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The very next shot that followed after taking this shot.

AdrianW questioned himself in his critique what the shot would look like in vertical position. I'm glad I thought about that back then, so here it is!

So again, this is Melissani Lake on Kefalonia.

If you didn't know the other version, let me explain Break The Rules.. Why is this ?
Well, I didn't like that big overexposed sky section in this and the other image, which appeared at most shots I took there, unfortunatly. But the first time I broke the 'rule' to still upload it, and some of you liked it. I think this version is pretty cool too, and I couldn't decline AdrianW's 'request' to upload it some time.

[Photo Scene info]
The cave was discovered in 1953, when the roof collapsed due to an earthquake, which was felt all over the Ionian. As you can see, light enters from above, and colours the water of this subterrean lake nicely to turquoise. Some of the colour is reflected on the walls of the cave, hence the blueish and greenish tones on the walls.

For 5 euro's you buy a ticket and enter the cave, you will be helped into a boat and get a tour through the cave, which exists of two chambers.
The deepest spot of the lake is 30 meters below surface, the shallowest point is 1 meter below surface. Which is good for the men that move you around in the boat. They can use their paddles to push you around on narrow spaces, such as the passage between the chambers, from where this shot is taken.

If you would like to read more info, read it here. The quality of that shot, is not so good though (due to saving jpeg a few times)

The name of the cave/lake derives from some nymph. Why?
Oil lamps, plates and figures found there show the god Pan and several nymphs. This is, why the cave is sometimes called Cave of the Nymphs. The lake was named after one of the nymphs, the nymph Melissanthi.


[Photo technical info]
21mm, F5.6, 1/100, ISO-200, +0.7 EV, Pattern Metering.


[PP in CS2] jpeg
Removed some Chromatic Abberation with the Lens Correction tool and the filter Reduce Noise Strength 1, Reduce Color Noise 100%, Maintain Details 100%, Sharpen 12%

* Rotate with use of Measure tool
* Crop + Resize
* Shadow/Highlight (decrease the latter, open shadows 1%)
* Levels
* some Color Balance
* Saturation (less red, I found the people on the front boat a bit too red on the original)
* USM 55%, 0.9px, treshold 3 lvls
* Saved for web; 198kb
No border this time

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