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Greek Elephant

Greek Elephant
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Copyright: Markus Peissard (Heaven) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-28
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Sony A700, Minolta AF 28-70 f 2.8
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-03 23:19
Viewed: 4703
Points: 44
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Hi all!

Before our trip to Greece, I didn't know that there are elephants living in this country... :-)

Here, we are at the famous rock formations of the Meteora. Meteora is an area in Thessaly (Central Greece) and Kalampaka is the city under the rock towers of Meteora. In a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these 'columns of the sky' from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century.

It's quite easy to access the monasteries, but very difficult to leave the road and paths. To get a different picture from what we usually see, I climbed around in these rocks and then had this surprising encounter.

Kind regards


Taken in RAW, basic level corrections in Camera RAW, import to PS, level corrections, colour balance, sharpness.

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Ciao Markus,
un'altra meravigliosa immagine dalla tua vacanza in Grecia colta col il tuo straordinario stile interpretativo di attento osservatore della Natura, eccellenti POV e composizione, splendidi e naturali i colori.
Grazie e complimenti
Buon fine settimana
Ciao Maurizio

Hola Markus,
veo que realizaste un viaje inusual a una zona que yo ni sabía que existiese. Consultaré para saber más. Me recuerdan estas rocas a las formaciones graníticas de las montañas de Montserrat aquí en Catalunya, pero estas solo tienen un monasterio Benedictino:
Curiosa la forma de la roca recordándonos al elefante.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Markus,
A nice capture of this rock sculpture which looks like an ice age mammoth's statue. Excellent view with very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello markus,
very fine capture, it really looks like an elephant, the greenery between the rocks looks lovely and brings sense of freshness to the picture, well composed, well exposed and well presented shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-07-04 1:28]

Hi Markus,
very well seen my friend, excellent POV to show this natural sculpture. I wonder if it has a local name referring to this, or you are the first to spot this?? Great details and natural colours, well done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-04 1:39]

Hi Markus,
a beautiful one and its a mammoth one. Nice lighting and the stone formation is seen in well textured details.
The shot also give a pleasant combination of light and straight colours.
Always have something interesting from you.


Your ability to pick out patterns is well suited for this image. I too enjoy doing this, however there is no way I have your eye. You are indeed the Master of this type of imaging!

hello Markus
very good glance, very good subject and unmistakable,beautiful capture

Bonjour Markus,
Très belle vision et superbe restitution ; l'illusion est parfaite.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Markus, welcome back! Nice to see you and your spectacular nature shots again. This one is realy resembles elephant:) Well observed and captured by you.
TFS and have an amusing Sunday!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-05 7:45]

Hallo Markus !

Und heute hast du ein schönes Bild!
Klarheit, Kontrast, schöne Farben!
Interessante Beschreibung.

Ein schöner Tag,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-05 8:17]

Lieber Markus,
Entdecke mit Freude Dein Bild der Griechischen Steinelefanten. Ich sehe mindestens drei, wenn nicht vier. Wirklich überraschend, dieses Bild.
Wie immer schöner Bildaufbau und feine Bildschärfe.
Hast Du etwas von Dieter gehört? Schon lange nichts mehr von ihm gesehen.
Nächste Woche sind wir meistens im Chalet.
Herzliche Grüsse und einen schönen Abend

Hallo Markus
I personally don't think anybody can appreciate scenery like this to its best, until you have seen it in real. The finest photographers can capture and share their work with the greatest detail, but there is nothing like the real thing. For us, that is not fortunate to see these wonderful sightings for real have to thank photographers like you for bringing these scenes into the luxury of our homes. This is absolutely amazing looking at these perfectly shaped and formed rock formations. It is also wonderful to look far back and see the contours of these formations in shades of greys. An all around super shot, which only deserves praise and congratulations, and once again remind ourselves of the wonder of this beautiful Creation.
Best regards

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-07-19 14:14]

Salut Markus,

Wahnsinn, Dein Elephant! Ich schaue nur kurz in Deine Gallerie und bin schon überwältigt vom Gesehenen. Vorläufig sende ich nur diesen einen Kommentar, ich muss bei TN erst wieder Tritt fassen. Sorry für die lange Abwesenheit! Photographisch war ich aber aktiv: da ich mit der Qualität der Projektion der Pamirreise nicht glücklich war, habe ich an meinen neuen Dia Shows herumgedoktert. Dank Michel Roggo fand ich zum Programm "FotoMagico" (nur für Macs). Und im Garten habe ich heute die 55. Schmetterlingsart photographisch festgehalten. Soviel zum Diplom von Pro Natura, das man schon bei drei Arten im Garten erhält.

Herzlich grüsst Dieter

A great composition too.
You were really good to imitate.
A good share.
Best regards.

Hello Markus! Amazing elephant. Amazing rocks. Wonderful light and bright, good contrast and sharpness. Original take. Well done!

Lol! I'm sure all of us miss your sense of humour and your beautiful critiques, Markus. This is a superb shot; an excellent POV that has undoubtedly help you frame this 'elephant' so perfectly.
And do come back soon, my friend.

Jitra, Kedah

Hi Markus.

I like the natural color in your shots not putting too much emphasis on digital saturation. This rather subdued image captured the tone of the pictures beautifully and the traces of green surrounding this elephant's head is just amazing.

Thanks for sharing and best regards.


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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-10-19 10:34]

Hi Markus,
Intersting image of these stunning rock formations.Good DOF and POV, well done and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-03 11:34]

Hello Markus,
I just had a look at your gallery and saw that I had missed this remakable shot!
An amazing rock formation that indeed looks like an elephant and the high forehead even suggests a mammoth! The POV is just right to give that impression that is also helped by the lighting.
Unusual and impressive!
Thanks and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Yes, from this angle, it does resemble an elephant or Mammoth.
I started a series of photos of natural features (mostly rock and stone) that resembled faces or people. "simulacra" is the name academics give.

A great capture, indeed.
One needs to have a "natural" ability to "see" beauty in nature; you have been given this great bounty.
Thanks for sharing this image with the world.

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