The photography: As with Mykonos, the cruise ship anchored offshore here for only a few morning and mid-day hours in unrelenting bright sun with no clouds. I chose to shoot in black/white and used a polarizing filter on the camera lens on most of these photographs.

Santorini is a Greek island in the Cyclades group of islands in Homer’s “wine dark” Aegean Sea. Historically, Santorini island (Thera) has been a backwater. Its volcano blew circa BC2600, creating a tsunami flood around the larger Eastern Mediterranean that destroyed much of the Minoran and other nearby civilizations. Fast-forward to the last decades of the 20th Century, when the island's towns were totally rebuilt as a tourism destination following a devastating earthquake in 1956. Santorini is known largely for its photogenic cliff-top towns, including Oia (EE-ah), a spectacular setting of small white buildings tumbling down a steep hill to the sea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santorini

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Santorini. Shot with polarized lens filter through bus window with polarizing coating on it.

Santorini. Shot with polarized lens filter through bus window with polarizing coating on it.

Santorini. Magic Sunset Pool Bar.

Santorini. Magic Sunset Pool Bar.

Santorini. Distortion from an 8mm lens.

Santorini. Distortion from an 8mm lens.

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Santorini. Distortion from an 8mm lens.

Santorini. Distortion from an 8mm lens.

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