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“Evening Architectural Glow” : Porto, Portugal, 8th September 2011
All photographers know that there two times in the day when nature supplies her best tones: shortly after sunrise, and shortly before sunset.
Alas, for people like me who can never willingly get up earlier than ten in the morning, only the latter is available, but I certainly know how to make the best of it.
I’d just arrived in Porto, Portugal’s second city, and after unpacking in my hotel just had time for a quick evening reconnaissance.
Of course I got lost, and found myself on a long street heading in what turned out to be altogether the wrong direction, but as the sun was pouring her last rays of the day onto the tops of the houses on the left side of the street, I looked up and saw these deliciously warm shades contrasted with the deep blue of the summer sky.
It’s good that I managed to get a few such shots in, as the next few days consisted of haze and rain for the most part…
A larger version of this photo can be seen here.
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“Down in Rome” : 3rd September 2010
So down, in fact, that I was touching the ground!
This is a night view of Rome’s Capitoline Hill, which is capped by an elegant piazza designed by Michelangelo.
Straight ahead is the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, and to the right, a superb museum housing some of the finest antiquities anywhere in the world.
It’s wonderful at night. There are few people there, and you can sit down on the steps and really relax, enjoying a respite from the often scorching daytime temperatures of summer.
I commemorate all of this by sticking the Nikon on the ground, dialling in a ‘wrong’ white balance setting, and just pressing the shutter without framing anything in particular.
I like this kind of shot, but I dare say many who’d like a more conventional view of the Italian capital will be disappointed.
You can see a larger version here…
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