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Pythagorio by night

Pythagorio by night
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13722 W: 295 N: 27332] (109787)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-14
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA PRO1 Digital 77mm mC PL-C
Exposure: f/4, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Samos-Ikaria - Ephesus
Date Submitted: 2009-10-12 11:24
Viewed: 2725
Points: 158
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The port of Pythagorio.

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.

Pythagorio 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 Pythagorio 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 Pythagorio 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.

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Sensational shot, Danos...
The lighting and sharpness is phenomenal. Brilliant color, marvelous reflections and beautifully composed with the well lit boat in the FG. This is beautiful. Many thanks and kindest wishes,

Hello Danos ,

excellent night shot with a perfect light managment.Excellent colors and reflections.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


Hello Danos

youv'e taken a shot at a very difficult time, during black hour. Yet you've managed to capture lots of vibrant lighting.

and with depth as well.

great photo

Hi dear Danos,
Very nice nocturnal capture ! Perfect light management and very nice compo with the Christina in the foreground. Very good and usefull notes as well.
TFS and best regards

Γεια σου Δάνο,
Πολύ όμορφη νυχτερινή φωτογραφία, μια γαλήνια σύνθεση με πολύ καλό φωτισμό και αντανακλάσεις. Εξαιρετικό βάθος πεδίου με τη Χριστίνα να καμαρώνει σε πρώτο πλάνο.
Καλό σου βράδυ, Βασίλης.

Hello Danos,
splendid nocturnal shot with the illuminated boat on FG, very well placed, and the magnificent light on BG.
You created a very suggestive atmosphere here, with a perfect exposure time!
Congratulations and TFS.
Friendly regards

Kalispera Danos,
i've been there nearly 25 years ago, but not by night and now i see what i've missed. Great exposure and POV, TFS

Geia soy Dano!
Exeretiki nyxterini foto me wraio kadrarisma kai yperoxes antanaklaseis!

Waw! That's splendid Danos!
A real marvel! You found the ideal light that illuminates this boat in fg while all the rest around is black. Then the town in the bg is so lovely with it's reflection in the sea. Such a smart and masterly composition with an incredible clarity and harpness.
A photo that I'd wish to shoot myself!
my best compliments,

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  • antua Gold Star Critiquer [C: 90 W: 2 N: 3] (16)
  • [2009-10-12 14:13]

Καλησπέρα Δάνο,

εξαιρετική νυκτερινή άποψη του Πυθαγορείου με πολύ καλή διαχείρηση του φωτισμού και καταπληκτικές αντανακλάσεις. Συγχαρητήρια!

Καλή εβδομάδα,

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2009-10-12 16:08]

Hi Danos,

interesting to see those colorful lights amoung the darkness. It works pretty well in here. The boat is such a nice element in the foregorund and the city lights make a nice horizon line. Great job!

Geia sou Danos
Nice view on the bay with the town lights reflecting well. Special nice light on the FG boat, giving good depth...
For fun I made a small WS and removed the left side boat... hope you don't mind!

Dobro jutro, kod nas je cele noci padala kisa i sada pada.
Malo a veliko selo.
Dobra kompozicija, dobre boje i trenutak snimka.
Svidja mi se svetlo iz sela i reflexi u vodi.
Lep, uspesan dan, Paja.

Hello Danos
So profesional work my friend
What a lovely view on lights of Pythagorio

Hello Danos, good night shot! Excellent exposure and colors!



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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2009-10-13 0:08]

Kalimera Danos,
beautiful image, like painted. Good shot by night. I like the composition, reflections and colours. Good presentation it place.
Greetings, Aleksander

bonjour Danos
une excellente photo de nuit, ce dont j'ai des difficultés, et avec ici une bonne lumière sur cette barque et de belles réflections avec la perspective de la ville en arrière plan
un cadrage excellent

Dano geia sou

night picture is not so easy , you choose a good first scene the mikro karavi and the light of the banks on the background , good manage of the lights

Hi Danos

Absolutely marvelous this night picture.It's amazing to see the lights in background and the reflections in the water.This boat in foreground is a bonus. Congratulations.

