Greece – 2011

Veronica and I travelled through Greece in October 2011.  Due to multiple strikes with air traffic control, taxis, archaeological, ferries and garbage it was a real challenge to travel around.  Just as a reminder make sure you have extra time set said (if you are a photographer) for airport security in Athens as each time we travelled through there they had me remove iPads from cases, dissasemble cameras, open all lenses etc.  It took about an xtra 15 minutes beyond normal screening each time we travelled through there.  On this trip we explored the islands of Santorini, Paros and Sifnos.  

These are some of our favorite images from our vist to Greece.  The complete collection of images from the trip can be found here . 

Santorini: 

Panoramic of the village of Oia after Sunset

Every evening in Santorini, Greece huge crowds gather to watch the sunset. Like clockwork they watch the sunset, applaud and head out while the best light is available on the Oia village. This image was taken exactly after sunset Oia and is a panoramic stitch of 15 images. 

Door and Checkerboard Floor

The worn checkboard floor was a perfect opportunity to work with my ultra wide Canon 14mm L lens.  I love the leading lines of the floor.  The hardest part of taking this image was making sure that the symmetry was spot on.  It required many shots that I was able to preview onsite before ‘getting it right’. 

Windmill & Door

I woke up my 1st morning in Oia, Santorini to a solo, quiet walk through the many alleyways and paths throoughout this cliffside village. The clouds surroundinf the windmill were really awesome this morning. 

Two Churches

Sunrise is a quiet and peaceful time to walk the streets and alleyways of Oia, Santorini. I took this image one morning right after sunrise while wandering around.

Cloud over Fira

 Veronica and I were exploring Fira on a day with fierce wind. I saw this cloud moving very quickly in the distance and managed to ‘bunker’ down my camera and tripod for the shot. Due to the winds within a minute of this shot the clouds vanished.

Cross Shadow

 I saw the shadow of the cross through the doorway into St Johns Cathedral in Fira Santotini and wanted to find a way to frame it while showing both the cross and its shadow.

Orange Wall at St Georges Church

The previous day I had wandered through the area surrounding St Georges Church in Oia, Santorini and fifured that morning light would provide a nice pop of warmth on this interior hallway.

Cloud over Church

  

Exploring the Santorini Vlllage of Fira we experienced some really violent wind.  With the wind came some really great clouds.  This image was taken with some fast changing clouds overhead.
 
Paros:
 
 

Tree and Bench

 I found this cafe in Lefkes on the island of Paros,Greece. Unlike other places in Greece this place was surprisingly empty and I was able to wander around this town square and experiment with a variety of compositions.

Thunderstorm and Church

 Veronica and I were driving around the island of Paros, Greece with some really sketchy weather around. I dodged a few raindrops as I captured the drama of this white church and the oncoming storm.

Sifnos: 

Church and Clouds

Veronica and I were wandering around Apollonia, Sifnos where I saw some really interesting clouds forming. Scrambling to figure out a composition before the opportunity was lost I managed to hustle into position quick enough to grab this shot.

Chrysopigi Church Star

 Chrysopigi Monastery is located on the east side of Sifnos Island and was originally built in 1650. Veronica and I had the place to ourselves but I just couldnt find any worthwhile images. This image came to me after about an hour of quietly walking the grounds.

 


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