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The Chapel
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13697 W: 295 N: 27279] (109547)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-16
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA PRO1 Digital 77mm mC PL-C
Exposure: f/22, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krete again
Theme(s): Stone churches. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-04-25 10:52
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The chapel belongs in a cemetery and both of them in the Monastery of Toplou.

The Monastery of Toplou

The Monastery of Toplou is one of the most important and the richest monasteries in Crete. It is situated at a distance of 14 kilometers eastern to Sitia and some 6 kilometers northeastern to Palaecastro. It is a square building surrounded by a high wall (more than 10 meters high), which makes out of it an unassailable fortress. It has a long history, lost in the centuries. It had resisted to several attacks of any kind of enemies, mainly of pirates, it had been damaged several times by the Ottomans in 1821, 1866 etc. and the monks had often been persecuted and massacred. From 1821 to 1828 it had been ruined and abandoned.

Despite all these adventures, a good part of the treasures of the monastery have been preserved in good condition; an excellent example are the wall paintings going back to the 14 th century and several icons of masters of the Cretan School, the most important being the icon of “Axion Esti” of the great painter and hagiographer I. Kornaros (1770).

Access from Aghios Nicolaos and Sitia is possible by rented or private car and motorbikes.

Photos from the Monastery in the next uploaded photos.

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Hi Danos,

A nice picture with good light and nice sky. The POV is nice. If I was in your place I would have been confused and scratched my head a lot of times thinking how to take pictures in high sun and of a chapel :). But you have presented it in nice way. I love those clouds and the nice atmosphere it creates.

Have a nice time

  • Sonata11 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2763 W: 59 N: 2914] (34065)
  • [2011-04-25 11:19]

Hello Danos,
this is a very interesting architecture of the little chapel. Excellent light, wonderful composition and perfect quality to show its chapel beauty. I like the sky and the clouds .Stunningly beautiful excecuted image. Awesome!!!.
All the best,

Γεια σου Δάνο και Χρόνια Πολλά,
Πολύ όμορφο με ενδιαφέρουσα αρχιτεκτονική το μικρό αυτό πέτρινο εκκλησάκι, ωραία χρώματα και φωτισμός, πολύ καλή αντίθεση με το συννεφιασμένο ουρανό.
Καλό βράδυ, Βασίλης.

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6077 W: 277 N: 11715] (90389)
  • [2011-04-25 11:39]

hello Danos ,
A pretty stoned chapel superbly lightened , with a beautiful sky in the Bg . well framed , too .

Ciao Danos,
molto bella ed interessante questa minuscola cappella che si erge in un bel paesaggio di campagna. Mi piace la luce, ma soprattutto quel meraviglioso cielo nuvoloso che sovrasta il tutto. Complimenti, buona settimana.
Un caro abbraccio

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2011-04-25 11:49]

Hi Danos!
I just returned from Cyprus,so many churches there......
This one is nice,too and you captured it with nice light from a good POV.

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  • emilbo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2051 W: 498 N: 2162] (22616)
  • [2011-04-25 12:07]

Allô Danos!
Trés intéressante cette petite chapelle de pierre qui a vu le temps passé. Elle est bien présentée dans un bel éclairage qui nous fait bien voir les détails de la pierre et son architecture. Beau contraste de couleurs avec le ciel et la verdure.
Toutes mes félicitations,

Hi Danos, Great Chapel, Love the sky, nice light and colours, Cheers Iain.

Hi dear Danos,
Here you see that the sacral architecture is no more under Byzantine influence. It's getting more central European.
Very good light and perfect sharpness.
Nice, usefull info's.
TFS and best regards

Hello Danos,

Nice and peaceful picture with a very good quality.

Friendly regards,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9590 W: 157 N: 15499] (124027)
  • [2011-04-25 13:23]

Witaj Danos!
Beautiful chapel.
Wonderful architecture.
Good POV and composition.
Super colors.
Excellent work.
Best regards

Hello Danos,

A really well exposed shot, capturing the chapel and its environment with superb clarity. The rule of thirds has been applied to good effect.
My one suggestion would be to have taken a few steps to the left, so that the chapel was positioned more to the right of the canvas. In that way, the doorway would have been looking into the shot, rather than out of it. Just a thought.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Dobro vece.
Lepa kapela ...
Dobar trenutak snimka sa svetlom koje je naglasilo lepotu arhitekture i mesta sa lepim plavim nebom i belim oblacima, lepa fotografija.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, moje cestitke na dobrom radu.
Prijatno vece i dobar pocetak nove nedelje.
Sve najbolje.


