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Rhodes Island has quite a few picturesque locations that you won't want to miss either for your holiday record or for your artistic satisfaction! As a professional landscape / travel / nature photographer I will try to give you an insight on the locations, times and requirements to help you prepare.
Landscape Photography in Rhodes Island
sunrise / sunset schedule for the dates of your visit to be better prepared. Note that in beach settings, the sand may be an issue for your tripod, in some cases its very thin, in others it is blown by the wind to all your equipment, and it may cause permanent damage to the tripod joints.
The best seasons for photography due to the clear atmosphere is on Autumn from October, and Spring at about March / April. Summer has thick atmosphere, which in turn creates very nice and colorful sunsets and sunrises.
Nature Photography in Rhodes Island
Wild animals in rhodes are mainly Deers which can be found in south Rhodes at the forrests but are very hard to find, you will probably need the help of local villagers to point out places where the animals drink water or passages.
Rhodes has a large number of lizzards, especially in the moat of Old town and the castle walls, the Ancient Stadium of Rhodes, and many other rocky locations.
In terms of birds and Bird Watching, Rhodes is a migratory passage between Africa, Asia and Europe, so it is quite rich in bird life at various seasons especially Spring time.
Very good locations are the South Rhodes at Apolakia (near the damn is a good location due to the lake), Gadouras River, Koskinou, Kalithea, Kremasti bridge, Ialyssos area as well as the Monte Smith hill and the hills close to the coast of Rhodes Town. Also good locations are the Profitis Ilias mountain as well as Attaviros mountain (which can be visited by car up to its top). Birds you will find easily are: Eagles (few), Hawks (more popular), Peregrine falcons, Owls, Vultures, Ducks and Gooses, Doves, Ravens, Sparrows etc..
The Aquarium of Rhodes has a good collection of fish, which can be photographed with a tripod (no flash allowed - it is not useful anyway because it creates reflections on the fish tanks).
Rodini park is a nice natural site with a river, gooses and ducks, turtles and peacock birds, as well as other small birds and hawks.
Monument / Historical / Landmark Photography in Rhodes Island
Sports Photography in Rhodes Island
In addition, many windsurfing and kitesurfing schools offer professional equipment rental, allowing more and more enthusiasts to visit the island for their sport.
Ixia and Ialyssos beaches host many athletes, from late morning till late afternoon, for windsurfing and kitesurfing, they usually are close to the beach so you dont need a huge lens, a 70-200 or a 300 will do a very good job, just keep in mind that the wind is blowing towards your lens, and it usually has salty water spray, which will require you to thoroughly clean you equipment after the shooting...
In Prasonisi area which is a heaven for windsurfing and kitesurfing, you will have also the thin sand to fight off, so a plastic protective case of your camera would be of great help!!
There have been many national and international competitions in the past in Windsurfing and Kitesurfing in Rhodes, so if you visit at a date of a competition, you will surely have a chance to photograph the top athletes in the world.
There is national powerboat championship held every summer as well as sailing races that pass through Rhodes.
There are more watersports available, but not at professional level.
In terms of other non water-sports, Rhodes is at the 1st national basket category and the 2nd national football category, but these games are held during the autumn, winter and spring.
Motorsports include some local gokart races, an annual car race (not during the summer though)
Underwater Photography in Rhodes Island
In Greece a diver has to be over 14 years old and up to 60 years old.
Popular scuba diving locations include: Kalithea Spa where the sea-life and the underwater landscape are ideal for beginners, Ladiko beach, Lindos, Kolymbia, Pefkos, Plimiri (cargo ship wreck)
Even though there has been a recent opening of more sites to dive with underwater diving equipment, you need to talk to the diving schools directly to find out the legally available locations for diving, and make sure you dont dive without a local guide because it is illegal to dive in many locations due to the archaeological underwater sites, and the Greek law is very strict on that!!
Snorkeling on the other hand is also very popular and you can do it anywhere, with top locations for underwater landscape and sea life photography while snorkeling (relatively shallow waters): Antony Quinn bay, Lindos St Paul's bay, Kalithea Spa and surrounding rocky coast areas.
SAFETY TIP: When you snorkel, make sure you have company, and if you are at deserted locations, it is mandatory to have an identification balloon to warn speedboats. Try to stay close to the coast and outside the speedboat balloons.
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