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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13702 W: 295 N: 27475] (110381)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-30
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
Exposure: f/4, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Tinos island
Theme(s): Blue Hour by Paninho [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-13 8:29
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Our Lady of Tinos

Our Lady of Tinos (Greek: Παναγία Ευαγγελίστρια της Τήνου, Panagía Evangelístria tis Tinou or Μεγαλόχαρη της Τήνου, Megalóchari tis Tinou) is the major Marian shrine in Greece. It is located in the town of Tinos on the island of Tinos.

The complex is built around a miraculous icon which according to tradition was found after the Virgin appeared to the nun St. Pelagia and revealed to her the place where the icon was buried. The icon is widely believed to be the source of numerous miracles. It is by now almost completely encased in silver, gold, and jewels, and is commonly referred to as the "Megalócharē" ("[She of] Great Grace") or simply the "Chári Tis" ("Her Grace"). By extension the church is often called the same, and is considered a protectress of seafarers and healer of the infirm.

The icon was found on the very first days after the creation of the modern Greek State, henceforth Our Lady of Tinos was declared the patron saint of the Greek nation. The icon was at the time thought to be the handwork of St. Luke the Evangelist, a possibility that can neither be confirmed nor ruled out, and a nation-wide fund collection was carried out for the building of a church to house it. The church, built in the Renaissance style, was inaugurated in 1830 and since then it constitutes the major Christian pilgrimage in Greece, equal to what is Lourdes in France or Fatima in Portugal. The church receives a vast number of donations in silver and gold votives each year; these are auctioned and used for charities.

The church is officially dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. The major feast of the church, however, is on 15 August when the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Theotokos) is commemorated by the Greek Orthodox Church, following the strong tradition of the Aegean Islands where the Dormition is grandly celebrated in mid-August as the principal summer feast.

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  • Muse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2048 W: 149 N: 6385] (35010)
  • [2011-02-13 8:42]

Hello Danos,
Un très beau bâtiment et une ambiance plutôt fetive.
L'escalier et le cadrage en contre plongée mettent parfaitement ce bel édifice en valeur.
Best regards

Hello Danos,
Beautiful image of a beautiful place taken from a good POV. And a very useful note. Best wishes.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2011-02-13 8:53]

Hi Danos
Very good blue hour composition with a good lights management
Interessant deep foreground.
Best regards my friend

Hello Danos,

A really beautiful blue hour shot, taken from an excellent pov, which uses the converging lines of the steps to draw the viewer towards the lovely building. Here, the restricted colours of blue and white emphasise the 'Greekness' and look amazing against the blue of the evening sky. The warmth of the lights gives the scene a very welcoming mood.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Geia sou Danos,
Polu omorfi Architectoniki prooptiki tis Panagiaw Tinou
me wraio fwtismo,kai entuposiako POV,O fwtismos anadykniei ta xaraktiristika tou naou,
kalo vradu,

Hi Danos,
a wonderful shot at the blue hour.
Good choice of this framing and clever low-angle shot, to obtain a nice perspective of the stairs, which leads our look towards the elegant architecture of this Marian shrine, beautifully illuminated.
I like the luminosity and the chromatic quality of the photo.
An excellent composition, my friend.
Best regards,

Kalispera Danos,
Beautiful take, clear outlines and good lighting applied here. Pov looking upward created a majestic view.

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46937)
  • [2011-02-13 10:27]

Hi Danos!
It doesn't seem much like a church at first, but it's a beautiful building! You have chosen the pov and the moment very well. I like the illumination of the church, the flags deocrating it and also the blue sky! Good exposure!

