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Essence of Umbria

Things have been a bit quiet around these parts. I was on holiday in Italy and had intended to post whilst I was away but, well, the quaint villages and towns, the food and the wine distracted me. On the plus side, I have a number of images from the trip I’ll be working on and posting.

We stayed in the village of Pozzuolo in Umbria, on the south eastern edge of Tuscany. Travelling around Umbria and Tuscany is like paging through a photography book entitled Classic Italian Views. The regions have been so extensively photographed and documented that it is hard to find and make unique images. I ended up leaning heavily on an old trick for adding a twist to clich├ęd scenes – photograph them in inclement weather. Which is a good thing, because the weather was very variable!

I often think it is a great pity that photographers often equate “good light” with bright sunshine. I subscribe to the view that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes and, likewise, believe there is no bad light, just unimaginative photographers (or audiences, depending which way you look at it. But that’s another post!).

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4 Comments

  1. george says:

    Really like those gentle grey tones that give the image an abstract quality. Sounds like you had a good time though, whatever the weather, I’ll look forward to seeing others.

    And you’re right about that too Adrian. My anarchic tendencies tend to leave me scratching my head about the so-called “golden hour”. Any hour and any light is good for shooting – if one knows how to use it. John Ruskin said “there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

  2. Adrian Park says:

    Heathen! How dare you decry the sacred Golden Hour? ;)

    I too am indifferent about the “golden hours” – unless it is overcast, when they can be very rewarding. Such conditions tend to make for a very dour gloaming and, because the light lacks any direction, it seems to emanate from subject itself.

  3. I like this photo with its mysterious atmosphere, well done !

  4. tom says:

    I can imagine how one can be distracted by food and wine :-) Interesting picture with a very special atmosphere.

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