This photo was taken with my extreme wide angle lens. I was really looking forward to seeing how the lens showed off the cliff buildings in Santorini, so needless to say I had lots of fun during this photo shoot.
It was taken on our very first evening on the Island. In fact, we almost missed Blue Hour and Sunset because our flight was delayed 3 hours from Athens due to high winds.
When we finally arrived, we were graciously greeted by our hotel manager. He was hilarious! He was SOOOO apologetic. He kept apologizing for it being cloudy and cool. He would go on and on, saying how sorry that we arrived with bad weather lol
He would apologize for it being cloudy tomorrow and only about 85 degrees...Tosca and I couldn't believe it. I guess when you grow up in a certain climate, you get accustomed to it huh :)
We explained to him that the clouds were actually a good thing because we want it for photography...he didn't understand it at all :)
As for the photo, we made it JUST in time, arriving with only a few minutes to spare. We asked the hotel manager to show us where to go for the best views, this is the place he guided us towards.
Hope you like it this HDR shot
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siudzi (34047) 2014-06-20 1:14
Amazing post in my opinion! The view was selected so well (the manager did a great job:)) to get this lovely scene during a perfectly selected moment of a day. Beautifully managed one! TFS!
Didi (57494) 2014-06-20 2:48
The HDR corrects the exposure difference it's not visible and this is very good and the view looks natural
tyro (20778) 2014-06-20 2:54
What an interesting note! The Greeks are lovely people and it was so nice of your hotel manager to apologise for the weather - perhaps you should offer to take him on a trip to Vancouver (or Scotland) so he can appreciate exactly what lousy weather is! Maybe if he experienced constant clouds, fog, rain, wind and total lack of sunlight he would realise that the weather where he lives ain't half so bad! :o)
Your super wide "city" lens has come up trumps again to produce a wonderful panoramic shot. But it is the lighting, as in so many good photographs, that really makes this so special - the way the buildings to left and right are in relative shade while the central part of the image is more brightly lit.
Lovely light, fine vibrant colours and exquisite detail and sharpness.
P.S. This is yet another case in which the TE site's insistence in reducing images to 790 pixels wide has really reduced image quality. I see that your original image size was 810 pixels wide and, when I view it at that size, it is stunningly clear and sharp. But at 790 pixels wide here, it loses a lot of its clarity and sharpness.
Both Mariusz and I have been commenting on this on the forum - see here but things still don't seem to have been resolved.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-20 2:59
OO! this brings back so many memories. Standing in this spot for the first time is an assault on the senses which it is hard to capture, but this W/A shot manages to gather all the amazing detail and atmosphere so beautifully. Going slightly off season to Oia is by far the best time as there are so few bodies in this image to detract from the architectural magnificence. Love it!
Have a great weekend - B.
mkamionka (30913) 2014-06-20 3:05
I guess for a change you have included now a guy in yellow T-shirt and blue shorts (Ukrainian?) so that nobody can accuse you of showing only good looking girls :)
Excellent timing! The light was magnificent! It is not a blue hour yet but this may be a time when everything is even better balanced and preserving natural colors.
I guess we will be seeing a lot of similar labyrinths of white washed villages soon.
I am so jealous. I somehow never got a chance to get there. It is number 1 on my list of Mediterranean locations to visit but for may reasons it never really happened to me. This year I won't have any travel or at all.
Great light, great sky.
Have a great weekend,
jhm (140643) 2014-06-20 4:06
These super wide lens is very well, I work with a 16-35 mm lens but 8-16 this type is me unknown.
Excellent panoramic view about these area.
Very well composition, lovely presentation.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
holmertz (42281) 2014-06-20 4:49
With a title like that I just had to read the note (I would have looked at the photo in any case). This is an amazing shot which captures such a large area without any remarkable distortion. I was in Oia only at mid-day so I never saw it in this fabulously mild light and colors.
Nicou (124243) 2014-06-20 5:09
Fantastique vue et compo sueprbe rendu des tons et iamge quelle vielle cette forme ce blanc ces touches de couleur ce rendu sueprbe.
Sergiom (62070) 2014-06-20 5:20
Il semble que le gérant voulait vraiment se mettre à ton service pour que ton séjour soit parfait. Mais de là à s'excuser pour la température ou pour le retard de l'avion il y a tout de même une limite.Encore une fois ta lentille fait des merveilles.
mursaloglu (8682) 2014-06-20 5:35
great capture and great image really fantastic breathtaking view.Well done. bravo
SnapRJW (31613) 2014-06-20 7:03
Hi Craig - This is a dream scene. Usually we see Oia with punchy colours and contrasts this is so different in mood. Soft and romantic with the most beautiful delicate shifts in colours.
A pleasure to see.
PiotrF (10082) 2014-06-20 9:36
Superb panoramic view about these area. Warm light is great, Good framing and lovely natural colors. The light is perfectly managed and the sharpness is excellent.
Very well done.
gildasjan (41702) 2014-06-20 10:15
Il y a du mystère dans cette image et cela est du au rendu de cette lumière.Cette variation de teintes dans le ciel crée un bon contraste avec les touche de couleurs sur les architectures.
ikeharel (58929) 2014-06-20 11:12
Nice photojob inspite a bit of strong glare from left(west), that's added a fine glow on the white houses of this beautiful village.
