ICELAND – The land of Ice and Fire and the land where Heaven Meets the Earth…

Iceland is a Country  where Heaven meets the Earth. On March, this year,  I discovered  why  nature lovers and especially landscape photographers travel to the island of Iceland. Iceland  is magic. It is full with amazing and astonishing variety of  landscapes, a paradise for every photographer.  I had the chance to visit the island  and travel around for ten days and I was amazed with the beauty of the scenery. Our journey to this magical paradise  started form Reykjavik to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Snaefellsnes Peninsula offers stunning landscapes which captured the imagination of people all over the world. Black church of Budir, the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar and the famous mountain of Kirkufell some of the places you have to place on your places to see list at Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Living Snaefellsnes Peninsula and following the Ring Road we travel to  the famous Golden Circle near Reykjavik. It is the area that contains most tours and travel-related activities in Iceland since it is very close to Reykjavik and it is easily accessible. The three primary stops on the route are the Þingvellir national park, the Gullfoss waterfall,   Iceland’s most famous waterfall,  and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur.  

Living Golden circle  area we follow the Ring Road  1 to the Southeast of Iceland where we spend five days visiting places such as the charming village of VIK, the Village of Hofn and of course the famous Skaftafell national park.  Jökulsárlón  Ice lake at Vatnajökull National park and the ice black  beach are incredible  places to spend a few hours in the SouthEast area of Iceland. Also in the area are not to be missed picturesque  waterfalls such as the Seljalandsfoss and the Skogafoss.

We ended our dream journey visiting  Reykjanes peninsulaan area filled with geothermal sites, dramatic coastlines, landscapes and quaint, historic towns.

Below are some of the images of Icelandic scenery as I capture them  through  my Lens. Visit my  Iceland photo album  and enjoy more photos. I will continuously updating the album with new photos as I processed them. Iceland is a place I am definitely recommending to visit and is a place you will love and want to visit again and again. Some of the images are available as prints  on several media on my store at FineArtAmerica.

 

Thank you you enjoying my work and I would love to have your comments.

 

Έκθεση Φωτογραφίας ” Κύπρος-Κρήτη 2014″

Αγαπητοί φίλοι,Με ιδιαίτερη χαρά, o Φωτογραφικός Όμιλος ΤΕΥ-ΑΤΗΚ σας προσκαλεί την Τετάρτη, 12 Νοεμβρίου, 2014, στις 7:30 μ.μ. στη μεσαιωνική αίθουσα “Καστελιώτισσα” στα εγκαίνια έκθεσης φωτογραφίας. Στην έκθεση θα παρουσιαστούν επιλεγμένες φωτογραφίες (σύνολο 151) από το φετινό διαγωνισμό «Κύπρος – Κρήτη 2014» στον οποίο έλαβαν μέρος 70 φωτογράφοι, με τις συμμετέχουσες φωτογραφίες, να ξεπερνούν τις 700. Τα θέματα του διαγωνισμού ήταν: «Ελεύθερο έγχρωμο», «Επαγγέλματα μονόχρωμο» και «Μαγεία των Χρωμάτων». Τα έπαθλα και τα χρηματικά βραβεία στους νικητές της κάθε κατηγορίας, είναι χορηγία του φωτογραφείου Photo Bella το οποίο ευχαριστούμε. Η σχετική πρόσκληση επισυνάπτεται.Την Πέμπτη, 13 Νοεμβρίου, 2014, στις 7:30 μ.μ., στον ίδιο χώρο, ο Μανόλης Παπαδάκης (EFIAP/s, PSA**), αντιπρόεδρος της ΕΦΕ Κρήτης, θα μας παρουσιάσει το ενδιαφέρον θέμα “Νεκρή Φύση”.

Φωτογραφικός Όμιλος ΤΕΥ-ΑΤΗΚ- Έκθεση φωτογραφίας «Κύπρος - Κρήτη 2014»

Fashion and Modeling

The last few weeks I had the opportunity to participate  in Fashion and Modeling events. Fashion photography requires a lot of experience, skills  and practice.  And above all creativity and very good face to face and verbal communication with the models.  Following are links to modeling and fashion photos from Cyprus Fashion Days .  Click on a thumbnail and enjoy the photos.

Cyprus  Fashion Days                                                              Model Photography

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How to photograph butterflies

 

Butterflies are pretty sensitive little creatures. Get too close, and they’ll fly away in a hurry. And, even when you do get close, they’re constantly moving from flower to flower, gathering their most precious prize: sweet nectar. All this makes it difficult to photograph butterflies, but here are 8 tips for dealing with some of these problems:

1. Use a tripod, but keep the head loose. Click on the butterfly for more…..

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FAU19 – White Butterfly

Article from Digital Photographic School.

 

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About my Website

A few years ago I was thinking of building a personal web side to show what my eyes see and what my camera captures but I did not have the time and the knowledge to do so. So I use FlickR and Facebook to show my portfolio to my friends and the world. Now I realize that a personal website is a must for every photographer and I recently started to play with WordPress and the portfolio-press free theme.

As the author of portfolio press say “Portfolio Press is a responsive theme for showcasing, your photography, art, web sites, or other projects . It also works nicely as a regular blog site”. It as a very simple theme and very easy to set up and have a personal website and blog with in few days.

This  web side  uses some Plugins which provide more flexibility to the design add more options. Of course the design of a webpage can be an endless story and depends on the required options as well as the creativity of the designer.

Below is a list of Plugins used. The Plugins can be installed directly from WordPress plugin menu.

Suggested Plugins:

Portfolio Post Type
Options Framework

Optional Plugins
Image Widget
Contact Form Plugin
The Social Links
Gallery Carousel Without JetPack
Flickr Badges Widget

I hope you will enjoy my portfolio. I will try paint it frequently with my best photos from the world around me.