So in October 2012 I got the opportunity to visit the island of Tinos, famous for the orthodox church of Virgin Marry. On the ship while killing time reading about the island, I discovered it has lighthouses dated back to the 1800-1900s! This was the perfect opportunity to try out photography at dawn. I had only one shot though, since was staying only two days.
The easiest one to access is the one close to the area named Livada, about half an hour drive from the village of Kardiani were I stayed. Alarm clock was set for 04:00. I could not even believe myself I would actually get up and not throw the clock out of the window to land on the head of a poor owl flying by! And so I loaded the car, set the marker on the GPS and off I went. Note: no one else volunteered to accompany me, I still can't imagine why...
Classic 80s rock music, open car window and a prayer was all needed. Not a soul around on the way. I actually met a lot of traffic though. At least ten rabbits racing on the side of the road, two owls strolling on the asphalt and a heard of goats sleeping in the middle of the road after a tight turn. Yep, this is a Greek island!
After reaching the GPS marker, I pulled aside into pitch black. No mobile reception either. Where do I go now ? Disappointment , desperation. Only for ten seconds. There it is! A single point of light flashed some hundreds of meter down the side towards the sea! Although the lighthouse is officially out of commission , on the rooftop a modern light powered by a solar panel is fitted. That was the calling sign.
Gear on my back , flashlight and there I made my way down the hill side. After ten minutes or so I reached the spot I liked and set up. Was so eager to do things right that I mostly did not! Hyper-focal distance? Yeah right... So the results are not the best possible, however can't say disappointing for first attempt. Once the first ray of light broke around me the hill came alive. I was in between countless seagulls just waking up and stretching to the sky. At least I was not seated among snakes.
I snapped on and on, changing settings, trying to get the most out of the occasion. And when the sun was up for good, I went into the building. Such a pity it is abandoned and desolated as you will see. At the end I left with a memory card full of joy and a silly smile on my face. I made it and was still alive not bit by snakes or fallen off a cliff.
On the road back all creatures of the night were now in hiding and normal traffic of cars was back. Nine am I opened the door of the house and woke up everyone eager to talk about the experience. Still can't understand why they were not so eager to listen...the day was practically over....
Gradually you will see all the photo in my galleries.