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Santorini ~ Orange Sunset ~ Greece | by Ryan_Hasselbach
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Santorini ~ Orange Sunset ~ Greece

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Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea. It lies 200 km southeast from Greece's mainland. It is also known as Thera or Thira, forming the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands.

Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera.The volcano is still active, and the last eruption was in 1950, causing an earthquake that destroyed many villages on the island.

Its spectacular physical beauty, along with a dynamic nightlife, have made the island one of Europe's tourist hotspots.

When most people think of Santorini they think blue and white but as soon as the sun start to set the colours change dramatically.


How the image was taken

> Camera: Nikon D300

> Handheld

> Three exposures (-2, 0, +2) bracketed

> Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED


Post Production

> Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer) HDR

> Photoshop and Aperture

> Curves & Levels

> Watermarking and border added using BorderFX


High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a digital imaging technique that allows for a greater dynamic range of luminance between the light and dark areas of a scene.


It works by combining multiple images that have been identically composed but using a different shutter speed for each image. This will give you a range of images that are darker and lighter than the basic exposure. As a result this ensure that you have extra highlight and shadow detail which allowed for the church to retain it's detail.

There are various HDR software programmes out there but I have been using Photomatix.


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Taken on July 3, 2009