So why do I call this photo the shipwreck from Hell?
I'll get to that in a minute, first let me explain the subject.
If you know me at all, you know by now how much i LOVE abandoned cars, trucks, homes, buildings etc...
I knew about this abandoned ship on the beach a couple years ago, and it was the sole reason why I wanted to travel to Greece - just to photograph this shipwreck!
So it's actually been a dream of mine to hunt it down and have it in my personal gallery.
Its located in the small town of Gythio, about a 4 hour bus ride south of Athens. Take a look at the map feature and have a look for yourself.
Stranded on this beach since Dec 21 1980, it's history suggests it was a cargo ship that was smuggling cigarettes from Italy and Turkey. Left abandoned after being seized, nobody came to reclaim it, so it drifted off from the harbor and it rested here.
Its also reported to be haunted - and from what happened to me while on this photo shoot i believe it!
We were only about 9 or 10 days into our month long holiday, and we made it to Gythio - I was so excited to capture this shipwreck!!
As i'm standing here shooting it, standing on the beach, standing on some wet rocks, I moved to get a better compo. As I moved I slipped on the large flat rock and twisted my leg/knee in such a way that is not humanly possible.
As I tried to keep my balance from falling, as my leg is twisted in the wrong direction, i heard a loud POP in my knee.
We had to spend the next 2 days in Gythio - unexpected, not planned, just to rest my knee. We actually thought it may be best just to go home and end our holiday.
My knee was swollen, painful, i couldn't walk on it hardly at all. To make a long story short, we made it back to Athens, and we decided to keep taking meds, keep icing it, and we'll just go slowly and i'll seek medical attention when we get back home to Canada.
Well, I just learned yesterday from the doctor that I have torn knee ligaments and it will take months to heal. The good news is that its not a major tear that requires surgery, its a minor tear which time and rest is whats required.
Yes, its the shipwreck from Hell! Waited 2 years to capture this beast, and it was almost the death of me on this holiday!!
Oh well, at least I have an interesting story to share.
I put 2 WS photos in so you can see the rock I sipped on, have a look.
And if you're wondering John (tyro), yes, this photo is in HDR
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sevy (58) 2014-06-13 3:57
I do not know how is the orientation versus sunrise or sunset, but I can imagine all the possibilities allowed.
tyro (25716) 2014-06-13 4:10
What a fascinating note you have written here! I don't think I've ever before read a note on TE which was quite so descriptive!
Anyway, I'm pleased to learn that your knee is on the mend, albeit slowly, and that you won't need any form of invasive surgery to it.
I hope Tosca proved to be a good nurse while you were suffering in Greece - and perhaps a bit better than you when you scampered off taking photographs in Peru while poor Tosca was turning her tummy inside out due to altitude sickness!
Anyway, this is a wonderful photograph - and I suspect you have many, many more of this subject.
It's a funny thing, but I now see that TE are reducing image sizes to only 790 pixels wide on this site (though they stay full size on "beta" TE). To my eyes, that really does degrade image quality quite severely. I've looked at this one on the "new" version of TE and also at its "full" size of 900 pixels wide and the difference is amazing - the smaller size really has lost that stunning detail and sharpness we associate with your pictures.
A wonderful and very well composed photograph with excellent impact (helped by your wide lens), lovely light, colours and contrasts and (at full size) excellent technical quality.
Sergiom (81847) 2014-06-13 4:58
J'aimais beaucoup plus ton modèle d'hier, même si au niveau de la photo, celui-ci fait le travail. J'aime la belle diagonale dans l'image. On sent bien la texture du vieux métal prêt à se désagréger. Dommage pour cette belle pointe de sable blanc.
jacquest (18927) 2014-06-13 5:01
Sorry to hear about you knee and I hope it mends peacefully over time. I am a ship lover and althought I prefer them afloat and skimming the water, this wreck is beautiful with it's rust and graffitis. It's position allows for good angles and I like the sand bar which seems to support the ship for her old days. Thnak you for sharing your story.
chrislo (4097) 2014-06-13 5:09
Too bad what happened to you when taking this shot. Photograpying can sometimes be a risky undertaking ! A good angle on that ship that fills the frame really well and gives a dramatic effect to the image. The gentle waves lapping the wreck are peaceful now but the ship tells us it hasn't always been so. It is surprising that it is still in such good shape. Very nice light and natural colours. Great job.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-13 5:30
What a superb note Craig. I can relate to it on many levels, firstly the desire to track down a subject that has whetted your photographic appetite.... I did the same in Tuscany and did so in Scotland too. Funny how are holidays are dictated by our passions! Secondly, I was balanced on some rocks on Skye and I went head over heels landing on my bottom in a pool of water feeling very stupid and sore. Nothing as dramatic as your knee though.... just a huge dent in my dignity!
