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Oia, Santorini #3

White painted buildings overlooking the Aegean sea at Oia on the island of Santorini

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Having seen so many photos of the greek island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea, mostly on yoghurt cartons, I wasn't going to pass up an opportunity to see the place for myself.

So during the two week stay that my wife Liz and I enjoyed on the Mediterranean island of Crete we allocated one day to take a ferry and coach excursion to Santorini.

Santorini has some fascinating geology and history, being the remains of an ancient volcano caldera, and our coach trip took us right round the driveable parts of the island.

The most famous place we visited on Santorini was the artisan village of Oia, and along with a few thousand other tourists we spent a couple of hours walking the narrow streets and alleys of this visually stunning architectural gem.

There were lovely views to be seen all over Oia, but I had to position myself carefully when photographing large swathes of buildings, in order to avoid getting too many people in the composition.

Even so, the seemingly random arrangements of white painted houese and villas, arranged in terraces down to the blue waters of the Aegean Sea and topped off with the famous blue domed greek orthodox church was a view well worth making some effort to capture as best as possible, even if that meant waiting a while for folk to move out of the frame.

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Image data

Filename - santorini oia 03.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 45mm

Exposure - 1/200sec @ f8, ISO100

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

Location - Oia, Santorini, Greece

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Image underexposed slightly to preserve highlights on white painted surfaces.