Santorini Padlocks


Santorini Padlock No. 1. A padlock’s relatively pristine brass body secures it’s rusty shackle to a door in Megalochori, Santorini, Greece.

As I explored Santorini’s towns and villages, many little details caught my eye. I am sure that many tourists just walk on by without paying them any attention, but they help give the island some of its character and charm. I would like to think the small details make at least a subconscious on even the most selfie-focused tourist, but I can’t be sure. Regardless, much of being a photographer is noticing something others don’t—like a padlock—and presenting it to an audience.

Santorini Padlock No. 2. A shiny new padlock and fittings secure a weathered door in Oía, Santorini, Greece.
Santorini Padlock No. 3. An old padlock secures an old door in Oía, Santorini, Greece.
Double-Locked. A weathered door has been rubbed bare by swinging padlocks, Oía, Santorini, Greece.

Technical notes. All four photographs in this post were taken with a Nikon Z7, the first two using a Nikkor Z 24-120mm f/4 S lens and the last two with a PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED. All were processed from RAW in Adobe Lightroom Classic.

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