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Stormy Morning

One of my few photos from Vourvourou in Greece - we were there to relax, not so much for photography...


But the morning on the day of our departure brought us an amazing sunrise - the weather was really clear after the hefty thunderstorm the night before.


The mountains under the orange strip, are on the Athos peninsula, about 25km away from Sithonia, where this was taken. All the days before we had 40°C and the visibility was very bad.




Two shots in landscape format, both handheld at 1/15s @ ISO 1600, stitched together in Photoshop. After the stitching i added a layer with a grey (70% opacity) gradient in soft light blending mode to make the clouds darker.


Finally i applied a bit of Darken/Lighten Center from Color Efex, to accentuate the pier more.




Chalkidiki, also Halkidiki or Chalcidice, less often Khalkidiki and rarely the inconsistent Chalkidice (Greek: Χαλκιδική), is one of the prefectures of Greece. It is located in the southeastern portion of Central Macedonia. The Cholomontas mountains lie in the northcentral part. It consists of a large peninsula in the northwestern Aegean Sea, resembling a hand with three "fingers" (though in Greek these peninsulas are often referred to as "legs") – Pallene (now Kassandra), Sithonia, and Agion Oros (the ancient Acte), which contains Mount Athos and its monasteries.


The first Greek settlers in this area came from Chalcis (Halkis) and Eretria, cities in Euboea, around the eighth century BC who founded cities such as Mende, Toroni and Scioni; a second wave came from Andros in the sixth century BC. The ancient city of Stageira was the birthplace of the great philosopher Aristotle.


The capital of Chalkidiki is the main town of Polygyros, located in the center of the peninsula. Its most populous municipalities are Moudania, Kallikrateia, Polygyros, and Kassandra. Its largest towns are Nea Moudania,(Νέα Μουδανιά) Nea Kallikrateia, (Νέα Καλλικράτεια) and the main town of Polygyros.


There are many summer resorts on the beaches of all three fingers where other minor towns and villages are located, such as at Yerakini (Gerakina Beach), Neos Marmaras (Porto Carras) Ouranoupolis, Nikiti, Psakoudia, Kallithea (Pallene/Pallini, Athos), Sani Resort and more.


In June 2003, at the holiday resort Porto Carras located in Neos Marmaras, Sithonia, European Union leaders presented the first draft of the European constitution. See History of the European Constitution for developments after this point.


The only prefectural boundary is with the Thessaloniki prefecture located to the north.


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Taken on June 19, 2010