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Oia, Santorini #7

Church with blue dome and flags 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, with striking features everywhere you cared to look.

One direction I looked in was upwards, not only to avoid including masses of tourists in my photos, but also because of the wonderful details to be seen above street level.

This is one such view, showing one of those famous greek orthodox churches with a blue dome, but from the street side rather than the more usual view overlooking thr Aegean Sea.

Even so, for me it's the diagonal line of colourful flags cutting diagonally across the frame that makes this composition special, providing a dramatic path for the viewer's eye to follow through the frame to the church iteslf.

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Image data

Filename - santorini oia 07.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm

Exposure - 1/80sec @ f11, ISO100

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

Location - Oia, Santorini, Greece

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.