Italy

Rome in Black and White

Vatican Spiral

Vatican Spiral

Rome was extremely crowded this trip.  Famous sights were not busy, they were packed.  I shoot places like Rome differently from other people.  In these crowds it isn’t possible to get a decent shot of any famous landmark. I try to look for architectural details and add in some candid street shots.  Vatican Spiral won a Picture of the Week award in a photography forum. All of these photos were updated recently.


Rome in Color

Lonesome at the Spanish Steps

Lonesome at the Spanish Steps

My adventure through manic Rome continues, this part in color.  Campo de Fiori is an outdoor market, and a lesser known attraction, so it was not so crowded.  Incidentally, Nikon Girl took my picture first.  “Dimensional Portal” is an indoor fountain a few blocks away from the Spanish Steps.  I was chased away by an unusually rude security man as soon as he heard the mirror slap.


Mount Etna

Etna From the Greek Theater

Etna From the Greek Theater

Mount Etna is an active Volcano located in a densely populated area on the East side of Sicily.  The monster Typhon was believed to be trapped under the mountain by Zeus.  It is possible to drive up to about the 3,000 meter level and go higher using a ski lift.  Fabulous views are available from nearby Taormina.


Taormina on the Cliff

Guard Dog (Poodle in Taormina)

Guard Dog (Poodle in Taormina)

Taormina is a lovely resort town in the shadow of Mount Etna.  It is built on cliffs overlooking the channel between Sicily and Italy.  My hotel was built into one of those cliffs with every room having a view of the sea between Sicily and the mainland of Italy.  This town has all sorts of stairs to climb, a beach below, and archeological sites above.  The Greek Theater is an excellent ruin with fabulous views.  While I was there Etna was venting.  It spewed fire the day after I left.  There’s lots of variety with the volcano,  gardens, old style European town, cliffs, hills and even the tropical Isola Bella.


Palermo

Ferry, Palermo Harbor

Ferry, Palermo Harbor

Palermo is a small city that gives the illusion of a big one because it is so densely populated.  It is a difficult place to drive a car, but all of Sicily is too.  Food here is very good and wine is cheap.

When I  arrived at the hotel in Palermo the clerk asked if I had relatives there.  It was my year round suntan which prompted the question despite my total lack of Italian ancestry.


Syracuse and Agrigento, Sicily

Blue Boat

Blue Boat

Syracuse is a can’t miss destination in Sicily.  The hotels are reasonable, there is a beautiful harbor and an enchanting old section on the Ortygia peninsula.  Further inland is an archaeological park.  Agrigento is a bit out of the way on a tour of Sicily.  However, it is worth seeing for the valley of the temples which features fabulous ruins.


Syracuse in Black and White

Four Men On a Bridge

Four Men On a Bridge

Most of these photos were captured in the old section of Syracyuse on the Ortygia peninsula.


Sorrento in Black and White

Fishermen Mending Nets

Fishermen Mending Nets

Please enjoy my street photography from Sorrento, Italy.


Monuments of Rome

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Some of the monumental attractions from Rome, Italy.


The Streets of Rome

Four Tourists in Rome

Four Tourists in Rome

These photos were captured as I wandered through the streets of Rome, Italy.


Sorrento in Color

Entering The Sea

Entering The Sea

Does it seem like sometimes people are posing even when all they are doing is standing around; is there some subconscious need to look good, to look like a model?  Pictures of guys are in the B&W post.


Lovely Capri

Capri Hillside

Capri Hillside

Just a short ferry ride away sits Capri, playground of the rich and famous, while swarming with ordinary tourists like myself.  The views are fabulous and the people walking around, amazing.  Here is just a little bit of what I saw on the island. I did get to speak with the lady from Miami. She is a down to earth gal.


The Amalfi Coast

Positano Hillside

Positano Hillside

These photographs are from from Positano and Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, a true bucket list destination.


Florence and Siena

Siena Cathedral

Siena Cathedral

Click on any small photo to see large on black.

More of my ramblings through Italy.


Venice in Black and White

Calle Ghetto

Calle Ghetto

Travel Photography from Venice, Italy captured during the summer of 2010.  Several of these were taken in the Jewish quarter where the word “ghetto” originated.    When I stare down long hallways and look at the vanishing point, I wonder if I am headed to a place of nothingness.

Photographers, remember to make local adjustments to bring out shadow detail.  Avoid global use of the shadows slider.  In the above image the hallway to the left and a few other areas were lightened up.

Famous destinations like Venice have been photographed many times making it difficult to get something different.  Use the typical photographs of the place as a starting point for what not to do.  It is hard to look at an unfamiliar place in a different way because it all looks different to start with, but that must be overcome by the photographer.  Ideas used here include getting into the less visited parts of town, making people the subject and rendering in black and white.


Venice in Color

Blue Corner

Blue Corner

By now everyone must think that I like narrow places with converging lines of perspective, and girls.  To me the girls looked like they were posing.  The last photo is the famous view of the Grand Canal from Rialto bridge.  Everyone takes that picture.  It’s OK to do that occasionally, but always be looking for something unusual.  Blue corner is named after a famous scuba diving location in Palau.


Pompeii

Outer Pompeii

Outer Pompeii

Pompeii serves as a reminder of how fast things can change.


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