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After the rain.

After the rain.
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13704 W: 295 N: 27294] (109611)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-11
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II USM, HOYA HD UV 82mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Samos-Ikaria - Ephesus
Theme(s): Blue Hour [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-26 0:18
Viewed: 2800
Points: 154
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The port of Pythagorio,after the rain

It’s a village built on the seaside, on the east part of Chora plain and south of the capital Samos town at a distance of 13 km from it.

Pythagoreio is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Samos, capital of the island and one of the most famous Greek cities of antiquity. It is built on the lower part of the city that was amphitheatrically built around the harbour. It's reported by Herodotus to be one of the most magnificent structures on Samos, second only to the Tunnel of Efpalinus. During the years of Ottoman occupation only a guard remained at the spot, with the sole duty to inform the Ottoman administrator cited at Chora village each time a ship entered the harbour.

The cite began to be inhabited in the middle of the 19th century when Miltiades Aristarchus was Hegemon of the island (1859-1866). On the footings of the old port, the new bay was contracted, which with the help of a mole, protects the harbour.

In the earler days the village was called Tigani (frying pan) because of the shape of it’s circular harbour as Ep.Stamatiades mentions. Nik.Dimitriou gives us also the explanation that it might come from the French word doine that means customs office, or that it might even derive from the surname “Tiganos” which existed then in Pythagoreio and Mitilinioi villages.

It’s current name, Pythagoreio, was given to the village in 1955 by the International Organization of Pythagoreans in honour of the great philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras who was born here.

Pythagoreio, which once was a picturesque fishermen’s village, is today the most developed tourist area of Samos with excellent infrastructure.

Above the village, still remain parts from the fortification walls of the ancient city, the ruins of Polycrates palace (ancient Tyrant of Samos), the ancient theatre, the Roman baths and many other ancient sites. Most important is probably the Efpalinio tunnel or double-edged tunnel. It’s 1026 meters long and it penetrates the mountain over Pythagoreio at an altitude of 246 meters. It was designed by the archtect Efpalinus from Megara in order to ensure the water supply of the city. The builders began digging on the opposite sides of the mountain and met in the center with a deviation of less than a meter!

In between Pythagoreio and the tunnel you will find the ancient theatre and above it the monastery of Holly Marry. There’s a cave with a chapel next to it.

On the southwest end of Pythagoreio you’ll find the castle of Lykourgos which was built in 1824 for the protection of Samos against the Turks and next to it the church of Metamorphosis that was built in the same era.

The scene is captured with ISO 1000 with the maximum aperture,16 mm.

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Hello Danos! Very good night shot, wonderful light and shadow, good contrast. Interesting topic and original composition. Good luck!

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  • antua Gold Star Critiquer [C: 90 W: 2 N: 3] (16)
  • [2009-09-26 1:09]

Καλημέρα Δάνο,

υπέροχη νυχτερινή άποψη του Πυθαγορείου. Πολύ όμορφη ατμόσφαιρα με τα σύννεφα να συνεχίζουν να δείχνουν απειλητικά παρά την βροχή που προηγήθηκε. Εξαιρετική διαχείρηση του φωτισμού και πολύ καλή ευκρίνεια. Συγχρητήρια!

Καλό Σαββατοκύριακο,

Good morning dear Danos,
A wonderfull rememberance for me ; as we have been twice in thiw wonderfull island, and maybe also enjoyed our frappee's sitting in one of those bambus armchairs at left.
But this scene is quite different, just after rain which washed those amazing old stone pavements. Perfect light management and very nice compo.
TFS and have a nice weekend my friend !
Best regards

Καλημέρα Δάνο,
Υπέροχη νυχτερινή φωτογραφία με όμορφη ατμόσφαιρα και πολύ καλές αντανακλάσεις πάνω στο βρεμένο πεζοδρόμιο.
Καλό Σαββατοκύριακο, Βασίλης.

ciao Danos,
spettacolare effetto del cielo sulla composizione.
Buone le luci, anche se con leggere sovraesposizioni, con gli alberi delle imbarcazioni in fila.
Simpatica scena con la gente che va a ripararsi.
buona giornata

Hi Danos,
Excellent night capture, great composition.Excellent perpective and details,

Hi Danos,
very beautiful ambiance with wonderful light and reflections in the blue hour.a great moment..like an eye catcher painting..tfs
Have a nice weekend


Dobar dan
Stari grad i luka ...
Dobra nocna fotografija, boje, ostrina i trenutak snimka.
Lepo za setnju u prijatno vece.
Pozdrav, Paja.

Ciao Danos, fascinating blue hour with fantastic light, great composition, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Danos,
Very good night shot, wonderful light and shadow. Perfect light management and very nice compo.Regards.

