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Oia Windmills

May 27th, 2011

The town of Oia, Greece on the island of Santorini (Thira). Taken at dawn from the castle looking North with a wide-angle lens.

Nikon D700, Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZF.2, 25 seconds, f/11, ISO 200. Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Jordan M.
about 11 years, 6 months ago
Beautiful image! I love the sharpness and the blues! Very peaceful! I've always wanted to visit Santorini, how was it? You said you used a "wide-angle lens" but also said you used a Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro - that's not exactly wide. Which is it? I rented that lens for a while and REALLY liked it! Wish I had bought it... oh well ;)
Posted By: chickenwire
about 11 years, 6 months ago
Glad you enjoyed the photo. Santorini was fantastic, and during May it's peaceful and not yet overrun by tourists. I would definitely go back and recommend either late May / early June or September. Fly. Don't take the ferries or a cruise.

As you point out, this was not taken with a wide angle lens. Sorry for the confusion, I uploaded a similar shot taken with the Distagon T* 2,8/21. But this shot is the one taken with the Macro-Planar T* 2//100. Both lenses are spectacular so long as you aren't intimidated by manual focus.
Posted By: gridlock489
about 11 years, 6 months ago
this shot (and the previous one from a few weeks ago) are really something different! i have to tone down the saturation a bit so that the desktop doesnt hurt my eyes, but im amazed that a whole landscape could be so enveloped in blue. its really nice
Posted By: chickenwire
about 11 years, 6 months ago
Thanks for the nice comments, @gridlock489. Although Oia is best known for it's sunsets, I thought a sunrise shot would work well with the white architecture. The blue light was spectacular.
Posted By: LemonZest
about 11 years, 6 months ago
Cool desktop, interesting architecture. But I have a question... what are those windmill things? Are they windmills? But why are they so skinny? There is no surface area for the wind to push against if they are. What are they and what are they used for?
Posted By: juno12
about 11 years, 6 months ago
these are really windmills which were used some decades back.
in fact there are several like them all over greece but all of them are out of use now.some of them are houses and hotels.
Posted By: sypherin
about 11 years, 6 months ago
I love this place because it is so romantic.. and this picture captures it perfectly
Posted By: antonis7
about 11 years, 5 months ago
To answer the question about the windmills, they used to put triangular sails between the booms to catch the wind like the ones shown here:


I hope this helps

Really great image btw
Posted By: kensonic
about 11 years, 5 months ago
Excellent shot. The blue color is amazing. Is that just as it was captured or have the colors been altered?

Also, I really appreciate that it appears that the the powers that be on the island have done whatever they needed to do, to spare us the eye sore of wires going everywhere!
Posted By: tgiannette
about 11 years ago
I just love you picture so vibrate and colorful. I plan to visit Greece.
I am having a problem downloading to my lap top. I have downloaded before, I will try again.
Posted By: tgiannette
about 11 years ago
Hello I just love your pic of the beautiful isle of Greece. I plan to visit in a year really would like to see that location.

I have a problem downloading to my Dell laptop, other will download this one will not. I will try again.
Posted By: Daddy_Gemini
about 10 years, 9 months ago
Ahh... I just read that this is actually more how it originally looked, not the new version. Interesting. Good job at making the newer one look like all the lighting and colors were seen that way through the camera... :P

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