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Methoni Bourtzi | by James G Photography
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Methoni Bourtzi

Methoni castle is 13th Century castle in the small village of Methoni, in the south west Peloponnesse, Greece.

 

I had this picture in mind before I even arrived at Methoni. Being part Greek and having a lot of family who live there I know the area very well. I did want a sunset shot, but with it being so late and the castle closing early I couldn't manage one. I was pushing my luck being there to take this shot.

 

I visited in the evening with the sun starting to drop, knowing that it would at least start to create some shadows in the ground and on the bourtzi itself. The sun being so high all day it can prove difficult.

 

I shot towards the bourtzi which has been used both as a prison and a fort. I spent a lot of time trying different compositions but decided one from the hump in the bridge looking down the path centre on with the fort centre on, one side lit the other in shadow worked best. I think the rough vs calm sea on either side of the picture gives it a little depth. The Island of Sapienza is behind.

 

Methoni castle is 13th Century castle in the small village of Methoni, in the south west Peloponnesse, Greece.

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Taken on July 31, 2011