I really like your shot too, immaculate processing and a composition that reveals some excellent detail on the rusty hull. I like both the WS images too, the wide view gives an excellent feel for the location.
Top marks here, I hope you knee recovers asap!
dta (79124) 2014-06-13 5:33
Hello Craig ,
Photographers have dangerous lifes ! ;) During my last trip in Sicily , I've got a ankle sprain , whan I was climbing a high roch to reac a twer and a beatiful POV on the coast .
Hope your knee is better , now .
This is a beautiful capture of this shipwreck . Very different , but also very interesting are the 2 WS .
danos (99271) 2014-06-13 5:59
so you were in Gytheio to ee and to shot this shipwreck that is the landmark and the magnet fo the fotographers.Unfotunatelly your injury on the rock was a bad event that follow you for a long time.Great the presentation as the quality of the scene.
PS i was there some yeas ago and have in my potfolio a scene fom this shipreck.
mirosu (16273) 2014-06-13 6:49
Excellent shipwreck close-up photo with very nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-13 7:30
I just want to see and capture this too! It is a dramatic shot and all the more so when you read the commentary. You were so lucky Craig that you did not do more damage and also drop the camera. Nevertheless it was worth it because this is a cracking shot and I am so jealous. An awesome wreck and captured awesomely! Love it!
Have a great weekend - B.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-06-13 7:58
une très belle capture. J'aime beaucoup la composition et le choix du point de vue. Superbe!
serp2000 (44598) 2014-06-13 8:22
I see the Americans go to Europa and we come to America for balance, ha-ha! I like this culture change.
Special thanks for these Love graffiti of the local young people. The rusty cars and the ships are very attractive for us. Another excellent photo, excellent colors, fine details!
annjackman (21899) 2014-06-13 9:40
What a story - glad the knee is mending. Another great subject for your wide-angle lens. The rusty hull dominates the frame wonderfully with a simple BG that suits it well.
Very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
pajaran (61906) 2014-06-13 9:59
Interesantan tekst o nasukanom brodu i vasoj povredi noge, lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva lepo pokazano mesto i nasukani brod.
Brod prica, pricu za sebe ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepe boje.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the stranded ship and your legs hurt, pretty eyes and a moment ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, nice place and shown stranded ship.
The boat has a story, a story for you ...
Good work with beautiful photographs of the workshop, beautiful colors.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Silvio1953 (145703) 2014-06-13 10:44
Ciao Craig, great view of fascinating old ship, fantastic colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
PaulVDV (29533) 2014-06-13 10:45
When I saw the thumbnail of this picture together with your name I thought immediately at your photograph of the crashed airplane in Iceland.
I agree that both pictures are completely different but they tell us both more about your passion for these subjects.
I like the drama in this picture, your chosen POV and the rusty colours in contrast with the blue of the sky and the water.
I also like the pictures in the workshop but this one is the right one to be the main post.
Possible moral of the story about your knee ?
In search of adventure reserve the risky areas for the last days of the trip.
I wish you a quick recovery.
Best regards, Paul
lousat (92936) 2014-06-13 11:48
Hi Craig,I am very sorry to read what happened to you, but apparently Greece brings us bad luck, what happened to me in RHODES .... heheh ..... beautiful picture of the wreck, which often are misfortunes have made the fortune of the local creating a new opportunity for tourist.I remember the same thing in Cape Verde or CURACAO ISLAND, and not least the Isola del Giglio Costa Cruises, but that unfortunately also caused many victims.Have a nice weekend and compliments, Luciano.
williewhistler (16398) 2014-06-13 11:54
your determined efforts have been well rewarded,it`s a cracker of a shot with lots of textures, shapes and colours to enjoy as well as an intriguing story.
After all what`s a few torn ligaments to an intrepid photographer such as yourself,What`s the expression `No pain ....
All the very best Les.
Noel_Byrne (31672) 2014-06-13 12:08
That is a big mama of a shipwreck, and I can see why you wanted to go here, I too spent many years trying to capture the mini shipwreck in Co Louth that I uploaded a while back, and that is not a patch on this gigantosaurus! Class place, you captured the sense of size really well, and it is rather spooky looking.
