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Waiting for the light by pestilence Waiting for the light by pestilence
One of my favorite photographers (well actually I believe, one of your favorites as well) has a famous book called under the same title, I named this one not by accident, but because I had that book in my mind when I captured this shot!
It was a lovely weekend (with the addition of an extra day) the combination was fantastic, getting to spend 3 days in one of the most wonderful (and unfortunately distant from Athens) places in Greece, with a lovely company of friends, and having God arrange the 3 days for you!
So we headed towards Papigko, one of the most magical spots of Northern Greece, travel for 6 hours till you reach it, stop 15 Km's before the Village because the snowfall is so thick that the car can not move anymore without the use of chains! Try to put chains on the tires when a herd of cows (and I mean lots of them) pass through the snow storm heading towards the unknown, and not minding where they are stepping (now you wouldn't be lying on the ground and getting stepped by something like that!) suddenly a granny appears from nowhere, telling us that the snow storm has started since yesterday and that conditions are...white over the village...well that was what we where waiting for! Chain installation just got quicker! and soon we where entering the village, snow is still falling thick and actually you can't see much, it's from the moments where I want to scream, I am over at one of the most magical places in Greece, yet I can't see or shoot sh*t (pardon my language). I decide getting mad and bitching ain't going to change anything, so I prefer to put the AW of the Lowepro, pick my tripod and just start acting as a tourist.
So after a few hours of walking around (and it was hard since everything was covered in snow and even walking was tough) the friends propose we go and eat, hell why not, the weather is bad, and literaly I can't see anything in front of me...so the only shooting I would be doing, would involve animal tissue...(e.g steak).
But...yes there is a but...until a few meters before the tavern (not a restaurant, mind you people) when the snow cuts a bit off -still snowing though, but really light- I get the camera out of the bag, prepare the tripod (hell Benro f*ck*ng rocks! How the hell was I missing such a tripod so long?) place the camera on it, and start composing, I get a few shots, revealing the atmosphere of the moment, but yet the atmosphere is lacking, so I say to myself wait a bit longer (friends have already entered the tavern, and probably they are paying the tribute to the local farmers...but something tells me to stay a bit more) a glimpse to sky reveals a short hole, the clouds are spreading, and yes...God is loving me, the storm is breaking and the sunlight breaks through the clouds creating a...heavenly atmosphere! This is what "waiting for the light" is all about, it's the gift for waiting patiently, for being on the most magical place in Greece and yet again not been satisfied until you see those rays of light "painting" on the surface, ipod is playing Elysium by Hans Zimmer, nothing more to ask...

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Canon 5D
Canon 70-200 f/4
Filters: B+W Circular Polarizer
Shutter: 1/13sec
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 126mm
Tripod: Benro C169 + Vanguard SBH-300
White Balance set through a Whibal
Date / Time: 13/02/2010 16:40pm
Location: Megalo Papigko / Epirus / Greece
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:iconsasa1977:
Sasa1977 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
good photo
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AmirNasher Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Collecting!
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconzufalls-foto:
zufalls-foto Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot Kostas. The lighting is of course spectacular.
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you my friend! :)
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:iconzufalls-foto:
zufalls-foto Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're quite welcome my friend.:)
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Very nice. Love the color contrast. :-)
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
You are welcome. :-)
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justeline Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
Waiting patiently for the light while you know your friends are devouring a hole cow or something is an admirable achievement indeed, not sure if Kozy could resist :rofl:
Pure gold!

PS sorry for being so late in responding to this but someone kept me busy cooking all these days and had taken over my PC :frustrated:
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pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
:rofl: now I see why the comment regarding the eating habbits of Kozy :rofl:
I believe I waited more patiently for the food to arrive on the table :rofl:
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Esoteric-Imagery Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
looks over sharpened
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
sharpening is as it should be, using the usual 1,6 technique with masking applied.
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:iconbrettc:
Brettc Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Great work mate... love that light
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks mate, honored to hear it from you! :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Beautiful shot mate, really worth the wait...the light and warm contrast is fantastic
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks Andy! :)
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adni18 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Όμορφη δουλειά!! :thumbsup:
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photogrifos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The story and the photo are both stunning.

Well done, Kosta!
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you my friend! :)
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
persistence prevailed. the light is wonderful hope you had a good time with the typical Epirus weather :D
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
Lovely lovely mate! :)
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AndreasResch Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Quite a nice one. That warm rockface looks great.
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pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks Andreas! :)
I believe thats what made this shot, that nice warm light on the rock! :)
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AndreasResch Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Color contrast is a powerful tool.
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pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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Bozar88 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
great shot! and I love the ending of the story :)
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pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks mate! :)
yay! it had a happy ending! :) :D :D
Sad now though...because I am back at the madness! :S
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Very nice capture mate :)
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you mate! :) happy to hear it from you! :)
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:iconbogdanepure:
BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
As a man who saw both, what do you like most? Mountains or seas?
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pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
I can't choose! :) both have their magic...
I would assume personally that mountains have a more wow effect on me, that's probably because I see sea more often than I see mountains (mountains are not close to me, and because I don't have a car license -I only ride motorcycles- it's more hard for me to get there during winter time).
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BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I haven't yet saw a sea but a very big lake that looked like a sea. Still I prefer mountains...
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pestilence Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) Well it all depends, if for instance my first mountain was the one close to my home (which is really bold) I wouldn't be that exited about it (LOL).
I have also seen seascapes very boring (In Crete, you can have a fantastic summer holiday, but for sure the seascapes at that time of the year are somewhat boring sometimes, since the sky is so dull).
It's all up to the composition, time of the year...and some luck! :)
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BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I completely forgot I also saw Mediterranean Sea and I loved it.
Yeah, you're right: right place and right time it's almost ALL it matters!
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karabaja Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Oh...:faint:
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