Good evening.
Beautiful chapel ...
A good time recording with a light which stressed the beauty of architecture and places with beautiful blue skies and white clouds, beautiful photos.
A good text and composition, my congratulations on the good work.
Pleasant evening and a good beginning of a new week.
All the best.

Δάνο γεια σου,
πολύ όμορφο και εντυπωσιακό το εκκλησάκι της Μονής Τοπλού με τα σύνεφφα να το κάνουν ακόμα πιό εντυπωσιακό.Η οξύτητα κάνει τις λεπτομέρειες να είναι τόσο ορατές.


Bonsoir, cher ami Danos,
Cette petite chapelle bénéficie d'une architecture qui veut se comparer aux grandes églises avec ses motifs décoratifs.
L'ensemble ressort magnifiquement avec ce ciel nuageux qui prend des formes inquiétantes.
Un régal !

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11751 W: 126 N: 21138] (108849)
  • [2011-04-25 14:29]

Hi Danos,this is a great gift to me! I been there 3 years ago and i remember this chapel on the cemetery out of monastery,you was lucky whit the weather,this sun and this beautiful sky are the best ingredients for the best result.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

Ciao Danos,
molto ben inquadrata la vecchia cappella in una scena arricchita nella composizione dal bel cielo blu parzialmente nuvoloso.

Well done and TFS!

Hi Danos!
Lovely chapel!
Beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, horizontal format and composition are all very good features here!
TFS - congrats,

Hi Danos,

The chapel is well placed in the frame. The point of view is allowing me to distinguish the details and colors of the architecture of the chapel. The quality of the light has a good effect on the colors. have a nice day.


Bonjour Danos,

Cette chapelle bénéficie d'une superbe lumière qui nous permet de voir toute la beauté de son architecture et la texture de ses murs.
Le paysage en arrière-plan est magnifique et les nuages tourmentés absolument splendide dans un ciel polarisé.

Bravo, et excellente journée.

Beautiful chapel. Good POV, giving depth and texture to the construction, well surrounded by all this beautiful green Good work, congratulations!

- Incredible cloudy sky for this itiny church Danos, wonderful light and true color accuracy, excellent PoV on the architecture details, congratulations for a perfect quality!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15437 W: 159 N: 26991] (141698)
  • [2011-04-25 23:14]

Hi Danos
Bel angle de prise de la chapelle, belle architecture sous une belle lumière qui met bien en valeur les pierres, superbe ciel que filtre une très belle lumière, belle présentation
Belle journée

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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2011-04-25 23:18]

Hello Danos,
This old chapel looks great against the sky due to its nice architectural design and due to the wonderful clouds in the background. Excellent presentation of one of the interesting places of such a flowering island as Crete.
Best regards,

Bonjour Danos
excellente photo de cette petite chapelle bien placée avec une luminosité qui renforce la texture de la pierre; un beau ciel également
belle composition

Hi Danos.
Lovely well lit photo of this old, humble chapel. Nicely placed in the composition, well angled to lead the eye away to the tree and the hills beyond on the right side. Beautiful details of the stone-work. Good note, too.

Αυτό το υπέροχο μικρό παρεκκλήσι στέκεται μόνο του στην άγρια ​​φύση. Πολύ τόπος πνευματικός. μεγάλη συγκείμενο Εξαιρετική ποιότητα εικόνας του.

Kalimera Danos,
Nice take on the lonly Chapel, with clear details and depth.
I'd recommend to avoid the use of CP when there are cloudy sky's.

Hi Danos,
Very interesting capture, a fine dramatic capture. Nice work, enjoy the day.

namaste Danos,
a great capture of this beautiful chapel. Composed very well with an effective angular POT. The view is looking very well under the nice blue sky. Great shot. Tfs.
Best wishes.

Hello Danos - You have captured this pretty chapel in perfect light and I love the simple but very stong composition. TFS and best regards Rosemary

Hello Danos,

An impressive and beautiful sky well collected and a charming chapel very well presented. i like the balance of the composition with the chapel well off-centreon the elft and a propsect open to the landscape open on the right. Great depht.
Best regards,

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  • lgir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 621 W: 71 N: 1652] (7363)
  • [2011-04-26 3:23]

Hello Danos,

The light is perfect to showcase this charming chapel. The beautiful sky brings more beautiful contrast to this composition very successful.
Good work

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  • quillo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 417 N: 1877] (11856)
  • [2011-04-26 8:08]

Hello Danos ..........

