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- Entries with panorama and montage pictures.
30 July 2005
Panorama from Thursdays Night in Pireus
...or how to get almost 1 Megapixel out of a P910i camera phone!
Thursday night I was out with my friend Michalis in Pireus, as mentioned in the last (german) entry. When we sat in the Cafe, I took some Pictures with the camera of my Sony Ericsson P910i, since I liked the view of the place. Well, the church isn't really beautyfull, but the road up the hill has some atmosphere. Sadly that uphill road doesn't come out very atmospheric on the picture. With the simplistic lens of the phone camera distortion is usually quite bad. Stitching the pix together worked fine though. Looking at this experiment, I plan to make some more panorama shots. And this way I get almost 1 Megapixel out of the camera :-) (which has 640x400 pixel VGA resolution). You can click on the image to see the full resolution view, though heavily JPEG compressed.
06 August 2005
Another Visit on the Beach
Have a look around
So, this is where I go to swim. Apart from this beach, there are two
others where I go to swim. This one is about 5 minutes by bicycle, the
second is about the same distance, the third is 20-25 tough minutes
uphill and downhill over dirtroads on the bicycle. The tough ride has
the most beautyful beach, but I'm not in good training... yet. The brown
stuff on the waterline is seaweed, it smells funny, it's funny to walk
through, it's harmless, but it's not beautyfull. The other two beaches
have none of it. There are other beaches that I only very rarely visit.
Limnos has lots of nice, sandy beaches. But for a refreshing swim in the
hot afternoon a short ride is good.
The day was a bit hazy and the camera did not cope very well with the
changing light situation on each pic. No way to manual set the exposure
on a camera phone. Also I should note that there are trees on the other
side of the beach, all in all the other side is even nicer, but I did
not like the light on the other side at that time of day, so this side
it was. I just wanted to continue with my picture stitching experiments.
There is a bigger view
of this picture.
14 August 2005
Sundown at Zemata Beach
Stay a while, stay forever
Went by bike to Zemata beach yesterday again. The ride is still rough
over those dirt roads, but it does not take me 25 minutes any more.
Looks like I'm slowly starting to get in shape again. After I arrived at
the beach, I was happy to be able to cool down in the sea. The water was
glass clear, with that turquoise colour that makes looking at a beach so
I stayed a long while. After taking a swim to cool down, I relaxed a
bit in the sun, then took another swim. Then I sat at the beach bar,
where I happened to talk to Manos (who had arrived with the same ship on
the island). He is a fellow web developer, and we took a break from
vacation talk and exchanged experiences of work. It was 8 in the evening
when I left, the sun was about to go down in the sea. When I had managed
to scramble the bike through the uphill behind the beach, I stopped and
turned around to look. I gave the sundown a try for one of my panorama
pictures, but the subject is tough. I don't like that pic so much,
especially since the seams near the line of the horizon interfere with
the atmosphere. But maybe you can imagine an idea of how beautiful the
sundown can be at Zemata beach. Click on the image for a larger
22 August 2005
Myrina, Capital of Limnos Island
Taking some pictures, what else?
This morning I woke up early to catch the bus at 7 and go to Myrina.
Myrina is the "capital" of the island Limnos (or "Lemnos", as the
English sometimes spell it). The villagers sometimes call their town
"kastro", after the castle that guards the town. So in the "kastro" I
did some shopping and also got my ticket back home. At first I had
planned to go to Thessaloniki, but a few days ago I changed my mind and
will go to Athens via Lavrio.
Even though it takes a long time to go to Myrina (the bus takes
almost an hour), which should result in many things waiting to be done
at once whenever I go there, I always seem to come to the point that I
don't know what else to do in town. So today I took some pictures. Apart
from this little street scene, I did two series for panorama pictures.
Only one strikes me as interesting enough now, it shows the castle on
its rock, as seen from the "romaiko gialo", the Greek beach. (You can
click on the image for a bigger view.)
The street scene on the other hand was taken a few days ago, when
I went with my friend Christos to Myrina in his car. It seems that
this year was a very good season. Limnos was featured in two Greek
periodicals and in some TV shows. Flights, ships and hotels were booked
out and in the "agora" of Myrina it was sometimes so crowded that one
could hardly walk.
