This was my first trip to the beautiful Lake Como in Italy and I had expected the city of Bellagio to be the most picturesque. I was wrong — Varenna easily takes that crown. It reminds me of Scilla and the Cinque Terre region.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/8, 1/60 s, ISO 125.
We had just had something to eat and were getting ready to leave the beautiful city of Pizzo in the south of Italy, when we decided to go take a last look at the sunset before setting off for the airport. I had already stowed away my “big” camera and since there was a chilly wind, I did not want to bother going back to the car to get it. I did have my iPhone X on me though…
There was just something about the geometry, depth, gradients, and shadows that spoke to me — I really love this shot.
Shot with iPhone X @ 28 mm: f/1.8, 1/153 s, ISO 20.
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Scilla is a truly beautiful city. We spent two days there in 2017 and I still fondly recall the amazing views. I already posted a photo from our second day there — it was cold but sunny. The weather wasn’t as kind to us on our first visit however. It was raining heavily, the streets turned into small rivers, but the colour of the sea rewarded our perseverance. This panorama was stitched in Lightroom from a few (handheld) photos to get the field of view I wanted and was shot from Castello Ruffo (see photo below) — a small castle towering over both sides of the city.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/5.6, 1/60 s, ISO 160.
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When travelling around Calabria in December 2017, we happened upon the small city of Scilla, which stole my heart away. If you’re ever even remotely close to it, make sure to spend a day there. Don’t forget to have an espresso on the promenade!
Shot with Sony A7R II + Zeiss ZF 100 mm f/2 Makro-Planer T*: f/2, 1/160 s, ISO 100.
I published a technically flawed shot of the Santuario di Santa Maria dell’Isola a few weeks ago, but I just loved the storm in the background, with eight or nine lightning strikes visible (you have to zoom in). This photo was taken one and a half hours earlier, on the same day, before the storm began.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/8, 13 s, ISO 100.
We spent these last few days in Italy, travelling between Lamezia Terme, Tropea, and Scilla — the surprisingly poor (for Italy) but beautiful region of Calabria. The weather wasn’t perfect, but we did get a few sunny days. I also finally had one of my dreams come true — to be right next to a storm, but just far enough to be out of the rain.
Setting up, I never thought I’d get the shot of the storm that started brewing during our dinner in one of the many small restaurants in the old part of Tropea… It’s not perfect, unfortunately — the bright light shining on the island itself is blown — but at the time I was certain there would be enough latitude in the RAW files, to save that part. I was wrong — lesson learned.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/4.5, 30 s, ISO 100.
The Spiral Staircase in the Vatican Museums was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932 — we spent only half a day inside, which was definitely not long enough. I suggest putting aside at least a full day, if you’re planning on going there. Two preferably.
Oh, and buy a ticket online, on the Vatican Museums’ webpage (beware of intermediaries!), to skip the line completely!
Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8G: f/8, 1/50, ISO 1400, 14 mm.
I still remember the brisk, half-asleep walk at dawn, to get to the Spanish Steps before the crowds. Unfortunately, I wasn’t completely successful, but this was one of my favourite shots from that trip.
Shot with Fuji X100T: f/13, 18 s, ISO 400.
This is probably my favourite shot from Venice, from our recent four day trip during the summer of 2016. It was taken from the Ponte dell’Accademia towards Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. I used a x400 ND filter to get the two-minute exposure.
Shot with Fuji X100T: f/8, 125 s, ISO 200.
We went to Rome last year to a concert by Ludovico Einaudi. Naturally, I couldn’t resist going out and shooting one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The sun was starting to go down as we arrived at our hotel, so we quickly went out not to miss the evening magic hour.
Shot with Fuji X100T: f/8, 1/120, ISO 200.
At one point in time, not so long ago, I had planned to start writing daily, but I couldn’t bring myself to focus on Infinite Diaries as much as I wanted to. Part of the reason behind this was that I was depressed after both my parents succumbed to cancer in March and April of this year, just 20 days apart. Actually that’s probably the main reason, with laziness being the other. Or lack of motivation perhaps. Nevertheless, I wasn’t doing what I had been planning to do for the past year. And then I went to Rome …
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