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Greek Orthodox Church, Crete #1

Greek orthodox church near Kalo Chorio, Crete

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The story behind this image

During our two week explore of the Mediterranean island of Crete my wife Liz and I noticed three things in abundance, the first was olive trees, the second was windmills (both broken and working) and the third, and most striking, was the large number of small Greek Orthodox churches dotted around the landscape.

I spotted this beautiful example while driving through Crete's central region, near Kalo Chorio.

Surrounded by verdant trees the red and white of the church's roof and walls just shone out in the sunlight.

A quick swerve into a convenient layby and it was out with the camera to capture this view.

The church was quite some distance away so I used my 100-400mm lens at maximum zoom to take this picture, with the camera braced against the car door and a fast shutter speed used to prevent camera motion blur.

A delightful scene, and typical of the loveliness we found all over eastern Crete.

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Image data

Filename - crete church 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm

Exposure - 1/800sec @ f8, ISO400

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce distance haze and enhance colours.

Location - Near Kalo Chorio, Crete

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation and camera braced on car door.