Tuscany - Part 1

We recently returned form a one week trip to the Tuscany region of Italy. Ok, actually we returned some time ago, but I simply didn't have the time to process anything or update the blog. 

What can I say about Tuscany, Florence and Siena that hasn't been said already? It's an amazing region! It offers  everything, culture, beautiful landscapes, great food, friendly people...Ok, I better stop before I get too carried away.

The Duomo is the building that really dominates the city of Florence.

The problem with the Duomo is though, it's so big, it's actually hard to photograph it.

Here is one shot I got in the evening.

But Florence is of course more then just the Duomo....and that famous bridge. Florence is simply full with people. Locals and tourists, the city seems to be always busy.

A busker playing on Ponte Veccio bridge

And then there is of course the art. The Uffizi museum is one of world's most important art collections, there are always long ques outside, yet this guy seems to have found a quite spot to read the paper...

This one of my personal favorites! The place outside the Uffizi is usually packed with people, so I had to wait quite a while to get this shot. The guy in the photo is a cartoonist who was waiting for customers. 

Another b/w photo from outside the Uffizi.

Another photo that I really like, two nuns walking in Florence.

And that's it for today. I'll post more images from Florence in the next couple of days. So long, and thanks for looking. Leave a comment, share the page, spread the word...Thanks, Andreas.

Connemara Part III

We are just back from a wonderful holiday in Italy. But Before I upload pictures from our trip to Florence and Siena, I better finish the little series about Connemara. I started the day shooting the sunrise over Pine Island. It is quite drive from my home to Derryclare Lough, and if I'm honest, I was a little reluctant to go out, because the weather forecast wasn't that promising. But...I got lucky!

The light on the day was just fantastic! And I'm more than happy with the results I got.

Pine Island with the 12 Pins in the background

As always, click on the image for a larger version

From Pine Island I drove back towards Maam Cross, and from there to a little graveyard in Maam Valley. 

The graveyard is a bit off the beaten track, and I haven't seen many photographs of it...yet. 

I love the light on the mountain in the background in this one.

Last stop on my tour was Ashleigh falls on the Galway/Mayo border. On photographing waterfalls:

I'm taking a break from long exposures at the moment, I simply think, long exposures can be quite nice, but that doesn't mean that every waterfall has to shown as a long exposure.

Ashleigh falls in the background

On top of Ashleigh falls

And that's it from Connemara. I'll try and upload some of the pictures I brought back from Tuscany in the next couple of days. As always, thanks for looking, leave a comment if you want, they are always appreciated.