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Milatos, Crete Panorama #1

Panoramic view of Milatos and the surrounding countryside on the north coast of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea

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The story behind this image

This panoramic collage shows a view over the small village of Milatos, on the north coast of Crete just a few miles from where my wife Liz and I were staying for a two week explore of this beautiful Mediterranean island.

The north coast is the most heavily developed and touristic area of Crete, but it's still possible to find quiet out of the way places to visit.

Milatos was recommended to us by one of the hosts at the resort where we were staying as somewhere to visit for a more authentic view of Crete, and we were certainly glad we took his advice.

The drive down to Milatos, off the only main road in Crete, was a spectacular series of hairpin bends which rapidly descended down the side of a small mountain to sea level at Milatos itself.

About halfway down this view opened up before us, with a small white painted Greek Orthodox church perched improbably on top of a smallish hill in the foregound, surrounded by olive trees and with the azure Mediterranean and white buildings of Milatos in the background.

So I screeched to a halt on a narrow verge and rushed out to take the multiple images needed for this panorama, shooting handheld to speed things up before any cars came round the bend.

But I needn't have worried, as we had the road and the view to ourselves, and having taken the shots we carried on down to Milatos, which proved every bit as nice as our host had told us.

In the end we visited Milatos a few times during our two week stay, both to enjoy eating in the open air restaurant right on the seafront and to film a couple of time lapse videos of the sunset over the coast to the west.

A lovely spot with very friendly people.

Image data

Filename - crete milatos panorama 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 105mm

Exposure - 1/60 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours and reduce glare

Location - Milatos, Crete

This image - 1200x261px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and PhotoShop CC

Comments - Panoramic image made by stitching multiple exposures