Reading your note, I cant think of a better place to be haunted than on old wreck like this, lonely places and just left to rot like a carcass in the sun. Sorry to hear that you done such damage to yourself, but on the plus side, I bet this place has an even more special place in your mind now, be it for the right reasons or not!
Well worth the trip though, this is a beauty of a shot. As a fellow fan of all things abandoned, I really appreciate your efforts, and the fine result.
Thanks as always
delpeoples (58616) 2014-06-13 18:53
You're gonna think I'm mean, cos as soon as I saw your title, I started laughing out loud. I wasn't laughing at you, but you've got to admit, the title is pretty funny. Knowing the story, and now seeing the rock you slipped on has now given me the full picture. Beware of the green slime! I've now bought special shoes that fishermen use when they fish out on the rocks in the ocean, and wish I could send you a pair. Relieved to hear it's not a bad tear to you ligaments, but still will be slow and painful recovering.
Now to the photo. Stunning. I have a Theme on Shipwrecks, as I love them too. So hope I can snavel this corker for my Theme. Love the old rust, the blue gradations and the wide angle treatment. It absolutely dwarfs the tree trunks on the left. I'm still marvelling at the fact you travelled all the way to Greece for a shipwreck. Extra Brownie Points for that and also for cracking me up laughing.
jcpix (13930) 2014-06-13 20:14
Hey there super trooper,
Gee whiz, you didn't have to shipwreck your trip for the sake of one shot, you know. :) Glad to hear it's not as serious as it could have been, and that you were able to stick it out for the duration. I once slipped on a moss covered rock in Roimaggiore trying to get the perfect shot, had green slime all up my back and just about lost the camera to the sea!? Lisa was spot on with the "Things we do for our pictures!"
Yep, this is a classic subject, one which I also enjoy immensely. Now, if I could only come up with something half as cool as this I'd be a happy camper. Love the WS pics too, which really put the sheer size and placement into perspective. This immediately reminded me of your plane wreck from Iceland. I love the fact you search these things out well before making the trip, and it sure pays off through your efforts! A sweet ghost ship, even under the bright light of day, it still looks spooky....spooky cool! Rustic awesomeness and charm, all rolled into one. Best of luck on the mend.
Cheers from down South,
Didi (60588) 2014-06-13 22:10
Sorry about your leg
Very nice womposition well framed
They should remove this wreck from this beautiful beach
Quotes for iron and copper are very high at the moment
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-13 22:30
Ce cargo maudit ne t'a pas porté chance! Il va falloir réduire les longues ballades photographiques. Il te reste quand même la satisfaction de ramener une bonne photo!
emka (100039) 2014-06-13 23:58
Hi Craig, I found out already in yout plans of the trip that there was a shipwreck somewhere and I was sure you would go there. It looks fantastic and I can imagine how excited you were there and how many photos you made. Haha, you waited 2 years to capture this, aren't the photographers crazy?
I met Gert yesterday just in the place we met two years ago. The restaurant we had pierogi doesn't exist anymore, the houses was destroyed to give the place for somnething else. I planned to show Gert some places but it was raining... Maybe today it would be a bit better, I hope.
WArm regrads and hugs for Tosca
chawax (20758) 2014-06-14 0:37
Well, reading your note it looks like you paid an expensive price for this picture ! I just hope you didn't have this problem with your knee at the beginning of your holiday ! Nice shot anyway. The shipwreck is impressive, the exposure is excellent and the composition is perfect with the wide angle making the subject more impressive again.
Have a nice week end (and rest your knee !),
ktanska (28034) 2014-06-14 6:35
No wonder I have never accidentally found such an awesome shipwreck, having read how much forward planning simply getting there required. And then such a nasty accident, I'm very sorry to read about it.
Rust comes inso many shades and shown on a fairly large old shipwreck it looks great!
So next we'll see what kind of angles you are able to find on a slower pace, like rest of us lazy old tourists! :)
(I guess Kyklades is not the correctt region for this as I don't see other pictures from this location.)
abmdsudi (55176) 2014-06-14 8:15
Quite a dramatic picture but a sad story, a ship that has seen better days and now sadly forgotten beached ashore but still standing with a bit of pride! I love the pp treatment, the rustic feel and the toning suits it perfectly with good feel of scale too. The deep colours enhances the drama to higher level. This is an excellent photojournalism documenting its demise but enjoyable informative image to view. Congrats.