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  • Amaz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2921 W: 346 N: 2836] (11475)
  • [2009-10-13 1:46]

Excellenet night's compostion, Danos!!
You play perfectly with lights and dark areas!!

Very creative take!!

My congrats!!

All the best!!

Hi Danos
A pleasant night image where the boat highlights are shouting in the surrounding darkness
Have a nice day JY

iassu danos
Fantastic picture great night scene and very well combination of flashlight and the artificial lights on the sea also.. . ine poli omorfo bravo ihsan

Hello Danos,

Very nice night's shot with the Fg and the BG which arise very well in the black of the night. Great depht of field too, beautiful reflections, elemnst coloured very well collected. A good and nice photowork.
Best regards,

Geia sou Danos, congratulations with this shot. Boats at night are always difficult with the long exposures (mine always seem blurred due to the rocking water). The reflections are magnificent and contrast so beautifully against the black tones. Excellent work, TFS, Lisa.

Hi Danos,
Beautiful colors and reflections, a scene in black, white and gold. That resort seems very animated and the touristical season looks not diminished by autumn.
I tried to read the inscription on the boat and my conclusion is that it reads "Hristina" in Greek letters-the Greek equivalent of the Romanian Cristina-my middle-name.

Hi Danos,
beautiful nocturnal photo with peaceful mood and picturesque lights, the composition is very attractive, splendid photo. Have a nice day!

Hi Danos,
The boat well-illuminated in foreground is a perfect topic, very well placed in this composition, in which the night sight of the village and its lighting reflected on the water create a good sensation of peace and have also a high aesthetic level.
Very beautiful capture, with an impeccable execution.
Friendly regards,

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9354] (52987)
  • [2009-10-13 5:10]

Hi Danos,
excellent composition and impaccable qualit with beautiful colours.
regards, Gerrit

Geia sou Danos
The contrast between the boat in FG and the water is eye catching! The exposure works well and the reflections of the colored light are beautiful!
Xe xereto

It's amazing how bright the little boat is from the street lighting. Very well exposed night shot. You made a good decision to speed up the shutter as much as possible to avoid motion blur of the boat bobbing on the water.

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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 8 N: 220] (1491)
  • [2009-10-13 9:48]

Hi Danos,
A great capture here.
The boat looks grand against
the dark waters. Distant reflection
gives it good depth. Very impressive.

Kalispera Dano...

tromerh fwto!
apsoga xrwmata!oi antanaklaseis apo ta fwta
sth thalassa dhmiourgoun mia panemorfh atmosfaira!
apogh fwthnothta!
oso gia th xristina sto prwto plano
dinei thn dikia ths pinelia
sto ekseretiko apotelesma!

ta sunxaritiria mou...


very nice Danos,
fantastic how you work here with this light, well composed, good photo job my friend, have a nice evening.
regard jaap

Hi Danos,
very successful night shot..light,sharpness and clarity are great..colours and reflections eye catcher..also amazing depth..TFS


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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 56 N: 6322] (45351)
  • [2009-10-13 11:08]

resultado gráfico excelente, apresentando o bonito barquinho em composição de excelente fotometria e enquadramento. Muito boa.



Hi, Danos.You had the bright idea to put the white boat in the foreground. It contrasts the whole scene. It stands out very well against the dark water of the port and gives a very good depth to the image. The lights on the other side are well reflected and add colour in the background. But most of all, I think the picture is very well balanced in its exposure.
Have a nice evening,

Hi Danos.

I like the details on the boat. Of course, the lights of the background are nice too but that details....lovely.

My compliments!

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  • ymrk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1442 W: 145 N: 1953] (15085)
  • [2009-10-14 1:02]

i guess you had used flash at here.The beautiful long exposure that is very succesful as unusal..Take care Danos!


