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Light at the end of the World by justeline Light at the end of the World by justeline
If there are any of my old friends here they might remember I used to write long stories to accompany my images. Not much sense of humor left to me to do that right now. It's been such an awful long time since I last submitted an image. Life happened, happened again and happened yet again. A whirlpool of lives beautiful, painful, lost, fallen, feared...fortunately and unfortunately never, NEVER forgotten. Instead of a funny story I'll share this interview I gave about this image. If you care to put the bits and pieces together you'll see the big picture. Or the significant part of it.

Still here, still love you

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When, where and why did you take this picture?

This image was taken on a Christmas day, on Andros Island, Greece. This lighthouse stands in the middle of the harbor and it is so beautifully ďsculpturedĒ that I knew I had to make an image of it. At first I had wished for a colorful sunrise above it but I found the moody weather suited the theme even more.

What do we see in the picture and what's the story behind it?

This is the last light of the lighthouse, moments before dawn turned it off. I and my partner had set up at the pier opposite it sometime before daybreak, trying to secure our equipment against the stormy weather, fighting sea-spray while trying to find a good composition. The location didnít offer any foreground interest but I donít think I would have used any even if there was; I wanted to create the impression of a lonely lighthouse in the middle of nowhere, offering its faint light amidst the storm.

Why is this photo important for you?

To be honest, for a long time I thought that this was an image that ďspokeĒ only to me. Itís quite different in terms of mood from the images I usually produce; normally I tend to capture and share the bright side of life and nature. I came back to this image at a rather dark moment of my life, when the theme of a lonely, forgotten light in the middle of nowhere, at the end of the world seemed like a fitting image for my mood. For some reason I wanted to share that moment and that feeling and I was impressed by the impact this image had when I shared it. Now itís important because of the nostalgia it carries with it, itís a journal of a day in a life lost but not forgotten.

Was this an improvised shot or did you plan everything beforehand?


I had planned most of it; the composition was in my mind as was the decision to capture a wave breaking on the lighthouse, which means I had decided beforehand on which filters, camera settings, lens and shutter speed I would use. What didnít go according to plan was the colors and cloud formations I had wished for, but Iím glad that the weather decided on what the image should look like because it created a much stronger mood.

Did you have to overcome some difficulties to get this shot right or was it a piece of cake?

The main difficulty was the strong wind and the sea-spray. Although my tripod is quite dependable, I was quite anxious about the wind moving my camera during the exposure and I knew I didnít have much time before the light of the lighthouse was turned off. Plus, I had to constantly wipe sea-spray from my lens in-between shots.

What camera and lens did you use for the image (or images) and how did you adjust the camera (ISO, aperture, speed, focal lengthÖ)?

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor VR 18-200mm
Focal length: 200mm
Aperture: f/18
Speed: 1/2
ISO: 200

Did you apply any kind of digital editing to the image (or images)? How's your workflow?

My images always go through Capture
NX2 and Photoshop. I always shoot RAW and during raw conversion in Capture NX2 I adjust the white balance, levels, curves, contrast and saturation. In Photoshop I remove spots, if any, make any local adjustments to contrast needed, color balance and make further curves or levels tweaks, noise reduction, resizing and sharpening for web presentation.

How would you describe yourself as a photographer?

Egocentric! Iíve realized that while Iím shooting the only thing that matters is what I feel, what I think, what I see, what I want to show and convey. Photography is my way to lose myself, to lose my anxieties and fears and a way to find myself, to find a part of myself thatís creative, complacent, calm, humble, peaceful and happy.

What are you trying to tell the world with your images?

Itís not so much about what Iím trying to tell the world with my images, itís about what Iím trying to tell myself and about myself with my images. And what I usually tell myself when Iím emerged in nature is that Iím just a pixel in the big picture in front of me, ephemeral and insignificant in a way, which makes my worries and problems even more ephemeral and insignificant, but in another way a powerful pixel that can sometimes capture the big picture or at least a significant part of it and preserve a fleeting moment, making it last forever in an image. What I try to tell about myself with my images depends on the moment and the mood and eventually on the person that sees the image and his/her frame of mind at the time. What I hope the world perceives when they see my images is that beauty is all around us, even in small details, even in decay and it needs to be preserved, sought, cherished and enjoyed for one to feel whole, positive, balanced and happy.