Ciao Danos,
l'architettura di questa costruzione è splendida, ed è molto bello il POV con cui l'hai ripresa, un'inquadratura dal basso che da slancio ed imponenza al complesso.
La qualità e la gestione della luce sono perfetti.
Un carissimo abbraccio

Kalispera Danos
this sacred building has a truly unusual shape. your Pov that includes the staircase is fantastic! I love also the decentralization of the subject that is leaned to a sky in BG sweetly colored. the colors, the lights of the lampposts and all the details are captured in all their natural beauty. many compliments for this shot!
have a good week

Hi Danos,

The trees are framing well the building. The point of view from the steps toward the building is giving perspective to the composition. It is also showing the details and colors of the architecture of the building. There is a good contrast between the colors of the sky and the colors of the building. Have a nice day.


Bonsoir, cher ami Danos,
Cher Danos, vos photographies sont toujours un véritable spectacle qui apporte information, découverte...
Ici, encore une prise de vue réalisée avec grand bonheur.
J'apprécie comme il se doit l'ensemble de la composition.

Hello Danos,
this is extraordinary and gorgeous picture of this church Our Lady of Tinos. A fantastic presentation with good perspective, colors, sharpness, POV, fantastic management of light. Stunningly beautiful architecture of that church. All are perfectly well done. My congrats.
Best wishes,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9852 W: 157 N: 16028] (126375)
  • [2011-02-13 12:16]

Witaj Danos!
A very curious church.
Excellent POV and composition.
Good perspective and colors.
Stair case add savor of photo.
Well done.
Have a nice week.

Hi Danos,

For this time, I wouldn't have guessed that it was made in Greece. Tinos, an island I couldn't include this year in my program but it will be for a next year.
I'm surpised that you hadn't a tripod because the quality is really good. I like your POV making this shot graphical and less usual by usinf these stairs. The luminosity is just enough according to me for appreciating the details.
Have a good week.


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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1962 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2011-02-13 13:31]

Hello Danos,
This beautiful edifice was captured by you at the very favorable time of the day, when the sky is still blue, but the illumination is set on. The lower point of view allowed to chose an excellent composition. The colors and photographic qualities are perfect too despite the lack of natural lighting. Very good presentation of this sacred place!
Best regards,

Hi Danos,
Fine POV, a great capture. I like the festive atmosphere, great quality and realisation.
Have a good week.

Hi Danos,
a superb blue hour photo with beautiful lights and details, the composition is spectacular, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 46 N: 170] (15125)
  • [2011-02-13 20:14]

dear Danos,
a beautiful evening view shot of wonderful shrine,
the design of building is very elegant with splendid arches and decorations,
and this light and dark condition make this so mysterious,
blue flags and striped stairs are attractive in this scene,
thank you for your excellent shot,

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2011-02-13 23:36]

Kalimera Danos,
very nice view and presentation. I like the architecture of shrine. Nice lights, fine low POV and glance over the stairs.Well done photo.
Have a nice day.

Namaste Danos,
it is really a nice church and you have presented it nicely. The effect of blue hour with the lights of the church are perfectly captured. Nice composition using a nice POV. Great shot. Tfs.
Best wishes.

Namaskar Danos Kounenis,
It is realy, realy wonderful Picture. Nice Frame. Nice colour, contrast and sharpness. Nice POV. TFS.
Nilotpal Patra.

Waw! what a church!
I have never seen such peculiar and fine architecture before!
Your composition is really well built with these stairs which give a great sense of perspective and make the church more impressive and the choice of the blue hour is most suitable because it gave you a very appealing contrast between the golden artificial light and the blue natural one. the clarity and sharpness is excellent and allows one to appreciate both the illuminated parts and the shadows.
An excellent work and a masterful composition,


Hi my dear Danos

So wonderful gorgeous shot!
You are so talented to manage the twilight shot indeed.
Very sharp and clear presentation in the detail is so marvelous. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good day and best regards,

Takero from Nagoya(my birth place) in Heavy Snow

Hello Danos,

Excellent "blue hour" with a very good managment of light, the dored light arise very well and give rythm and dynamism to the composition. POV very well selected too with the sacle which learn the glande to the edifice.
Have a nice week,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24614 W: 523 N: 41315] (177552)
  • [2011-02-14 4:28]

Hello Danos,

You chose a excellent angle for this wonderful subject.
I like the luminosity and the chromatic quality of the photo.
Splendid nature nice reflections, excellent depth and perspective.
Also colors and presentation are pleasant for look at.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Hi Danos
a stunning study of this truly inspirational and amazing place. Perfectly sharp and a great POV to bring out all the wonderful light. A magnificent image, well done!

