26-May-2007: Livunia Beach, Imbros (Gökçeada), Turkey.

Last weekend I was in Imbros (Gökçeada) island in Turkey. An I will post some photographs for my favourite beach in the island: "Livunia" beach (I don't know the Turkish name of that beach).
Livunia beach is at the west part of the island as you can see on the google map of the island. I like a lot this beach because it is isolated, without restaurants, cafes, houses etc.


Aug-2002: Portrait of Stratigula, Greece.

Update 14-Jan-2007: The above portrait has been chosen from the following photographs as we can see from the contact sheet below: Part of the photographic "art" is the ability of the photographer to chose the best photo(s) from a set of photographs.


03-June-1995: Phographer in Park Cismijiu, Bucharest, Romania.

I made these photos of this old photographer 3 June of 1995 in park Cismijiu in Bucharest. These photos where shot using Azomures Romanian black & white film, and this is why they have so strong black & white contrast. That period I was using Azomures films because they were cheap and available in Romania.

Lets see how the camera of this photographer works: In this camera there is no film and the photographer uses photographic paper instead of film. In this camera there isn't shutter release mechanism! The photographer empirically open/close the cap of the lens for some seconds during the shooting of the photo. Then he develops the photographic paper and his result you can see in the following negative image/photo.
If he wants to correct some part of the photo he uses a correction colour. Here with the red colour he corrected a portrait (this portrait is mine). The equivalent traditional dark room technique is the masking technique during exposure of the image on the photographic paper with the enlarger and the equivalent techniques in the digital dark room (=image processing software, photoshop, gimp) are the Adjustment layers masks.
Afterwards he shoots a photograph of the corrected image as we can see. And the photo of an negative image is a positive (and the final image) that you can see it in the next photograph.
Homework: Take the negative image of the photographer and using a program of image processing created the above photograph (positive image).

Solution: After opening the negative image in Photoshop we apply: a) Image -> Rotate Canvas -> Flip Canvas Horizontal, b) Image -> Adjustments -> Invert, c) Image -> Mode -> Greyscale και d) Image -> Adjustments -> Levels (we darken the image a little bit). The result of the photoshop is in the following photograph:


1-May-2007: Chiliadou beach, Evia island, Greece.

Yesterday 1-May-2007 I was in the Chilidou beach in Evia. This beach is around 160Kms far away from Athens.
The photos above are from the nudist beach of Chiliadou. Chiliadou beach is an ideal place for free camping. The best time of the year to visit this beach is Spring and early in Summer because in the summer the beach is overcrowded.
The above beach is an isolated beach that you can reach by feet, following the steep trekking path from the nudist beach (look the red path on the photo).
In the beginning of the beach there is a place grown with planes. Many campers are camping in this area during the summer time.
The above old bus is used as a caravan ;-). 10-15 years ago in Chiliadou beach you could only find campers, a few caravans and some restaurants! Nowadays you can find many hotels, rooms to let, restaurants and even a night club ;).