Where I spent my birthday this year: Mykonos, Greece

“Hey Luke, what did you do on your birthday?”

Thanks for asking! I was on the Greek island of Mykonos. It was my first time visiting, so I took the tender from the cruise ship to the main town.

The newest cruise ship for the moment – HAL Nieuw Amsterdam.
The newest cruise ship for the moment - HAL Nieuw Amsterdam.

I took a look around, but the light was completely wrong for any interesting photos. I spent an hour or so online, trying to work out why nobody had sent me birthday greetings on Facebook (hint: I’d set my birthday to private), and took the tender back to the ship.

I planned to return to the same spots again just before sunset, and take photos that I’d visualized on the earlier trip. They turned out pretty much exactly as I imagined they would. I think this means I’m getting better as a photographer.
I planned to return to the same spots again just before sunset, and take photos that I'd visualized on the earlier trip. They turned out pretty much exactly as I imagined they would. I think this means I'm getting better as a photographer.

The softness of this image was applied by the technique called “breathing onto the lens”. Did it work? I could have probably done it better in Lightroom.
The softness of this image was applied by the technique called





In the early afternoon I spotted the waves crashing on this rock. I didn’t even bother taking a photo then. But I thought I might get a photo with the sunset behind if I came back later…
In the early afternoon I spotted the waves crashing on this rock. I didn't even bother taking a photo then. But I thought I might get a photo with the sunset behind if I came back later...


If I’d seen this boat on the horizon earlier, I might have framed it better. Either way, I think it’s pretty dramatic. The horizon is so close here because I was literally crouching in the sea.
If I'd seen this boat on the horizon earlier, I might have framed it better. Either way, I think it's pretty dramatic. The horizon is so close here because I was literally crouching in the sea.


I’m guessing these people didn’t get the same kind of photos as I did.
I'm guessing these people didn't get the same kind of photos as I did.

Maybe I should have spent the time pointing the camera at the people watching the sunset, rather than the sunset. A shot like this with the light from the sunset would have been much nicer.
Maybe I should have spent the time pointing the camera at the people watching the sunset, rather than the sunset. A shot like this with the light from the sunset would have been much nicer.

The Nieuw Amsterdam docked in Katakolon a few days later.
The Nieuw Amsterdam docked in Katakolon a few days later.


One comment to this article

  1. dad

    on 2010/09/06 at 09:32 -

    Hi Luke, I like your pics. Enables us to enjoy what you do. Cant do these things ourselves but I’m proud of you that you are. Lv Dad

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