Excellent framing of the chapel,
the colors and the light ideal,
the sky a delight,
congratulations for the capture.

Un saludo amigo.

Ciao danos,
congratulations for this beautiful image, excellent quality and perfect post-production, very interesting subject.
Congratulations and good week

Hello Danos,

very fine and interesting picture of this little chapel.Excellent sharpness and perfect colors and lights.I like the picrture very much.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


Hi Danos,
the visual angle from this POV is very effective, and creates an elegant perspective to the simple architecture of this small chapel in the cemetery.
The image has a great sharpness and an excellent light, the colors are very natural, and the clouds in the sky add a fantastic aesthetic effect.
It's a beautiful work, my friend.
Best regards,

Hi Danos
I loved the sky
wonderful landscape
wonderful light and composition

Hello Danos,
Wonderful architecture.Good POV and composition.Super colors.

Hi Danos,
a beautiful photo of this chapel, the composition is attractive, the colours and lights are excellent, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 56 N: 6322] (45351)
  • [2011-04-26 15:50]

Nitidez fantástica, Danos. Uma beleza de fotografia que conta ainda com majestosas cores.



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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 664 W: 0 N: 1616] (9637)
  • [2011-04-26 22:06]

a very beautiful image with the little very nice church
i love the sky with great clouds

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

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2011-04-26 23:52]

Γειά σου Δάνο και χρόνια πολλά!
ωραία φωτό με πολύ καλό καδράρισμα και καλή διαχείρηση φωτισμού,
ο ουρανός έγραψε τέλεια!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2011-04-26 23:56]

Kalimera Danos,
good presentation of chapel by monastery. An interesting informations. Well photowork.
Have a nice day.

Hello Danos.
Great picture with beautiful stone chapel, details and sharpness are excellent, fine POV and composition, congratulations.
Regards Robert.

Hi Danos.
What a wonderful composition with this beautiful chapel surrounded by a natural environment as pleasant and conveys peace and tranquility.
You captured a great light on the composition and the sky is all a show that adds beauty to the whole.
Perfect control of brightness and color, as always razor sharp.
Have a nice afternoon.
Best regards.

Geia sou dear Danos

A beautiful little chapel, with amazing chromatic rendering, sharpness and exposition. I love the sky and the good angle you have enplyed to shoot the chapel.


Hello Danos,
Fabulous atmosphere and quality. The atmosphere is truly exceptional. Very well done indeed.

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Ciao dear Danos,
splendid light that illuminates this ancient church creating a fantastic contrast with the sky. Excellent quality, especially the sharpness. Seem three-dimensional! Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice night!

Ho guardato prima la località ..Creta, ..Grecia ma un mondo a parte la 4° o 5° isola del mediterraneo ed una storia da fare invidia a tutti .
La chiesa , il monastero è descritto dalla ricca nota .....fede e tradizione ....ed una volontà di distinguersi

Bonjour Danos,
Cette chapelle se trouve bien mise en valeur par la lumière qui semble émise par un projecteur puissant devant un ciel de légende.

Ola Danos ,
Bonitinha esta pequena capela , bom ângulo de visão , boa iluminação, boas cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Bom fim de semana

Indeed a lovely chapel, so different from the average Greek ones. It makes a great subject with its warm colour which stand out well against the strong blue of the sky. Also the stone walls offer interesting and fine textures. Excellent sharpness and light management. A very good quality photo much enjoyable.

(I'm more and more busy with the boat, spending most of the time off home, so I don't know if I'll be able to reciprocate the comments I'll receive from now on)

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2011-04-29 8:11]

Hi Danos,
A nice shot of this lovely small church and its amazing surrounding. Really good point of view, excellent exposure and sharpness. Well done. TFS.
Cheers, Malgorzata

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2011-04-30 8:10]

Hi Danos,
your POV works excellently, showing us the beauty of this small chapel. The light creates a great atmosphere. Wonderful colors and contrasts! TFS!
Warm regards

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2011-04-30 11:03]

Hello Danos,

This beautiful sky enhances the original architecture of this small chapel. Good angle on the building, I like the depth of the image and the relief effect with the background. A beautiful and interesting photo, thank you for the instructive explanation Danos.

With all my friendships and a great weekend,


Olá Danos,

The architecture on this facade is glorious. Your very sharp photo shows the detail up very clearly. Thank you for sharing.

Ciao Danos, lovely chapel on a fantastic sky, beautifu composition, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Danos
So beautiful small chapel and so good pictured
My compliments

Very beautiful chapel,made from stone.Nice picture.
Best greetings.Alin.