</end of interview>

Loads of love to everyone still here and still watching, I'm sorry I lost you together with everything else
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Given 2013-04-24
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bplubus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Brilliant camera work as usual. This is definitely 'Calender Material' that you would buy at a brand name book store. It just makes you want to use the lighthouse in some sort of mystery movie setting or have a party there at night. Very nice effect you made with the blur of the water spray and water itself. I can see some couple wanting to go there and get married now. Great romantic look to it.
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FrAmbrose Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are fantastic!!! :)
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rachelthepessimist Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so cool. I love the colors.
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What filters did you use to achieve the perfect exposure both in land(or water) and sky? I was wondering about buy a Hoya NDx400. What you think about?
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foureyes Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
I need to pack ma' bags and move to Grece :heart: +fav  Love 
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Oh, yes, please do! :love:

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xX--Rioji--Xx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey there! This is an amazing piece and I'm glad to see you're still around and posting such beautiful work! You probably don't remember me since I haven't been around for so long and I kinda did stop coming around on DA, but I hope to see more great work from you in the future!  :)
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JulienKraakman Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very curious to some new work, love this!
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!
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SukhRiar Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Like always there are feels of solitude.. Amazing work !
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jaydoncabe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Stunning

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:iconriglis:
riglis Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Perfect.
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SaimGraphics Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its Awesome & Superb!
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Zlaten Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
LIKE!!!
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8vian Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gr8 :)
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crh Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent work! it speaks of loneliness, endurance and hope. love it!
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful shot!
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Photopathica Featured By Owner May 11, 2013   General Artist
Hi!
We have chosen your work for our Featured Folder for May!
This piece has been featured here: [link]

On behalf of:
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Aibo2 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, though erosion taking it's toll there. That lighthouse will not remain there forever. :iconhumlaplz:
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sandscreen Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Long time ago in my galaxy was the darkness. In the wave of flame, in the wave of pain, in the wave of no mercy i always tried to find something cute, something with hope, something which make the life beautyful and let me believe that tomorrow will be better. Long time ago i fall in love with my darkness according that i was born to be a modern dark prince. But to permit to my darkness to live i needed to find something is missing. One day walking around the world through picture i cross a river with under a bridge. Following this bridge i fall on something new, something i ever fall on it before. I fall on something the people call the Light. Finally i fall on what i always was searching to understand my dark. The dark.... My dark can live without light. Your picture are always as this lighthouse. You are the light wich explain the most my darkness, you are the light which make possible to live in darkness, you are the hope which make feel the pain as is true valor. Thank you dear Mary to let my darkness live, since your light my life will miss this kind of something the people search since make the finger on it!:)
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TheFightingMongooses Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At first glance I did not think this was a photo, it just seems so surreal to see the lighthouse so isolated in that position.
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LiveInPix Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work !
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lapsleyd Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is easily one omy favorite photographs of the year. Amazing job. Glad you had the fortitude to make it happen
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JoergJohannMueller Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning capture. Wonderful done! Cool location!
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maxlake2 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Maria,
This is just lovely! I'm speechless!
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Richard
P. S. I have missed you. I'm glad that you are back! :hug:
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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maxlake2 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
:hug:
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Primogenart Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, that has to be a stress free job. Great pic though lol
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ricochet56 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
J'adore.sublime!!!
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doctoryanko Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice... great place!
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Lazulelle Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love this picture! I really like the simplicity and the fogginess in it! The location is brilliant too! I really want to go there, it looks beautiful! :iconrlyplz:
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MCDillinger Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
I'm using this if I ever make a custom lands for myself in Magic the gathering.
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RuntOfTheLitter Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Lovely image.
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LeafyHeart Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooow!
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MykeBorello Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Incredible piece. It's so perfect it would seem totally idealized.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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camerahugger Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible! I'd love to know the story behind this lighthouse! Does it have a name?
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Lyden-Everswift Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks like the water and such was animated, not taken by a picture.
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
very nice
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walkthecreativepath Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
:iconsootball: :iconsaywow1plz:
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opticverve Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Great to see you getting recognition! Love your work!!!!!
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Monochrome--Melody Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
this is so nice!
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JiaJenn31 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
:heart: love it!
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Nice.
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XXtraPrince Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Marvelous work; surely a Christmas you'll not soon forget!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Amazing! :heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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zxcvbbnmm1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Who else thought "Bioshock"?
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justeline Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
:clap:
Loved that game!
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Wow, nice shot
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