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The Song of the Sirens by justeline The Song of the Sirens by justeline
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In Greek mythology, Sirens were part human, part bird. They lived on a rocky island in the middle of the sea, possibly near Italy. They sang melodies so beautiful that sailors passing by couldn't resist getting closer to them. Following their song, the sailors would steer their ships towards them or jump in the water to get closer. Either way, it always ended in disaster on the rocks. That is why the island where they lived was full of shipwrecks.

That was just to explain the title. The more down to earth facts say that the tanker Africa fell into a storm on a night of December 2003. The strong winds and powerful waves made sure that it was its last pass from the island of Milos. And frankly, standing there on an August morning with the wind trying to sweep us off our feet and the waves crashing all around us, constantly spraying us with seawater, this second version seemed much more plausible. But then again, looking back at the memory of that day through the filter of nostalgia I could swear there was a haunting song hidden in the howling of the wind…


Location: Sarakiniko Bay, Milos Island

tech stuff

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tokina 12-24 @ 12mm
Shutter Speed: 60 sec
ISO: 200
Filters: Lee 2 stops hard grad ND, Hoya ND 400 (9 stops ND)
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:iconthedevilreborn:
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
Beautiful creepy. :)
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Felinix19 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Student General Artist
I really love this picture and was wondering if I could use it as the media for the second chapter of my book, "Siren", on wattpad (www.wattpad.com/myworks/544986…).
Of course, you will be credited at the end of the chapter for your contribution and I will not use any of your art without your permission.

Please notify me as soon as you can.
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GaleSpider Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So haunting! I love it!
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:icondarkkyubbi:
DarkKyubbi Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly beautiful. It takes the breath away from my lungs.
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:icontoastinglifetm:
toastinglifetm Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
As I wrote on Flickr, this is one I can view over and over: threatening, inscrutable, beautiful. This photographer is tremendously gifted, and obviously achieves through a strong work ethic. I look forward to more of her photos.
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tizhc Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible shot...
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:iconthelostmoon:
thelostmoon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is EPIC
:heart:
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:icontrashins:
Trashins Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
awesome!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
Many thanks Alexandr, so glad you like it :)
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:icontrashins:
Trashins Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you too, Mary for you awesome works =)
welcome!
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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
ILOVEIT!!!!!!!!........:+fav:
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Bernie!!!! :hug:
So happy to see you again, missed you! And so happy you like this one!
Hope you're doing great! :hug:
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EriUri Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
I didn't know my country had such amazing landscapes :iconwowplz:
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Frankly I didn't know it either until I took up photography and started looking! Πανέμορφη η Ελλάδα μας, φτανει να ξεφύγεις από το χάος της πόλης! Σ' ευχαριστώ πολύ! :)
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eidie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
superb
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Prisma-photo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
A very strong and evocative image !
Perfectly realized, as always ... :)
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
A great comment as always, huge thanks for the constant support and encouragement my friend :)
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:iconprisma-photo:
Prisma-photo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
A visit to your portfolio is always a great pleasure and a reference for technique and quality !
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:iconbaher-amin:
Baher-Amin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
beautiful... very fantastic capture with a great composition.. well done.
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much dear, thank you so much! :)
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:iconioasan:
IoaSan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011   Photographer
Featured: [link]
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
:hug: thank you so much Ioana!
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:iconmarchinkel:
MarcHinkel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student Photographer
wowowowowoooow i can't hold it back !! this is just the most amazing picture i've ever seen
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
haha, no need to hold it back, so glad you like it Marc, many thanks! :)
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:iconmarchinkel:
MarcHinkel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student Photographer
:D
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:iconwereke:
Wereke Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
i'm in shock with this picture, i loooooove the stones in foreground...
awesome job!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
So happy to hear that dear, thank you so much! :)
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:iconimperativus:
Imperativus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Absolutely wonderful! Amazing skill, indeed :love:
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
So glad you like it Natalia, many thanks! :hug:
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:iconcindy1701d:
cindy1701d Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Very nice shot. :) I would love to be able to see this in person. :)
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
I'm sure you would love it Cindy, I still dream of this place, I loved everything about it! :hug:
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cindy1701d Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
I would love to be able to go there and is it in person. :) But I guess I will just have to look at your pictures and dream about it. :)
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:iconinsomniaworks:
insomniaworks Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
From destruction comes beauty!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Photographer
oh that's so true especially when it comes to shipwrecks Mark! Thank you so much dear! :hug:
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:iconinsomniaworks:
insomniaworks Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
thanks for sharing it with us.
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:iconhaimohayon:
haimohayon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
wowowowwww !! great pic !!!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
:w00t: thank you so much again my friend!
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:iconhaimohayon:
haimohayon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
my pleasure !!
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:iconandykeen:
andykeen Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
A fabulous image, kudos!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much Andy, really means a lot! :)
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:iconandykeen:
andykeen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
My pleasure :o)
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EZReader111 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Very dreamlike. Do you revisit these places in your sleep?
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Oh, surprising that you ask, I do indeed!
Thank you Chris! :blowkiss:
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EZReader111 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Oh there you go again thanking your fans, when in fact we fans have not sufficiently expressed our appreciation for your work. Thank YOU Justelene. =D
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Nessarie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010   Writer
HOW do you always manage to get such great cloud/fog shots?

Methinks you be the Cloud Whisperer... :shh:

Great shot! ;)

~Ness
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
hehe, the ND filter I use on my camera helps so much to create that effect! You see, it allows you to prologue exposures and this way the foam of the sea records as a mist or cloud!
Thank you Ness! :hug:
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:iconnessarie:
Nessarie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Writer
Lol, oh, I SO need to get a good camera, lol. ;)

~Ness
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Cultivated-Arrogance Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Haunting, but yet so beautiful!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
So glad you like it dear, many many thanks! :hug:
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nmdelgado Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yet again, magical light and gorgeous scenery! :clap:
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