To my humble opinion, you gave a bit too much space for the "sky" - maybe due to the lense used.
Anyhow, a fine detailed scene from high POV.
Nice note written.
Have a nice weekend,
carlo62 (34538) 2014-06-20 14:15
vista magnifica, con una luce incredibile e l'inserimento molto equilibrato della persona a destra.
Molte le cose da osservare per godere di questa vista.
jjcordier (77014) 2014-06-20 22:00
Ton très grand angle t'a permis d'obtenir une image originale de ce lieu très photographié. On aurait aimé l'admirer en plus grand format.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-06-21 3:56
so you visited recently Greece! Oia is quite far away from Lefkada but it is definitely worthy to see. The lens you used did very good job indeed and thanks to that one can admire very wide panorama of this amazing place. I love the pastel colors and very subtle light which softens the scenery.
Thanks for sharing and all the best
vjmite (3942) 2014-06-21 5:05
This photo shows how the village is molded onto the hill, almost as if it has grown up out of the ground. This effect is enhanced by the wide angle lens. And it looks so clean too. The blue sky gives a good backdrop to the white and gold of the town.
Noel_Byrne (25308) 2014-06-21 8:47
The wide angle lens looks simply amazing in this place, the town seems alive and like it is reaching out of the screen. It cannot be easy to take a unique shot in this place, but you sure have done it with this. The light is perfect, the colors stunning. I like your note of, the idea of the hotel manager apologising for the weather really made me smile.
All the best
cornejo (32752) 2014-06-21 10:55
Hi Craig, great view of this beautiful and interesting town, very well captured with a great pov pretty good in this picture. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
emka (80936) 2014-06-21 11:26
It seemed that Brian showed every corner of Oia, but you show quite different view. Marvelous light, couldn't be better, lovely tiny windmill and this starlet.
Warm regrads Malgo
Silvio1953 (124687) 2014-06-21 13:12
Ciao Sraig, great POV on fantastic village, fine detaiis, wonderful mediterranean colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
jcpix (13708) 2014-06-21 19:11
I sympathize with the hotel manager, when you live in a place with so much sunshine and warm weather, it's sometimes pretty easy to forget the rest of the world is not the same. :) Geez, maybe Deniz should take some pointers from him, yeah? lol
What a view! Amazing that these clouds didn't ruin your shot. ha The soft light sets the tone, and the wide angle really pulls it all together from side to side. I imagine you couldn't go wrong no matter what time of day, but you sure caught a sublime moment here. And just to top it off, the man in yellow puts the scale into perspective. Note to self, make sure to ask hotel managers for pic suggestions. Check! :) Have a good one amigo. Take it easy.
Cheers from sunny 'ol Az.,
chawax (19532) 2014-06-22 3:52
I have the same problem with people that don't understand when I say I don't want blue sky and hot temperature for my photos, I need clouds lol Nice shot of this village, the white wall nicely catch the light. I couldn't guess it was HDR. I am not a HDR fan the way it is done sometimes, but when it is used to make a well balanced exposure like this one it looks a very good technic !
rogerl (1544) 2014-06-23 13:12
Craig, great shot. Again you've used HDR to advantage. While it's hard to tell how much lens distortion there is here, judging from the guy on the right, either you've cropped it quite a bit or this is a pretty nice lens. In any event, this looks like quite a beautiful place, and a nice sunset. Great sharpness and nice soft colors. Thanks.
jemaflor (86104) 2014-06-23 23:14
This village is a wonderful subject for photos and trip, good pov here and interesting detail with the star, well managed, tfs.
Gigidusud (16569) 2014-06-24 15:05
Wow! Splendid view on Oia at blue hour. Excellent POV, great result for the wide angle lens and nice HDR effect too. I love it!
delpeoples (53419) 2014-06-26 0:36
I was sure I'd already critiqued this, but no, obviously I'm losing my mind. Anyway, a sunning example of what your wide angle lens can do. Makes me curious as to how many you carry with you and how heavy they are. No need to ave on about the quality here, it's top notch. It looks like a very subtle HDR or am I completely losing it? Nice star points with the lights too.
COSTANTINO (56815) 2014-06-28 22:14
Hello my dear friend
you are very lucky visiting one of the
most popular islands inAegean sea
your photo is not only perfect
it is artstic too destinated for
an exhibition your notes are
really useful and it is good that
your hotel manager was apologetic
excellent panoramic view of this
have a nice time
dip (23640) 2014-06-29 3:18
you have uploaded many beautiful photos the last few days and I see that just now,
I'm not so often in TE,ok. it's my own fault,
the view is a bit classic,but your shot is really wonderful!
I like the effect of the extreme wide angle lens,the light management is excellent,
One of the most beautiful shots from Santorini,
thanks for sharing,
pierrefonds (57991) 2014-06-29 19:35
The subject is well frame. The wide angle lens point of view is allowing me to see a wide area of this area of the buildings in Santorini. The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (57468)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-13
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/22, 4 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-20 0:52