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For my friend Vassilis Sinopoulos

For my friend Vassilis Sinopoulos
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-08
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon 400D Rebel XTi, Sigma AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS, 4GB Sandisk CF Card, B-W UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portraits and self-portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-29 3:31
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Who pays the Ferry man ?
Treklens we are here in Athens.. at the foot of the World Famous ' Acropolis '

This Gent sitting here in the shade at the foot end of the Acroplis hill had his 'Euro's flowing in his pocket by showing his Greek National Costume
and yes..Mea Culpa .. I too gave him a Euro and had a few shots.

So .. we all know the GREAT Ambassador for Treklens in Greece, it is my friend
*Vasilis Sinopoulos*

Now I have a clear view in how Vasilis is going to Church on Sunday , wearing his Sunday's best costume !

It looks splendid .. and Vassili is this close to the truth ?
Would love to see a photo with you in it !


When I think of my first serious contact with Greece, it has to do with that TV series :

Who pays the Ferryman?

In 1977 there was a Tv Series from the BBC, called Who pays the Ferryman? written by Michael J. Bird.
Filmed later at the Island of Elounda, Crete

I am a great fan of this series. The series has been released on DVD!!!

Bought the 3 CD's last year and enjoyed again.. It has NOTHING to do with Athens .. other than is is in Greece too

18 years ago I spent my first 1 week vacation there on the Island and did visit Elounda...

Anyway ...
Photo.. it was serious far to bright and had to repair it in Photo Shop ... with
Exposure first ;
Than Shadows and highlights
Saturation and contrast ..

Thanks for your pop-in Folks

John T

Cilck here for the tune:Who pays the Ferryman?


Men who travel should leave their prejudices at home.

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)


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Hi John,
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Great compo. beautiful colors. Excellent POV.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-05-29 3:56]

Hi John

A good daily life scene of the traditional Greek costume. Good sharpness & lighting. For a moment, I thought you were linking to Chris De Burgh - Don't pay the Ferryman! Tfs!

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  • zomik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 56 N: 314] (3599)
  • [2008-05-29 4:10]

Hello John,
He is wonderful in this his beautiful dress.
Beautiful portrait, in every respect.


kalimera değerli dostum.
wonderful composition and portrait.excellent lovely vassilis sinepoulos and excellent local costumes.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Ahh you gave him a human gift? Very nice! I'm sure he will love this one! Really interesting portrait here Johnny! He looks so happy!! Nice work!

Hello John,
First I saw the workshop, and LOL...yes, he does look nice in those costumes.
Very nice character and portrait.
Good details. He does look very happy in what he is doing.

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  • nface Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 3] (457)
  • [2008-05-29 7:48]

Hello John

Wonderful composition , beautiful dress, good work


Hello John
This gentleman has it "goin on" great costume well captured. The Euro probably go in the pouch on his left hip. Good colors and all that stuff as well. Cheers


Hallo John,
Wat een heerlijke opname van je vriend Vasilis!
en zijn gevoel voor humor!
De foto is kleurig met een mooie achtergrond.
echt Grieks,ik krijg er heimwee van!
Bedankt en groetjes uit Limburg ;)

Lovely capture.
Excellent sharpness and details.
That is some costume.

hi john, neat shot, wow i have never seen this traditional outfit before, an i thought i have seen everything, nice image,

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-05-29 10:22]

The whites, especially in the foustanella, are burnt indeed, John. But overall the light looks okay. Didn't you think of using fill flash under those shady trees?
We didn't see this man during our visit to the Acropolis, but he may have been in church at the time ;o)

Hello My friend John,
Merhaba Arkadasım John.
excellent shot and colourful and joyful.
Excellent postcard and for your friend gift.Well done TFS.

Merhaba John,
Güzel portrait ve photo...
Wonderful traditionel dresses...
He is handsome man. I love him.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • miau Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 59] (3606)
  • [2008-05-29 11:04]

Bonjour John,
Il y avait un bon bout de temps que je n'avais vu de tes photos...
Le portrait de ce singulier personnage est magnifique. Le blanc lumineux de son costume fait ressortir magnifiquement les couleurs.
Et, de plus, il a une bouille plus que sympathique.


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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-05-29 11:23]

Great portrait of this guy, his costume is colorful, how about those shoes. Was the temp. cool outside because I would be roasting in that outfit. The detail in the shot is very good. TFS.

Merhaba John,
Very nice portrait.İnteresting details.TFS.


Hi Dear John:)
Perfect photo...Very beautiful details and colours.Congrats!!!!
Cordial Greetings,

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-05-30 0:04]

Hi John !

I use two monitors and your PP looks totally different on them. On the current one looks very strange artificial (especially the white outfit but the sky, too). On the home one (LCD) the situation is far more better.

ps.Vassilis looks really great in this posture

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-05-30 2:39]

Hi John,
It's a great daily life capture with a beautiful traditionnal costume. Thanks

Hello John T, This is an excellent study of this fine fellow. He looks magnificent in his fine costume and your composition and choice of background is perfect. TFS Cheers, Pat.