Hi Danos,
beautiful blue hour photo with amzing colours and lights, the composition is spectacular, great mood, indeed. Have a nice weekend!

Hi Danos,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. Using a tripod and an exposure speed of 1/8 of a seconds is allowing us to admire this area of the town. The presence of the people has an effetc of scale. Well done, have a nice day.


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  • arnie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 0 N: 67] (1817)
  • [2009-09-26 5:11]

Hi Danos,
Great capture, lovely colours and reflections.
Brings back happy memories of sitting in one of the bars on the left and enjoying a pint of Mythos.
Regards Arnie

Hello Danos,
You used the brilliant paving stones well to increase the luminosity of the image. The light is very well managed, without local over-exposures. The blue night is superb. Excellent clearnesses and colors. Cheer.
Have a nice day

Hello Danos. Photographing at night is not an easy exercise. Your Photo lives through the colors and reflections. The characters fit well into the picture. Very nice. Best regards, Wolfgang.

Hi Danos,
very interesting shot. The reflections are very pretty indeed. I believe it may have been slightly better if taken sooner, may be the sky would be lighter and more in balance with the town lights. Really nice scene,

Hi Danos,

Beautiful composition. The small port is still very busy. Excellent management of light. I like the dark blue sky and the great sharpness. Good reflexes on the pavement wet.

καλό Σαββατοκύριακο!

Γεια σου Δάνο,
Εξαιρετικη η νυχερινη σου φωτογραφία!Μ'αρεσει ιδιαιτερα η αντανακλαση του φωτος στο βρεγμενο πλακοστρωτο κατι το οποιο αναδυκνειει και την κινηση των περαστικων.Πραγματικα πολυ ωραια στιγμη!

καλο Σαββατοκυριακο!

very nice one my friend,
good nightshot, good quality shot, fantastic sharpnes and good colors, fine photo job here, have a nice evening.
regard jaap

Hello Danos,
what a splendid nocturnal image!
The composition is really perfect.
I like the reflections on the floor and the intense colour of the sky!
Congratulations and TFS.
Have a nice Sunday.
Friendly regards

Hello Danos

Splendid night composition. I love this magic atmosphere that the night has. Beautiful reflections in the water and in the ground. Congratulations for this amazing capture.

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2009-09-26 18:33]

Hi Danos,

after the rain cames Danos with such an attractive blue hour shot :) Impressive register, good exposure overall and fine details. Well done!

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  • clio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2211 W: 282 N: 5256] (27961)
  • [2009-09-26 23:15]

Geia sou Dano,
It is wonderful this wet ground with the silhouettes of the pressing walkers.
The dark sky lets show clouds.
A very beautiful work.
Kali kiriaki

the beautiful evening picture of seaside promenade in charming surely Greek town. They on islands have their charm. Splendid colours and light.
Best Regards

Kalimera Dano

katapliktika xrwmata!poly kali fwthnothta!
apsogo kadro!
fantastiki fwtografia!


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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14271 W: 1034 N: 28588] (135918)
  • [2009-09-27 3:15]

Hi Danos

A marvellous indigo sky with fantastic textural details & reflections, in the wet, fg cobblestones. Beautiful colour & superb sharpness & framing with excellent perspective. Tfs!

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  • coco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5177 W: 140 N: 6388] (30439)
  • [2009-09-27 7:04]
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Kalispera Danos.

Interesting and nice scene and photo. The main problem: the dark areas are too dark, but the whole place and photo are very nice.


Hello Danos,

you have done a masterpiece here!
The light management is perfect and gave you wonderful bright colours and reflections, but the top feature is surely the wet pavement and its texture that creates a wonderful atmosphere.
Really a place I'd like to be with my boat!

My best compliments,

Hello Danos !
Nice shot, very good composition. The risk with these night photos is that they can give a little dark result but you succeeded in having a photo with a very balanced luminosity : you exploited the lights of the restaurant perfectly on the left, those of the reflections on the right and the fantastic color blue of the sky. Two elements I like also in your photo is the humans presence which brings a little animation and the pavements brightness after rain which improve the lights reflections.
Well done Danos !
Have a nice week.

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  • Jakab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 449 W: 213 N: 1282] (3867)
  • [2009-09-27 11:38]

Hello Danos,
a phantastic shot! The three parts (the cloudy sky in blue hour, the black sea with fine reflections and the glittering stones of the coast) themselves and contrasting each other are simply excellent. Your note with the link to the tunnel is as interesting as the picture.

