Murano Glass Shop

Glass Blowers

A different kind of picture from Italy.  Taken from Murano Island off of Venice where much of the fancy hand blown glassware that the place is famous for is made.  I didn’t make it out to the island when I was in Italy in 2001, so it was kind of my goal to get out there in the 2011 version of the trip.  I think it’s kind of a cool picture of the shop, and I’m entertained by the apparent lack of concern by anyone to the cigarette hanging out of the one worker’s mouth.

Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 66mm, f/5.6, 1/25 sec, ISO 400

Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

By the time we got to Riomaggiore it was pretty much night – we went into town and got a few beers, walked back out to the point to watch the sunset and drink our beers and then hiked up the hill over the town while waiting for the train.  I suspect Riomaggiore was the smallest of the towns and the least touristy, you can see the train station is pretty minimal.

Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 10mm, f/3.5, 1/13 sec, ISO 1600

Cinque Terre – Vernazza

Vernazza

OK, last one of Vernazza… Looking back as we were hiking out of town.  I’m not sure why I have a disproportionate number of pictures from Vernazza – must have been the most picturesque town of the five.

Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 17mm, f/16, 1/160 sec, ISO 400

Cinque Terre – Vernazza

Vernazza

Merry Christmas!

A shot from on the brake wall from the previous picture.  You can’t really make out a trail thanks to the vegetation, but the trail comes in from the upper left here.

Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 10mm, f/16, 1/400 sec, ISO 1600

Cinque Terre – Vernazza

Vernazza

Apparently I tagged a bunch of pictures form Cinque Terre for posting, but never post them… so we’re going to have a few more of those to round out the year.

This is another of Vernazza from above as we were coming down into the town.

Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 14mm, f/16, 1/80 sec*, ISO 100

* I’m pretty sure I deleted two of the three shots that went into the HDR composition, which makes me feel dumb.  The one I have was shot at 1/80 sec, but I’m not sure if it was the mid or the under exposure.

Cinque Terre – Vernazza

Cinque Terre - Vernazza

Toward the end of the first hike, we descended into the town of Vernazza allowing the vantage point for this picture.  Vernazza is the second town in Cinque Terre (when heading South).

I have probably a dozen pictures from the five towns that I really like.  I think that the colors really came out well.  I think this was mainly thanks to the Italians of Cinque Terre and their penchant for richly colored buildings and a leaning toward the red end of the spectrum, providing nice contrast with the green-blue of the sea.  The overcast day helped out too, I’m sure, keeping the sun from washing out the colors.

In reality, yesterday’s picture was just to set the stage for this one as I think it is one of my favorites from the day.

Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 14mm, f/16, 1/80, 1/40, 1/20 sec shutters, ISO 100

Cinque Terre – Monterosso

Cinque Terre - Monterosso

This is a portion of the town of Monterosso, the Northern most town in Cinque Terre, a set of five towns on the Eastern coat of Italy.  The previous afternoon had been rainy and we canned our plans to hike down into one of the towns (blind, as in no hotel reservations) and instead stayed nearby in LaSpezia.  The day of the hike was nasty looking for much of the day, but we never got rained on.

There are two longer hikes (of four) which are the first two when traveling south.  You can see the trail heading out of town on the right.  It doesn’t stay that well established for long and it gains a lot of elevation relative to the towns which are all effectively at sea level.  If I had to guess, I’d say we got to about the elevation of the bridge that is seen in the upper left, although on the other side of that ridge.

I think this is a better picture than yesterday’s, so I feel I’ve kept my promise.

Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 17mm, f/4.0, 1/500 sec shutter, ISO 100