A detail from the harbour of Ayia Marina.
In recent years, some Greeks have revived an ancient symbol, the Christmas ship. Greece has been a seafaring nation since ancient times. The history of shipping is filled with unpleasant stories of ships being lost at sea due to adverse weather conditions, especially in the wintertime. During the Christmas season, Greek people used to decorate a toy-sized boat, lit up by an oil lamp burning away until the day of Epiphany, the 6th of January). Children carried a decorated ship around the village singing the traditional Greek Christmas carols.
In the wake of globalized traditions, the ship is revived throughout Greece. as a Christmas symbol. It appears in the main squares of most towns, as well as shop windows and private homes and gardens. In 1999, Greece’s second biggest city, Thessaloniki, introduced a huge, illuminated metal structure in the shape of a three-mast ship next to the Christmas tree in its main Aristotelous Square. Many other towns followed this example.
Thank you for visiting, a very Merry Christmas to all
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Nicou (120328) 2013-12-23 2:00
Quels reflets et iamge sueprbe compo quel rayon de lumière merveilleux avec le sommet des deux barques sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
snunney (82487) 2013-12-23 2:18
The silver and gold reflections are indeed very attractive. I like how you have framed the shot with only a partial view of the boats A Merry Christmas to you.
krzychu30 (15496) 2013-12-23 2:28
water surface seems to have million faces.Amazing how magnificent graphical effects we can create on it.
This clash of silver and golden tones of the water reflections looks fabulous.But I have to also mention the way you framed the scene and especially how excellently you placed the boats in the shot.Well done!
Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a Very Happy New Year
Noel_Byrne (23252) 2013-12-23 2:30
Thanks for that interesting note to accompany your image, I can understand the importance of this tradition in a nation like Greece where, as you say, the sea has always been such an important part of life. Its a beautiful tradition to revive, and I would love to see the ship you mention in Thessaloniki.
What is really brilliant in this is that the ntoe references the traditions of Christmas, while the image contains the colors of Christmas! Silver and gold remind me not of jewels and valuables, but of tinsel and Christmas and these colors have come through beautifully in this. A fine composition to give half the image each to the beautiful vessels and the gold colors! Beautiful as always Ourania, thanks for sharing your fine gallery.
jhm (138192) 2013-12-23 2:59
These picture becomes nice through the little move in water.
Certainly the reflections care for an colourfully image.
Colours and subject makes these picture attractive.
A nice composition, excellent captured
Very well done, TFS.
Merry Christmas to you and your family,
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-23 3:42
Thanks to your note I came to know of an unique way of celebrating Christmas in Greece. I just loved reading it to learn something new.
As to the photo.. Silver and Gold on the water and on the boats as well..that is very attractive. I think water is the subject over here and you have framed the subject well with identical colored boats. Superb clarity and light as well. Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas to you as well.
mesutilgim (82990) 2013-12-23 4:57
Hello dear Ourania
Another perfect capture from Leros.
Very good crop and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards,
Sergiom (58617) 2013-12-23 5:27
Le mois de décembre est arrivé et les bateaux sont encore à l'eau. Quel beau pays. Pouvoir profiter de la mer 12 mois par année, c'est le rêve. J'aime ce cadrage qui va à la recherche des couleurs sur l'eau.
subhendu_bagchi (25587) 2013-12-23 7:34
Yes, silver and gold. Like the idea. The colours as you mentioned nicely merged in the water. Great composition using an interesting POV. I enjoyed your minimal composition. Tfs.
ikeharel (55972) 2013-12-23 8:26
Sun reflection in golden tone, and shaded part as silver, you very well spelled this out on the title, Ourania.
Beautiful shot, metalic tone on calm water's, and the boat in fine clarity and imposing contrast. The dark taverna on far left added a great extra subject to the scene.
Kalispera, and my besty greetings for the holidays.
Silvio1953 (120522) 2013-12-23 11:23
Ciao Ourania, bel taglio e deliziosi riflessi di luce, brava Buon Natale Silvio
holmertz (40049) 2013-12-23 11:46
This was well observed, as always. There is a touch of silver and gold on the boats, and very strong tones of the precious metals on the surface of the water.
