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alexander stefanatos

Pro Member, thessaloniki

About me

I was born in 1943 in Thessaloniki Greece. I'm interested in History, Art, Archaeology theater and cinema in which I like to refer in my photos. My themes are mainly landscapes, ecology and nature, thus I love "static" photography using tripod, hand photometer and quite often medium format. In the last years I'm tending more to the digital field and I beleive that "raw quality" is perhaps the greatest benefit that digital field offered to the photographer because through that the image emerges as an untouched fruit waiting peel off to reveal its juice. I prefer handling natural light tending to the so called "pictorial" photography because to my opinion- as much controversial this may sound- in a such you can better approach the reality of subjects. A reality that may not always be tangible or as much obvious as everybody thinks. Also, on certain occasions, tending to an expressionistic approach, I like to add dimension and even enhance the impact of this reality by highlighting certain points that may pass unobserved but, in the same time, do not belong to the imagination.
Documentary and journalism photography refering to social problems and everyday life is also very much to my liking.
My favourite equipment are the D700 and D800 from the NIKON family with a collection of dedicated, SIGMA, and TAMRON lenses and from medium format a 645D Autofocus MAMIYA( PHASE ONE) with a LEAF APTUS D22 digital back.
I must admit, that I am a rather old fashioned darkroom obsessionist stuck to some past principles that gradually are becoming benevolent ghosts in happy dreams only. For me Ansel Adams will remain an unsurpassed leader.
It's not always easy to have good teachers in photography so, i beleive,it is much better to learn from each other and there is always time for that..
I thank you all for offering this chance to me.

I am...

  • Photographer (advanced stage)

Comments 765

  • LadyNoone 08/18/2016 20:31

    Dear Alexander,
    Thank you for all your comments, but especially for many beautiful words about my homeland and Polish people. Believe that our nations will always be connected by true friendship.
    Best wishes,
  • SINA 08/17/2016 17:21

    THANK you very much dear Alex
    NICE Holliday again for you
    Herzliche Grüsse von Kristine
  • Thomas Heartfelt 08/11/2016 11:48

    Dear Alex, thanks a lot. Hope you are enjoying a nice holiday in the Aegean. You lived in Copenhagen in Lyngby and Svanemøllen. How nice! I’m sure you too think it’s funny, when a Greek football player is named Salpingitis and another Polyradiculitis (no offence). A little humour doesn’t hurt. I like your pictures very much.
    Greetings, Thomas
  • 08/09/2016 22:48

    What a splendid portfolio!

    And thank you so much for your kind comment. Very much appreciated!

    Kind regards,
  • SINA 07/16/2016 8:54

    Guten Morgen lieber Alex
    Ganz herzlichen Dank für Deine guten wertschätzenden Zeilen zu meinen Fotos ich freue mich sehr wenn Sie dir gefallen dich berühren oder etwas in dir auslösen hab ein gutes harmonisches Wochenende und viele liebe Grüsse von mir Kristine
  • ann mari cris aschieri 07/11/2016 22:34

    Grazie, carissimo Dottor Alexander, di tutti i bei commenti lasciati e che leggo con gran piacere.
    Una composizione è fatta con scene del film "The Danish Girl" di Tom Hooper, britannico.
    L'altra invece è fatta con due scene prese dal film "The Burning Plain" di Guillermo Arriaga.
    Due registi che io amo molto e i film secondo me sono bellissimi, si possono trovare anche su Internet.
    Hai letto il romanzo della Yourcenar? Allora complimenti! Non è lettura per tutti.... :-))
    La testa l'ho fotografata al Museo Sant'Agostino di Genova. Si tratta del busto di Augusto giovane, una scultura di Pierre Puget (1670).
    Grazie di interessarti ai miei lavori; scusa se ti scrivo in Italiano, ma so che tu lo leggi e capisci anche meglio di me.
    Con grande stima e ammirazione, CIAo! cris
  • SINA 07/11/2016 15:19