COSTANTINO (66210) 2014-06-14 9:37
Hello my dear friend
the biggest part of photos today are the boats
this is a different capture welldone and wellseen
with useful notes
your notes are really fascinating
have a nice time
worldcitizen (8818) 2014-06-14 16:01
So you've hiked into the clouds, and hung over the edge of a volcano, but it was the Greek ghost that got you!! I'm sorry to read about your injury, but your dedication to getting a good photo and a good POV can not be denied. :-) The WS photos are also great, and help put the scene into context. It's interesting how that skinny sand bar juts out under the wreck. I'm thinking that had you not been injured, you might have tried to board that ghost ship somehow!! I hope you make a complete recovery, and remember not to mess around with foreign ghosts anymore!
ikeharel (72955) 2014-06-15 2:09
An ordeal experienced and described is one of this nobby hazardous's, Craig. Hope you had fully recovered this.
Anyway, fulfilled the task you intended to do -a and in a fine shot aboutit.
Left to rust, an object that being photographed and attract tourists - one day it will be sunken at sea, for the benefit of new corals colony.
My best regards,
mesutilgim (95546) 2014-06-15 12:27
Another "masterpiece" in your gallery.
Very good pov and layout. Nice framing and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
mjw364 (1342) 2014-06-16 6:26
As always a meticulously composed image with great colour, depth and exposure values.
A few years ago I twisted my leg in a similar way to you and damaged my knee ligaments - it took me a good few months hobbling around on crutches and resting before they healed and I could walk normally again. you have my sympathy - I have felt your pain!
A word of advice - some six months after my "recovery" I started to notice little twinges and niggles in the same knee things that I put down to every day aches and pains but they were not. Over a period of 18 months to two years they gradually got worse and I finally went to the doc. I had also torn the cartilage in my knee as a further consequence of the original incident and it took a while to manifest and evolve into a larger tear. I recently had surgery to correct this and I'm "ok" now but my knee is not the same four months on, though it doesn't stop me doing anything and I can walk around relatively pain free it just isn't "right" if you know what I mean.
I'm just telling you so that if you do get some kind of secondary symptoms further down the line you may want to go to the doc and get it looked at far sooner than I did.
siolaw (38292) 2014-06-16 6:31
The ship has a strong visual mass and impact, and the rusty texture is also eye catching. Such a big boat on such a tiny sand bank is an excellent shipwreck photo subject!
Regards, after long time!
miumiu (6113) 2014-06-16 8:10
Very impressive and eye-catching view of the shipwreck!
Superb, nice colours and sharpness!
l like it!
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-06-17 10:05
This is such a huge eyesore, I wonder why they haven't remove it from the beach. Sorry about your knee, I hope it get well soon. I like your pov showing part of what looks like a beautiful and pristine beach. Good details. Well done, tfs.
batalay (39131) 2014-06-18 6:54
This hulk on the beach is highly evocative of a photo submitted to TE by Georgeos Topas recently. For me, such ships are reminiscent also of Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Superb shot both of them.
Kielia (24077) 2014-06-19 5:54
the result was certainly worth all your efforts. You are presenting a breathtaking view and an excellently composed impression of this interesting ship wreck. The perspective is also excellent. My compliments! I am wishing you a speedy recovery!
InasiaJones (31566) 2014-06-20 8:35
Your Airmiles are piling up...
That's a subject that always interests me, not always obvious to shoot, but most of the time delivering a sense of mystery and definitely storytelling.
The rust and rugged quality of this shipwreck stands out well against the unified blue background, offering a good contrast. Your angle provides a long diagonal line that dramatises the scene.
Hansaphotos (8225) 2014-06-20 14:16
Sorry to hear about your leg, hope you already feel better:) I know how that is as I broke my leg in (haha) Hollywood three years ago.
Well, to the photo: Wow, a superb portrait of this shipwreck. Lots of fine rusty details and a good use of the wide angle lens. A well thought composition and a perfect angle for the shot. Just wonderful - good recovery!
ourania (47150) 2014-06-21 1:53
I'm sorry about your accident at that site and hope your leg heals soon and well. This picture is extraordinary, the subject and the perspective are captivating, the wrecked ship must really haunt this coast, even though some people have tried to break the spell by curving names along the rusty hull. The textures are superb and the contrast with the fresh and clear environment is so suggestive. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
nikkitta (17066) 2014-06-21 14:42
A personal history mixed with the one about the ship, made me look at it with respect, on the other hand capture taken with super POV of the soooo rusty ship contrasting with the blue sky and sea
Before the accident, did you try to approach the ship, this must be quite an adventure, dangerous but ..
Great TE post
fritzi007 (11069) 2014-06-22 14:39
congratulate you on the successful hunt, really very well done!
All the best
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (69195)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-17
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/8
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-13 3:53