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Spinalonga, Crete #13

Old bronze bell in sunlight on the island of Spinalonga, Crete

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During the two week holiday that my wife Liz and I enjoyed on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Crete one of the places we kept on driving around was the northern end of Mirabello Bay,.

Specifically, the stretch of coast between the towns of Elounda and Plaka, with the island of Spinalonga just offshore.

Spinalonga is a fascinating place, with a rich and diverse history culminating in its use as a leper colony up until 1957.

Liz had a special interest in Spinalonga, having read the book 'The Island', which was based here, so Spinaonga was on our list of 'must visit' places during our stay on Crete.

I was also keen on a visit, having viewed Spinalonga from afar and noted the rather imposing fortifications, a relic from Venetian rule in the middle ages, which looked highly photogenic if you're into dereliction like me!

But as well as the large scale views of broken down turrets and walls there were some lovely smaller details that we saw on our walk around the island, such as this old bronze bell, with its weathered green patina contrasting nicely against the warm ochre of the sunlit wall behind.

The diagonal shadow added a nice touch of dynamism to the composition, making this little tableau well worth stopping for to photograph.

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Image data

Filename - crete spinalonga 13.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 96mm

Exposure - 1/30sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Spinalonga, Crete

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.