Relax (day seven)

Another relaxing day today where nothing much was accomplished. With the wonderful breeze the views out to sea were amazing once again, you could see far and wide, it was stunning. Even cooler if you happened to spend some part of the afternoon in the spa looking out to sea.

For lunch today we headed back to the local restaurant Ouzeri’s, and after some great service and incredibly tasty meals, decided we’d come back for dinner too, for our last night in Fira. The waiters all seemed to remember us too; though I’m sure Sze Sze’s hair helped, they also referred to us as being from downunder. We’ve given multiple points of origin at different shops and restaurants when asked, so perhaps on our first night we said Australia!

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Walking off lunch, I got a few more photos around town.

I did some macro photography too, with the amount of light available here it’s hard not to get the lens out of the bag, and there’s all that lavender to work with too, and bees pollinating it! Love taking photos of lavender.

Dinner was as sumptuous as lunch, with Sze Sze even ordering the same dish (mussels) as she liked it so much. Ultimately it seems local and less fancy is best. I’d like to also highlight the table mat that shows a map of the islands, pretty cool!

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After dinner, we were invited for a cocktail at the cafe/bar as it was our last night. We hadn’t really spent any time up at the cafe at night, so it was nice to unwind close to the suite. Taking photos at night can be quite challenging though, so please don’t judge some of these too harshly. It really is wonderful in the evening here.

Before heading back to our suite we said our goodbyes to Lisa, who works at night and had some photos. You’ll probably see more from Penny, but he insisted on a photo shoot. Have I mentioned how amazing everyone has been? The service is amazing.

My EOS-70D

Roughly 9 months ago I received my first DSLR in a long while – the EOS-M – starting my road back into SLR photography after many years of point-and-shoot and iPhone photography.  Initially I enjoyed it very much, but soon found limitations, such as bright sunlight on the screen and no viewfinder to overcome it.  It’s a great camera, but eventually I tended to use the very old 5D FF (full frame – equivalent to 35mm film) camera almost exclusively.  The problem with this, is that camera is coming up to it’s 9th birthday soon! So today, I start on a new adventure, with a camera I initially downplayed when choosing the EOS-M (it had just been announced, not even released), the EOS-70D.

Unboxing the new EOS 70D
Unboxing the new EOS 70D, #BadSelfie

To start with, it feels great in my hand.  It’s a nice size without being massive, feels solid, and has a ton of features I’ve read about in a few reviews since  ordering it.  There’s plenty of time to learn how to best use it, but so far, in Aperture priority and Scene Intelligent Auto it’s doing great.  The AF (auto focus) is superbly fast!  I’ve tried out live view, using the vari-angle display and it works great for shooting with the camera held above my head.

The photos are turning out great, helped by the great sensor in it with the highest pixel density in the DSLR lineup.  I had initially thought that I would travel with 2 camera bodies and 2 lenses… but it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the 5D, so I don’t know right now.  Plenty of time to flip-flop over the issue.

As you can see from the sample images I took today, the IQ is right up there and the colour looks pretty good in all the images.  I usually have to enhance or boost the colour on the 5D, but that wasn’t the case on most of the images today. I hope to get some more samples tomorrow at the airport after class.