Hi Danos
What a historic chapel well observed, composed and balanced. Love the warm lighting picking out the texture and lovely stone detail. Beautiful level of detail retained in the sky area and the natural colours in the stoneworks are still quite vibrant considering the age of the chapel, a testament to good workmanship! Excellent capture and TFS.
Best regards

Hi Danos
Beautiful postcard of this Chapel
I like a lot the strong colors, how you handled the light
and your POV
Have a nice day

Hola Danos
I have been out, so I am a bit late, but will manage to watch your works
Thia is very good and besides it seem to be taken at midday but you managed the light to emphasized the old chapel in a great way
Interesting note also

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2011-05-05 7:19]

Yassou Danos
This is the best position for showing this architecture we are able to appreciate the volume.
This is not a flat picture.
Best regards

ciao Danos,
il cielo è uno spettacolo e fa da perfetto sfondo all'immagine della piccola cappella in pietra.
Buona definizione e bella ambientazione,

Hi dear Danos,
an impressive composition with historical chapel. superb colours and light..sharpness and details are eye catcher.good view angle..also perfect depth like a real 3-D.TFS


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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2011-05-05 22:04]

Hello Danos
A small & non elaborate chapel. Nice POV giving twin perspective. Light is strong but good bringing out the contrast of the stone colour with the sky. Well done!

Hi Danos. The little chapel is amazing. The light was very well managed and the sky is amazing. Nice composition with elements well placed in the frame. Greaet colors and perfect sharpness. A fine work my friend.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2011-05-08 0:58]

Geia sou Danos
Excellent and clean presentation of this small village chapel, under good light with perfect exposure.
Good job

Salut Danos!

J'aime beaucoup la lumière et la netteté parfaite de cette photo! L'angle de vue est très bien choisi! franchement, elle me plait!



Hi Danos,

You found a good POV to present us this old littel chapel.
Perfect composition, splendid colors, good presentation.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.Very well done.
Best regards

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2689 W: 0 N: 3017] (20598)
  • [2011-05-19 8:38]

Geiasou Danos
An exposure for highlights depicts fine details on walls of this charming chapel crowned of glorious skies.
Its location in the open is quite inviting for a privite visit inside as a gesture of introspection.
Se xereto.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10501 W: 174 N: 17837] (79217)
  • [2011-06-03 7:01]


very beautiful the simple lines of this chapel. I liked the soft light and this pov and framing too. beautiful and nice job



Hello Danos,

Three dimensional effect of this image is very captivating. This small chapel is almost popping out from the surface of the photographic image. the clouds in the sky are also incredibly in 3D. Very nice POV, and DOF. I lke the composition, by shifting the chapel to the left, allowing the background and its depth is well revealed. The open entrance to the chapel is very inviting.

With my compliments,
Very best regards,

Hello Danos,

this is a beautiful chapel, the building is interesting, colors and light are beautiful also, I like the details and sharpness, well done,

Best regards,


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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2012-03-20 4:58]

Hello Danos,

This is pretty chapel with simple and tasteful design, so it's interesting and impressive to see a strong stone-made church in Crete island. It surely seems to architecture of old times. It's impressive surrounding nature with rich greenery, too. And, thick cloud in the sky gives an additional good atmosphere in this image.

Kind regards,

Καλησπέρα Δάνο,
Ακόμα μια ατμοσφαιρική εικόνα με το εξωκλήσι με την ιδιάιτερη αρχιτεκτονική του και το όμορφο χρώμα των τοιχών του δημιουργεί αντίθεσεις με τον υπέροχο ουρανό και τις πρασινες λεπτομέρειες.
Να έχεις μια καλή βδομάδα και ένα καλό βράδυ,

Δάνο,πανέμορφη η εκκλησούλα του μοναδικού μοναστηριού τής Κρήτης μας!Η καλοδουλεμένη πέτρα, σμιλεμένη με μεγάλη μαεστρία αναδεικνύει όλη τήν ομορφιά μια ιδιαίτερης εκκλησίας!Το υπόλοιπο σκηνικό είναι το συμπλήρωμα και η επιβράβευση τής φύσης στήν εξαιρετική δουλειά σου!

Hello Danos,
What a magnific chapel in the countryside, seems to be very ancient and made with stones
Excellent colors, exposition and contrast
Bonne soiree

Hello Danos,

Excellent shot of this small chapel.Very nice perspective and good framing, nice colors and depth of field and an excellent overall quality.Keep posting my friend.TFS.


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