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The Last Stand by justeline The Last Stand by justeline
stand (n.): 1. a final defensive effort. 2. a cessation of motion; halt or stop. 3. the place in which a person or thing stands; station.

We never found out the name of that ship. For the locals it’s just “The Shipwreck”. A brief mention of it in a forum revealed that it made its last stand against the raging sea more than half a century ago, lost that last battle and that rocky Karpathian beach became its last station.


…that wasn’t the last station on our trip to Karpathos Island, but it sure was our longest so far and one of the the most adventurous. Having undertaken the project to record all of Greece’s shipwrecks before they rust or sink to oblivion we chose Karpathos for our summer destination and surely enough the sight of that ship was our first welcome since it’s located right outside the airport. Getting there was not an easy task though. The fact that there are no close-up photos of that ship seemed suspicious to us in the first place and we soon understood why: that was a military area, guarded and well fenced and all signs on the fence made perfectly clear that photography was prohibited.

We spent the next few days counting people in high positions we knew that could bail us out in the highly possible case we were arrested and came up with zero connections. The conclusion was “S#%t, there’s no way we can do it” and the decision was “Let’s do it anyway”! The location indicated that it would be best to capture it at sunrise which meant taking the forbidden (and tricky cause it was rocky and full of thick thorny bushes) trek right in the middle of the night, carrying huge bags like smugglers and proudly announcing our position with our flashlights. Way too risky both for our bones and our impeccable criminal records! The only alternative was to visit the place on the previous afternoon, carrying our sleeping bags so that we could spend the night there and be there to capture the first light and that’s what we did.

When we got there we realized there is a reason that ship had stranded on that particular beach: it was too damn windy. Sea spray was flying all around and it seriously narrowed down our choices of composition (trust me; you don’t want to shoot against water spray). Shooting startrails was a good way to pass the long hours but it ensured that our tripods and cameras were covered in brine. Anyway we had a pretty turbulent and very windy night (when we returned to our room the next morning the sudden absence of the howling of the wind made me think I turned deaf for a second), but at least we were there to capture the first light touching the wreck and we later managed to return to our car sleepless, dizzy, salty and pickled but at least with no confrontation with the local authorities.

That was the first time I spent a whole night under the stars and I’m sure it won’t be the last. As *KirlianCamera said “we still have open business with that ship”!

Hope you like it! :)

<edit>Many thanks to my friend ~fokalexandris who managed to find more info about the shipwreck!
Name: GEMAR I
Nationality: Turkish
Date lost: 19/11/1982 </edit>

PS This is driving me a bit nuts, viewing this image using Opera web browser I see it sharp. Viewing it in Firefox I see undersharpened patches on the rocks :confused: If you see it this way too, trust me it IS sharp throughout.

Location: Karpathos Island, Greece

tech stuff

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 18-200 @ 24mm
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 60sec
ISO: 200

*filters*
Hoya ND400 (9 stops Neutral Density)
Lee 3 stops ND soft graduated filter (0.9)
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:iconrachelthepessimist:
rachelthepessimist Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors. The sun and the water are so beautiful, and the ship is so impressive.
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JenZphantom Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A Truly haunting image...
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foureyes Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
:love:.........:+fav:
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aidaabozaid Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I love it, it is amazing, just like imaginary stories.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much Aida!
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aidaabozaid Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
All are amazing, I wish I could add them all to the favs :)
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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MABoyer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning. I like the story that just the photo tells.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very late but many thanks Marissa, really glad you like it!
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:iconoceaniclove:
oceaniclove Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Beautiful image!
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BrookPool Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
This image is beautiful & powerful, & evokes something symbolic for me, relating to something my elderly father expressed today. The feeling was about his trying to take a stand about something important to him as he approaches the end of his life. This image I came across [in browsing your beeautiful gallery!] captured the emotion so well, I feel it wasn't an "accident". :) Thankyou so much for your incredible eye!
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Psychothrone Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
What a location... and great shot! (:
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lysysloik Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
sorry for interrupting. i've found such a lovely art on deviantart. the artist is below 10, so i would like to encourage him/her.
if you could visit his/her picture page, or give a favourite for his work. i know it's naive, but i feel that he can be a good artist :)
many thanks
that's the link for his picture :[link]
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:iconpippy92:
pippy92 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
beautiful ;)
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Son-of-Incogneato Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely photos you have here in your gallery!
Breathtaking composition, color and tone ...
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Aim4Beauty Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Absolutely gorgeous!!
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AStockman Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Photographer
Killer image.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
So glad you like it Alastair! Many thanks :)
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Where do you find ll these?!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
They are scattered all around Greece, this one is on Karpathos Island :)
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:iconchuax:
chuax Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Great!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Very glad you like it Nelson, many thanks! :)
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:iconstrixcz:
StrixCZ Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Serene visual poetry indeed... :) :+fav:
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much dear Roman! Have a wonderful April! :)
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:iconstrixcz:
StrixCZ Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome! :) And sorry for my late response. I'm happy that even a great and renown photographer like you always finds a time to say thanks and that you're even aware I've been following your work for a while - I appreciate it twice since I can imagine the massive ammount of feedback you got... :bow:
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FadingSunshine Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Pretty. :heat: This would look really cool if you did a close up of the water and the ship with a mermaid in the backround.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
haha, I wish there was a mermaid there too! Many thanks dear! :)
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FadingSunshine Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
your welcome! :D :rose:
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ObsidianGongo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
So glad you do Albert, thank you so much :)
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titoune33 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Nice shot with nice colors.
In my memory, Greece was blue and white, with so nice beaches :)
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much Thomas! Glad you liked the shot and glad you liked my country! :)
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SphinxFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Do you allow manipulations with your work? I would love to use this piece, it's fantastic! All credit for the original would be given to you, and a link provided on my work to yours.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
I'm so happy you like it Lynsey, but I'm afraid I don't allow manipulations on my work, I'm so sorry :hug:
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SphinxFantasy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
That's fine. It's fantastic though! The coloring and vantage is just beautiful.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
:hug:

:thanks:
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gordonrae Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Absolutely fantastic :clap:

:+fav:
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Absolutely glad you like it Gordon, huge thanks! :)
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JoseMelim Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful and dramatic. I love the warm colors of dawn and the smoothness the 60 sec achieved. The strong ship contrast and the rocks rough sharpness add drama. Great work and wonderful words you offered with.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Very happy to hear you like it Jose, you always offer such well written comments! Thank you!
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:iconfiguresk8r:
figuresk8r Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Photographer
Nice pic I have one that might be the same ship read the description the ships called Fortuna and the pic is called beneath the sands
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
I didn't find the one you told me about, but recently I learned that this one is called GEMAR I
Thank you Cara, very glad you like it! :)
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figuresk8r Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Student Photographer
ur welcome, and that might be cuz i deleteted it and replaced it with the same image just with no edits well good night!
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lilfixit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your photos are so beautiful. They make me want to travel.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
So happy to hear that Sarah! I hope you get to travel all around the world some day (I hope the same for me too!) :)
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MarshallLipp Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Absolutely amazing!! The sun and the colors around the horizon are perfect.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hi Marshall! Huge thanks dear, very glad you like it!
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Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This beautiful work is featured here [link] :pat:
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silamir Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010   General Artist
very beautiful, I love how the rocks lead the eyes to the ship. :D

sounds like quite an adventure!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
hehe, it definitely was quite an adventure! Thank you so much Jennifer, so happy you like it! :hug:
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