Knowing very well that life in Greece nowadays is far from good I nevertheless hope you will have an enjoyable and Merry Christmas.
siudzi (33047) 2013-12-23 15:10
The water full of golden and silver tones looks really special and beautiful! You have a really great eye to see and found such amazing scenes. Like it a lot! Very well done one. TFS! Happy Christmas!
Cricri (105215) 2013-12-24 5:42
Belle lumière douce du matin qui donne de jolies teintes et des reflets tout en douceur, bon cadrage de l'avant des deux bateaux, une image plaisante et bien réaliser
Joyeux Noel a vous et a toutes les personnes que vous aimer
carlo62 (31324) 2013-12-24 9:15
che questo Natale possa essere d'oro e d'argento come i magnifici riflessi della tua foto.
Spero che la serenità possa regnare sovrana nella tua famiglia.
Romano46 (17436) 2013-12-24 10:46
davanti a questa tua foto sto cercando di immaginare quale può essere il clima natalizio che si vive nella tua isola di Leros.
Nella mia città è un rincorrersi di luminarie ma la gente sotto una apparente gioiosita, fa trasparire il più delle volte l'angoscia per la crisi che ha colpito tante famiglie.
Dell'aspetto religioso credo che ben pochi si ricordino in queste particolari giornate.
La stessa semplicità della tua proposta mi fa pensare ad un Natale più spirituale, nel quale il significato religioso sicuramente è più importante dell'inutile consumismo che porta tutti ad affannarsi alla inutile corsa agli acquisti cercando di dimenticare la crisi che purtroppo ha colpito tante famiglie non solo in Grecia ma anche in Italia.
Probabilmente il tuo Natale sarà il migliore.
Mi piace pensarlo e con questo pensiero ricambio di cuore gli auguri du felice Natale.
abmdsudi (42540) 2013-12-24 19:48
Excellent balanced composition by making good use of the sparkling water to set of the colourful boats and this seems to glow with golden warm tones to make it special. You have controlled the exposure really well achieving a very even and appealing effect. You have done well here, Congrats.
Best wishes to you and your loved ones
npecanhuk (64182) 2013-12-24 20:13
Hi Ourania! Very beautiful picture! I specially enjoyed the management of light, colors, chosen pov and, of course, composition ! TFS! Merry Christmas! Neyvan
mcmtanyel (12427) 2013-12-25 11:26
Lovely details from the docked boats at Leros' harbor and brilliant reflections of lights with a very informative note.
Καλά Χριστούγεννα to you and to your loved ones!
lousat (75506) 2013-12-25 13:27
Ciao Ourania,appena in tempo per farti gli auguri anche se in Grecia è gia' passata la mezzanotte...ehehe...una foto con una luce brillantissima sull'acqua e le due barche colorate che ravvivano la composizione,ottima qualita' come sempre.Ancora auguri! Luciano
ChrisJ (96568) 2013-12-26 4:27
Good sharpness and a subtle warm cold color contrast in the fg reflections between the pale gold and blue, in contrast to the stronger contrast in the bg between the red and blue on the boats. Excellent framing and color saturation. Good graphic elements too. A safe and happy New Year to you and your family!
delpeoples (52999) 2013-12-27 18:18
Spero che tu e la tua famiglia abbiate passa to un buon natale insieme e ti auguro un 2014 di felicita, prosperita', buon salute e tante belle foto.
Deliziosa quella luce dorata ed argenta. Mi piace il taglio stretto, la definizione e saturazione. Inquadratura magica! Complimenti!
adidas5nb (5241) 2013-12-27 18:21
beautiful frame here,shows the relaxed holiday mood so very nicely.like the frame division and the light management on the reflection.
mirosu (13340) 2013-12-28 8:26
After very long journey and even longer after-journey recovery I’m again able to view and comment all the beautiful TE photographs.
I like this excellently composed photo. The boats are very well placed in the upper corner; the golden-silver light reflections are beautiful. Very well done my friend.
Wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
SWISS ALPS ROADS
COSTANTINO (54383) 2013-12-28 22:57
Καλή σου μέρα Ουρανία
μια απότις πιο αγαπημένες μου φωτογραφίες
τα ωραία χρώματα της θάλασσας και οι βάρκες
Αλλά μου άρεσαν πολύ και οι σημειώσεις σου
πολλές και θερμές ευχές για όλες τις ημέρες
και ευτυχισμένο το 2014