simon-1978 wrote:I am almost sure that the photograph is taken from Agios Pavlos taverna. Afterwards, it has probably been photoshopped. But I don't think that it is a composite.
Probably from outside. I think a big rock blocks a view of the chapel from the terrace itself. The chapel is 80m away, which means its foreground position in photo is the result of optical and/or digital zoom (cropping). If the photographer was standing that close to the chapel then the background would look different.
I have been giving it more thought. The problem for me is that I am there every year and I have a strong mental image of the 3D space there. The geometry of this photo is "off" in some way, for a reason that I have not been able to easily identify. Or, to be more precise, the visual cues in the photo that define the geometric relations do not easily fit my own memories and other photos that I have.
What the photographer probably did was to set the exposure to capture detail in the bright sky. This resulted in a very dark image of the ground (foreground, chapel, rising slope on left, ridge-line in distance). He appears to have tried to correct this by first brightening the foreground. However, when you brighten a dark area the result is a washed out image, as if viewed in fog. To correct this the next step would be to increase the contrast to try and bring out some of the color. But then you have the problem that the image may over-saturated, giving it an artificial appearance.
I think the source of my confusion is that two ridge lines are visible when you look east from this location, one about 1 km away and one about 2 km away. In the photo both of these are merged together, with the closest ridge hidden in black except where it meets the water. The result is that important visual cues that I use to define the geometric relations are now lost. I experience the photo as being very unreal/unnatural in many ways.