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%)
* 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
Critiques | Translate
Mapeix-Br (253) 2006-11-08 16:31
Wonderful place! I hope one day I can visit there! Nice picture! Nice Job!
Xalkida (11744) 2006-11-08 16:50
That's a very nice shot of the famous cave. Unfortunately was a place that I was not visit when I was at the island. Excellent colors on the water.
bostankorkulugu (42440) 2006-11-08 16:50
I like this vertical version better emiel. may be we can see the "hole" as a whole, thats why...
mphotographies (1976) 2006-11-09 2:29
The 'portrait' position shows it's monumental height! Even the mentioned 'overexposed' sky doesn't become evident due to the immense beauty of the vertical orientation you made...more dramatic and intense version!
Another good job!
syd1946 (18663) 2006-11-09 4:35
Very beautiful scene taken from a great point!Amazing light for this composition coming from the hole.Excellent work!
Cretense (68703) 2006-11-09 6:10
VEry impressive capture of one of your favorite spots (mine too). Great POV and perspective, perfect use of the wide angle lens. Maybe the most representative photo of the place, i have ever seen. Congratulations!
jmcl (14535) 2006-11-10 10:30
At first I looked through your various versions of this I thought this would be the one I liked the least .. actually I think it is my favorite. I think the vertical position really amplifies the height of the ceiling.
difficult exposure .. but great image!!
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2006-11-16 13:23
I am never one for the rulebooks. Foe me, a good photo is one which has a visual appeal and this one ceratinly passes the test. I think it was important to show the broken roof so I dont mind the OE.
With Greetings from India
labro33 (2807) 2006-11-20 12:13
I love the way you photograph my country,I think in simple words it's"pure".
About this one i love the colours and the nice compo.Good pov.It's a place that looks like a secret magic cave...
Thanx for sharing
spyros60 (150) 2006-11-24 10:05
Great view of a unique place under difficult situation. Nice pic!!
Doron_L (411) 2006-11-24 15:51
It does look great vertically.
Great composition. It is difficult not to overexpose in this situation. The only way to fix this that I can think of is to take 2 consecutive shots:
1) The overexposed shot you have here.
2) an underexposed shot to get the sky exposed properly
and merging them in photoshop. I think that if you take the pictures fast enough (say 2 basic jpegs) and soften the edges of the "stitch" area, you wouldn't even need a tripod.
jdwyer264 (1082) 2006-11-30 13:10
Hi Emiel, I love this shot.
It looks like a still from a film like King Kong when they enter the island. Superb, great colour and POV. The picture would have been finished off it was only a bit more colourful in the sky through the hole. But you can't have it all. Amazing light rays and stone detail.
Thanks for the kind critiques.
SCidER (388) 2006-12-05 6:02
thats a beautiful underground lake.. i have never been to kefalonia, but now its in my next visit list...
nice shot capturing the hole and the light coming into the cave..
the only bad thing is the washed out sky.. but its not your fault..
did a workshop, check it out :)
golden (2289) 2006-12-11 16:37
i've never been to Kefalonia and it's a place that i really want to visit. I'll definitely go to this cave and take some photos.
Your shot is great,so is the POV.The colors of the water are amazing.
I prefer this vertical version.
edal (6804) 2007-01-03 15:49
Your colors of the lake are fascinating. The pov is remarkable. Long live Greece and thanks God he has created it!
rafid76 (0) 2007-01-13 3:41
these cave shots are just fantastic my freind!! very unique since i never see photos of caves from greece! you show us the clarity of the water along with the size comparision of the distance from the top of cave to the people! well done
azordq (0) 2007-02-11 5:20
As I said in the critique to "Break The Rules - Melissani Lake I", this image speaks to my soul and I like it very much!
- Copyright: Emiel Hillege (Emiel_Skyfreak) (3002)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-25
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro, Transcend 2GB 150xSD, Sigma 72 mm MC UV Filter
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Greece - The most famous sites, Light and Shadows, Your Favorite Shots [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-08 16:12
- Favorites: 1 [view]