The northern coast of Crete is heavily developed with tourist resorts and towns, so Liz and I weren't expecting to find any secluded or original Cretan villages near to our resort in Hersonissos where we were staying for two weeks.
But one of the resort hosts recommended a drive to a place called Milatos, a fishing village on the coast just a few miles to the east.
Driving in Crete was an experience, albeit a pleasurable one for the most part, and the drive to Milatos was no exception, taking in winding mountain roads with stunning coastal views along the way.
Milatos itself proved to be a charming seaside village, relatively unspoilt and with great seafood restaurants right on the rocky beach, of which we took full advantage.
But what really excited me about Milatos was that it proved to be one of the few places on the north coast from which you could see the sunset in September.
So having spent some time walking around the village and sampling the cheese and honey cakes on offer, we took the car a few hundred metres up to the ruins of an old windmill to film the sunset.
I'd just framed up and started the time lapse sequence going when a wedding party drove up for a brief photoshoot - this is obviously a popular spot with the locals - but fortunately they did their stuff on the far side of the windmill tower, mostly out of sight!
The sunset was beautiful and the twilight glow which followed was equally stunning, so I kept on filming until virtually all the light had gone from the sky and the lights of the few buildings further along the coast had come on.
In the end, Milatos was one of those places that we went back a couple of times to catch the sunset and to enjoy the local food.
Filename - crete sunset timelapse 03.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 28mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/500 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 10 secs @ f4, ISO400
Filters - 3 stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky.
Shooting interval - 10 seconds
Location - Milatos, Crete
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 21 seconds
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