Brian D.

Bm dia Danos

Splendid composition of this marvelous church and its iluminated windows,Superb capture. TFS

Ola Danos ,
Bom plano de visão ao mesmo nível destas escadas , lindo o edifício de fundo iluminado , boa escolha pela blue hour , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Μια μεγάλη μάζα της εκκλησίας με την απίστευτη αρχιτεκτονική, το όμορφο φως το βράδυ. Καλύτερη POV με φανταστική, μαρμάρινη σκάλα που οδηγεί στο ναό. Τα χρώματα και ευκρίνεια τέλεια.
Δικός σας

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  • bema Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2766 W: 28 N: 3978] (26567)
  • [2011-02-14 7:57]

Geia sou Danos,

a real fine pov you had to manage that fabulos shot you show us here..
great colors, sharpness, thanks for sharing that great view.

have a nice evening, see you around, Bernd

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2011-02-14 8:14]

Hello Danos,

It is necessary to climb many steps to reach at the entrance of this superb church dedicated to Notre Dame de Tinos… Superb blue hour and a good management of the luminosity of all these lights to highlight architecture. Beautiful and interesting photograph, thank you also Danos for the informative note.

With all my friendships and a very good evening,


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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15702 W: 159 N: 27465] (144074)
  • [2011-02-14 8:43]

Hi Danos
Une belle présentation de cette magnifique église a l'heure bleu et des éclairages super bien capturer,
un contre plonger assez intéressant, très belle image
Belle soirée

Hello Danos,

The upward point of view adds drama to the scene, and the stairs makes a fine lead-in!
The dusk light enhances the effect from the artificial light in the building, making a fine contrast...
A well exposed low light scene!

Pablo -

Hi dear Danos,
a great blue hour shot,a perfect view angle..depth,light and sharpness are amazing..very impressive building..eye catcher ambiance..very fine shot and presentation..TFS


hello Danos
beaautiful blue hour,and a superb low POV making the building majestic!Its golden lights gives a nice contrast with the blue!Excellent!

Γεια σου Δάνο,
Ωραιότατη η φωτογραφία της Μεγαλόχαρης με πολύ καλή προοπτική από μια πολύ καλά διαλεγμένη γωνιά λήψης, εξαιρετικός φωτισμός και υπέροχα χρώματα.
Καλό σου βράδυ, Βασίλης.

Hello Danos,
Your choice of framing gives much importance to this architecture remarkably pure. The blue hour and the lights are pleasing to the eye. The clarity is remarkable. Bravo.
Have a nice evening

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  • ifanik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 52 N: 3687] (21679)
  • [2011-02-14 14:15]

Καλησπέρα Ντάνο
Πραγματικά υπέροχη και αψογη φωτογραφία αυτου του μεγαλοπρεπούς ναού

Hola Danos,

If it is the famous blue hour you captured it in a beautiful way, the illuminated tower is what I liked the best
The perspective in diagonal helps to better appreciated the detail
Like also the church because the 15 of August is the day of all Maria



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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2011-02-14 22:39]
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Καλημέρα Δάνο,
πολύ ωραία λήψη με καταπληκτικό φωτισμό και όμορφα χρώματα,εξαιρετική οξύτητα και πολύ καλό καδράρισμα,
το Σαββατοκύριακο ήμουν κι'εγώ στην Τήνο,με πολύ καλό καιρό!

