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SOME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES

The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Athens Greece in 2 hours | 2012-07-11

Yes, it may seem unbelievable but that’s all the time I had today to visit Athens.  Just like yesterday in Rome but what was different, I at least had some sun light to photograph today.  However, I’m wondering if my images wouldn’t have turned out a little better if it was not so bright.

We arrived in Athens today middle of the afternoon and it was a 30 minute ride to our hotel, The Margi, which is south of Athens on the beach.  Not too bad, huh?  (I will stick my toes in the water tomorrow morning)  If anyone has checked the weather around the world lately, you may know that some areas are suffering over the heat.  Not sure what the temperature is normally here in Athens but it was hot.  I mean hot.  38 degrees C, or close 100 degrees F.

So we waited until around 1800 to head to the city.  The hotel called a cab for us and we headed out.  The drive was uneventful and were dropped at the base of the Acropolis.  After last evening, I did not want to make this a long night as I have a long day tomorrow.  Athens to NY.

The sun was still very bright when we arrived and I did my best to capture the monuments and people that were also touring the sites.  Unfortunately, the Acropolis is only open to 2000 local time in the evening.  The light was just getting good when we were all asked to leave.

There was some sort of event planned for the evening there at the Acropolis.  It would have been nice to have stayed to see the entertainment.  But I guess we’ll just to save that for another day and time.

I hope you enjoy these images I captured.

The Margi Hotel | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Our Cabby | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

The Acropolis | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

The Acropolis | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

The Acropolis | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

The Parthenon | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

The Parthenon | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

The Erechtheum | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

The Erechtheum | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

The Parthenon | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Ethnikos Athinon Stadium | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Shooting the photographer | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Looking for an audience | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

9 comments on “Athens Greece in 2 hours | 2012-07-11

  1. Jorge Ledesma says:

    Excellent set Duane.

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    1. Thanks Jorge, I hope you’re doing well!

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  2. CJ Vali says:

    Very well done. One of these days I’m going to take a trip around Europe in 5 days, leaving myself only 6 hours of awake time between destinations to take photos and sample the local foods.

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    1. Thanks CJ, it’s not easy going from city to city and trying to experience everything in such a short time!!

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  3. I am crazy about your photography Duane!! Well done once again!! You’ve got a very good eye!! 😉 **

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    1. Morning Xandre, as you can see I made it to the city. I’m glad you enjoy my hobby as much as I do!!!

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  4. Love the composition on the cabby picture… fantastic 🙂

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