Hello Danos.
Thanks to the wideangle lens, a great blue hour shot.
Good menagement of light, nice contrast blue / yellow paints.
Best regards.

salut danos
une heure bleue bien traitée avec une bonne gestion de la lumiere, la longue pose aurai donné un meilleur résultat mais question de gout

Hi Danos,

The dark blue sky above the wet cobble stones of the quay is marvellous. The glittering lights of the late evening are beautifully reflected on the stones and in the sea and gives a great atmosphere.

Groet Rob

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2009-09-27 23:18]

Kalimera Danos,
nice view and good shot by night. An interesting place. I like the colours and reflections. Well done photo.
Gr., Aleksander

Bonjour, mon ami Danos,
Ah oui ! la composition est belle avec ce ciel et cette voie pavée luisante après une pluie.
Très belle ambiance. Une photo qui mérite des éloges.

Hi Danos,
Excellent night shot, I like the colors, lights and light relfections and especially the wet shining roads. Nice mixture of gold, dark blue and silver.

Kalimera Dano.
C'est une bonne idée d'appeler une ville Pythagore. J'aime cette ambiance nocturne de ce port qui vient juste de recevoir la pluie. Les pavés du quai reflètent les lumières de la ville.
Bonne semaine !
Amical salut !

Hello, Danos!

The dark sky is beautiful, and I like the wet ground full of reflections, with very good lighting! Beautiful composition! Well done!

- Nice nightshot Danos, holliday's ambience, nice perspective and wonderful true colors, well done!

Hello Danos
great atmosphere
i like light from the wet road
good light and blue color of the sky
thanks for sharing
best regards

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9345] (52961)
  • [2009-09-28 4:06]

Hi Danos,
wonderful noght shot in great colours and taken from an excellent POV.
regards, Gerrit

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 56 N: 6322] (45351)
  • [2009-09-28 4:37]

Os ajustes de exposição e fotometria estão excelentes aqui. Gosto também do azul do céu que está muito bom.



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  • Urs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1444 W: 83 N: 3294] (14082)
  • [2009-09-28 7:53]

Dear Danos

You have captured the mood after the rain perfectly, it really looks wet and it "feels" wet. The lights help a lot to boost this feeling. Also your note is very informative. Sharpness and vibrant colors are fine. Well done

Best regards and have a nice week

hello Danos
this is a fantastic blue hour,where the difference is given by the splendid wet and shining pavment,bringing a splendid grlare to the picture!Superb!

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  • plimrn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
  • [2009-09-28 9:25]

Kalimera Danos,
What an interesting composition with the wet stones reflecting the light and the walkers' silhouettes framed between the boats and the harborside cafe. The note is fascinating; how appropriate to name a town after Pythagoras.
HLJ, Pat

Hi Danos,
Good effect with this wet pavment to have brightness reflections, nice perspective and good light capture.

Well exposed night shot taken in the blue hour. The wet pavings provide an excellent surface to reflect the light.

Hi danos
My favourite colours is the blue, the blue hour also...
Sometimes isn't easy to manage the light because we have strong contrast.
Your POV is great and the reflections nice
TFS and have a nice day

Hello danos,

This blue is very beautiful!
Great shot, and excellent atmosphere and feeling!
Have a nice day!


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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2009-09-29 10:58]

Hello Danos,

A beneficial rain here allowing to reflect all these beautiful lights coloured on these paving stones and to give to this pleasant blue hour an additional beauty. A composition very pleasant to look at, thank you Danos.

With all my friendships and a very good evening,


Hello Danos,
Good night shot, very good exposure and I like much the deep blue of the sky, a superb composition.

Hi Danos,
This is indeed magic the blue hour shot. Nice scene of the marina with beautiful boats. I like a lot the light, reflected on the surface of the bricks. Excellent work!

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 0 N: 531] (4028)
  • [2009-09-29 12:38]

Hi Danos,

Excellent composition night, with pretty colors.
A very nice ambiance with its reflection and details of paved road.
There is a slight bias here but it creates an excellent atmosphere.
A masterpiece anyway.
good evening.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9599 W: 157 N: 15505] (124145)
  • [2009-09-29 13:44]

Witaj Danos!
Nicely place.
Good night photo.
Fantastic climate.
Well done.

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-09-29 23:06]

Bonjour Danos,
capture fantastique de la fin de l'heure bleue, j'aime beaucoup le rendu des ces pavés humides qui rejettent lumières et couleurs, l'ambiance est fantastique.
Excellent cadrage.