My stay here will soon come to an end. Thursday I'm leaving all this
behind. I'll enjoy every swim in the sea double now. I try to soak up as
much free time and leisure as I can for the remaining days. September
will be a working month again. But I was able to gather strength (and
sun), so I will enjoy focussing my thoughts on work again.
17 October 2005
...und Fridays (am Sonntag)
Diesen Sonntag habe ich es mal geschafft früh genug aufzustehen, um die
griechische Nationalgallerie zu besuchen, die Sonntags um 14 Uhr
schliesst. Das Programm rundeten wir dann mit einem Besuch im guten,
alten Hilton und bei TGI Fridays (einem amerikanischen
Ketten-Bar-Cafe-Pub Laden) ab...
Zuerst die Nationalgallerie (Ethniki Pinakothiki): Eindrucksvoll, wenn
auch vieles schon gesehen, zumindest vom Stil her. Ich mag Malerei
grundsätzlich, doch bin ich meistens nicht aufnahmefähig genug für ein
ganzes Museum am Stück. Die Ausstellung wurde und wird noch umgebaut.
Wir konnten zwei Stockwerke voll Bilder anschauen, wasw uns auch reichte
für die zwei Stunden, die wir Zeit hatten. Der oberste Stock und einige
Bereiche in der Nähe des Eingangs sind noch im Umbau und nicht
Im unteren Stockwerk sahen wir die älteren Werke, vom 16. Jahrhundert
an. Die Ausstellung lehnt stark zu griechischen Künstlern, doch gerade
im ältesten Zeitraum sind viele Werke aus Italien, Spanien und anderen
europäischen Ländern vertreten. Ab der Zeit der griechischen Revolution
(1821 für weniger in der griechischen Geschichte belesene) wird die
Ausstellung detaillierter. Von Historienschinken zu Helden und
Schlachten des Unabhängigkeitskrieges hin zu den Portraits und
Gesellschaftsbildern der neuen Oberschicht. Das Bild zeigt ein solches
Portrait, im Hintergrund die Akropolis, Thision und das Athen von ca.
1870. Erklärungstexte zu den einzelnen Abschnitten geben eine
Orientierungshilfe. Doch bei einigen Bildern hätte ich eine Erklärung
nötig gehabt. Was war jetzt genau los mit dieser oder jener Musse, mit
dem einen oder anderen Helden oder Moment der Geschichte?
Im oberen Stock sind die modernen Werke zuhause. Hier hatten wir nur
noch für einen kürzeren Rundblick Zeit. Die Werke reichen von den
"moderen" ab der Jahrhundertwende des 19./20. Jahrhunderts über die
abstrakten Werke der Nachkriegszeit bis heute. Kurz vor "Ladenschluss"
des Museums schauten wir noch im Museums-Shop vorbei. Die Preise sind
einiges "normaler" als in den anderen Museen, die wir besucht haben.
Nach so viel Kultur hatten wir erstmal etwas Kommerz nötig. Das Athener
Hilton steht gleicht gegenüber der Nationalgallerie. Also
hinüberspaziert, durch die fette Lobby mit dem überholten
Kunstledercharme der so an die 50er Jahre erinnert und mit dem Lift ganz
nach oben. Für den Lift sollte man einen festen Magen haben,
Beschleunigung und Abbremsen werfen einem die Innereien durcheinander,
scheints haben Hilton-Gäste keine Geduld für lahme Aufzüge. Nach der
plüschen Lobby erwartete uns oben eine durchgestylte Bar mit Lampen (und
Möbeln?) von Philip Starck. Doch leider war die Bar dicht. Immerhin
nutzte ich die Gelegenheit für ein Panoramabild (Bild anklicken für eine
Da der Kaffee im Roof-Garden des Athens Hilton flachgefallen war,
nahmen wir den Bus zur nächsten Franchise-Meile (frei nach Neal
Stephenson). In der Leoforos Alexandras reihen sich Starbucks, TGI
Fridays, La Pasteria und einheimische Ketten wie "Goodies" aneinander.
