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

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

Twelve Free E-books for Street Photography

Street photography is one of my favourite photography fields although I don’t do much. But, I always find it inspirational and striking to watch these photos, no matter if they capture current moments from cities all around the world or scenes of the past, like Vivian Maier’s black and white portfolio.  Instant by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px When we talk about street photography, we suppose that it is about photos that we take on streets. But, the truth is that we don’t need a street or even urban environment to consider a photo as a street photograph. The idea is … Continue reading Twelve Free E-books for Street Photography

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

Photo Contest • Fifth Annual EXPOSURE Photography Award

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ Three days are left for the early entry deadline of the Fifth Annual Exposure Photography Award, the world’s largest celebration of photography.EXPOSURE is a photography award and a global celebration of the image, premiering July 13th at the Louvre Museum in Paris with submissions from 191 different nations over the past five years. The photography submitted to exposure has been seen by over three millions viewers.You can submit your photos and find more information about the contest in this link: http://www.see.me/exposureaward  © ioanna papanikolaou I already participate with five photos from the street life in the waterfront of … Continue reading Photo Contest • Fifth Annual EXPOSURE Photography Award

Photo Diary 107/365 • Drawing With Light [Photo + graphy]

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ To the photographer, all the world is a stage dramatized by the light; this phrase was written by the stage photographer George Karger in the introduction of an article about the light and stage photography in the Popular Photography – ND magazine (March 1944, p.31).  Eclectic Sunset by ioanna papanikolaou by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px And, despite the seventy years that separate us from then, the truth of this sentence hasn’t changed at all. Every day new photos continue experimenting with the light like enlightened newbies, using the cosmic flood of sun rays to capture their interpretation of a scene with an image. … Continue reading Photo Diary 107/365 • Drawing With Light [Photo + graphy]

My Photo "In The Center" Wins the 8th Place in the Contest ‘Resting’

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ On March 22nd post, I wrote about my participation in the contest “Resting” organized by Photocrowd. The contest, judged and voted, ended and before four days the winners were announced. And, I think that this was my greater “photo-moment” until now for 2015!  My photo “In the center” wins the 8th place in the expert vote among 598 photos from all over the world! © ioanna papanikolaou It’s officially in the Top Ten Expert Choices of the contest and gains a place among the photos that appear in the first page of the site! That’s so amazing and … Continue reading My Photo "In The Center" Wins the 8th Place in the Contest ‘Resting’

Photo Diary 100/365 • Photography, Our Soul and The Best Of Us

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ It’s one of my childhood memory; our mother to dress us with our best clothes and make our hair pretty in order to go to the photography store and take a good family photo. It was the time that our camera Zenit couldn’t replace the abilities of a professional camera in the hands of a professional photographer. Despite the digital revolution, I believe neither now can do it. But this practice to get ready for a good photo, our childish eyes couldn’t understand. Why lose time from our game in order to be photographed like ‘nerds’? That … Continue reading Photo Diary 100/365 • Photography, Our Soul and The Best Of Us

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 Diary 86/365 • In The Search of A Standpoint and A Creative Point Of View

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ The definition for the point of view is simple to be described, but it becomes more complicated when you have to apply it. The point of view is a standpoint and could include many things.It’s a specified or stated manner of consideration or appraisal; it’s an opinion, judgement, attitude; and it’s the position of the narrator in relation to the story, as indicated by the narrator outlook from which the events are depicted and by the attitude toward the characters.  Black and white Stairs On A Hill by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px In photography the POV (point of … Continue reading Photo Diary 86/365 • In The Search of A Standpoint and A Creative Point Of View