I am really enjoying my Yashica ML 35mm F2.8 legacy glass because it is making me slow down and really think about my shots. Full manual control is something new to me, so I don't snap as many photos as I do when using the AF lenses. So, if I shoot on average about 30 photos on a photo walk with an AF lens, I will shoot an average of 15 photos with my manual lens. This photo has been taken at the Old Venetian port in the Old Town of Rethymno. The sun is coming down, so it is early evening…

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I took this photograph in Pagrati in Athens on Eftichidou avenue. A lottery sales man was taking a rest while sitting on the bench of a bus stop.  I was walking with my best mate. We were laughing about something in a rather loud manner. I saw the lottery sales man look at us disapprovingly, so I snapped a shot in cold blood! Snap!

I took this photograph in Pagrati in Athens on Eftichidou avenue. A lottery sales man was taking a rest while sitting on the bench of a bus stop. I was walking with my best mate. We were laughing about something in a rather loud manner. I saw the lottery sales man look at us disapprovingly, so I snapped a shot in cold blood! Snap!

I took this photograph during my last Street Hunt which I made during my last trip to Athens. I was walking along Vassilissis Sophias avenue which is a big and busy street when I noticed the architecture in this amazing neoclassic building. I don't know the story of the building but I bet it is old. I wanted to photograph it with the inclusion of the human element. So I framed my shot and took the photograph at the precise moment that I could isolate the woman and her baby and there were ...

I took this photograph during my last Street Hunt which I made during my last trip to Athens. I was walking along Vassilissis Sophias avenue which is a big and busy street when I noticed the architecture in this amazing neoclassic building. I don't know the story of the building but I bet it is old. I wanted to photograph it with the inclusion of the human element. So I framed my shot and took the photograph at the precise moment that I could isolate the woman and her baby and there were ...

This place serves Greek souvlaki and it is just a couple of blocks away from my home. I walk past it every day on my way to my daughter's school. It is owned by a man and a woman in their late 50s. The day I took this shot the man was alone in his Souvlaki place and was taking a nap on one of the chairs. I snapped him instinctively. Snap!

This place serves Greek souvlaki and it is just a couple of blocks away from my home. I walk past it every day on my way to my daughter's school. It is owned by a man and a woman in their late 50s. The day I took this shot the man was alone in his Souvlaki place and was taking a nap on one of the chairs. I snapped him instinctively. Snap!

This is the "Brown corner coffee shop" in Rethymno. It is one of those cafes for older more traditional type people that are not interested in fancy decor, new modern glasses and 1000 different types of coffee. The people, actually let me rephrase, the men that visit this place (I don't think I have ever seen a lady here) meet to read their papers, talk sports and drink their traditional Greek coffee. In the evenings the beverage of choice is Cretan wine, Raki, Beer or something like that…

In Greece, coffee isn't just a drink—it can be a day-long event.

I made this photograph with my manual legacy glass Yashica ML 35mm F2.8 and my NEX-6 one evening when I was trying the lens in lower light conditions at Platanos, a small square in Rethymno. Despite bad lighting, I managed thanks to the focus peaking of my NEX-6 to focus as well as possible. I really enjoy shooting manually, getting the exposure right and the focus and the composition. It makes photography so much more interesting in my opinion. Each photo takes just that little bit more to…

I made this photograph with my manual legacy glass Yashica ML 35mm F2.8 and my NEX-6 one evening when I was trying the lens in lower light conditions at Platanos, a small square in Rethymno. Despite bad lighting, I managed thanks to the focus peaking of my NEX-6 to focus as well as possible. I really enjoy shooting manually, getting the exposure right and the focus and the composition. It makes photography so much more interesting in my opinion. Each photo takes just that little bit more to…

The uttermost central point in Athens, Greece is considered by many to be Omonoia Square. It is a large cement square that never sleeps and is always full of the most amazing characters. This magazine stand is there. I found the fact that everyone was minding there own business in this scene interesting, so I took the shot. When I got home later, I noticed in the picture that the Magazine stand owner was on to me. You can tell by his sneaky smile that he saw me take the shot. Awesome!

The uttermost central point in Athens, Greece is considered by many to be Omonoia Square. It is a large cement square that never sleeps and is always full of the most amazing characters. This magazine stand is there. I found the fact that everyone was minding there own business in this scene interesting, so I took the shot. When I got home later, I noticed in the picture that the Magazine stand owner was on to me. You can tell by his sneaky smile that he saw me take the shot. Awesome!

This is the wall of the Ipokratio Hospital in Athens. I like the fact that it has many parallel horizontals. It is also rich in texture and so I find that it is an interesting background. As I was studying the wall, this old man walked in front of it. He was preoccupied with something, lost in thought. I had already framed so all I had to do was click the shutter button. Snap!

This is the wall of the Ipokratio Hospital in Athens. I like the fact that it has many parallel horizontals. It is also rich in texture and so I find that it is an interesting background. As I was studying the wall, this old man walked in front of it. He was preoccupied with something, lost in thought. I had already framed so all I had to do was click the shutter button. Snap!

This is one of those "spur of the moments" shots! I was attracted to the light and shadow before I saw the lady. By the time I realised what I was looking at, she walked into the scene and just made it that much better for me. Thank you lady! Snap!

This is one of those "spur of the moments" shots! I was attracted to the light and shadow before I saw the lady. By the time I realised what I was looking at, she walked into the scene and just made it that much better for me. Thank you lady!

