13.Photography Walk and Cycle in Crete

Photography Walk and Cycle in Crete

Crete can be paradise for photographers with its dramatic gorges, rocky cliffs and mountains, wild coastal scenery, carpets of flowers and abundant archaeological remains.

For landscape photography a UV filter is almost essential and a polarising filter will help to reduce the glare. The limestone rock reflects a lot of light which can swamp wild flowers in close-up shots. Try using one or two stops more exposure where there is a limestone background in bright sunshine. The same applies to village scenes where the bright sunlight creates intense shadows.

If you are interested in objects in the shadows you must increase the exposure above the length indicated by a light meter or automatic camera settings.

Bring exposed film back with you unless you need to check on the operation of the camera as standards of processing in Crete are not usually very high. If you are in any doubt about the correct exposure to use take several shots with a range of exposures that bracket the value that your meter is showing. Film costs the same in Crete as in the rest of the EC but do check that film is stored in a cool place and is not life expired. Film on display in full sunshine may be useless.

Photography is usually allowed in museums and archaeological sites free of charge unless you wish to use flash or a tripod.

Don't try taking photographs in military areas or of military activity. You risk losing your camera and a lot of your time.

Keep all film, exposed or not, in your pockets when going through a security check at the airport. Ask for it to be hand checked. Fast film in particular can be fogged by some baggage X-ray checking devices.

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