First post of this, my new website. If you would like to know a little bit about me and my fascination with photography, check out my "About" link at the top of the site. Also don't forget to check out my Photo Galleries/Shop link. I'm still updating that with new products from various photo printing sties that print on neat and different mediums like wood and glass.
I also have some ideas for my own printed creations that I'll unveil in the future...
As for my first post, I think I'll shed some light on a recent photo upload. The meteora of Greece near the town of Kalambaka. Nestled at the top of several of these very tall, rocky structures are Greek Orthodox monastery.
The word meteora is a Greek word that translates to "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" — and is etymologically related to "Meteorite") I imagine that the first Greeks to name them must have came upon them in a dense fog to give them such a name. Photos I have seen of them in such conditions do give them the appearance that they are floating in midair.
Not too far from these behemoths is some even greater history. The Theopetra caves 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Meteora had inhabitants fifty millennia ago. The oldest known example of a man-made structure was found within a prehistoric cave in central Greece, according to the Greek culture ministry. The structure is a stone wall that blocked two-thirds of the entrance to the Theopetra cave near Kalambaka on the north edge of the Thessalian plain. It was constructed 23,000 years ago, probably as a barrier to cold winds. “An optical dating test, known as Optically Stimulated Luminescence, was applied on quartz grains nested within the stones. We dated four different samples from the sediment and soil materials, and all provided identical dates,” Nikolaos Zacharias, director of the laboratory of archaeometry at the University of Peloponnese, told Discovery News. According to a statement by the ministry of culture, “the dating matches the coldest period of the most recent ice age, indicating that the cavern’s inhabitants built the stone wall to protect themselves from the cold.” Excavated since 1987, the Theopetra cave is well known to palaeontologists as it was used and inhabited continuously from the Palaeolithic period onwards (50,000 to 5,000 years ago)
The processing of this one was not too complicated, the usual HDR process from 7 individual RAW files (EV +3, +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -3) combined in Photomatix. And then some filters from the amazing Nix Color Efex pro plugin for Photoshop, "Glamour Glow", "Pro Contrast", and a "Polarization" filter to bring out the clouds and deepen the blue of the originally washed out sky.
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