Valsassina Panoramas

Valsassina Storm Clouds, Italy

  Three images of Valsassina, looking up towards the head of the valley from the side of Monte Giumello, Italy. These are stitched panoramas using a 50mm lens with a polariser. By careful rotation of the polariser it is possible to bring out a lot of detail in the storm clouds, and also significantly change the apparent colour of the sky. Sadly, this did not allow us to change the weather…  

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Green

Woodland path, Sanico, Italy

A slightly different post from normal, with some images of greenery from what was the wettest August I have ever seen in the Alps. When not being deluged with water we were usually embedded in the low clouds, making any walking and photography interesting in the best proverbial sense. One thing that really stood out visually was the presence of the colour green. The plants were clearly enjoying the weather better than the humans (and cats) and the foliage produced some very vivid colour while wet. These photographs are not […]

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Waiting for the Train…

Graffiti face, Cisano Bergamasco, Italy

Three graffiti faces at the extremely exciting Cisano Bergamasco railway station, Italy. These pretty much sum up the experience of local travel by state railway in Italy – where the trains are infrequent and where you need to walk back in to town to find a tobacconist to buy a ticket because there is no ticketing on neither train nor station. This is in stark contrast to the flashy private facilities associated with the profitable intercity routes (channeling their revenue in to private profit rather than support for the whole […]

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Porto: Aspects

Porto is a strange place to visit, with several different characters all mixed in to the same space around the Ribera. In the centre, there are many buildings that appear abandoned, and which have probably been abandoned for quite a long time. This is not just the ongoing effect of the 2008 financial crisis, but something more fundamental as the town has shifted from the role of wine (Port) exporting to tourism. The result is an odd mixture of derelict splendour, amazing street art, the trappings of the tourist industry, […]

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Porto’s Tiles (Azulejos)

A short visit to Porto re-ignited my fascination for tiles. I love these tesserae with which it is possible to create the most intricate patterns or the simple shiny surface of the monochrome ones. The tiles of Porto seems to focus on flowery inspirations, swirling old-fashion compositions or 70s disco patterns.  I have posted here a rather long selection of the ones that caught my eye. And yes, there is a lot of blue (azul) in these tiles.  

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Changing Weather

A short set of photographs taking during the Easter break from the area around Valsassina and Lago di Como, Italy. All images taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and 50L f1.2. The 50mm is a very versatile lens that can switch from stopped down landscapes to shallow depth-of-field portraits without blinking. It is small enough to make an excellent travel lens, and the weather sealing is useful when you have full-sun, snow and rain all in the space of four days…

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Persistence

Far de Cala Nans (unmanned lighthouse).

A set of photographs from Cap de Creus, from a rather stormy weekend. The park is interesting in that the geography and geology mean that it has been largely spared from the industrial tourism that has decimated the character of the Costa Brava. Unfortunately, even here the only areas that are protected are those that would be unfeasibly difficult to construct on, and there are large areas currently under development. Destructive exploitation of the country seems to be a recently adopted cultural feature in Spain – something not helped by […]

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Il Comune

Abandoned Bar, Milan, Italy

Trapped in Sesto San Giovanni by the flu, there was a chance to explore the town a little and as an experiment I have tried to produce a series of cinematically styles images of architecture and odd points of local colour.   Sesto is one of the satellite towns to Milan, named after the distance from here to the centre (6 Roman miles). Most of the construction here is 20th century, although much of the industry that was present early on has been or is being replaced with residential blocks. […]

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Santa Maria del Mar

  A two-shot panorama of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona. This was taken using a Canon 5DIII and newly acquired Sigma 35mm f1.4 lens – which like the 135mm is rapidly becoming a clear favourite. The image was taken hand-held at ISO 12800, so perhaps not ideal…

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Opulence & Decay

Abandoned sofa on the street in Palermo, Sicily.

On one side, it is clear that this was once a wealthy and largely Catholic area. The city is full of We spent a long and rather damp weekend exploring Palermo in Sicily, and came away with the impression that this is a city of immense contrasts. immense, breath-takingly baroque cathedrals as well as many once impressive houses from wealthy landowners and traders. But at the same time, there is a sense of decay, with major landmarks such as Piazza Pretoria marked by buildings on the point of falling down. […]

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La Sagrada Família

          Some snapshots taken from inside of La Sagrada Família during the Mercé, Barcelona. Aside from the wonderful architecture, the overall impression of the church is dominated by how bright it is. In part, this is because many of the windows still lack the final installation of stained glass. But also this is because of the extremely white cement structures which make a great canvas for the light. Some more images – this time in colour – can be found at 500px.

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