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

Four Photo Contests To Enter During April 2015

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ In the search of photo contests I came across several competition that their submissions close during April. As March ends, I find it useful to gather them in one post in order to keep a track of them. I’m already take part in some of them and I’m going to participate in the rest as soon as possible. I include deadline date and links to submit your work. They have several themes and their entry is either free, or they have a small entry fee.  © ioanna papanikolaou ○○○ Standing On The Edge Photo Contest on ViewBug.com Submit photos showing people … Continue reading Four Photo Contests To Enter During April 2015

Photo & Notes. Choosing Black And White Photography

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ Photographer Paul Outerbridge, well-known for his early use and experiment in color photography, had mentioned the difference between monochromatic and color photography; black and white imply a suggestion, but the color makes a statement. Others, like photographer Robert Frank, had seen in black and white photography symbols like hope and despair, a reflection of real life. In the search of what makes a black and white photo stunning and how to achieve it, these questions are hard to be answered. Autumn Bridge in BW by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px I feel that some photos are meant to be black and … Continue reading Photo & Notes. Choosing Black And White Photography

Photos & Notes. Tilted horizon and 45 degrees for Dutch angle

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ There are many names to describe 45 degrees angle by a tilted camera: Dutch angle, Dutch tilt, canted angle, oblique angle, German angle, jaunty angle. All these terms describe the same thing; a shot from a camera rotated relative to the horizon or vertical lines in the shot.  Straightening the Umbrellas by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px ○○○ cinema The primary use of oblique angles was to make the viewer feel unease, disoriented and stressful. Firstly appeared in the movies of German expressionism in 1920′ and 30′ (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Man with a Movie Camera) as an attempt to visualise madness and social … Continue reading Photos & Notes. Tilted horizon and 45 degrees for Dutch angle

Photo Diary 64/365 The Power of Lines In Photography And What They Express

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ Lines are not only dots out for walk, as the painter Paul Klee had mentioned, but also one of the basic and significant elements of every visual composition. Lines arrange and divide the subject’s space, guide the viewer’s eyes and create different senses with their forms and qualities. They can be obvious or suggested and they can be categorized to horizontal, vertical, oblique and curved.  invincible summer by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px One of the first things I try to define when I have a potential photo composition in me is lines. And, lines are one of … Continue reading Photo Diary 64/365 The Power of Lines In Photography And What They Express

Photo diary 50/365 Sunset Photography … Cliche or Essential

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin sunset on a dry anthriscus sylvestris by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px If there was a possibility of counting sunset and sunrise photos since photography beginning and add in them all the known paintings with the same theme, surely the result would have many zeros behind it. The forty-four sunsets that the Little Prince had counted in one day in the famous book of Antoine de Saint-Exupery is something that happens to us every day through art and photography… Sunsets and sunrises are one of the most common subjects in art and photography.  Urban Sunset behind High Voltage Pole by Papanikolaou … Continue reading Photo diary 50/365 Sunset Photography … Cliche or Essential

Photo Diary 45/365 • To focus or not … that’s the question

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin When I started submitting my photos on stock photography sites, the first thing I learned was how much focus matters. You see in stock photography photos usually follow the guidelines of a document. There are exceptions of course, but most of the times photos must be sharp and clear with the main subject in focus. So, when my images were out of focus, or much of their subject was out of focus, or the depth of field (DOF) was too shallow, or not justified, my images were rejected.  The Closest Green by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px And despite the fact … Continue reading Photo Diary 45/365 • To focus or not … that’s the question

Photo diary 35/365. Longing for clouds – a journey to long-exposure waterscapes

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ In the beginning of my photographic journey I was longing for bright sun and full sunshine. It was the guarantee for sharp vibrant photos as my first compact cameras had limited abilities. But, then my first dslr came to make me love photo-shooting with cloudy weather so much that when I’m traveling in places near water, sometimes I wish I had a heavy cloud above my head. And, all of these in order to make long-exposure photos! Small waterfall by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px In simple words, long-exposure photography is when the shutter of our camera is open for a … Continue reading Photo diary 35/365. Longing for clouds – a journey to long-exposure waterscapes

Photos & Notes. Looking for Details

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ I always take my camera with me and I always think how the scene I see, would look framed. It’s a game that I play with my mind in order to find what I really like to capture and create. But, sometimes the scene is not quite what I’m looking for, or I just don’t see anything interesting, or new; nothing dramatic, or very beautiful to worth to be captured.  Morning Drops by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px When this happens, I have a ‘secret’ way out to my creativity again. It is something that most of the … Continue reading Photos & Notes. Looking for Details

Photos And Notes. The short story that worths stay and watch

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ Photography and writing… In every tutorial, article, or book, story telling is one of the strong elements of a successful photograph. Is that because an interesting and beautiful image can become great, only when it satisfies our curiosity and confirms our expectations with an interesting plot, or the quote ‘one image equals a thousand words’ is only about photos that truly have a thousand words to say? in the center by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px Every work of fine art has a background of choices and decisions, events and incidents that occur before, or during its creation; … Continue reading Photos And Notes. The short story that worths stay and watch