I took this photo a day when it rained here in Rethymno using my SEL35F18 lens. An AF lens is needed when raining because I use an umbrella to take walks in the rain to shoot rainy photos. My Sony NEX-6 isn't weather proof unfortunately so if it get's wet it will go bbbzzzzztttsss and malfunction! So, one hand is busy holding the umbrella and the other one operates the camera. In this photo you can see part of the "Platia Mitropoleos" which in English would be "Cathedral square". It is ...

I took this photo a day when it rained here in Rethymno using my SEL35F18 lens. An AF lens is needed when raining because I use an umbrella to take walks in the rain to shoot rainy photos. My Sony NEX-6 isn't weather proof unfortunately so if it get's wet it will go bbbzzzzztttsss and malfunction! So, one hand is busy holding the umbrella and the other one operates the camera. In this photo you can see part of the "Platia Mitropoleos" which in English would be "Cathedral square". It is ...

One thing I like about Rethymno is that the municipality here really takes care of the place. Every morning, the people in charge of cleaning hit the streets and start doing their important job. I have the utmost respect for what they do. One morning I had my 20mm on my camera and I decided to go through the park. The cleaning crew was doing their thing! This lady walked towards me, she was heading out of the park, towards the rubbish bins, so I snapped a photo of her. She didn't mind. ...

One thing I like about Rethymno is that the municipality here really takes care of the place. Every morning, the people in charge of cleaning hit the streets and start doing their important job. I have the utmost respect for what they do. One morning I had my 20mm on my camera and I decided to go through the park. The cleaning crew was doing their thing! This lady walked towards me, she was heading out of the park, towards the rubbish bins, so I snapped a photo of her. She didn't mind. ...

I was taking a walk in the Old Town of Rethymno, heading towards the road that most of the coffee shops are located when I saw this man riding his bike. I had my camera in hand because I had just captured the photograph of a place that was being renovated (hence would never be the same again) when he zoomed past me. I looked at him and enjoyed his figure against the depth of the road and for some reason I felt that I had to snap him. I was equipped with my SONY SEL35F18 AF lens which is ...

I was taking a walk in the Old Town of Rethymno, heading towards the road that most of the coffee shops are located when I saw this man riding his bike. I had my camera in hand because I had just captured the photograph of a place that was being renovated (hence would never be the same again) when he zoomed past me. I looked at him and enjoyed his figure against the depth of the road and for some reason I felt that I had to snap him. I was equipped with my SONY SEL35F18 AF lens which is ...

This is one of those photos that you decide to shoot on the spot. I was walking past this gentleman's table, without thinking that I wanted to take his photo, but just as I got closer, without even thinking about it or knowing why, I stopped and snapped him. He didn't seem to be very pleased, but he never said anything. I disarmed him with my smile! Snap aaaaand Smile!

This is one of those photos that you decide to shoot on the spot. I was walking past this gentleman's table, without thinking that I wanted to take his photo, but just as I got closer, without even thinking about it or knowing why, I stopped and snapped him. He didn't seem to be very pleased, but he never said anything. I disarmed him with my smile! Snap aaaaand Smile!

I never expected to take this photograph. I was walking down the street with my wife and 2 daughters and I had my camera in hand, just in case. I had my 20mm lens on that is great for "just in case" days. Anyway, as we were walking I saw this tall lady, walking down the street. She was holding trekking sticks, wearing a belt with a camera and a bag strapped around her waste and was looking at the shop windows. She walked passed that mother and her child on the pavement as if they were ...

I never expected to take this photograph. I was walking down the street with my wife and 2 daughters and I had my camera in hand, just in case. I had my 20mm lens on that is great for "just in case" days. Anyway, as we were walking I saw this tall lady, walking down the street. She was holding trekking sticks, wearing a belt with a camera and a bag strapped around her waste and was looking at the shop windows. She walked passed that mother and her child on the pavement as if they were ...

I snapped this shot when I was visiting the Arkadi monastery with the family. My 2 daughters were running around all over the place and my wife was shooting pictures of the monastery with her Nikon and I was looking for moments that I could capture and keep for ever. During my search, I found this door. I noticed that people walked in and out of that door and they seemed to vanish into the darkness provided by the shadow of the room. So, I framed my shot and waited for someone to walk out…

I snapped this shot when I was visiting the Arkadi monastery with the family. My 2 daughters were running around all over the place and my wife was shooting pictures of the monastery with her Nikon and I was looking for moments that I could capture and keep for ever. During my search, I found this door. I noticed that people walked in and out of that door and they seemed to vanish into the darkness provided by the shadow of the room. So, I framed my shot and waited for someone to walk out…

This is another photo I shot during my last Street Hunt. At the bottom of the path is a church. The Mitropolis of Rethymno. This is a very narrow path that isn't accessible via automobiles. To access it you have to climb down some stairs. I was walking when I saw this man walk down the stairs and only thought of taking his photo at the last minute. I am happy I did. Snap! If you want to see how I took the photo, you can view the relevant clip on the official Street Hunters YouTube Channel at…

This is another photo I shot during my last Street Hunt. At the bottom of the path is a church. The Mitropolis of Rethymno. This is a very narrow path that isn't accessible via automobiles. To access it you have to climb down some stairs. I was walking when I saw this man walk down the stairs and only thought of taking his photo at the last minute. I am happy I did. Snap! If you want to see how I took the photo, you can view the relevant clip on the official Street Hunters YouTube Channel at…

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