Bei uns war ein Test von TGI Fridays angesagt. Mit "Death by chocolate"
(Brownie mit Schokosyrup und Vanilleglace, angelehnt an "Charlie and
the chocolate factory") und "Tropical Runner" (einem alkoholfreien
Mixdrink, Banane, Ananas, "Pinacolada-Gewürz" und crushed ice) verlief
der Test zufriedenstellend. "Fridays" ist ein amerikanischer Bar-,
Café-, Pub-Schuppen. Ganz nett, brauchbare Musik. Preise im für
Griechenland gewohnten (hohen) Durchschnitt. Die Mitarbeiter verzieren
ihre "Uniformen" mit Buttons, Stofftieren, Tand und Trödel, sie
stellen sich nach amerikanischer Sitte mit Namen vor. Beim typischen,
griechischen Kaffeepublikum (männlich, jung, immer auf der Suche
nach der holden Weiblichkeit) wäre es bedeutend erfolgreicher (eher
ein wirklicher Durchbruch in der Kafeteria-Erfolgsskala!), wenn sie
auch gleich die Telefonnummer mitgäben. Trotz dem offensichtlichen
Franchise-Konzept war alles ganz freundlich. Also alles in allem ein
26 October 2005
Scary Temperatures and Nice Music
News from Norway, France
reports this morning temperatures of -15C in Norway. Which I promptly used to scare the gf. Here in Athens right now it's 19C (plus, not minus) and we are expecting 24C during the day. At night it gets a bit chilly with 16C (and it was colder a week ago). Seems to me I'm living on the right end of Europe right now :-)
In other news Saad (of #bsdcow fame) has posted his monthly
Wonderful Songs Feature for November 2005. He recommends each month the songs (and albums) that he listened to and enjoyed that month. His selections are off the main road of the music industry, lots of "independent" stuff, all pretty laid back. Recommended.
The picture was made on monday morning, when I took a slightly other way to work. I came by this beautyfull park full of pine trees. Almost a little grove or even a forest. And next to it this big racetrack of a road. (Click on the image for a bigger view.)
20 November 2005
Saturday Club Life
HelMUG at COMDEX, 2CV Club Party
Yesterdays visit at the HelMUG booth at the COMDEX turned into a
small hacking project. But I managed to take some pictures (click on the
preview for a bigger image). The smallish insert is a 1970s video phone
from the booth of the telecommunications museum, absolute highlight of
the exhibition. In the big picture there are a couple of its modern
cousins: Plenty of Apples iSight cameras at the HelMUG booth. HelMUG
webmaster stefbystef even presented the new HelMUG website over a video
iChat connection. I came home pretty late from COMDEX, but not late
enough to miss the party of the Greek 2CV club.
The HelMUG mini hack: I managed to write a small script to change the
password of a lot of imported user accounts at once. Started out with a
small expect script (found on the web, but easy to do yourself) to
script /usr/bin/passwd. Then changed that a bit to our needs. Finally
hooked it up with a small shell script to run on a text file with
username and password on each line. The reason I used a shell script for
the second task is that I don't use expect very often, and I did not
want to mess up a task like this. But I love expect, even though I'm a
python programmer, the tcl grammar is very cool and each time I use
expect (which is based on tcl) it makes me whish I had more chance to
play with it.
Then came the 2CV party: Last year I went on an
excursion with the 2CV fans. So I knew
some of them. At the party there were also a lot of unknown faces, since
everybody had brought their friends. I enjoyed it nonetheless, good
music, drinks, good people, and a very nice place. The clubs hangout is
a very stylish neoclassical flat. Even at the party I could not miss my
geekness. I went and fixed their 'puter. Installed a spam filter and
adaware. But the poor machine is loaded with adware and spyware, so I'm
not sure that will be enough. Actually it would be worth to install
OpenBSD with Firefox and matching mail client, as I don't think the
machine is being used for anything besides mail, web, and looking at an
image CD sometime.
23 March 2006
Evening Sky After Rainstorm
OK, maybe a small rainstorm
Came out of the office to see this wonderfull eveing sky. The day had
started very fine, sunny and warm even in the morning. Then in the
afternoon someone shouted in the office: "It's raining!" Even more so,
it was thundering along to that. I was half expecting to go out to a
rainy evening after work, but the sun came back and offered us this
view. Click on the image for a bigger view.
