Albert Lee  

Meteora by Albert Lee

October 2021 - Meteora

October 2021 - Albert Lee


About the Image(s)

This was taken in 2018 during our trip to Greece. About two hours train ride from Athens is Meteora, famous for their 15th century built monasteries on top of natural tall rock formations built by monks who prefer to live as hermits inside these monasteries. Taken with Canon 5DS-R with EF 16-35 mm 2.8 at f/11, 1/800 sec, ISO400

6 comments posted

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Wonderful detail even at the low resolution of our system.   Posted: 10/10/2021 23:17:35

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Great subject for black and white. Lots of interesting texture between the rocks, the buildings, and the sky. I do feel like the wonderful light splashing on the monastery loses something in your processing. You might want to consider dodging a bit just below the monastery on the left.   Posted: 10/11/2021 17:55:28
Albert Lee   Albert Lee
Thanks Henry. That's a great suggestion.   Posted: 10/12/2021 16:39:30

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Gee! Lovely composition, Albert! There is no substitute for finding the right vantage point/position to capture engaging pictures.

I see you slightly cropped the original scene, and I must suggest the original that includes more stones and rocks in the foreground may actually be adding more to the whole scene. Another question: why did you choose ISO-400 (unless this was an auto-setting), the daylight seems very adequate for the base ISO which should be 100, thus inviting less noise. I only say this because the original color version is seemingly grainy (almost film-like) in its appearance.

Overall, a dramatic wide scale view of this amazing landscape!

Lance A. Lewin
PSA BW Photography Mentor   Posted: 10/12/2021 13:26:38
Albert Lee   Albert Lee
Thanks Lance for the comments. With regards to my choice using ISO 400 vs. ISO 100, I remember that it was gloomy and windy with lots of cloud cover except for this shot where the sun briefly came out from the clouds . I took this photo while perched near the edge of a rocky ledge. The wind was blowing so hard that I had trouble stabilizing my tripod (it was a small Manfrotto travel tripod). I was using a Canon 5DS-R with a 50 megapixle sensor and from my experience, it is very sensitive to camera shake. I wanted to shoot at f/11 so I sort of overcompensated on my shutter speed just to make sure I have no blurred shots thus the ISO400.I was also constantly checking my histogram to make sure that these was no underexposure. I guess it was a moment's decision.   Posted: 10/12/2021 16:38:15
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Understood...and thank you, Albert.   Posted: 10/12/2021 21:36:12


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