Hello Danos,
It is a superb night image, as I like them, with the presence of the major night and of the lights and frontages which one guesses with far in the black. The foreground, also made up of a bright boat on a black water is very attractive. it is an excellent realization. Congratulations.
Have a nice day

Hello Danos,

Very beautiful light, Wonderful reflections
Very beautiful landscape, foreground right, I love the light on this boat!



Hi Danos,

The mirror effect on the water is an asset to the composition. The point of view takes our eyes toward the city which is giving depth to the photo. The use of a tripod and of an exposure time of 1/4 of a seconds is giving a nice image. Have a nice day.


Hello Danos,
Excellenet night's compostion. A good and nice photowork.Beautiful colors and reflections, a scene in black, white and gold.

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  • Urs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1444 W: 83 N: 3294] (14082)
  • [2009-10-14 6:31]

Hi Danos

Brilliant shot and very informative note, congrats. You were lucky that the boat did not move. However your risk was worth it, amazing colors and sharpness. The boat full in the light and in the BG the lights of the settlement - well done

Friendly regards

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2009-10-14 10:59]

Romantic view of Samos. Technicaly superb realization, friend. Thanks for my sensibility for Greece.


Ola Danos ,
Muito bonita esta tua foto nocturna com as luzes da cidade no horizonte originaram uns belos reflexos, boa inclusão do barco no primeiro plano ficou com bons detalhes, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Hi Danos,
Well captured and great result with the white boat and this dark night, perfect exposure and lovely reflection in the bg.

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  • plimrn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
  • [2009-10-14 17:31]

Kalispera Danos,
The boat in the FG makes a great focal point against the night skyline. That is amazing that you were able to capture the boat so sharply at 1/4 of a second. It must really have been very calm.
HLJ, Pat

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2009-10-14 19:03]

Hola Danos.
Excellent night shot with very good view of the boat and reflection of the village's lights in the background. Good colors and wonderful composition.
Best regards.

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-10-14 22:24]

Hello danos;
beaucoup de maitrise dans la capture de ces lumières nocturnes. De la profondeur dans cette scène, mais aussi beaucoup de calme et de quiétude.
On regreterra sans doute la barque coupé à gauche.
My best regards.

Hi Danos,
Good contrast of color between dark environment and village in dazzling lights, good pov to show the calm water surface and silent environment with including empty parking boats, thanks for sharing a beautiful village by night.

Hello Danos
very nice night scene
good light and colors
i like reflections of the light
good composition and POV
best regards

Wow what a beautiful night shot presented here by you Danos. Truely fascinating colours. Nice depth and light. Perfect capture of the boat and those background lights. Very very well done.
Have a nice day.

Hi Danos,
in most cases I don't like shots with completely black sky but there are some exceptions and this is one of them.
The boat as well as the town lights in the distance look kind of hanging out in a space.
Very interesting effect,

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  • arnie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 0 N: 67] (1817)
  • [2009-10-15 3:15]

Hi Danos,
Stunning shot, great darkness and light.
Best Regards Arnie.

- Beautiful nightshot Danos, excellent true colors for the night and very good sharpen and technical quality, well done!

hello Danos
the beauty given by the light and their reflection in the deep black water is incredible!And the bright and lightened boat gives a wonderful foreground!This is just splendid!

Καλησπερίζω αφού έμεινα άφωνος απο το πρώτο πλάνο τις αντανακλάσεις το φόντο,τι απίστευτο σκηνικό,να σαι καλά που μας το μετέφερες.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9719 W: 157 N: 15685] (125127)
  • [2009-10-15 12:59]

Witaj Danos!
Nicely night photo.
I like the light and colours.
Curious reflections.
Well done.

Hallo Danos,

Great shot of this city in Greece. I love the light on the boat in front and the city lights in the distance. Great exposure, beautiful reflections and great details. Well done!


Bonjour Danos
Cette photo est superbe. J'aime la nuit qui efface des détails pour ne laisser que l'essentiel. Ici cette barque blanche ressort bien en premier plan alors que le port dans le lointain fait le décor.
Amical salut !

