As you can see, the Leica M produces much warmer colors and a bit more vignetting. I prefer the Leica SL as the images look more natural. Of course I could correct the white-balance to let the M240 images look like the SL-images. But I have to do that every time for each picture. Sometimes the M240 toning is attractive even if it is not neutral. At the end it’s a matter of taste.
The view into the caldera is really fascinating. Unfortunately, the island is totally in the hand of tourism. The main town Thira is more like a shopping center than a typical Greek place.
I had the opportunity to spend two days on Santorini, including a day in Thira. Since this island has already been photographed entirely by catalog photographer, it makes no sense to make more romantic Caldera photos. Instead, it was a good chance to walk around and to make some street photos.
All pictures were taken with the Leica M with the Summilux 35 FLE and the Tri-Elmar 16mm.
From the fire station turn left into the small street. At the end is a small place from where you can start going to the village Moni in the mountains. 10 km away from Chalkio is Apeiranthos, a nice mountain village with a view to the biggest mointain Zas.
The water quality is not as good and the stony beach is not comfortable to stay for longer. The mountain Profitis separates the south of Kamari and Perissa is nice to look at. Overall, a place for people who like bars and beach and for those who don’t want to pay the extreme prices in Thira and Oia.
All pictures were made by a Leica M 240 and the Summilux 35 FLE and the Noctilux.
On the side of the small port there are hotels, restaurants and shops. Opposite there are some nice little restaurants right on the water and in the middle part there is a large church.
Who visit Amorgos should definitely stay in Katapola as this place has a special charm. We stayed at Hotel Amorgion about 1 km above the village, with a beautiful view into the bay. In addition, the hotel has a small pool which is wonderfully refreshing after long walks. We left Amorgos with the 6 in the morning ferry Blue Star which is rewarded with an awesome sunrise.
The start sequence is a fly over the sea directly to the monastery which is build in the cliff. Some other szenes of this movie were made on Amorgos, and so this movie gave the tourism a little push.
The monastery was build in the 9th centry and there still live monks. You can visit the monastery every day but don’t forget long pants.