I find it very difficult to capture the atmosphere of a town photographically. Our eyes take in so much more information than a lens can. Our other senses complement the sight: the sounds from the sea, the smells of the market, the heat of the sun reflecting off the walls, the coolness of the morning breeze, altogether they provide a “feel” which is impossible to portray in a simple two-dimensional picture.

Yet, photography is all I have available at my disposal and with its most basic of capabilities, I hope that I can relay just a little bit of the atmosphere of this seaside town of Nafplio, as it wakes up to the morning spring sun and before the streets start getting crowded with traffic, tourists and the locals going about their daily business…

[Sony a350, Sigma 17-70@17mm, ISO-100, slight HDR to increase details in the shadows]

Please also take a look at the great rendition that my friend Nathalie Chaput did of this picture:


morning, rural, sun, provincial, town, greece, village, nafplio, sunshine quiet

My grandfather was a serious amateur photographer in the ’20s and ’30s, leaving me a legacy of stereoscopic pictures and equipment. The bug passed through the genes to my father and to me. I started taking pictures seriously when I was 11 and I spent most of my teenage years in and out of the darkroom. University, work and kids put photography on pause but my first digital camera in 2006 re-kindled my interest. RB has given me a vehicle for sharing my work and for learning so much.

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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 5 years ago

    difficult indeed but yet not impossible, as demonstrated by this beautiful perspective…!
    perhaps just a few people added would have been an asset to this great work…
    my best, francis.

  • Thank you very much Francis. In a way, I was quite relieved not to have people in the shot, because this street gets very busy with both people and cars. So it was quite a treat to find it empty! But I understand what you mean… :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetabout 5 years ago

    Excellent documentary shot George! Before I read your description, I was thinking about a cool shady spot in a warm and sunny place. Only the sounds and smell are missing, but your description complements the scene very well. :-)

  • Thank you my friend, what a great compliment :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballabout 5 years ago

    such a wonderful image George!

  • Thank you very much John, glad you like it :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputabout 5 years ago

    Awesome shot George!

  • Many thanks Nathalie :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputabout 5 years ago

    Would you consider letting me plays with that shot?

  • Why not? I’ll email you :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Appel
    Appelabout 5 years ago

    So very true, George. This looks like a lovely, quaint town; I can just imagine a bicyclist pedaling along and a few people walking to work, although it sounds like that’s not exactly the way it typically is. Great shot – I love the angle!

  • Many thanks Ann – I wish it was that quaint. It gets rather busy during the day… :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • KParapantaki
    KParapantakiabout 5 years ago

    Very good picture, but you are right. Neither film nor words can quite catch the “feel” of Nafplio. The light, the sound of the sea, the light breeze, the history oozing out of the walls….

  • Too true! Although Nafplio is not uniqiue in this. Most seaside towns (especially in Greece) have a very unique character that is difficult to relay. :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • brendanscully
    brendanscullyabout 5 years ago

    Nice job Geaorge – has holiday feel..

  • Spot on – It was a holiday, that’s why :-) Thanks mate.

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersabout 5 years ago

    A wonderful shot George, and the light and shadow creates a quiet atmosphere…I can almost feel that early morning breeze! I actually like the empty street. It’s in anticipation of the busy day ahead!

  • Thanks Ursula. It’s quite easy to forget that early in the morning, how hot the streets get later on in the day :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • sonjas
    sonjasabout 5 years ago

    beautiful light. great image

  • Thanks Sonja :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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