Thursday, December 27, 2012


Once more the Nikolaou stairs by night, from the same spot as previous one, but after some editing with GIMP’s built-in filters. This one is called “cartoon” and is supposed to give a cartoon look to the photo. I am not really 100% sure if it did the job but I like the effect anyway.

Photo: Nikon D70s, Manual, f 1/11, 2.5s, -0.3EV, f=69mm (for 35mm), GIMP software (Cartoon filter)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

…and down

Stairs again, but today from the top and looking down. I like this spot a lot, it offers the best panoramic view of the city. But it was the first time I went there for a night photo.

I got an impression that crisis made the city darker and now Agiou Nikolaou street looks like a bright vain in the dead city. I also took one with my old FED-5 and when I will have it developed, I will post it for sure.

Photo: Nikon D70s, Manual, f 1/10, 5s, -0.3EV, f=27mm (for 35mm), GIMP software

Monday, December 10, 2012

looking up

Agiou Nikolaou stairs connect upper and lower town. They start in the lower town at the curve of Agiou Nikolaou as a natural prolong of the street and go up to the fortress of Patras. After dark, they are nicely illuminated and visible even from greater distance.

Of course I couldn’t miss this spot during my “tripod” walk around the center. Today, the stairs seen from bottom, looking up. Maybe I will come back to this spot soon, when some Christmas decorations will appear in the city.

Photo: Nikon D70s, Manual, f 1/10, 3s, -0.3EV, f=27mm (for 35mm), GIMP software

Monday, December 3, 2012

other andreas

Everybody knows the famous Agios Andreas Greek Orthodox Church in Patra. But there is also a catholic one, right in the city center on Maizonos street between Ag Nikolaou and Kolokotroni. It is maybe not as spectacular as the orthodox one but at night it does draw the attention with its nice illuminations, topping over nearby buildings.

That is exactly why I always wanted to take a photo of it, but only at night. With a tripod, I could finally take one. Unfortunately the surrounding does not give much space for a good angle and I had to take the photo from the pavement on the opposite side of Maizonos, facing sharply up to capture full size of its tower. Anyway, at the end, I liked it more in b&w.

Photo: Nikon D70s, Manual, f 1/10, 3s, -0.3EV, f=27mm (for 35mm), GIMP software