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Oia, Santorini #8

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

But of course, there's one view that's an absolute 'must get', and that is the lovely blue domed church overlooking the gorgeous Aegean Sea.

Actually photographing the church proved trickier than I'd imagined, as getting an angle that avoided including lots of other buildings and the myriad of tourists all snapping the same scene on their mobiles required some gymnastics on my part, leaning precariously over a parapet while framing up this composition.

Still, you don't travel thousands of miles so see a view like this without making some photographic effort!

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Image data

Filename - santorini oia 08.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 50mm

Exposure - 1/100sec @ 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.