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Today, another view from Lycabettus Hill, in Athens
This shot is, obviously, taken before the other Athens (HDR) shot I posted last time. This one is taken just after sunset.

It shows a part of the city that can be seen from Lycabettus Hill.
The latter hill is a nice place to watch the sunset, or just look over the city. I found this especially nice because before, I never looked down on such a big city! In my lost shot I noted that in Amsterdam, to see such a part of the city, you have to be on top of one of the major buildings. Problem is, you can't get there unless you work there (we have just a few scyscrapers..which are not that high (America high)anyway). Here..just a hill features the sight!

[Special thanks too..]
..And I have to thank Aimilios (aimiliospet) for bringing us there! I guess we would not have visited if we we're in Athens alone.
This is just a small dedication for you my friend and namesake!

It is also a small dedication for whole Greece, the beautiful country which at the moment is suffering from disasterous forest fires.
Greece is on my mind and I'm following the news on this topic! Stay well lovely people over there!

[Photo scene info, as from the net: ]
Athens has a couple of vantage points besides the Acropolis, from which you can get superb views of the city. Lycabettus Hill is really a limestone rock reaching almost 1,000 feet into the once-crystalline Athenian sky. In the evening, the top half is floodlit, and from the Acropolis it looks something like a giant souffle. By day, it's a green-and-white hill topped by a tiny, flaringly white church, Agios Georgios. It’s a nagging challenge, and sooner or later you want to climb it. Don’t try to walk up, and don’t try to take a cab, because it only goes half-way and you still have quite a hike to get to the top. Take the two-minute funicular up the southeast flank. To get there, follow the “telepherique” signs to the corner of Kleomenous and Ploutarchou Streets, between Kolonaki Square and the Athens Hilton. The panorama from the top is priceless – all the way to Mount Parnes in the north, west to Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf, with the Acropolis sitting like a ruminative lion half way to the sea. There's also a cafe/restaurant up there. [/info]
That restaurant can be seen in my last photo during the blue hour!


[Photo technical info]
Handheld @ 17mm, F8 @ 1/15th, RAW @ ISO 500, Spot metering, EV 0

[PP in RAW @ CS2]
* Played with Curves for a first time
* Added a bit more contrast manually

* Shadow/Highlight, openening shadow 1%, and dimming highlights 6%
* also added Midtown contrast therein

* Color Balance
* USM 50%, 0,3px, 1 lvl
* Border + © name.


Possible next upload : Acropolis?
but I might change my mind ;)

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