Member Monday Featuring George Stergiou

George Stergiou is a super talented member of the KelbyOne community. You may remember him from a previous cover on Photoshop User Magazine for his winning image of the Your Best Shot Member Challenge.

Today he’s talking with us about a sweeping landscape photo taken in Ioannina, Greece.

George will take it from here!

About the Photographer

  • Hometown: Ioannina, Greece
  • Years in photography: 4
  • Years with KO: 2

About the Photo:

  • Title: Sunrise over Lake Pamvotis
  • Location: Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina, Epirus, Greece
  • Additional Description: We are very lucky to be surrounded by mountains and had this beautiful scenery painted by the beautiful sky colors of the sunrise every day in a different way, as the sun rises behind the Mitsikeli mountains.
  • Gear/Software Used: Canon EOS R, RF15-35, Haida 10srop ND, Gitzo traveled 1545, Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik collection, topaz Sharpen AI.

Describe your creative style in 3 words

Colorful, contrasty, dramatic

Tell us about a time you struggled or failed with your photography, and how you overcame it?

For 365 days I made a bet with myself to shoot sunrises as I used to work during the day and night. When the light wasn’t right, waking up every morning to catch that perfect light and facing dark moody clouds and rain, and cold would put me down. But the determination to get that one shot would get me going for the next day until everything worked in harmony in front of me and inside me.

What sparked your love of photography?

Funnily enough till the age of 34, I wouldn’t even get a photo with my phone. People who know me for years always say “Look at you, from taking no photos at all to becoming a master photographer”.

I bought a camera to film guitar instructional videos, one night took it out and about to “shoot”. That was it. Ever since I have been obsessed with photography. I find it so meditating that it clears my mind from anything. 

What’s your favorite class on KelbyOne and why?

My favorite class on KelbyOne is the From Flat to Fabulous series. That’s how I learned 90% of the stuff I know. Also love Scott’s way of explaining things and making everything look easy.

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Thanks to George for taking us behind-the-shot of this spectacular image!

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