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Oia, Santorini #13

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.

Having taken the usual photo of the church I looked around for some alternative views, with this arrangement of the church set amongst the white painted buildings of Oia catching my eye.

The image divides nicely into two halves, split diagonally between the white houses and villas set against the blue of the sky and sea with the blue dome of the church standing out as the focal point of the composition.

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Image data

Filename - santorini oia 13.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 67mm

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 slightly underexposed to preserve highlights on the white painted buildings.