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Kastraki (Castle in Greek) is one of the most famous cafe in Kalamata or should I say in Messinia.

The outstanding view of the City extended from the north to the south surrounded by the deep blue sea creates the feeling of a served view in your plate, next to your drink.

If you're a traveler to our city in the summer, you can't miss that.

During the winter, a cafe named Meteoro, next to Kastraki will please you by its warm environment, good music, and of course the same outstanding surrounding plate view of Messinia gulf.

More info about the cafe is here


About the shot:
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Each hour has a unique and perfect moment, the tricky part is to understand the kindness of the moment itself.

This time for instance, these deep blue tones and dark colours, is the deal between the resistance of the day to the night.
Each day has this moment, even if we capture the best for us, or the less best.

I captured this scene by using the following settings.
Manual Program used.
The light was limited, so the exposure should be long in order to capture the last breath of the day.
The f was set to 7.1 (I could set it at 8, but I like the EV to be 0, Center-weighted average light metering mode, best for Canon cameras, and ideal for such scenes).

Long exposures require a tripod, which I explain why in my previous posts.
Flash was useless, if you want a realistic result, even if thats blackish, the use of flash is forbidden.
In my opinion, use flash ONLY when you need to.
The rest of the settings can be viewed also from the EXIF data,
ISO 100 and my wide lens were set to 18mm.


RAW Post Processing Notes:
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Not much
- Some saturation, White Balance and Hue adjustments
- Clarification slightly increased
- Framing
- Titling
- TIFF for my purposes, and JPEG optimization for TE ready.


Tip:
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TIFF format might be huge and not so continent such JPEG, but can store more colours, (8-16 bit) in addition to JPEG which stores only 8bit, besides the 1% or more loss of quality.

This is a minor problem for screen viewing, but a serious problem when you have to print, depending on how big are the dimensions of the poster, at least to me that I demand the 101% of the best result my scene can give.


I hope you enjoy my photo
Regards to all

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