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Oia, Santorini #10

The picturesque village of Oia overlooking the Aegean sea 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.

The higgledy-piggledy arrangement of colouful buildings seemed to tumble down the side of the cliff on which the village is perched, with the two famous churches with blue domes squeezed in the middle.

A lovely sight under the blue Aegean skies.

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Filename - santorini oia 10.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 65mm

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.