02 April 2006
Back From Hydra, Sun Hit Me
Came back from Hydra in the afternoon. Needed some sleep and a lot of water to drink. Looks like I managed to get too much sun already. I'm still sorting through my first impressions. Being on Hydra for almost two days again was wonderful. I took a lot of pictures, here are one of my "assembled" montages of the harbour and one picture of me and a certain blonde...
We were impressed with the clear blue water just outside the harbour. A little bit to the left of this picture is one place where people go to swim. Hydra is a rocky island, so no sand beach, just rocks and a couple of ladders to get into the blue. As usual, click on the image for a bigger view.
We took mostly walks, and that is how I got too much sun. We looked around town, but also went up to the monastery of "Profiti Ilias", one of the highest places on the island. I'll promise to post some more pictures from that hike soon.
One picture I can post right now is of me with this nice blonde. We met outside the monastery and got to be friends. I've always great respect for horses, I'm not used to them and once I tried to pet that one horse out of 10 who had the habit to bite people (don't worry, I was lucky and got away unharmed). So I'm careful, but this one insisted on being friendly. The walk up there was very tiresome, so I wish we could have asked our new friend for a ride back down.
21 May 2006
Glyfada Panorama Picture
Watch the sun set
Picture from last weeks excursion to Glyfada. The sunset was impressive and I liked the scenery. Today I took the time to stitch this little panorama together, in the usual manner. You can view a medium sized and a big version of this panorama picture too.
22 May 2006
Another Athens Panorama
From the roof of the Divani Caravel hotel
Another panorama picture, Athens from above, as seen from the roof of the Divani Caravel hotel. I took these pictures when I was there for the safeline.gr meeting. The day was a bit cloudy and one can't see the swimming pool on the pic - the pool is up the stairs on the left side and on the other side of the roof.
Update: The big picture. Compare with the one taken from the roof of the hilton.
03 June 2006
Neoclassical Houses in Athens
Athinaidos street montage
Went with company for a shopping trip to Ermou street and later into the smaller sidestreets (they shopped, not me). At some point I got bored and started taking pictures. Lots of neoclassical buildings there, some of them well restored.
As usual you can click on the image to see a bigger view. I had some problems with the lighting conditions. My camera phone is not really able to cope with the bright evening sky and dusky building fronts in the same picture set. Also I have to adjust for a metric ton of magenta thrown in by the image chip.
Even with those impediments, the atmosphere of the moment is there for me. That's what makes photography worthwile in the end. Having a beautyful picture and a "Vergissmeinicht" of the moment. BTW: I added a category "montage" for those panorama and montage pictures I'm making. It appears empty, but contains all the posts with pictures like this one.
15 June 2006
A View at Kerameikos
My beloved ancient site in Athens
Ever since I was hanging out in a motorcycle repair shop next door to
it, the archaeological site of Kerameikos
was my beloved ancient place in Athens. It's not just old stones, it's a
garden in itself. Like the very best of the ancient places, it has a
special atmosphere to it.
Last Sunday I had planned to visit it again.
Somewhere in my memory I had stored that entrance to archeological sites
in Athens is free on Sundays. Well, it is, but only in the winter
season. Right now it's the full 12 Euro - a bit hefty, even if you
consider that the ticket is valid for many archeological sites all over
Athens. So I was cheap and didn't go, I had a walk around Acropolis
instead (which led to me discovering the parrot on my way home
through the national garden, another story).
Back to Kerameikos, on Tuesday I passed by it, and I snapped a few
pictures from the outside through the fence. Here is one result of them,
also available in
medium size and
29 June 2006
Kea: Church, Rock, Ioulida From Above Panorama
A bit rough, but so was the rock
The weekends picture from Ioulida was in fact part of a panorama shot. Here you've got the stitched together version. It's a bit rough (I blame the heat, my brain must have been fried), but the rock above the church was rough too. The little church is in good shape, but does not look like it's being serviced very often (the lock on the door was pretty rusty). To the right of the rocks, one can spot a bit of a sea view. The city in the background is Ioulida (or Ioulis), the capital of the island of Kea, in Greece.
As usual: Click on the image for a bigger version.
02 July 2006
Some Pictures from Kea Island
Took only a few pictures with the lame phone camera
Here are some more pictures from last weekends excursion to Kea Island.