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2011-02-14 23:22]

Bonjour Danos,
la contre plongée est avantageuse pour ce bâtiment inondé des lumières basses. Les éclairages artificiles, ressortent d'ailleurs mieux à ce moment de la journée. Les escaliers constituent un vrai guide pour le regard.

Hi Danos,
Nice blue hour capture.
Good pov and nice layout. Very good and usefull notes enriches this entry.
TFS and best regards

Hello Danos
Wonderful shot at the blue hour.
A very curious church.
Good choice of point off view.
I like the luminosity and the chromatic quality of the photo.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Best regards

Hi Danos,
very original composition. The stairs provide an interesting foreground full of geometric lines and shapes and it all leads the eye to the great architecture. It looks wondefrul in the blue hour setting.
Very well done,

Hello Danos,
A fantastic presentation with good perspective, colors, sharpness, POV, fantastic management of light.

Hi Danos.
A really nice composition, captured in a nice time during the blue hour, beautiful building that looks most charming with all these flags, the effect of their precious lit galleries.
The view from below and the prospect of the stairs, gives good DOF to the image.
A great job with fantastic lighting, excellent sharpness also clearly shows the beautiful shades of color.
Best regards.

Hello Danos,

beautiful building, the light management is excellent, the perspective is good and the details of the place are interesting, well done,

Best regards,


Hello Danos!
Very nice and interesting blue hour & architecture picture!
I specially enjoyed the chosen pov, colors and composition!
TFS - congrats,

Dobro vece.
Lepa crkva ...
Odlican tekst i lep pogled preko stepenista na crkvu sa upaljenim lampama, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar prikaz, trenutkom snimka, lepim bojama i fotografijom, moje cestitke na dobrom radu.
Crkva ostavlja utisak svojom lepotom.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje sa lepim pogledom.


Good evening.
Beautiful church ...
Excellent text and a nice view over the stairs to the church with lighted lamps, good composition.
Good view, the moment of recording, the beautiful colors and photography, my congratulations on the good work.
Church makes an impression with its beauty.
Pleasant evening and all the best with a beautiful view.

Hi Danos,
Absolutely exceptional. Compliments.

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  • hispic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1191 W: 368 N: 1784] (9652)
  • [2011-02-15 18:29]

Καλημέρα Δάνος!
The facade of Our Lady of Tinos has been superbly caught in attractive blue hour. A bit darker exposure makes the majestic atmosphere stand out beautifully. Marvelous work.
Have a nice day, Hisashi

Hi Danos,
good angle with the stairs on the fg, good depth effect and lovely bg to present this church.

Hello Danos,

What a magnificent church and a magnificent photo. The perfect composition and perfect POV.
Best regards

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4788 W: 618 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2011-02-16 21:09]

Geia sou Danos
Good framing and POV on this church with nice balance between artificial and natural blue hour light.
Sharp and clean

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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2011-02-17 3:51]

Γειά σου Δάνο! Μία πολύ όμορφη σύνθεση, συλλάβατε σε μια ωραία στιγμή κατά τη διάρκεια της μπλε ώρας, όμορφο δυναμικό πλάνο που φαίνεται πιο γοητευτικό με την προοπτική της σκάλας στο μπλέ φόντο! Με την βοήθεια Της Μεγαλόχαρης εύχομαι καλή μέρα!

Geia sou dear Danos

A lovely nocturnal image, lovely low POV and wonderful perspective using the stairs to lead the eye to the top. I love the colours of your Blue Hour, congratulations on a beautiful composition.

Have a good weekend

Ciao dear Danos,
fantastic POV!!! A genial way to emphasize the architectural beauty of this church, captured with excellent photographic quality in the blue hour. Perfect the management of the lights.
Ciao, have a nice weekend!

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2652 W: 0 N: 3107] (20978)
  • [2011-02-20 12:19]

Many thanks, dear Danos.
Still appears magnificent from below, at blue hour; and it is due to the "triple crowns" of light that line the structure and attract the clinging "dark ghost"!
Se xereto.

