Firenze Twilight (Florence, Italy)
Blue hour over Florence, Italy, shot from Piazzale Michelangelo.  
The cathedral on the right is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or Il Duomo di Firenze.  The tower on the left is the Palazzo Vecchio.  The Arno river runs through the lower part of the frame, and the Ponte Vecchio is outside the frame to the left.

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Firenze Twilight (Florence, Italy)

Blue hour over Florence, Italy, shot from Piazzale Michelangelo.  

The cathedral on the right is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or Il Duomo di Firenze.  The tower on the left is the Palazzo Vecchio.  The Arno river runs through the lower part of the frame, and the Ponte Vecchio is outside the frame to the left.

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Ponte Vecchio Sunset
Sunset over the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.  
The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval stone arch bridge, spanning the Arno at its narrowest point. The bridge is lined with many shops, mostly jewelers and souvenir shops, and is open only to foot traffic. The Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge in Florence not destroyed by the retreating Germans during the second World War.
High res: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmav/10644913516/

Ponte Vecchio Sunset

Sunset over the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.  

The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval stone arch bridge, spanning the Arno at its narrowest point. The bridge is lined with many shops, mostly jewelers and souvenir shops, and is open only to foot traffic. The Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge in Florence not destroyed by the retreating Germans during the second World War.

High res: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmav/10644913516/

City in the Clouds
Civita di Bagnoregio is an amazing ancient hill town about 90 miles north of Rome. We were able to shoot this stunning hilltop city from a nearby vantage point before ascending the walkway up into town to eat lunch.
There was a lot of mist and fog rolling through the valley that day, making the landscape of this miniature castle on a hill even more dramatic.

City in the Clouds

Civita di Bagnoregio is an amazing ancient hill town about 90 miles north of Rome. We were able to shoot this stunning hilltop city from a nearby vantage point before ascending the walkway up into town to eat lunch.

There was a lot of mist and fog rolling through the valley that day, making the landscape of this miniature castle on a hill even more dramatic.

Soft Daybreak
On my second to last morning in Venice, I decided to head down to Piazza San Marco to shoot San Giorgio Maggiore during blue hour, inspired by a shot Elia Locardi had posted of a similar scene.  Unfortunately, almost all of the piers were occupied by gondolas, and the one empty one I found was quickly filled by a delivery boat during one of my long exposures.  That pretty much killed blue hour.
I found another free slip, though not as picturesque as the first, in time to catch an absolutely amazing sunrise.  While the sky turned orange and red spectacularly to the left, softer pink and purple tones spread out behind the church on San Giorgio Maggiore across the Grand Canal.  It gave the scene a very soothing, soft feel, which really came out nicely with a long exposure use a 10 stop neutral density filter.
This shot is a blend of four exposures, ranging from 1/5 seconds for the pier to 6 minutes for the water.  The long exposure hides a lot of the traffic on the canal, including an enormous cruise ship that completely blocked the island for a good 45 seconds in another frame.
San Giorgio Maggiore is one of the outer islands of Venice, situated across the Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco, and accessible via vaporetto.  I had visited it the day before - briefly, as the island is very small.
San Giorgio is probably best known for the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Palladio.
Full resolution: 500px

Soft Daybreak

On my second to last morning in Venice, I decided to head down to Piazza San Marco to shoot San Giorgio Maggiore during blue hour, inspired by a shot Elia Locardi had posted of a similar scene.  Unfortunately, almost all of the piers were occupied by gondolas, and the one empty one I found was quickly filled by a delivery boat during one of my long exposures.  That pretty much killed blue hour.

I found another free slip, though not as picturesque as the first, in time to catch an absolutely amazing sunrise.  While the sky turned orange and red spectacularly to the left, softer pink and purple tones spread out behind the church on San Giorgio Maggiore across the Grand Canal.  It gave the scene a very soothing, soft feel, which really came out nicely with a long exposure use a 10 stop neutral density filter.

This shot is a blend of four exposures, ranging from 1/5 seconds for the pier to 6 minutes for the water.  The long exposure hides a lot of the traffic on the canal, including an enormous cruise ship that completely blocked the island for a good 45 seconds in another frame.

San Giorgio Maggiore is one of the outer islands of Venice, situated across the Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco, and accessible via vaporetto.  I had visited it the day before - briefly, as the island is very small.

San Giorgio is probably best known for the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Palladio.

Full resolution: 500px

Venetian Twilight
On my first full day in Venice, I had gone to the Rialto Bridge to shoot the Grand Canal, and it was very disappointing, as the sky was totally cloudless - aka boring.  
I went back the second night, and the sky was much more interesting.  I stood out on the bridge for close to 2 hours trying to get just the right shot - the right light, the right boats on the canal, the proper exposures and sky.
This is a 7-exposure blend, processed in Lightroom and manually masked in Photoshop.  
I’m very glad I went back.
Check out the full resolution version on Flickr

Venetian Twilight

On my first full day in Venice, I had gone to the Rialto Bridge to shoot the Grand Canal, and it was very disappointing, as the sky was totally cloudless - aka boring.  

I went back the second night, and the sky was much more interesting.  I stood out on the bridge for close to 2 hours trying to get just the right shot - the right light, the right boats on the canal, the proper exposures and sky.

This is a 7-exposure blend, processed in Lightroom and manually masked in Photoshop.  

I’m very glad I went back.

Check out the full resolution version on Flickr

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