I took only a few pictures, and since the camera in my phone isn't so
great, this is what you get :-) Look inside for the pictures...
We start with a little panorama I took from the entrance of the city of
Ioulida (the capital of Kea island). Cars only get till here. The
picture was taken from the edge of the taxi parking lot. The island is
pretty green for an aegean island, though to northern europeans it will
appear dry. (Click on the image for a somewhat larger view.)
This is a street scene in Ioulida. It is so empty, because we were there
during noon hours when decent people are either indoors sleeping through
their siesta or sit in a cafe. We went to a cafe shortly after this :-)
Another city scene, we had met one lady shortly before this and a couple
of tourists a little bit afterwards. One can see much of the city on the
rise of the hill.
I liked these balconies. The upper one is nice and picturesque, but the
lower one is more comfortable to sit outside in the evenings.
On the way back from swimming on Sunday, we saw this picturesque
coastline. Prospective tourists rest assured, even though it looks all
rocky, there are some sandy beaches on Kea.
04 July 2006
Philip Glass - La belle et la bête
A movie in concert at the Athens Herodion Theatre
Yesterday evening Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble played in
the ancient Herodion theatre in Athens. I was lucky, happy, and stunned
to see them perform their music to the film
"La belle et la bête"
from Jean Cocteau. They basically removed the soundtrack from the film,
then the orchestra played the music while four singers intonated the
voices. All in the typical musical style of Philip Glass. Sounds
strange? It was a recipe for an incredible evening...
The surroundings... ancient
We got our tickets weeks ago, so we didn't have to wait in line at the
evening. But while we sat and watched the queue, I wondered if this was
such a good idea, as the sky was full of black clouds. The organizers
seemed to be sure to let the event happen. I let my view pass over the
impressive skyline of the Herodion Ancient Theater. How would it be
sitting on its stone steps with a downpour like we had the day before?
The place before the theater, right below the big rock and the Acropolis
filled up with people. We went to our entrance and still had to wait a
bit in line till the doors opened. Then we went up the huge stairs
inside. The inside is stunning, the seats descend so steep, it's almost
at the border of triggering fear in me. Since we were early, we snatched
some good seats (with our cheap tickets, seats are not numbered, the
higher priced tickets have reserved seats). When I say "seats", don't
expect anything like a plastic chair in a sports stadium. These are just
marble benches going all through the half round stadium, with simple
cushions on them, but nothing to lean against. The view is payback
enough though. (Click on the image for a bigger view.)
The movie... black & white magic
The movie itself is nice but may have been strange to modern viewers.
A black and white movie from back in 1946, in the form of a fairy tale.
The movie asks us at the start to get back to our childlike openness to
believe in magic. Its magic is made with simple camera effects. As one
critic noted, Cocteau manages to enchant us better with those simple
effects than most modern CGI operators with all their machine power.
The story is at once well known and new. The scheme of the beauty who is
attracted and spellbound by the ugly beast is well known and retold up
to diabetes inducing Disney sugar levels. But as I sat and watched I
found myself hanging in suspense about how this particular turn would
work out, what would happen next.
The music... magic unity with the movie
I love Philip Glass' music, the way I can get lost in it. To those who
have never heard it, it's difficult to describe. It has been labeled as
minimalistic music, but the label doesn't really fit. Glass uses a small
set of building blocks that get assembled again and again in the same
ways and the same ways until you notice that while you weren't
"watching" it all changed and floated into a new atmosphere.
A small orchestra accompanied the movie, together with four singers.
The musicians were sitting in front of the screen (which at one point
close to the end was torn out at the lower end by the wind caused
small confusion on stage). The music and singing was synchronous with
the film, much like in old silent movies.
At the start of the performance I thought that the music wasn't too
typical for Glass. I thought that maybe he has changed and I would have
to take what I'd got. But it seems that this was just the starting
theme, a few minutes later, the "glassiness" took over and pulled me in.
I made a point of watching the musicians from time to time, even if this
meant I would loose part of the movie. But I wanted to see the music
being "made". After a while this desire went away, because of the
exceptional union between the movie and the music.
Right as the flow of the Glass music was pulling me in, the movie and
the music appeared to become one. The music followed (or lead?) the line
of the story while the singing voices and the actors became one. The
story, the music,... magic. I left enchanted.