Now seemed to be the perfect time to share this group of pictures taken of a young couple walking along the beach boardwalk in the port city of Chania on the Island of Crete in Greece. It was just like they were dancing a waltz as I watched him twirl her to put his arm around her shoulder. What a joy to see Summer Lovin’ represented with this two young people.

Lightroom & Photoshop remarks for Stacy’s ABFriday settings on Visual Venturing:
Nikon D60 with Nikor DX 18-55mm lens 3.5-5.6
Original 3872×2592 cropped to 3335×2488 then down to 1500×1150(approx.)
In Lightroom shadow saturation increased, black clipping increased 7, vibrance +10, white clipping 0 to -5, exposure from -1.07 to -1.19, clarity increased 5-10, temperature +10.  Similar changes were made to each of  images.  I’m not sure how much change will be visible in the comparison of the two images.
In Photoshop cropped to new size, completed unsharp mask, upped the color balance midtones blue +7.

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

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There was so much color, festivity and livelihood at the Lions Square in Heraklion on the Island of Crete, Greece.  I loved watching the two boys play in the street as though there were no one else around to see them. They sparred and danced around the square for over 15 minutes. I’m sure big brother was letting the younger excel at the game as it continued on and on.  Take a look off to the left, sitting on the edge of the Lions Fountain is a young street entertainer playing the accordion while another on looker further up is a woman carrying the large bundle of colorful balloons for sale.  Inexpensive and colorful entertainment was in abundance.

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Had some fun with Photoshop tonight.  Multiple color adjustments using masking, polygonal lasso tool, magnetic lasso tool, and multiple layers.  Then after reading a tutorial from Leanne Cole, I added a watermark signature and scaled down the image size so that it is more web friendly. Thanks, Leanne, for the tips!

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I’ve searched the internet high and low to try to find out where on Crete this wonderful restaurant is located but have not been successful.  I’ve since learned to make notes of our travels using the notepad on my iPhone.   My Greek hubby and I visited Crete for 2 weeks back in October of 2010.  It was a fabulous vacation of touring the lovely Greek Island of Crete.  Most likely because of my love of cooking and unique ways to prepare food, I found this restaurant intriguing.   They started up the oven early in the morning and filled it with the dishes to be served up at lunchtime which included roast chicken and roast lamb.

I do remember that we traveled from Heraklion and drove south towards Mires through the mountain passes and found the restaurant along the way.  I do wish I could remember the place because the food was excellent and cooked in what I believe to be the traditional Cretan way of cooking.  Most of the websites that I’ve visited make mention that the Cretan diet is one of the healthiest in the world.  The food is fresh, flavorful and quite delicious.

In our home location outside of Heraklion, we strolled to a roadside tavern where we enjoyed a Cretan pizza made up specially for us.  It was a Greek pizza of feta cheese, roast tomatoes, special seasoning and then layered with grilled chicken.  Since we needed internet access and the only way to get it was to find a restaurant or tavern that provided, we found ourselves back at this same tavern many times, enjoying the pizza, a large draft beer and the pleasant company of the hostess.

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Much of our travels in Crete centered along the northern coast visiting many richly historical places on the island.  Since most of our vacations are at timeshare locations there was nothing real spectacular about our hotels so there is no mention of these locations.  We stayed one week in Rethimnon and the second week in Heraklion which are both on the northern coastline of Crete.  We picked the cities due to our love of ocean and beach front locations.

Later on, I’ll post up some more highlights from this trip and the cities we toured.  To learn more about Crete, you may want to check out Visit Greece Crete.   Geographically, Crete is is the largest island in Greece which allows for enough area to explore and not get bored in the two weeks we were there.  Crete is also the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is definitely worthy of a visit.  There are vast beaches along the northern seaboard and historical areas along the travelled road and historically preserved cities to visit.  Each of the cities we visited had enough to offer that we easily spent several hours if not most of the day exploring each and savoring the foods of this rich area.