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Here you can see part of Oia village hanging over the caldera. In the background you can see the island of Thirasia, the one that “closes” the circle. Once upon a time, Thirasia and Santorini were one single “round” island called Strongili (“Στρογγύλη”, it means “round”). During the prehistoric years, some 3600 years ago, a massive eruption of the volcano, separated the island in two, creating the impressive caldera. Later eruptions created two more little islands in the centre of the Caldera, Palaia Kammeni and Nea Kammeni, where you can visit a still active crater.

That huge eruption 3.600 years ago, and the tsunami that followed is considered by the scients, the main responsible for the destruction of the Minoan civilisation in Crete. According to legends that eruption was also responsible for the dissapearance of mythical Atlantis

Focal length: 16 mm (Full Frame)
Aperture: f/11
Shutter speed: 1/100 sec
ISO: 200

Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II
Edited with PS6


  • Andy Freer
    Andy Freerover 1 year ago

    Another great shot Hercules! I like the angle, different to most, nice work!

  • Thank you very much, Andy!

    – Hercules Milas

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago

    WOW this is absolutely amazing!!! Beautifully photographed, excellent shot, I love it!!! :))))))))))

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 1 year ago

    Fantastic shot Hercules – Love it xx

  • Thank you very much, gail!

    – Hercules Milas

  • Eileen McVey
    Eileen McVeyover 1 year ago

    Stunning DOF and blues. Congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you very much, Eileen!

    – Hercules Milas

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • Thank you very much, Peter!

    – Hercules Milas

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 1 year ago

    This is super great…were you standing on one of the house to get this??? :-)
    Love it…great capture and congrtatulations on your feature!

  • Thank you very much for your kind words! Yes, indeed, I was standing on a house!

    – Hercules Milas

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 1 year ago

    A stunning image Hercules.

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations. Your beautiful image has been featured in Christian Churches, Inside & Out 30-09-2013 – In the Distance

  • Thank you very much, Christine, I am really honored!

    – Hercules Milas

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 1 year ago

    Stunning light, color, perspective, and composition!!! :)))

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