Back to the Present in Meteora — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of Things

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of Things.

A Greek Orthodox monk at the Monastery of Great Meteoron in Meteora, Greece, takes time out to check his cell phone.

 

This photo was taken on September 30, 2016.  Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/30 sec, 50 mm.

Stones Suspended in Air

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Stones.

Meteora, Greece, is known for its massive rock formations reaching into the sky.  This photo shows pillars in the background and a rounded boulder in front.  The car driving beneath an edge of the boulder gives an indication of its size.

This photo was taken on September 30, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4,  ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/200 sec, 5.5 mm

 

Moxie

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Moxie.

This spunky little kitten lives in the Holy Monastery of Saint Stephen in Meteora, Greece. She lives here with about two dozen nuns of the Greek Orthodox faith (and probably as many other cats). If she were ours, her name would be “Moxie.”

This photo was taken on September 30, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 125, f/4.9, 1/200 sec, 18 mm

Wooden Wine Press — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made With Wood

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made With Wood.

This wine press dated 1859 is located in a museum of the Monastery of Great Meteoron in Meteora, Greece.

The photo was taken on September 30, 2016. It was converted to black and white with selective color using Silver Efx Pro. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/2.0, 0.5 sec, 4.5 mm

 

A Pair of Partners – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Couples, Twins, Two of Anything

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Couples, Twins, Two of Anything.

This photo shows two couples having wedding photos taken during sunset in Meteora, Greece, with a backdrop of gigantic rock formations.

This photo was taken on September 30, 2016. It was converted from color to black and white using Silver Efx Pro. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/4.9, 1/125 sec, 18 mm

Monastery of Great Meteoron – Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – April 7, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – April 7, 2017.

This is a photo of part of the steep stairs to the top of the Monastery of Great Meteoron in Meteora, Greece. A monk and another traveler on the landing seem to be deciding which way to go.

 

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Monastery of Great Meteoron

Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/4.9, 1/25 sec,18 mm

Meteora Starry Night

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Meteora Starry Night

I have wanted to photograph star trails, but we live in an area with frequent clouds and significant light pollution. However, last week we were in Meteora, Greece (there will be more about that in other posts), staying in a room with a balcony which was directly adjacent to the massive rock pillars that make this area a tourist attraction. After dark the first night, we saw the stars and they were magnificent. This was clearly a photographic opportunity.

We selected Canon 100D cameras for this trip because of their small size and weight. I mounted one on a travel tripod and attached a 10-18mm EF-S wide angle lens to make some test shots.  It was totally dark, so autofocus wouldn’t work. It was so dark, in fact, that it was not possible to focus through the viewfinder. Taking a good photo would involve trial and error.

I wanted to take my photograph at ISO 100 to minimize sensor noise and to make as long an exposure as was practical to accentuate the star trails. The camera was put in manual mode with the ISO at 12800 to find feasible exposure times and apertures. Even though the sensor noise at this ISO would render the photos unusable, test shots taken at this ISO allow equivalent exposures at ISO 100 (the best on my camera) to be computed.

A second of exposure time at ISO 12800 is the same as 128 seconds of exposure time at ISO 100. Since the Canon 100D has a relatively small battery, I decided to limit the final exposure time to one hour, which meant the ISO 12800 exposure needed to be around 30 seconds. The exposure time on the camera was set to 30 seconds and a series of test shots was made at varying apertures. Using the display on the back of the camera to evaluate shots, I decided that f/5 gave me the best results. (I actually would have preferred at least f/8 but that would require me to take a longer shot or increase my ISO and I didn’t want to do either.)

Having determined the exposure parameters, the next problem was focusing the camera. I wanted the rock pillars to be in sharp focus to give a clean edge for the star trails. However, since it was pitch black except for the starlight, it was impossible to focus. An attempt to illuminate the rock pillars with a flashlight — a trick which sometimes works — failed because the pillars were too far away for sufficient illumination.

Since we had the room for one more night, we waited for daylight and carefully focused the camera on one of the pillars. To keep this setting, I taped the focus ring in place with gaffer’s tape (no sticky residue when it is removed) to keep the focus from changing. That night, the camera was set up in the same spot and an intervalometer was used to control the exposure time. The photograph shown here was the result.

Settings summary: Canon 100D, f/5, ISO 100, 3540 seconds, 10mm focal length