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Photo of the Week: July 6, 2012

Photo of the Week: July 6, 2012

Editor's note: Welcome to  Yahoo! Travel Photo of the Week, chosen from the Flickr group created by our readers - you! Each week a professional photographer will select a photo that stands out from the crowd, and explain why they chose it. To have your own photo considered, join our Flickr group and start submitting your own photos!

June 29, 2012

The Greek Isles; The words carry us back to high school and our copy of Edith Hamilton’s “Mythology.” Achilles, Agamemnon, Helen and Odysseus. We sail the Aegean Sea with Jason and his Argonauts in search of The Golden Fleece.

This week’s Travel Photo of The Week was shot in the lovely village of Oia (pronounced Ia) on the island of Santorini, Greece. One of the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is steeped in history. It is very popular with European tourists, and Oia is often the focal point for their cameras. Oia is famous for it’s whitewashed buildings, blue domed churches and fantastic sunsets. With so much going for it, Oia was an easy target for Lucio Sassi and his Nikon D5100.

There are many aspects of this week’s winning photo that appeal to my eye. Right up front is the angle from which Mr. Sassi chose to shoot. It establishes where the image was made and what it’s all about right away. Then comes the secondary information: the distant, barren, rocky cliffs (A good place to go Cyclops hunting.) The fishing vessel, left center, is running at speed and the runabout that looks to be on a mission to meet it. (Is Matt Damon on board?) The distant sailboat looks so inviting, in my mind I’m at its helm sailing the ageless Aegean. A great travel photo is capable of taking us to the very spot where it was made. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Thank you Mr. Sassi, for sharing your beautiful photo. "Ευχαριστώ!"

Tip of the Week:

This summer, if you’re traveling in the northern hemisphere, I hope you will take an actual camera with you. Sure, your cell phone has the ability to take pictures at a reasonably high resolution, but it’s not a camera; it’s a cell phone. Look at the mid-price ranged SLR’s like Mr. Sassi’s D5100 Nikon or the Canon EOS 600D. When you look through the viewfinder of a real camera you exclude everything else around you and you just think about the picture you want to make. You can adjust the focus and composition, press the shutter release button and check the image on the back of the camera. You’ll feel more like a photographer and you’ll find it enjoyable...because you’re trying harder. In these days of apps and tricks, you’ll find pleasure in having done something yourself.

Alabama-based Michael Clemmer has been a photojournalist/travel photographer, landscape and golf course photographer for over four decades. Once a Senior Travel Photographer for Southern Living Magazine, he has also worked as an assignment photographer for the National Geographic Society and his photographs have been used in fine publications around the world. He currently specializes in golf landscape photography — visit his web site at


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