I am lucky enough to be spending some time in Greece with some time to do some photography. I am working with Refugee Rescue as part of a boat crew that is doing SAR for migrants making the desperate boat trip across the strait from Turkey to Lesvos, Greece. Last night I spent some time wandering one of the most photogenic villages that I have ever seen. It is truly a beautiful spot. I knew before I left Canada that I would want to be doing some night-time photography and in just about every circumstance that means a tripod. International travel with a full size Manfrotto is never fun so I decided to give my Platypod a workout on this trip. It’s an aluminum plate with some legs and a screw that accepts your tripod head, its an arrangement that is very compact and also offers a lot of flexibility and stability. I really like low angle shots anyway so just setting the whole arrangement down on the road, quay, or low wall really worked for me. I didn’t use an ND filter for any of these shots as I was working late enough at night that I could get 20-30 second exposures using ISO and aperture alone.
The low angle and the very wide 10mm focal length stretches some of the straight lines in the image but I think it emphasizes the dominance of the church. There was a little boy playing at the top of the steps and he provides and interesting blur that increases the dynamic interest of the photograph.