LOADED, COLORFUL OUTTAKES

Kefalonia sunset, Dias Islet, Avythos
Sunset over Dias Islet, Kefalonia
Before the ink had a chance to dry (*) on the first photo stories I prepared for the KefaloniaWorld e-Magazine, the unrelenting dilemma surfaced. What do I include and what do I leave out? Despite the plethora of images available as a result of years' worth of roaming on Kefalonia with a camera strapped around my neck, the problem is not quantitative but qualitative. Take sunsets, for example; I have hundreds of such images that I could use. Some of my "better" sunset images - photographically wise - do not mean that much to me.
There, I've said it!
Let me explain.
Sometimes I went about it with a purpose in mind, correct settings on the camera, time to spare, and after consciously picking the location and time so it'd be advantageous in terms of light and sky conditions. So, I do have heaps of "semi-correct" (**) sundown images. On the other hand, sometimes I was just impelled to point the camera at the horizon and snap - without addressing suitability of lens, settings, or position. But Kefalonia does that. You may be on the road driving, or occupied photographing sea shells, but if you lift or divert your glance from the task at hand, you are overwhelmed by colors, shapes, and light formations that developed while your attention was focused elsewhere. Then you act on feeling and instinct rather than on plan. And though the images that result are not picture-perfect, they are loaded with memories of those moments and stories that are hard to put into words. Like these outtakes... which will probably never make it to be featured on the site as I'll keep them to share here.
Photo above was taken from Avythos Beach on an afternoon dedicated to collecting pebbles and sea shells since the approaching sunset and sky seemed to be dull, monochromatic, and otherwise uninteresting.
Kefalonia sunset from Gradakia, Paliki Peninsula
Sunset over Paliki Peninsula
Photo above was taken from Gradakia Beach, while in the car, listening to music and daydreaming to pass the time till the full moon became visible in the sky.
Sunset over Livatho, Kefalonia
Sunset over Livatho
Eyes on the road! That is the wise thing to do if you're driving on the Poros-Argostoli road, and not just in the afternoon! But as you drive through the villages of Simotata and Vlahata, you should always be prepared - for me that translates into quick recollection of all possible widenings and clearings along the road and camera placed on the passenger seat - regardless of lens or settings as the Kefalonian light will do all the exposure compensation ever required.

(*)  Although old enough to have used plain paper and ink, I do really mean "before I could save the .doc file on my computer screen" - but it just doesn't look and sound as good as ink drying on the page!
(**) I will never aspire for more than "semi-correct" - lest I fall into the popular trap of shooting or post processing photos to such correctness that they no longer resemble the island. You know what I mean ;)

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