Bonjour Danos
il pleut chez toi aussi? smiles...mais je vois que celà t'a apporté le plaisir et comme nous de regarder cette jolie photo avec le sol mouillé, un ciel tempêtueux, une autre vision mais superbe aussi avec cette brillance

Hello danos,

A superb night's view with a very ggod managment of light. The dored light arise very well in the image. Very nice coloured reflections in the FG. great depht. The peoples give an interesting element of life.
best regards,

Namaste Danos,
lovely shot in blue hour. Nice to look the reflected light. Depth and sharpness is great. Very well capture. Tfs.
Have a nice day.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15450 W: 159 N: 27003] (141836)
  • [2009-09-30 8:33]

Hi Danos
Une belle image du bord de mer a l'heure bleu, jolies teintes sur le sol humide, belle composition
Good evening for you

Helo Danos
It is nothing beter than air after the rain....
Good picture of rainy Pythagorio

Hello Danos,
It looks like a good oil painting and I believe that says everything about this great photo.

Imagem fascinante e rara beleza grega. Show de cores, luzes e nitidez. Um trabalho realmente maravilhoso. Parabéns!

Hi Danos,
There is a spectacular perspective in this night capture, very well-executed.
The wide angle of the lens offers us a very agreeable sight of the port and the sailboats after the rain, with a few nice reflections.
A beautiful composition.
Friendly regards,

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2009-09-30 11:10]

Hi Danos,

A really exciting night shot. The wet cobbled stones and people in silhouttes is really great. Wonderful dark atmosphere and great blue but cloudy sky. TFS and have a nice evening!



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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2009-09-30 17:22]

Yassou Danos
Interesting perspective in the wet foreground and nice sky in the blue hour.
Best regards

Hello Danos.
Beautiful photography in the blue hour, the remains of rain on the wharf it creates a few nice sheens, well depth with the alignment of the ships and houses.
Beautiful colors and lights.

geia sou Dano,

omorfi kai ekseretika petuximeni apotyposi tou limaniou tou Puthagoreiou, opou vrethika prosfata. O omorfos kai prosegmenos fotismos denei armonika me to sunnefiasmeno ourano kai ti skoteini thalassa. Endiaferouses einai kai oi antanaklaseis apo to nero ths vroxis stis petres kathos kai sti thalassa. H parousia ton anthropon prosdidei zontania stin eikona. Bravo.


Hello Danos,
A very good night shot and fine quality, the sharpness is great, it is not easy and you did do a fantastic photo job here, I like it a lot.
Best regards. Uğur

Kalimera Danos, this Blue Hour photo is excellent. I love that fresh feel after a rainfall too, and your photo has captured that feeling. I hope you do not mind that I have used your photo in my Theme. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Lisa.

Hello Danos,

I like this picture very much.Excellent night shot with a perfect light managment and much atmosphere.Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


Hi Danos,

I love the saturation and contrast in this shot. After the rain must be good time for photography. Very good framing and well done.

Thanks for sharing and best regards.

Yasu Danos,
We strolled in the same places and took photos of the same places on the same dates, and we did not see each other. Any chances I see you in Kalambaka, or Olympos mountain next week?
Se xereto. Salvator.

Kalispera Dano. Poly entiposiaki omorfi kai kathari h nikterini soy fotografia apo to Pythagorio. Fotismos kai xromata einai apla arista. Kalo soy Savatokiriko. Filika Xristos

Hello Danos
Beautiful night composition
A nice marina and beautiful ships.
Beautiful sky.
Beautiful shadows and reflections.
Nice light and excellent contrast.
Perfect sharpness.
Excellent work my friend.

Hi Danos,
A good blue-hour on the sea-front area, a typical to island's villages.
The wet pavement adds to scene some illumination in two shades, which is marvelouse.

εξαιρετική νυκτερινή φωτογραφία με τήν βρεμένη παραλία να αντανακλά το φώτα των μαγαζιών.
Η ώρα της φωτογραφικής λήψης,την μπλέ ώρα,κάνει το όλο σκηνικό τόσο εντυπωσιακό.


Δάνο, μια πολύ ομορφη ωρα, μου αρέσει πολύ το βαθυ μπλέ του ουρανου μετα την βροχή, το γυαλιστερό πλακόστρωτο και η αντίθεση με το γλυκο φώς του απόβραδου...μια πολύ ομορφη συνθεση να δείχνει την ομορφιά της πατρίδας μας και με βροχη οχι μονο με λαμπερο ηλιο!!
καλο σου βράδυ!

το κοιμητήριο στην τελευταία μου ανάρτηση ειναι του Β' Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου ειναι το Rosecrans National Cemetery, διασημο στο Σαν Ντιέγκο, περιέχει και γυναικεία ονόματα γιατι υπηρετουν και γυναίκες στο Ναυτικό.
σ' ευχαριστω για τήν επίσκεψη

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