδέα σου να επιστρέψεις στο Site για να συνεχίσομαι να βλέπομε τις όμορφες φωτογραφίες σου, όπως αυτή εδώ που μας παρουσιάζεις από το δειλινό της Ελαφόνησσου,με τη νεαρά της φωτογραφίας να απόλαμβάνει το μεγαλείο αυτό της φύσης.
Εξαιρετικά τα χρώματα με το 'πάγωμα' του σκηνικού να κάνει την φωτογραφία μοναδική.
josepmarin (55209) 2012-01-05 3:06
ver esta nueva foto tuya aquí me ha causado una inmensa alegría, porque echaba en falta la gran calidad y la finura de tus trabajos.
Espero que este regreso sea permanente, y podamos seguir disfrutando de tus fotos.
Como esta obra maestra de luz, tonalidades cálidas y elegancia en la composición. Como siempre has gestionado con maestría la luz, la nitidez, las texturas, los brillos y los reflejos, obteniendo una imagen magnífica.
Os deseo a ti y a tu familia un muy feliz Año Nuevo, lleno de salud y paz.
timecapturer (31278) 2012-01-05 3:35
well I never thought you would come back! Your exquisite, stylish and sophisticated imagery has been missed and this is a stunning shot to return with. Welcome back! Good to see that you have not lost any of the magic that your photography imparts to the viewer. Glorious!
Regards - Brian.
Hellas (6511) 2012-01-05 4:05
Είναι έμφυτη η στροφή του ανθρώπου προς το φως, τη ζεστασιά, σε ότι τείνει να χαθεί ή να αποχωρισθεί προσωρινά ή παντοτινά.
Ο φακός, πιστός σύντροφός σου, στράφηκε και φυγάδεψε την ‘στιγμή’ μαζί με ότι γεμίζει τη ζωή σου!
mkamionka (24808) 2012-01-05 6:14
I am so glad that you decided to come back. I have a lot of favorite photographers but you were without the doubt always on top of my list. I am still here but I am not as active as I would like to be. Also photographically I am less active. My camera stayed in the bag most of this year. I am sorry to hear that you may stay without a job too. Let's hope for the best. I know TE has plenty of disadvantages and I am one of the main complainers but I am still here although I was so sad to see several of my masters to leave.
You have selected an excellent photo for your return.
The sunset is spectacular with amazing sky and so pleasant warm colors. You have exposed and processed it perfectly to minimize the effect of the burnout. The reflection is fantastic with some rocks standing out of the water and providing a solid reference. Including a beautiful girl in the foreground was a brilliant idea. It makes the sunset photo so original, adding some life and interest here. It becomes very romantic and full of atmosphere.
The girl standing in the water but not disturbing the surface seems to be a part of the landscape, part of the nature. In most of similar attempts people have only a silhouette of a person, you have preserved some detail and color of the person which makes it more realistic.
Excellent work!!! I am really glad to see you back!
BennyV (12859) 2012-01-05 8:20
Beautiful colours, wonderful scene and reading your note: it's also glad tidings. Welcome back!
emka (59010) 2012-01-05 13:05
Wooow, it is a good news! I was surprised to see the crutuque of my sunset. I am so happy to see you again. Fantastic photo, a bit unreal, really dreamy atmosphere. Fabulous colours, superb composition, marvelous clouds. Fantastic view on the islands. I like it very much.
I wish you happy New Year, so peaceful as is this photo.
I am looking forward to farther photos
francio64 (38188) 2012-01-05 13:31
Hi my dear friend Hercules.
Sono felice di vedere che sei tornato tra noi e vedo che lo hai fatto in grande stile con questo suggestivo tramonto.
Grande e magica atmosfera romantica.
Bello l'inserimento della ragazza che guarda verso l'orizzonte, dando un tocco di vita alla scena.
yedirenk (11242) 2012-01-05 15:00
Hi dear Hercules,
well come to TE again,
a very nice surprise..
a great sunset shot with lonely woman excellent reflections,light and color tones..
happy new years to you and your family..
carlosmarin (11948) 2012-01-06 0:45
me alegro de verte de nuevo por aquí.
Y con esta maravillosa foto de puesta de sol, en que los efectos del cielo y el mar son de fantasía.
SWEETFREEDOM (18607) 2012-01-06 3:24
great to have you back.
excellent picture in all aspects, colors composition etc.
tusharkmandal (3117) 2012-01-06 4:16
Its a really pleasurable moment to see you back. I salute you decision in both the cases.
The perfect picture for a comback. Feast for the eyes.
Welcome Back and Happy New year 2012.
Kielia (20657) 2012-01-07 9:58
a very fascinating image with a fantastic mood - and a great impression of the sea, very thoroughly composed with an excellent management of the light. My compliments! I am happy to see you here again!
mauro61 (52527) 2012-01-07 11:31
una bella sorpresa ed un grandissimo piacere rivedere le tue immagini.
Un grande ritorno con questo splendido tramonto dalla luce magica,
un saluto e un augurio per il nuovo anno,
adores (28552) 2012-01-11 16:43
Great to see you around:))!!One of your wonderful photos! The composition and the colours are excellent!You captured a really wonderful moment!
korbee (6305) 2012-01-14 3:56
Here ,youve shown us that sunsets are never boring or cliche,this is not easy ,because you kept the colors of your partner very well,despite the strong sun into your lense.
you lucky man ;]]
vishaal (990) 2012-01-23 23:03
What a happy moment for me to see you back on TE !! Welcome back my dear friend.. ! Missed your quality photographs.
A wonderful start again with this marvelous image. A divine one ! Great composition with superb colors in the sky. The lady looking at the sun is wonderful. Thanks for coming back and for this photo !
Afsanehbagheri (3206) 2012-02-03 23:12
با سلام ..
این تصویر خیلی زیبا و آرامش بخش است. رنگ های گرم و خوب ..
با آرزوی موفقیت برای شما..
ellelloo (6570) 2012-04-08 0:25
What a surprise to see you back! I only now noticed that you have returned, because I only now and then check TE. I have not gone, but am very inactive here nowadays. :-)
An wonderfully atmospheric sunset photo from Chania! You have controlled the exposure in an excellent way and the colours are just lovely as well as the reflections. I like the way you have rendered the shadows on the foreground with lots of details and colours in spite of contra light. Also the composition is really fine. A quality shot! Welcome back!
CLODO (24902) 2012-04-08 2:00
Good come back on this site; we need good photographers with a lot of creativity.
The young lady is absorbed by the sunset, I particularly notice the water reflections close to her, as iff te sea was evaporating.
- Copyright: Hercules Milas (Cretense) (68663)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-05-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM, 82 mm circular polarizer
- Exposure: f/22, 1/3 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): ***54 MOST RATED PHOTOS***, Best beaches of Crete, Favorites continue... #5, My favorite photos II, "My" Sunsets & Sunrises (part 2) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-04 5:30
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