There is a simpler and more accurate explanation of OK: it comes from the very common Greek words ὅλα καλά, ola kala, meaning "all is well". Its origins are earlier than 1840 but I don't have them handy. There quite a few words in English from these two: like oligarch and composites of calli- (from kalli-).
Excellent landscape capture! What's up with all the red color on the rocks?
I have the gear head model # 1600 (serial $4412) not mentioned in the brochure you posted. Do you happen to know something about it?
Thanks ssymeono for looking. There was enough light for a good exposure so a tripod wasn't needed. I added a touch of brightness to the center. Is this what you were thinking?
Yes! I also love your panoramic!
Your moonrise at sunset is exceptional, hard to believe you didn't use a tripod. Geologists would love this image especially. If anything, a touch of brightness at the center would balance the tones.
You have achieved perfection!
You captured the essence of winter. It might keep you cool in the summer.
I wonder: when was this great but sad picture taken?
Both are beautiful in different ways. The vertical reminds us that when several of them are merged they result in a special, distortion-free image. Yet again, it's called landscape for a reason.
You captured very well the unusual mist!
Besides the many lighting suggestions already made and when all else fails, don't forget the good old circular polarizer filter: it does miracles with reflections.
The proposed format is an improvement. You are obviously reacting to uses and abuses of the current format over the years. I would like to see an effort for editing submissions, either simply correcting spelling and typos or even improving grammar and syntax, making thus reading them much easier.
You may wish to introduce the new system for trial over a month and ask for comments and suggestions for further improvement.
cly, your remarkable images brought back memories ... (
The Athenian Acropolis is indeed a spectacular site. Modern City planning demanded from the architects to keep buildings low, no more than six stories high, to allow visibility of it from all over the city.
As an Archaeologist and a native Athenian, I also advise photographers to follow a basic rule of aesthetics that suggests rendering the remains from the best possible perspective so that the resulting image would assist the viewer to imagine the original.
Weather would be your prime consideration. To play it as safe as possible, head south where your chances of good weather are best. This is your big chance to visit Crete but don't think of it as an island, the ancients thought of it as a continent. At 140 miles long, with three huge mountains, each approaching 9,000 feet, you have a varied and magnificent series of landscapes and cultural centers, each with its own history. West Crete has Chania, one of the most beautiful cities in Greece. Rethymno is to the East, also a beautiful town with lots of things to see and great beaches. Central Crete is home to major sites of the Minoan civilization with several archaeological sites (Knossos, Phaistos, Agia Triada) dating back to the Bronze Age (3000-1100 BCE). Read as much as possible on the Minoans and you may fall in love with them: A peaceful society of traders (the first to explore the Mediterranean) who developed a truly great civilization that influenced Greece and Europe. Crete is the first home of olive oil and wine on European soil. Try visiting the mountain plain of Lasithi and East Crete
Three weeks will make you familiar with Crete. like a new home for you. Give yourself a Xmas present with a 70-210 zoom, you will need in in Crete. Save a couple of day to fly to Santorini at the end, 70 miles to the north.
Thanks for the great pictures.
Do you suppose the cat was chased to the coast by the fires?