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Ronda, Spain – Puente Nuevo

The Puente Nuevo is the “newest” bridge in Ronda which was built in 1793. The bridge took 40 years to complete, is approximately 325 feet and cost the lives of 50 builders. The bridge bisects the new and old towns of Ronda and both the bridge and the views are spectacular.

Ronda is located between Malaga and Seville and is an easy day trip from either city. To be honest I do regret not spending the night as thee was so much to see and do.

Ronda, Spain, valley, mountains, village, Puente Nuevo, bridge, city on the edge, travel photography

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Ronda, Spain…A Bicycle Moment

Oh how I love to find these moments…finding a bicycle leaning against a fence surrounded by beautiful old buildings and incredible landscapes.

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Ronda, Spain, valley, mountains, bicycle, village


San Quirico D’Orcia

I was going through my archives and came a cross an image I took in San Quirico D’Orcia in Tuscany. I love the way the winding street leads the eye through the image. I used Topaz Impression to create a digital painting.

I know I’ve been somewhat absent this week. Work has gotten extremely busy in the last couple of months and I’ve been doing more business travel in the last couple of months then I’ve done in the past 2 years (unfortunately without my camera). This has left me with less time to focus on my photography and blog but I’m hoping that life will get back to normal soon.  Thanks for sticking around while get through this busy period.

San Quirico D'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy, village, winding lane, buildings, digital painting, travel photography


Beware of the Dog

Every so often I get this boost of creativity and feel inspired to do something different, even a little outrageous with one of my images. This was the case with this image that I captured when we arrived at San Quirico D’Orcia in Tuscany

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This is the image straight out of the camera. I haven’t done a thing to it. What I love about this scene is the layer upon layer of the buildings and how the converge. As I stared at it on my computer screen I wondered what it would look like if the buildings were slanted and those stone walls started to squeeze together. I used the “pinch” artistic filter in Photoshop, at about 55%, to bring the stone walls in and the back buildings forward forcing the centre door to inch closer. That looked pretty cool but I still wanted to make it a bit more ominous looking. I had a black and white image of a dark and cloudy sky and used that as a texture overlay using the blending mode “multiply” at 100% opacity. I then used a layer mask to bring back some of the detail in the walls and selectively lighten certain areas.

As you can see from the original image Fido was nowhere to be seen. He is from that village. I captured him only moments earlier standing on one of those high walls. I used the Quick Selection tool to select only him from the image he was in, created a new layer from the selection and then dropped him into this image.  And there you have it…Beware of the Dog!

I don’t do these often but its fun experimenting. I would love to know what you think.

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Ristorante

San Quirico D’Orcia is a small medieval town located between Pienze and Montalcino. The town is encircled by fortified walls and walking through the tiny streets throws you back to a time long forgotten. The historic city centre is home to about 2,500 inhabitants and there are 4 entrances into the city along the wall. All roads lead to the Piazza della Libertà which is the heart of the town.

As with all small, Tuscan town today one can find stores selling cheeses and pasta, leather goods and of course small restaurants offering homemade delicacies that one can only dream of at home.

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San Quirico D'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy, restaurant, travel photography, village

 


Italy & A Bicycle…Finally

Some of you that have followed me and this blog for awhile know that I love to photograph vintage bicycles with character leaning against walls in classic cities or villages. When I was in Italy a few years ago I came back with lots of those images…you can see one here and here and even here 🙂

You might have been thinking…“why hasn’t she posted any bicycle pictures?” I honestly didn’t see has many this time around. Maybe because we didn’t spend as much time in big cities. Our trip to Italy this summer was mostly to small towns and villages with lots of steep hills and stairways (not very practical to get around by bike).

You can imagine how excited I was to come across this little scene while walking through Cortona.

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Cortona, Tuscany, Italy, bicycle, gallery, brick wall, street, village, travel photography

 


Manarola Waves

One of my most favourite tools in my camera bag is my 10-stop ND filter and on my second day in Manarola it was overcast, the sea was churning and the waves crashing against the rocks. This was the perfect time to shoot some long exposures.

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Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy, sea, village, coloured houses, long exposure, travel photography


Corniglia – Cinque Terre

Last week we visited Manarola and Riomaggiore on this blog. Today I’d like to take you to the next village that I visited in Cinque Terre… Corniglia.

Unlike the other 4 villages that make up Cinque Terre, Coniglia is not directly on the sea. It sits on a promontory 100 meters high. When you arrive by train you can either order a car to take you to the village or climb the Ladarina, a long brick flight of stairs which is equal to 33 flights or almost 400 stairs.  Can you guess how we got to the top? The Ladarina of course 🙂

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Riomaggiore

Last week I posted the first in a series of images from Cinque Terre starting with a blue hour image of Manarola. You can see that post here. Today we head to Riomaggiore.

Riomaggiore is the first village one encounters when travelling west from La Spezia. Riomaggiore is easily accessible by train as are the other villages but it’s linked to its neighbour, Manarola by the Via Dell’Amore, or the Way of Love, which is a path overlooking the sea that runs for about 1 kilometre. This was our intended way to get to Riomaggiore but unfortunately it was closed for repairs when we were there.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy, village, seaside, coloured houses, boats, travel photography


Manarola Blue Hour

Along the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera, just west of La Spezia, lies Cinque Terre or “The Five Villages.” The five villages that comprise Cinque Terre are Riomaggiore; Manarola; Corniglia; Vernazza and Monterosso.

You can’t drive in the villages so we parked our car in La Spezia for a few days and took the 15 minute train ride to Manarola, which was our base for a few days. To say that I was blown away by the beauty of this region would be an understatement. The five villages are connected by hiking trails and by the train. If you plan to visit I would highly recommend getting a train pass so that you can easily hop on or off when you need a break from hiking.

On our first evening in Manarola we had dinner at a seafood restaurant by the water. I knew I wanted to capture that iconic scene that I’ve seen so many times from other photographers so I brought my gear along. We had a lovely meal and my very dear and patient husband waited for me at our table while I went to “get my shot.” I returned a short time later and we had a lovely desert and finished of a great evening with an espresso.

On another note I posted a new image from Portofino to my Facebook page today. Head on over and have a look. While I do publicize my blog posts on FB, I am also uploading Facebook exclusive images so please consider giving the page a “Like”

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Bellagio Street

Bellagio’s town centre is made up of narrow streets running up and down on cobblestone steps. Each street is filled with boutiques, restaurants and cafe’s and all roads lead to the lake.

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Bellagio, Italy, walkway, street, stairs, village, travel photography


The Greatest Remedy

Project 52 – Entry #34

We’re back at Black Creek Pioneer village. I shared a number of images from this terrific place before Christmas and I still have a few I want to share with you. Can you image a peddler steering this horse drawn carriage through a village selling his “Greatest Remedy” concoction. Good for both internal and external use….hmmm?

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