Thursday, 10 May 2012

Greece - Santorini

HDR image of a Blue door, Santorini - Greece
We love doors!!. Everywhere we seem to travel we always come back with heaps of doors and other abstract shots. You have probably noticed this on our website. We think that doors, especially weathered and unusual doors give a destination a lot of character. The doors in this post were all take on the island of Santorini in the Greek Islands. We have been there many times over the years as if drawn there by some huge magnet. A visit to the village of Oia has to be on every travellers "bucket list" but don't forget to visit other villages on the island such as Pyrgos where you can get spectacular views over Santorini's interior. Make sure you also visit the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni & Palea Kameni offering spectacular views looking back at Fira, the main town of Santorini.

These single images have been tonemapped using HDR software Photomatix Pro, they have also been sharpened with Nik Sharpener Pro 3.0. We used the 'structure slider' to add some more texture to the doors and to highlight the wood grain. 

Our Tips: 

HDR image of a Blue door, Santorini - Greece
  1. Shoot on 'A' mode (Aperture Priority) 
  2. Try to shoot at between F8-F11 which are the sharpest apertures of most lenses. You don't need much depth of field on shots like this. Also make sure that the aperture you use has a corresponding shutter speed that can be handheld without camera shake.
  3. Don't only shoot the door too tightly. Take a few shots with lots of room around the door  as you will be able to crop out unwanted areas of the image later.
  4. Overcast days are great for shooting these type of shots due to low contrast however don't let a sunny day stop you from capturing the shot.
  5. Try different angles and get down low for a shot as well
  6. If there is an unusual feature on the door, such as a doorknob, then try to get a few close-up shots of this as well.
  7. Most importantly - enjoy 

If you are interested in finding out more information on the equipment we used and settings then please leave us a comment. For more door images taken in Santorini please click here

And don't forget, if you want to purchase Photomatix Pro  which we used to produce the HDR effect you can use the coupon code 'widescenes' to receive a 15% discount when purchasing.

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