Photos & Notes: Shoot Something Simple

The truth is that when you are obsessed with photography you want to shoot everything and anytime. Fortunately, my husband has the same passion for analogic photography and my 6 years-old son has an extensive curiosity for everything. So, they understand my madness. And, when mom takes out the eggs from the fridge to make a ham and cheese omelet, they find it usual that she stops everything in order to take a few shots of the eggs first. Of course, these were not just any chicken eggs. They were home-raised by my parents-in-law in their village. They were small, perfectly similar and had a harmonious color degradation. The first was beige, the second light beige, and the third all white. I loved both color and the BW photos for their minimalistic elegance.

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My 8 Favorite Quotes About Raindrops And Rain

Raindrops Colors by ARTbyJWP on Flickr

Spring rains have something brilliantly refreshing. They don’t recall melancholic thoughts nor spread a sense of darkness like the autumn rains do. Spring rains offer to nature’s colors impressive vibrancy and reward the soil with the odor of fertility. My last photos of raindrops upon green leaves inspired me to remember and gather my favorite quotes about raindrops and rain.  I hope to find them inspiring, too!

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Beach Photography. How To Deal With Exposure

Shooting photos on a beach during a summer and midday can be quite challenging and tricky. The basic problem is exposure. Beaches during summer are the brighter landscapes, not only due to the big bright sun but also due to the white sand, which reflects the sun rays and wash all them in the light.  The problem with the auto mode of the cameras is that they “read” all this light and underexpose our photos. If you have a manual mode, you can change the levels of exposure and discover, which level meets your desirable standards. The next tip and trick is … Continue reading Beach Photography. How To Deal With Exposure

Nature Photography Komorebi [Light and Leaves]

In the previous days I was post-processing some photos from our short trip to the forest of the mountain Belles, outside the picturesque village of Ano Poroia, during May when I came across to this photo of beautiful tree leaves brightened by the sunlight. As I have described in my previous blog post the weather was ideally sunny, the foliage of the forest was fresh and thick, playing gently with the sun rays and creating wonderful transparencies and shadows.  Sunlight in fresh tree leaves by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px I always search for new keywords and descriptions when I upload a new photo in order … Continue reading Nature Photography Komorebi [Light and Leaves]

Nature photography • Ferns and Feathery Leaves

After a long break from blogging and all these events that happened to my country, I’m starting from the point I stopped two months ago, following the suggestion that photography and art, in general, should inevitably be shared somehow, because otherwise they are like non-existent.  photo by jwp on Flickr During this May, we had visited the picturesque village of Ano Poroia in the Belles mountain. The weather was ideal, sunny but not too hot. We walked in a small uphill path, which starts after the last tavern and the trout fish farming unity. This path guides you in the forest under the thick foliages. There I … Continue reading Nature photography • Ferns and Feathery Leaves

Three of my photos in the Top 25% Most Voted

© ioanna papanikolaou Flowers are a very common subject in photography and there are plenty of them everywhere. Every species, every color, every angle is well covered by many wonderful captures and portfolios. Yet, when you hold a camera and meet a beautiful blossom, it is almost inevitable to photograph it. You want to keep in file this moment of unrepeatable freshness and ephemeral beauty.  Another issue is to choose the right photos to submit in a contest. I always find it so difficult to choose, which is more appropriate to the theme and has more chances to win a good rank. … Continue reading Three of my photos in the Top 25% Most Voted

Photo & Notes. Weather And Landscape Photography

Abandonned fishing boat by ioanna papanikolaou S DSC_1279_1969_2005

A few days before a friend uploaded a photo on instagram from my favorite Prespes region only to remind me how differently scapes look not only from season to season, but also from day to day. Weather and light can transform completely the scenery and I think that this is one of the reasons landscape photography is so endlessly. It’s also so inspirational to make series of photos from the same point of view taken in different time and with different weather. The scenes compared would have many things to surprise us!

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Photo Diary • Reflections In Photography and Tips

photo by JWP on flickr Reflections in photography belong to these amazing moments that the subject of a photo is mirrored in a surface and its idle is captured by a camera. They add a surrealistic beauty in our photos and increase their interest. There are many things to consider about a composition with reflections and in most of them our eye decides subconsciously.  Element  Water element covers a huge chapter of reflection in photography. But, it’s not enough to be near water. As Lao Tzu said, “no one can reflect on streaming water”.  And, for clear and vibrant water … Continue reading Photo Diary • Reflections In Photography and Tips

Photo Contest • Summer Landscapes

Summer is only few days far… I don’t want to repeat myself, but I have this feeling that as my years are increased, the time flies faster. Before some posts I wrote about spring contests and first blooming flowers that I’ve photographed and now I’m participating in a contest about summer landscapes. Sometimes I wonder if writing an everyday blog post, it could slow down the time, or the way I perceive it. That’s a thought to consider… © ioanna papanikolaou About this week contest, the site photocrowd.com celebrates summery nature in a N-Photo-sponsored contest for a chance to be published … Continue reading Photo Contest • Summer Landscapes

Photo Diary 128/365 • Blur Background Of A Photo And How To Achieve It

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ Recently another photo contest at viewbug.com had ended (Wet Surfaces photo contest) and my photo “Rosa canina” had been ranked in the top 10% most voted.  Rosa Canina Hips Close-up by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px The challenge in this photo and the challenge in every close-up and portrait is to isolate the subject by achieving a beautiful blur background. Background has its own importance and can define the quality of the photo; if it is a snapshot or not. In this photo if the depth of field was large and all the background was clearly seen no one could appreciate … Continue reading Photo Diary 128/365 • Blur Background Of A Photo And How To Achieve It