A quick post today with another photo from the visit to Crete late last year. This was from a walk about the town centre, I think on my first day there. I usually do this when I arrive somewhere to help me orient myself. Camera in hand, of course. I have a thing for architecture, though I don’t often do that kind of photography. It’s particularly technical (which is ok with me), and tricky to get right, especially with limited gear. This is the central semi-circular courtyard of Heraklion’s city hall, which I think looks just fabulous.
In this case I travelled without any checked luggage, so I was limited to my camera with a single lens, and no tripod. I played around with different viewpoints, and found something I was happy with. I had to figure out a way to brace myself against a column to take this shot. Even at high ISO (6400, which was as far as I wanted to go to avoid introducing lots of noise) I needed a shutter of 1/4″ at f/4. Rather slow. So I tried to keep steady and took a few shots. Thanks to the marvels of modern image stabilizers (and a steady hand) I had something I could work with. Processing was also tricky, due to the high dynamic range, but once again modern software is just unbelievably good. In the right hands, of course, or so I try to convince myself.