  • mauro61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5196 W: 220 N: 6617] (52889)
  • [2009-10-16 0:37]

ciao Danos,
un bellissimo notturno il cui il nero della notte è spezzato dalla barca in FG e dal chiarore delle case sullo sfondo.
Ottima la definizione e i riflessi,

Bonjour, cher ami Danos,
Je suis stupéfait de la qualité de cette composition.
La réussite est totale. Vous maniez avez maestria votre appareil photo (digne d'un véritable professionnel).
Bravo pour le sujet et la réalisation.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15562 W: 159 N: 27210] (142886)
  • [2009-10-16 13:24]

Hi Danos
Belle image nocturne, j'aime l'effet de lumière sur la barque et les reflets de couleurs a l'horizon, belle ambiance
Have a nice week end

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2009-10-17 6:29]

Hello Danos,

This boat in the foreground is a good vector to bring us to this enlightened seaside resort. I like much the management of the light in particular on the boat which arises well this very black night… I appreciate also the coloured reflections. Resting moment, thank you Danos.

With all my friendships and a very good WE,


Very nice Danos !
Very impressive the light and the sharpness you get on the foreground.
Another photo taken by night very well done !
Very nice reflections on the background also.
Good night Danos ! You're probably taking photos at the present time !
Best regards,

Hi Danos,
Lovely composition with beautiful clarity to the boat. The perspective is interesting with a great depth. As I like the boats photos I couldn't miss this one. Well done!
Thanks for sharing,

hello Danos,

Jolie maîtrise de la lumière dans ce magnifique cliché.
Bonne soirée

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2009-10-19 0:34]

Hello Danos
One of your rare night shots, but with the same technical excellence as your other shots. The fine contrast between the light colour of the boat and the pitch black water is very appealing, as are the reflections of the lights in the bg. Good work!

hi danos,
The composition is well planned with a nice perspective and pov which brings out the depth and the textures and colors so finely.


Hi Danos,

Beautiful image of the city at night with its lights reflected in the waters of the port. Perfect exposure, great colors and details.

Greetings from Brasília

Hi Danos
Wonderful night picture with the boat in foreground
Fine colours and sharpness
Very well framed and handled the light
Have a nice day

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  • gunbud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • [2009-10-20 8:57]

Hi Danos,
Lovely nighttime image of this beautiful wooden fishing boat reflecting in the tranquil harbor.
The beautiful architecture makes the ideal backdrop for this fine image.
Regards, Tom

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  • Jakab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 449 W: 213 N: 1282] (3867)
  • [2009-10-21 14:54]

Hello Danos,
the exposition (plus PP) is phantastic: keeping the details of the reflection on the velvet-black sea and at the same time the details of the snow-white boat visible - a very good performance, congratulations!

HI Danos,
Great night picture and wonderful point of view of the city including the boats in the foreground. Outstanding variety of colours reflected on the water. Cheers!
Best regards

Hi Danos,

this is a good night shot, I like the boat and the reflection of the lights in the water, it's a nice composition,

Best regards


Hello Danos!
Really a beautiful night shot, a picture of your dreams!

Δάνο καλημέρα,
πολύ καλή νυκτερινή γωτογραφία με την βάρκα στο προσκήνιονα φαίνεται τόσο ωραία και με εξαιρετικές λεπτομέρειες.Η παραλία του Πυθαγόριου στο βάθος με τις αντανακλάσεις στη θάλασσα κάνουν το σκηνικό υπέροχο.


Hello Danos,

The great exposure makes the picture nice quiet, but also exciting and it give a little bit a 3D effect (a great depth).
Also the composition and the point of view are great.....Good photowork.

Friendly regards and have a nice weekend,

Superb night view Danos, perfect colors not easy to get with all the lights
Good pov, clear shot
Have a good evening

Kalispera Danos,
Lights over the smooth water surface superbly collected, a well done photojob, as no "grains" effect on the dark parts and fine contrast upon with the reflection.
My cong.'s,

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