I thought I would post something a bit more whimsical and light today. Walking through the narrow streets of Montepulciano there were many wine & cheese stores, jewellery stores and of course leather goods. This little shoe store had, what I think was an absolutely delightful display. Oh and the shoes inside were much more upscale 🙂
I know it’s Halloween and this isn’t a very Halloweenie picture but I just finished processing it last night and was very pleased with the way it turned out.
It was late afternoon and the sun was streaming down on this small street in Montepulciano when I saw this gentleman diligently writing out the evenings specials on the menu board. What a perfect street photography scene. I quickly took the picture and checked my histogram on the back of the camera to make sure that I haven’t clipped my highlights and everything looked fine.
Once I started processing the image I realized that the waiter’s jacket was a bit too bright for my liking so I toned it down a bit and then used Topaz B&W Effects to convert the image to black and white. I loved the way the shadows popped in the B&W as well. I just participate in a 5-Day Black and White Challenge on Facebook and it just renewed my love for Black & White. If you’d like to see the images I submitted for that challenge you can see them on Facebook page here.
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Happy Halloween everyone!
Walking through the different towns and villages in Tuscany (especially in the historic centres) is a little bit like entering a time warp. Towns were fortified and built on hilltops to stay protected from advancing armies and enemies.
Today, while the architecture dates back hundreds and thousands of years, a walk through these towns will yield many delights. Town centres are filled with restaurants and cafes and venturing down alleyways filled with galleries and artisan shops will make you wish you had the time to explore every nook and cranny. I suppose that’s why I keep going back to Italy 🙂
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On the day we were in Montepulciano the weather was iffy at best. The clouds were heavy and the sun was trying it break through. Walking along the narrow streets of the historic town centre we were caught in intermittent rain. We weren’t going to let a little rain stop us from exploring this beautiful, medieval town and when we stopped to take in the view from the ramparts we were rewarded with not one but two rainbows. Look closely…the second one is on the far right.
Have a great week everyone.
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A couple of days ago I posted an image of the infinity pool at the Villa Cicolina. You can see that post here. The Villa Cicolina was built in the late 16th century and until the end of the 19th century was the country residence of a noble family from Montepulciano.
The villa is located just outside Montepulciano and it was the perfect spot to base ourselves during our visit in Tuscany. Surrounded by lush gardens and old world charm I was entranced from the moment we drove up the narrow, gravel driveway.
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Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends. We’re enjoying a beautiful, sunny long weekend. While the weather is wonderful on this fall day I was thinking back to the lovely villa we stayed at when we were in Tuscany, the Villa Cicolina, located just outside of Montepulciano. One of its many attributes was the infinity pool that overlooked the Tuscan countryside.
The pool was lit up so beautifully at night that I just had to capture some images. I’ll be sharing more images of the Villa Cicolina in the next day or two.