Castle of Methoni (Prisoners of Dusk) – Peloponnese, Greece – Mary Kay
I love the perspective in this image! The photo seems to walk you right to the castle door. Spectacular! Love this? Check this one out! http://www.photobotos.com/meteora/ Mary Kay has a way of creating spectacular images and below she explains the entire story behind it. Please read her story and then visit her blog and portfolio here http://mariakaimaki.com/blog/
The dawn of 28th December 2009 found me and my partner outside the Castle of Methoni, Greece, shooting at this same fortress from a different angle. Not totally satisfied with what we got we decided to enter the castle seeking for alternative angles. The castle was clearly under maintenance work, scaffolding and chains forbidding access to the most crucial points all around but no construction worker anywhere to be seen, so we stepped over some chains and climbed to the top of the castle to see if the view from the loopholes offered any interest. We agreed that the view from the top was promising indeed so that same afternoon found us following the same forbidden route. My partner set up comfortably at the central loophole (“finders-keepers” was his argument when I stated that I wanted to set up there too), me at the one nearby, mumbling about how unfair that “finders-keepers” saying was as I used my tripod to club to a fragrant, green pulp a plant that had its blades spread all over my frame.
Dusk found me crouched precariously on the edge, using what little weight I have to keep my tripod steady. It was so amazingly windy that the moment I let go of my tripod to climb down to my bag and get a filter, I saw it from the corner of my eye tumbling towards the abyss below! I grabbed blindly at it and managed to save it but, needless to say, the image of my tripod carrying my camera and precious lens smashing on the rough rocks below still features in my worst nightmares!
Anyway, we were rewarded with beautiful, golden light just before the sun set and a lovely, colorful sky just after that and took the way back, me still trembling from the cold and the shock, dreaming of our nice warm room… to find the gate of the castle securely chainlocked! Granted, there was a sign stating that the castle remained open from 8.00am to 15.00 but when we got there it was already 16.30 so we thought it had been forgotten there from summer. Playing Lara Croft, I climbed over the gate only to find myself in a position where the only thing I could do was jump back in cause I just couldn’t pull the other leg over the gate. Playing Indiana Jones, Konstantinos climbed over the gate only to come back with a cramped leg! Defeated we called our hotel and reported our predicament at the nice lady there, hoping she would find the man who held the keys to the gate. Soon afterwards we were informed that the key-holder had just returned from his farm (how he managed to be at his farm and yet lock the gate remains a mystery to this day) and was having a bath. About an hour later he had just come out of the bath and had no intention of coming in case he caught a cold!!! In the meantime the hotel-lady had totally freaked out thinking about how scared we must have been (we weren’t, we were just sitting in an alcove enjoying the atmosphere) and sent for a relative to get the keys and finally set us free!
Yeah, we got our fair share of preaching about observing the signs but who cares? That incident was the highlight of our Christmas trip and I’m sure grateful for it.
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