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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!
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

Hoya ND400 (9 stops Neutral Density)
Lee 3 stops ND soft graduated filter (0.9)
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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.
JenZphantom Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A Truly haunting image...
foureyes Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
aidaabozaid Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I love it, it is amazing, just like imaginary stories.
justeline Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much Aida!
aidaabozaid Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
All are amazing, I wish I could add them all to the favs :)
justeline Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
MABoyer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning. I like the story that just the photo tells.
justeline Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very late but many thanks Marissa, really glad you like it!
oceaniclove Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Beautiful image!
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