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Santorini (Oia)

By larios  
A photo of Oia, Santorini at dusk.
More can be found at my web photo site at

Oia's sunsets are nowadays a tourist attraction, gathering thousands of tourists every evening.
I ascended a high-vista point where I could have a good view, early in advance and before the sun set. Thousands of tourists were around me. All with their cameras, P&S, DSLRs, long "L" lenses.... whatever, you name it!.... They were shooting ferociously at the sunset.... No point! The high contrast was killing their scene.

I could see them.... Instead of enjoying the moment, they were absorbed by their camera LCDs, mumbling dissappointed, and saying things about the "damn camera" that could not capture the sunset.

When the sun set, they all left... like they where vaporised! I was left there alone, with another entusiast photographer. A total stranger to me....

Both of us with our humble cameras. Mine a Canon 350D. Himself with a Nikon D40.
Both of us on tripods. Both of us with our ND grad filters. And watching there.... alone! In silence...

The moment was delightful! We didn't speak to each other... But we looked at each other in understanding... and we shook our heads.... "how foolish are they! To travel so many thousand kilometers to come here, to pick the vista point, and to leave like flocks at the most precious moment"

Two shots was all I needed. Alone.

Thanks for seeing and for voting. Thanks for commenting. Thanks for understanding.


Yannis (

Tags: Islands Santorini Oia Greece Aegean Landscape and travel Hellas

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kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
18 Aug 2007 11:17AM
a delightful image

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18 Aug 2007 11:30AM
one of my favourite places, well caught.
kokobrown 14 1.9k Scotland
18 Aug 2007 11:41AM
Absolutley beautiful. Lovely light, just gorgeous. Great story too, and so true!

Laura x
Richsr 11 91 223 England
18 Aug 2007 12:13PM
Stunning light and colours in this - well captured.
Well worht waiting for.
David 16 32 Scotland
18 Aug 2007 12:47PM
Superb! I'll be joining you with my tripod sometime in the future I hope.


HelenNicol 10 5
18 Aug 2007 1:58PM
Great light, lovely hues
BrianSS 11 400 39 England
18 Aug 2007 2:22PM
A beautiful, picture post card, shot. Good composition, colours & exposure.

The title says Santorini at dawn but your description is about the sunset, which was it?
larios 11 22 Greece
18 Aug 2007 2:28PM

The title says Santorini at dawn but your description is about the sunset, which was it?

....Oops! You are right! Corrected...
BrianSS 11 400 39 England
18 Aug 2007 2:32PM
You have some beautiful photographs on your web-site . . . . . absolutely beautiful !
larios 11 22 Greece
18 Aug 2007 2:43PM

Quote:You have some beautiful photographs on your web-site . . . . . absolutely beautiful !

Thanks a lot Brian! Please feel free to comment them also there!
imjam 13 2 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2007 3:56PM
Great shot I don't think my shots of this place came out this well.
Super capture.
sospan 11 12 Wales
18 Aug 2007 5:54PM
Great image. Wish I was there. Andy
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2007 8:18PM
Wonderful shot and description.

justin c 14 5.0k 36 England
19 Aug 2007 8:23PM
What an excellent story and so very true.
I think you're image is superb and of particular interest to me as Santorini is one place I've been meaning to visit armed with camera and lenses, unlike the tourists in your story I shan't be in any rush whatsoever though, after all such a stunning location, and moment in time deserves to be savoured.

ian walker 13 716 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2007 8:31PM
excellent image
scthomas 11 62 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2007 8:43PM
Looks like a scene from a fairytale. Beautiful photography. Well done.
zed 14 551 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2007 10:16PM
A beautiful image and story too...Smile

wasper 12 533 1 Ireland
20 Aug 2007 3:31AM
Kalos epthate. Superb panoramic view of the town against a colourful sky.
loki 11 England
24 Aug 2007 2:57PM
Hi, I went to Santorini in 2006. Oia is a beautiful place. The gathering of people as the sun sets is most odd - 1000s of them like you say. During the same holiday My now wife and I got married at Santo winery as the sun set - This image is the perfect reminder of the beauty of Santorini and a great holiday.Thanks.
Dix 10 England
31 Aug 2007 4:53PM
This photo give a very warm feeling. I love it.
PS Your website and photos are very good as well!
larios 11 22 Greece
20 Sep 2007 4:37PM
Thanks for your kind comments!
AnnieK 12 96 Spain
26 Jan 2008 1:40PM
Great shot, & story. What a beautiful place.


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