Among the thousands of pictures that I have captured over the years, some are very special. Each photo shown below has a special place in my heart, for reasons that are explained along with the descriptions.
I am proud of this shot because I made the first good use of my new Canon 500D DSLR equipment. Using a wide 10 mm lens, and a polarizer to reduce the sun's reflections, we can see through the crystal-clear waters of the Milopotamos beach on the east side of Pelio, near Volos, in Central Greece. The scattered rocks and the turquise waters add a certain kind of exotic flavor to the shot.
Indoor Marvels (2009)
The inside of the building of the Natural History Museum in London, UK is captured in HDR here by combining three different shots. Both the detail in the magnificent building as well as the artwork in the windows are visible. Dippy the dinosaur, the museum's landmark, appears on the bottom right. The magic touch is added by the rays of the sun that pierce through the glass windows at the top and cast a beautiful streak of light against the back wall, providing a mystical experience.
River Ghosts (2008)
This is a combination of three shots, one of them with a long exposure time, taken at the Southbank in London, UK. The performer's job is to stand still unless a coin lands in his box. Meanwhile, people walk fast around him, their bodies and faced being blurred because of the long exposure time. The performer is as if he is the only real person in the riverside.
Majestic Sunset (2007)
I witnessed the most beautiful sunset of my life on a summer evening at Ka'anapali Beach in the island of Maui, Hawai'i. The photograph can does not even begin to slightly capture the full spectrum of photons that my retina registered at the time. The people continuing their everyday lifes add realism to the scene, while the dinner cruise boat in the background makes you to want to be there.
Perfect Beach (2006)
The island of Grand Bahama, Bahamas, was almost desolated when I visited in the summer of 2006. By driving a car to the far corners of the island we discovered Pelican Point - a beach with shallow waters, white sands and absolutely no people. The photograph captures both the color of the water as well as the beautiful sky and the nearby palm trees.
This very interesting photograph is taken with a flash by facing up, while standing under the Cloud Gate, a bean-shaped mirror in Chicago, Illinois. The points in the mirror that are equidistant from the camera reflect the flash light which is captured back by the camera, along with the people that pass below the structure.
In Thanksgiving of 2006 we rented a van and stayed for a few days in the highest lake in the United States, Lake Tahoe, California. Seconds before we leave the house we had rented, and among heavy snowfall, this photograph was taken, which I later edited in photoshop to make it look like it was drawn with a pencil. Almost all of the people that I care about from that era appear in this photo.
Squeezing Plasma (2006)
When a high voltage pulse is applied to a hudrogen gas, it breaks down and a plasma is formed as the electrons are free to move. The electrons are then dragged along the electric field from right to left. Simulteneously some electrons are shifting energy levels (by changing the orbit they occupy in the hydrogen atom) and emit purple visible light in the process. However, there is a tiny bottleneck through which the electrons must travel in order to get to the other side: so, they just squeeze through a 0.3 mm tube to reach their final destination, in a beautiful example of the conservation of energy.
The Empire State Building reaches the rainy clouds as a bird flies in front of it in a gloomy winter afternoon in New York City, New York. The traffic lights and the lamp post remind us that life does go on in the Big Apple, no matter how the whether is around. This photograph fully captured the feeling of the moment.
Liquid Colors (2005)
While the Niagara Falls, New York, lie on the American side of the American-Canadian borders, the luxury hotels on the Canadian side shine their ever-changing lights on the waters, creating a magnificent spectacle. The photograph was taken using a long exposure time to create the illusion that the water is almost standing still, as if in a painting.
Skating in Central Park (2005)
One of the first times I ever visited Manhattan, New York, I was walking randomly in Central Park when to my surprise this astonishing sight came in front of my eyes. It was a winter night, and people where ice-skating inside the park and in front of the towering skyscrapers of the city. I just stood there for several minutes, trying to absorb a feeling that was completely new to me. I felt romantic, nostalgic, lonely, and sad, realizing that this was not the city I live in.