I can hear the music in my memorie John ^-^.

A lovely caracter you have captured here - dressed in his "Sundays" finest.


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-05-30 7:41]

HI John
Another great one
beautifully captured.
Love the expression and the costume.
He has the perfect shoes for a kick in the butt.

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-05-30 11:14]

Hi John
Nice shot, wonderful colors, great focus and very well composed.
As alway - good job.
Many great greetings and wishes from
ps. Susan says halloooooooo.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-05-31 0:34]

A gorgeous costume!!! I love it! And a really great pose and expression. Well done!! TFS and have a great weekend!

Hello John,
excellent one indeed,
colourful and joyful....
welldone and tfs,
:) tomorrow

Hallo John.
Die staat er gekleurd op, zeg.! Leuk zondags pakkie, toch ?
Als je heimwee hebt, naar de Griekse sfeer, In Zoetermeer is een fantastisch Grieks restaurant (ben ik het kaartje kwijt) dacht in de Dorpstraat, zoek het op.
Nog nooit in een Holland, meer naar mijn zin gehad tijdens een 'etentje' dan daar. Wel boeken als er eens in de maand live music is.
Als je binnen komt staat er zo eentje je op te wachten. Eigenaar en jonge vrouw en bediening helpen voor het hartst mee om er een gezellige bende van te maken. Komt dat zien.!
Groeten van Jan
Kijk op www.odysseuspalace.nl.
Dorpstraat 80 2712 Zoetermeer, tel. 079-3168060
Vanavond LIVE MUSIC., SNIFF, wist ik niet. Place to go.!!!
Neem je camera mee, eigenaar maakt zelf ook foto's en zet die op het net.

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  • Loup Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 73] (1327)
  • [2008-05-31 6:00]

Hi John,
Beautiful portrait !
Great compo and details.

Hello John,

Another beautiful portrait from your vacation, this old man looks so proud in his costum, remind me the pose in the old photos. :-) Nice to see this pitoresque look whith accompanied by the traditional Greek music.
Have a good evening,



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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2008-05-31 13:43]

Ho John, this is really a wonderful and characteristic image of a Greek in his costume. Excellent work and I would like to see our friend Vassilis in such a costume.
Best regards Rose

Hi John, a finishing touch would be a fill flash filter (Paint Shop Pro) with a strength of 20 and saturation of 5, that would bring just a wee bit more colour and light into the image. Love the pose and teh costume and well composed. TFS,

Haha! Is this Vassilis in his traditional costume? Very nice :)
This gent is posing proudly for you and you did a good portrait.

Well done cher frere. Cheers, sis :)

A great tribute to your friend! However bad it was you did a fine job PP. Love that outfit. :} Don

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-06-01 21:28]

Hi Johnty
What a distinguished looking fellow he is. I thought for a moment it must be you !!
Very interesting to see the costumes of the country, and he looks very proud posing for you,

Hello John! Wonderful man. Amazing scene. Nice lightness, very nice colors. Good capture. Very funny shot. Good luck!

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-06-02 19:39]

Hi John, A very fine portrait of this well dressed man, especially his shoes! The setting is idyllic and well presented. His face is particularly clear and his personality shines out like a beacon. Very good photo. TFS. Murray.

Great portrait dear John,
very good presentation of custom and heritage of Greece:)

warm regards


wow tradicion espresión cultura excelente toma te felicito

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2008-06-03 20:34]

Mmm John, een lekker ventje hoor.
Zou Vassilis wel eens willen zien zo :-)

Hello John,

Sorry being so late to react but I am in bed with a nasty virus!
First day that I got to the computer and I saw this excellent shot of a typical Greek costume from the past! Very nice portrait of this interesting guy, very sharp and nicely composed. I hope that I deserve the ambassador title, but hospitality is a Greek specialty and I will always welcome TL friends!

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-06-04 6:00]

Geai sou John
Incredible shot! Where did you find him? 1 euro only? Greece is certainly economical for tourism

!!!-:))) Heeyyy John you must be a very lucky man to meet him to capture there, he is matchless-nonesuch!-:))
He is captured with perfect light control

Hoi John,
Jij betaalt toch?!
Prachtige plaat van deze heftig geklede man. Echt mooi werk, zowel de kleding als de foto. Je begint er al wat gevoel voor te krijgen ..... ;-)

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-06-09 14:12]

Hi John,
Interesting color variant, fits well, beautiful cut and process. Excellent one sharp details and good observation.
Liebe grüße aus Germany.

Hello MY Friend John,
A great portrait with beautiful costume.This is really wonderful.Beautiful composed and framing..
I also like how you manage this shot,good control of the light here.Nice one my friend.

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