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2011-02-20 20:13]

Hello Danos
Wonderful exposure under the blue hour sky, with detauls well visible in the darker stairs leading upto the decorated church. Like how the artificial light shines through...Very beautiful!

Bonjour Danos,
Cette église est bien mise en valeur par les escaliers du premier plan et la belle couleur du ciel à l'heure bleue.

Hi Danos, A very good photo & the low POV was an excellent choice as it allows that blue hour sky to add to the background, the architecture if superb to look at & the overall lighting has been well managed, well composed & nice detail, kind regards Wilson.

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  • yeln Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 55 N: 2227] (11516)
  • [2011-02-23 22:28]

hi Danos
po krajši odsotnosti sem zopet tukaj. opravičujem se, da nisem takoj odgovoril na kritiko.
zelo zanimiv pogled navzgor. dobra perspektiva in odlična ostrina odlikuje to fotografijo. bravo! tfs!
lep dan, vojko

Hello Danos,

very fine blue hour shot from Greece with an excellent light managment and perfect sharpness.I like the picture very much.Perfect low pov.Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


Γεια σου Δάνο,
πολύ καλή η γωνία λήψης του Ναού της Παναγίας με το ημίφως να την κάνει ακόμα πιό εντυπωσιακή.


Hello Danos,

Good shot
A beautiful architecture,you caught it very well in the frame.....looks awesome with blue sky.

A nice day

Olá Danos,

Uma composição bem realizada ao fim da tarde com evidencia para a hora azul. O POV baixo que tu escolhes é importante nesta composição.A iluminação da igreja está muito bem captada.

Um abraço,

Γειά σου φίλε Danos
Μια όμορφη φωτογραφία με όμορφα χρώματα.
Η προοπτική και οι γραμμές είναι πολύ καλή.
Εξαιρετική έλεγχος φωτεινότητας
Μια αγκαλιά

Hello Danos,
impressive blue hour composition.Perfectly chosen POV with the stairs in the foreground,which leads our eyes toward the main subject of the photo.Excellent light management with very good selected exposition and superb,natural colors.It´s really eye-satching picture Danos.Great work!
Wish You a pleasant weekend

Hello Danos,

I like youre choise of perspective, because this lower position and the stairs makes the building bigger and higher.
The composition, light and colors are also great.

Friendly regards,

Salut Danos!

Franchement très belle photo! J'aime beaucoup ce POV en contre plongée qui valorise le bâtiment! L'exposition est superbement réglée ce qui t'as permis de bien capter ces merveilleuses lumières! Une photo très agréable et élégante! Du bon boulot! Bravo



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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2011-06-10 20:12]

Hello Danos,

You're capturing well this church and surroundings by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's impressive to see a graceful church where lighting was put up and stairs with black and gray. And, it's impressive in banner of Greek national flag that drips from window and balcony, too.


Hello Danos,

A great POV, I like the title. The staircase in front of the facade is very inviting. Looking up at the lady gives her a dignity. During the twilight she seems to glow with a very romantic atmosphere. I have an illusion of standing at the foot of this lady. I like the image very much, Danos.

Very best regards,

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10227 W: 174 N: 18146] (80623)
  • [2012-04-18 3:03]


marvelous job with the light. I liked this lower pov and the contrast of this curious architecture with the blue sky. I guess it would be better if you had shown a little more from the tower, anyway it is beautiful this way too.



Hello Danos,

Really beautiful evening shot of the church.Great sharpness and clarity.Lovely image taken with good care in lowlights with satisfying effects.The blue sky looks absolutely fabulous.TFS.


I admire this shot of yours!!It shows all the majesty and the grandeur of our Lady of Tinos!I bow to Her and I congratulate you for this lively shot which fills the eye and speaks straight to the heart!!!

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