Siena's magnificent Duomo has to be one of the most photographed churches in the world. And justifiably so. Hard to put into words how amazing this structure really is. So as I wandered through it, camera in hand, I tried to come up with some different compositions, possibly something not already done.
I was very taken with this home when I first saw it in the tiny hamlet of Perledo. Like virtually every town in Italy, there is a church, and this home is literally in the square in front of the church.
It spoke to me more than virtually any other structure I had seen on my trip, and that is a lot of structures! I wanted to come back when there was some nice afternoon light and blue sky over the lake. Alas, that was not to be, as we had overcast and light rain most of the time.
But I went back anyway, of course. There was a big crane behind the home, I hadn't noticed the first time. It was putting up an apartment building. Ah... progress? That limited the angles I could utilize.
I was by myself, but found myself thinking of some of my shooting buddies. What would Dan, or John, or Tony do here? Doors and windows were open, I really didn't want to disturb the occupants. As usual, I worked quickly.
This particular composition is my favorite, and I gave it a treatment that I feel harkens to the timeless quality of the scene. I'd like to think I did my buddies proud with this image.
This was an old garage door I found in the town of Palouse. I wonder how many years ago that last coat of paint went on? This was is a bit of a metaphor for me, a window back in time.
The Palouse is a beautiful region, known as America's Tuscany. It's very easy to get to, by flying into Spokane, WA. June is the best month IMHO. Extremely friendly people. If you combined this with a trip to nearby Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho you'd have one heck of a vacation.
Tomorrow I'll be going a completely different direction with the blog.
So I know I said at the outset of this series that I wouldn't show any "Palousian" images. Here we have an antique farm implement. But i have to say that I have not seen a scene like this one posted anywhere. I loved the wildflowers and the steep hillside as i shot this one.
I hope a lot of good times were had in this building, before the fall. Look at those nasty branches... Mother Nature is starting the reclamation process. Doesn't this look like one of my Cuba shots? Not this time - Palouse, WA. That's right, there is an actual town of Palouse, in "The Palouse."
Canon 5D Mark II, 180mm F/3.5 Macro, f/4, 1/500, iso 250
This one is from my trip to the Palouse in 2010. I have some friends coming in today that have been in the Palouse, and I'll be headed there myself in a couple of weeks. Great place for us photographers!
I would imagine the first couple of owners of this Chevy could never imagine it in such a decrepit state!