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Early Morning in Oia

October 14th, 2011

Taken from the ruins of the Oia Castle, on the Greek island of Santorini.

Nikon D700, Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZF.2. Shot at f/11, ISO 200, 25 seconds.

Location: 36.460310, 25.373059

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Posted By: kallinan
about 11 years, 3 months ago
While it's a lovely picture, isn't it basically a resubmission of #2595? http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/details/2595/oia_windmills.html

While the blue version was also quite nice, I generally lean towards less processed photos like this one.
Posted By: fjawodfc
about 11 years, 3 months ago
I recognized this too and also prefer it to the earlier version. I see that there were some touch-ups (to the old one) such as the brown stuff on the wall in the lower-right corner.

I actually deleted the old one and saved this one instead. I like the colors better.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 11 years, 3 months ago
Likewise, I find this version more appealing - though I couldn't begin to say which is closer to the color of the actual scene. The Blue one was dark and over-saturated, which has it's own virtues, I suppose - a different mood entirely, somewhat cold and foreboding.

But I don't object to seeing more than one interpretation of the same image. Indeed, there have been requests ventured on many occasions by people who would like to see a photo handled differently. This version is warm and friendly, in contrast to the other. Of course, anthropomorphizing a landscape like this points out how subjective the whole process of art appreciation can be.

On a technical note, due to other aspects of the composition, this seems to me to be an occasion that justifies running the horizon line through the exact center of the image. The buildings rising on the hill to the right cross the horizon and in doing so seem to give added weight to the sky, which as a monochromatic negative space balances the weight, color and detail of the structures below. Anyway, that's how I see it. Your mileage may vary. However you judge the result, framing a photo of such complexity is often quite challenging. It's not like in a painting, where you can adjust the elements to serve the demands of your preferred arrangement. With a photograph you work with a scene as it is, not necessarily as you would like it to be. This often involves some aesthetic trade-offs. More sky, for instance, would detract from the proportions of the image; If the aspect ratio were maintained, emphasis on other elements of the picture would be changed. Sometimes there is just no perfect solution. It's a balancing act; in the best pictures we don't see the effort - not, at least, without studying it closely.

I see this photo as successful precisely because it draws me in to consider it in greater detail.
Posted By: chickenwire
about 11 years, 3 months ago
@kallinan the blue version is actually the minimally processed version. This new version is far different from how it looked straight out of the camera. You can see see the original here:

Posted By: chickenwire
about 11 years, 3 months ago
@whitedog, thanks for your in-depth analysis. i enjoyed reading your point of view
Posted By: kallinan
about 11 years, 3 months ago
Neat. Thanks for sharing the original, and good work on giving the this one a natural look.
Posted By: Daddy_Gemini
about 11 years ago
I also agree that the horizon line in the center fits this point of view perfectly. However I'm not as much as a stickler to the rule of thirds as WhiteDog is... I don't think people think about the horizon and picking whether it should be on the bottom of the top third of the frame, or the top of the bottom third as much as you (and others) do. Saying this situation "justifies" the horizon being centered sounds a tad silly to me, and I took photography classes in college too. Maybe your professor was more a stickler to the so called "rule of thirds".

Let's just say, for example, when I take a picture I just frame my target subject (usually level which I'm more of a stickler for when it comes to horizons) and move it around until I get compositional balance, wherever that leaves the horizon, so be it. =)

As for this piece compared to the previously uploaded version, I also prefer this one, and it's kind of amazing how you made me think THIS one was more like the original colors/lighting from the camera. I mean it really looks like the lights are hitting the architecture and illuminating them like that (even though they actually weren't as bright). Good job and I also will be keeping this one in place of the older submission. Thanks chickenwire! =)

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