My Not Santorini Series

Published April 16th, 2012

Since joining 500px I've followed the posts of some pretty terrific photographers. Through my journeys on this site I kept running across some very attention-grabbing images by Vicky Dens (check out her site to see what I'm talking about). Among the images that first caught my eye were her very dramatic white/blue shots of scenes in Santorini. Vicky's Santorini shots often include interesting architectural features, shadows, colorful objects of various types and always that very saturated blue sky providing such great contrast with the other high key elements within the frame. I've visited them time and again and keep telling myself that someday I have to go there to capture these minimalist blue/white images.

This past weekend I went for a shoot. It was overcast and I decided to take advantage of the diffuse lighting to do some architectural shots. Well, the conditions changed quickly and the sky cleared to a brilliant blue. I was shooting around this white building and decided to see if I could get some Santorini-like shots - only not from Santorini. I even adopted her trademark (?) broad white framing. The shots in this story are the outcome of my experiment.

To Vicky I offer the following: imitation is the highest form of flattery. Thanks for the inspiration!


Not Santorini #1

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Not Santorini #2

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Not Santorini #3

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Not Santorini #4

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Not Santorini #5

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  • Nikon D700

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Vicky Dens  over 4 years ago
Tim I am so happy that my photo's of Santorini inspired you to take this very beautiful images with blau sky and white building.
Thanks for the many kind comments on my photo's I really appreciate it.
Greets from Belgium,
Arnd Gottschalk  over 4 years ago
You should try to shoot some Calatrava buildings, they should fit your idea very well