We have had a wonderful few days wandering the streets Fremantle Australia. We visited the Art Center and learned a little about the aboriginal art. Of course we have been enjoying the different restaurants and cafe’s, seeing the public art while we wandered the streets, and we have taken time to watching the sunset on the beach.
It has been a great way to recover from the about 28 hours in transit from our home in Calgary to Freemantle!
Today we are off to Melbourne for a few day before heading to Margaret River.
Everyone loves a sunset, and I never imagined that they could look better as a black and white image, then they do as a colour image, after all we watch or photograph a sunset for the colour, don’t we?! Bill and I walked up to the Piazza Michelangelo specifically to watch the sunset. It was our last night in Florence, it was the first clear evening during the week we were there, so we had one chance to see it. When we arrived on top of the hill, it was crowded. Other tourists who had made the walk, vendors who are selling their wares, and at least one engaged couple getting portraits done, it was a hub of activity.
The Cathedral is actually south-west of the Piazza Michelangelo, so the sunset happens to our left as we are look over Florence, the setting sun was lighting up the side of the Duoma, and colouring the clouds all across the sky, but the colour and drama just didn’t translate well into the digital photo. The lights in the city were starting to come on, the Cathedral was warmly lit by the street lights from below, and the colour in the sky was starting to fade, and I still did not have an image that I was happy with.
Back at our apartment when I started processing images I knew that I would want at least one photo to submit to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness post this week. So I picked a couple of the sunset images, figuring if I wasn’t happy with the colour in the images the light might seem more dramatic if colour was removed. I have to admit I wasn’t optimistic, but quite happy with the results. Hope on over to Leanne’s blog and check out the other submissions for Monochrome Madness.
We spent Friday in Venice Italy, yes it is unfortunate that we had only one day to see this lovely city, but we made the best of it. We have been to Venice before, so it was a day to visit some of the lovely spots we hold in our memories, and catch glimpses of the Venice in the autumn light. One of the new things we noticed this time, Love Locks are starting to appear on some of the bridges! It could be that I have been too busy looking at the scenery to notice them before.
Lots of boats in the canals, but with the number of visitors to the city there are only a few places to sit quietly, and enjoy the sunshine.
Of course there are beautiful masks hanging on every stall waiting to be picked up and taken home by a tourist.
A view from the bell tower in St. Mark’s Square at sunset. We had not visited the top of the bell tower before, so this was a new view for us, and of course the best time to go is at sunset, as the lights come on in the city.
One of the favourite places to visit is the Rialto bridge. Even though both the canal and the bridge are crowded with people, it is a lovely spot to watch the sunset.
It was a long beautiful day, we are off to Vienna Austria………….
My mother has been doing family research for years, as a result she has been able to find several members of her father’s family who come from Wales. One member of the family Richard now lives in the Aquitaine area of southern France. Mom first met Richard’s father George quite some time ago, and Richard has been kind enough to send mom a lot of his father’s family history research filling in blanks or branches in mom’s family tree, as well as an open invitation to visit his home if she was ever in the area.
We, Bill and I decided that we would pay a visit to Richard on mom’s behalf. It was a lovely visit to Aquitaine, and while there Richard took us to visit the Castle of Bonaguil, high on the hill just north-west of Agen.
We went out to a wonderful restaurant for dinner with some of his lovely friends, and watched the sunset over the beautiful valley.
Richard also took us for a ride in his 1954 Austin Healey.
Meeting and visiting with Richard was wonderful, he can’t thank him enough for the warm hospitality. It was a great treat to have someone show/drive us around the beautiful French countryside for a closer more personal view. Thanks Richard for a wonderful two days. We are off to Bordeaux!
Between travelling to new locations, meeting new family and friends I have found a few minutes each day to watch a Photoshop tutorial and try some new creative techniques for manipulating an image! I love sunsets over the boats and harbour, playing with double exposure and textures adds a new layer of interest, pardon the pun.
I haven’t quite decided how far I will take the new techniques I have been learning, but we are off the Bordeaux France today. Hopefully we can find a wine tour!
We were out one night trying to find a nice spot to watch the sunset, and capture a lovely view of the harbour for our memories of this wonderful little seaside town. When I looked back and saw Bill standing in the perfect spot I knew I had my photo. Yes, it could be anywhere, but I will remember that it was taken in the harbour of the lovely town.
When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this – Van Morrison
I have to admit that since arriving in Spain I have been looking forward to watching the sunset on this side Atlantic Ocean. Sunset is a wonderful time of day; the day’s business has been done or at least what could get done has been done. I know there are a few of you that burn the midnight oil either by choice or habit or a job, but for me being a morning person, the day’s business has been done, and a day where I can sit and watch the sunset reminds me of the Van Morrison song “Day’s like this”
Along an axis of just under two kilometres that was formerly the bed of the River Turia, in Valencia Spain, this complex of striking architecture – designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela – and an endless capacity for entertaining and stimulating the minds of its visitors. In its various buildings, known as Ciudad of Arts and Science, people can get to know different aspects of science, technology, nature, and art.
I previously posted about the Oceanografic which is part of this Science and Art Park, it was unfortunately the only building we were able to visit. The building on the left of the image, L ‘Hemisferic is home to an IMAX theatre, a planetarium and a laserium, while the building to the right just behind it is the El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is home to an opera house and performing arts centre.
Most nights when we head out to do sunset photos we are alone, the evening settling in around us and the lights of the city start to flicker, Last night it was quite different, while we were standing at the northeast corner of the “pond” that surrounds the buildings waiting and watching for the sunset we were joined by a small class of photographers, experimenting with ND filters and long exposures, tourists from various parts of Spain, Holland, and the US all chatting away, enjoying the sunset and the shared experience of the beautiful evening.
While I have many wonderful photos and stories of Toledo Spain, we have moved onto Tarragona. About an hour south of Barcelona along the Mediterranean Sea, we thought a few days of rest with an ocean view would be a nice change from the hills of central Spain. It has been reported that Augustus Cesar wintered here, and there will be a big celebration during the month of May honouring his life and times on the 2000 anniversary of his death.
Toledo is filled with narrow streets, and it is seemingly impossible to get a great view of the Cathedral. We are either peaking between buildings as we are here, or looking up at it, as we were in the previous post. So today, I was on a mission to see the Cathedral, and get a memorable image. The image below is from the Alcazar Tower.
We walked out-of-town, crossed the Tagas River on the Alcantara Bridge, a Roman bridge and headed to the Valle Hermitage, high on the hill for a sunset view of Toledo and the Cathedral.
Finally I found the near perfect reflection in the window of the tourist information office. I thought it appropriate the town map was hanging in the window.