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Arise by pestilence Arise by pestilence
Obliteration of mankind
Under a pale grey sky
We shall arise...

Changes come in your life, and one of the most significant ones is to understand better your passions. Since the addition of the canon 5d in my backpack things changed dramatically, full frame beauty unbelievable dynamic range handling but also demanding, the 17-40L changed the perspective of the world -landscape composition is just lovely through a wide angle lens, something I had not the chance to experience with the D50 since I had no wide angle lenses- I spend 2 full afternoons shooting in a few spots I discovered recently enjoying every single minute of my camera and understanding its quirks and my mistakes, exposures, metering WB adjustment and GND selections are becoming clearer in my mind. I knew I was often mistaken thinking lots of my images where lacking something or where not correctly exposed, I managed this 2 days to fully understand how the light meter of the camera can often fool you and take the wrong road, so I just sat there and shot till I had a headache, different combinations different exposures till everything became more clear.
After I finished this little session and I reviewed my images I was really peaceful, I could see that something is changing in the way I perceive photography and how I look at the world now, I used to be static, not anymore! Movement all the time and finding different spots and compositions, this did reveal to me another magical world, the world of nature photography as it should be, chase the light, chase the moment, chase the spot. It was refreshing to see that my words of self criticism did actually have a meaning (to myself), at least to my own ambitions.
I named this one arise, mainly because I feel like that after 3 years in love with photography and after a few days of a nirvana states with my camera and because I always loved….Sepultura :D :D

Canon 5D | Canon 17-40L | Shutter: 25secs | Aperture: f/22 (it works awesome on the full frame…just try it…) | ISO 50 | Filters: Marumi Glass protection – Hitech 3stop hard edged GND | Focal Length: 17mm | Date / Time: 28/04/2009 – 7:40pm | Location: Palaio Faliro / Athens / Greece
Workflow: WB Adjustment through a Whibal card, saturation, curves adjustment all in C1 Pro and sharpening inside Photoshop.



Edit: Updated the file, used Tony Kuypers luminosity masks and his web sharpening technique (brings a bit more crispness in the image!).


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:iconglumthegrim:
glumthegrim Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Thanks for your good work.
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:iconwnison:
Wnison Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011   Photographer
Beautifull!
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:iconming-shuw:
Ming-Shuw Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful and peaceful. <3
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:iconkkeman:
kkeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Artist
Great work!
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:iconthinking-silence:
Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Great Waterscape :D
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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EmiratesA380 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Saw this on *hougaard's page, but I don't think I ever opened it.

Went back to his page recently, and opened this.

I was amazed at what I found. Not so much in the picture, but in the story. It's really comforting and inspiring to know that successful photographers such as you have struggled as I have.

Thanks for sharing.

-Noah.
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks for looking! :)
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:iconhougaard:
hougaard Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Awesome shot
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
I am really glad it was able to "steel" your talented look at it! :)
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:iconkhiemdo:
Khiemdo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010   Photographer
you have such a great gallery of wide angle photos! nice job =]
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:iconarchann:
archanN Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic! :heart: love it!!
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:iconelixyia:
Elixyia Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful~
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such a wonderful view! incredible atmosphere and colour
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:iconashlite:
ashlite Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Great exposure! This is a fabulous piece :)
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:iconsun-seeker:
Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
good to hear about the camera lens love affair, I can relate.... loving the colours in this shot Kostas!
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks mate! I do appreciate it! :)
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:icondanuk86:
danUK86 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010   General Artist
looks great :D Nice exposure and colours!
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks mate! :)
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:icondanuk86:
danUK86 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010   General Artist
welcome!
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:iconsandor09:
sandor09 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Great work
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:iconheatherwaller-rivet:
HeatherWaller-Rivet Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
featured in my journal:heart:[link]
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:iconkulten:
kulten Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010   Photographer
I prefer much more previous version. It was a more delicate matter :) .
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
You believe so?
Please do tell me, what distracts you on the newer version, so I can see :)
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:iconkulten:
kulten Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010   Photographer
I think that is too aggressive / strong contrast. There is a lack of delicacy, which was the previous version. In addition to the water and the sky is light noise. And the colors are too intrusive :D .
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks my friend, I know what you mean, I had the same feeling once I checked it on a laptop LCD monitor (it was developed on a EIZO CRT monitor -calibrated and found ok- ) I will be checking again with the previous version! :)
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:iconkulten:
kulten Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010   Photographer
I know. Thats why Id love to buy LCD EIZO in a future. At the moemtn Im working with Samsung LCD 32" :D
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Feels better now?
This is an edit on a calibrated (but less superior -compared to the EIZO CRT- Laptop LCD monitor)
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:iconkulten:
kulten Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010   Photographer
Much better my friend.
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:iconchristosr:
christosR Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
τέλεια φίλε..
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
Ευχαριστώ! :)
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:iconinmymind81:
inmymind81 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Unbelievable photo! :salute:
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconantonioandrosiglio:
AntonioAndrosiglio Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009   Photographer
what a beautiful view
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you my friend! :)
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:iconraw1985:
raw1985 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
sweet! Awesome shot.
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconaslesapagehgiri:
aslesapagehgiri Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
so beautiful! =D
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks mate :)
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:iconmadrush08:
madrush08 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
your latest string of photos has been really great. Good composition. The exposure is great, maybe a 2-stop GND, a 1 stop ND to compensate for the one -1 stop on the top. Great scene. Don't you just love these epiphanies, it is great when we advance by leaps and bounds in the things that we love.
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
Indeed it is my friend :) thanks for sharing your thought much appreciated :)
And yes the GND & metering is coming more clear everyday of shooting, its just fascinating thinking how much I learned and still learn after 3 years of photography :)
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:iconmadrush08:
madrush08 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Two years for me, and I am still amazed at what I have learned and still can learn.
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:iconlamusatriste:
LaMusaTriste Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
beautiful.. almost not of this world..
let me sit back and enjoy this fascinating scenery..
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconkashmir-gr:
Kashmir-Gr Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
υπεροχη φωτο.ομως.υπεροχη.
φαβια τοσο για τημ ονειρικη φωτουλα οσο και για το μαγικο σχολιο.

υ,γ.ρε συ κω. απο Κητη ειναι η καταγωγη?
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
Σε ευχαριστώ ποολύ για τα καλά σου λόγια!
Ναι, απο Κρήτη είναι η κατατωγή μου :)
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:iconirishgirl72:
IrishGirl72 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Your work has ben featured here: [link]
Please check out my journal and see who got featured with you! :heart: :dance:
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconflippinphil:
FlippinPhil Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
Absolutely beautiful sky.
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you my friend! :)
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