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Methoni Castle, the Bourtzi, and the inhabited island of Sapientza (pop. maybe 10)

Messenia, Peloponnese

 

This scene comes into view by surprise, hidden until walking up a short incline. It's one of those "Holy crap, look," moments. Unfortunately this was only a half-hour stop in the morning, but I could spend the whole day here just so long as there was an opportunity for horiatiki, tzatziki, Mythos, a frappé, shade and swimming. (There is. Next time... definitely next time.)

 

Instead of lugging the awkward Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR around in the heat, I borrowed a much lighter 70-300 f/3.5-5.6 VR and it seems to have nothing to apologize for. With only two other lenses in the bag, a 14-24 f/2.8 and 50 f/1.8, I found the right travel kit. It feels like a plastic toy, but the proof is in the shooting. Looks like I'll be buying my own copy soon.

 

Highly Recommended: I starting using a round, collapsible rubber Mamiya lens hood threaded on a 77mm polarizing filter, with or without step-up rings depending on the lens. It's a much more practical solution than using stock bayonet hoods and sticking a finger inside to rotate the filter. Spinning the entire hood, and the polarizer along with it, is much easier. The compromise is less shading vertically because the hood doesn't project as far, but that isn't always necessary.

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Taken on July 15, 2012