Anne and I spent a gorgeous, windy weekend on the Cycladic island of Tinos. At about the midpoint of the island, on the western coastline, is the picturesque village of Hysternia, perched on the mountain, a couple thousand feet nearly straight up from the sea. It’s your classic Greek island village, with adobe walls and marble stairs and blinding white paint.
It played hell with my camera’s light meter, making me glad I had spent all those years shooting fully manual cameras, making my own decisions about what should be black and white and middle gray. The camera wanted to make the bright part of the stairs middle gray. What a muddy, dark picture that would have been.