  • gilles Boisset 06/26/2016 9:34

    Bonjour Alexander, je vous remercie pour votre passage et vos commentaires élogieux sur mes photos et je suis heureux d'avoir réveillé en vous des souvenirs de votre enfance avec les "lettres de mon moulin". de Daudet. Si vous le souhaitez vous pouvez retrouver le moulin de Fontvieille dans ma galerie dans l'album "Provence". La photo porte le titre "boite à lettres provençales"
    Très cordialement
  • Thomas Heartfelt 06/21/2016 13:31

    Thank you, dear Alexander, for your great answer about our smart hero Odysseus. Of course I know : ) I love these ancient stories by Homer. I have read both of them. Nothing really changed since. He was gone for 20 years. His son a grown man, but still Penelope was faithful to him.
    Greetings, Thomas
  • marisa marcellini 06/16/2016 14:17

    Grazie per l'apprazzamento
  • Gabe M. 06/14/2016 20:47

    Grazie di cuore Alexander. Un caro saluto Gaby
  • SINA 06/07/2016 15:35

    Thank you very much daer Alexander nice evening for you best regards Kristine
  • SINA 05/30/2016 16:01

    Thank you very much dear Alexander
    have a nice new week and best regards Kristine
  • marisa marcellini 05/25/2016 10:54

    Grazie per i tuoi commenti e complimenti per le tue foto mai banali, ciao. Marisa
  • Gabe M. 05/23/2016 18:43

    Thank you so much dear Alexander for your beautiful comment I was very happy about it. Thank you again and have a very nice evening. B / w Gabe
  • SINA 05/21/2016 13:15

    Thank you so much dear Alex for the sensitiv good words to my pictures
    have a nice weekend best regards and wishes Kristine
  • Janos Gardonyi 05/18/2016 21:09

    hello Alex, what I sent you is not a 'site', but a computer PDF version of a glossy hardcover photo book about Italy, some 144 pages, 20cm x 30 cm size, a book I did during the last month or so. I now have the hard copy, printed in San Francisco, Cal. and mailed to me within a week. Anyway, I sent the file to a few friends, but other than you and another photographer friend no one even bothered to answer. I have put up some of these photos on fc and got very few comments and now that fc has changed I notice that hardly anyone even looks at my pictures. I used to have hundreds of clicks on each and now - 1 or 2 /week. And it's not getting better for me. but the germans still keep giving and getting 100's. It's almost like a boycott and I am really angry and frustrated and thinking of quitting.
    regards, janos
  • SINA 05/17/2016 18:10

    THank you very much dear Alexander bestb regards for a nice evening Kristine
  • TacitusRomeo 05/17/2016 14:29

    Thank you Alexander.
    Best wishes
  • Pierre 1 05/17/2016 12:08

    Merci beaucoup Alexander de la visite. Bonne journée. Amicalement
  • SINA 05/16/2016 13:26

    schöne Pfingest Alex herzliche Grüße von Kristine
  • ann mari cris aschieri 05/16/2016 12:50

    Dear doctor Alexander S., thank you very much for your skilled impressions.
    I love them, I love yr Photos, I love Greece, I love you too, you are so a nice person ....
    Regards cris
    Thanking FC!
  • Sue Thompson 05/16/2016 8:29

    My dear friend, I fer that we are all experiencing the same problems with the new FC... but hopefully, with time and a lot ofpatience we will either become used to it, or the powers that be will get it all sorted out for us. My hope is that it willbe sorted out to the satisfaction of us all. It would be such a great pitty if people decided to leave.
    Harold and I did leave once and did find new sites, but... they were not as good as FC, and so we returned. It was the friends that we had made in FC that we missed the most and for tht reason we will stay with FC..... and hope.
    Stay positive my friend........

  • SINA 05/13/2016 13:50

    Vielen lieben Dank Alexander ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Pfingstfest herzliche liebe Grüße von mir Kristine
  • cathy Blatt 05/02/2016 15:57

    Read your remark re human greediness on Mirjam's Kudu shot. Could not agree with you more, we have hunting on a big scale, at the moment the beautiful oryx is sold in all supermarkets as mincemeat for the entire year.So no chance of regenerating. When one considers how hard it is to survive in a desert environment . Let us not ,even talk about elephants and rhinos - all so depressing, regards,cathy