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Old August 5 2014, 09:40 AM   #5956
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Instead of doing the usual tourist-y stuff (but I will do that occasionally, too), I tought it would be nice to take some pics of every-day Italy. These are a few photos taken around my town. (I live in a small town within commuting distance to Bologna).

A lonely chapel along the road in the countryside.


Not a pretty building by any stretch, but I liked how the blue rolling shutters just jumped out in the picture. Example of 60's cheap housing project.


The school building in my town. A pretty typical example of civil architecture from the fascist period. Whoever chose the color scheme was either blind or drunk.


The main church and parish house in my town. Well, it's Italy, what do you expect? Lots of churches around here.
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Old August 5 2014, 10:52 PM   #5957
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Fantastic shot!

Plus, I really like that shot of the fence, AM.
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Old August 6 2014, 12:47 AM   #5958
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Thanks, Kes!

Colonial Williamsburg is fantastic. It's by no means unique in terms of historic villages (Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, where I went on a field trip with my 7th graders one year, comes to mind). But Williamburg has several things going for it.

First is its size. It's really expansive. It's also incredibly beautiful. The buildings are all exceptionally maintained and the grounds are gorgeously landscaped. Very picturesque. There's also the historical connection to the nation's history. Virginia being such an important colony and state, there's a strong connection to Thomas Jefferson and his role in shaping the nation. And, of course, since it's been there so long, and has such a good reputation, the area around it has plenty of shops and things to do.

Bottom line: You can get your historical village fix elsewhere, but it's still worth the time to visit.

(If you want, you can see the rest of my Williamsburg photos here).
Lovely! They're all striking but I think my favorite is one of the first ones in that set, the bed inside that bedroom. Beautiful. I really hope I can go there someday.
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Old August 6 2014, 02:43 AM   #5959
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Tank Top Tuesday selfie! Just finished up a workout.

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Old August 6 2014, 03:56 AM   #5960
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iguana_tonante wrote: View Post
Instead of doing the usual tourist-y stuff (but I will do that occasionally, too), I tought it would be nice to take some pics of every-day Italy. These are a few photos taken around my town. (I live in a small town within commuting distance to Bologna).
You know, I've really begun to appreciate the "everyday" kinds of locations and shots. Landmarks are fun and certainly iconic. But there's a subtle beauty to capturing the essence of a place - and you can only do that by taking shots of the lesser-know, less "glamorous" places. I really like your set for that very reason. Plus:

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A lonely chapel along the road in the countryside.
This is a beautiful shot. Love the composition and the colors (same goes for your church and parish shot). And the rest of them are really great, especially the commentary that goes with them. Makes me feel like I'm really there.

And thanks for the love and hate ... I know exactly how you feel! I go through that when I see other peoples' photos (kind of like your first one there). There's a rather intense combination of admiration and envy.

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Lovely! They're all striking but I think my favorite is one of the first ones in that set, the bed inside that bedroom. Beautiful. I really hope I can go there someday.
Thanks, Kes! I really admire your interior, B&W shots and I was hoping some of mine would be of similar quality.
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Old August 6 2014, 04:01 AM   #5961
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Haha you are so far out of my league! I don't have my camera at the moment actually, I lent it to my brother and his wife. They are travelling in Europe for a few weeks and my sister-in-law has expressed interest in photography so I was encouraging her to try it out. She seemed very excited and I'm looking forward to seeing some of their pics when they get back.

It's part of the reason I got the camera anyway, so that other people could try it out and enjoy it.
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Old August 7 2014, 09:38 AM   #5962
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Fantastic shot!
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This is a beautiful shot. Love the composition and the colors (same goes for your church and parish shot).
Thanks guys! I am playing a bit with saturation and colour curves: I found processing can really improve a shot, even at my very basic level.

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You know, I've really begun to appreciate the "everyday" kinds of locations and shots. Landmarks are fun and certainly iconic. But there's a subtle beauty to capturing the essence of a place - and you can only do that by taking shots of the lesser-know, less "glamorous" places.
Same here. I really appreciate the "everyday" pictures in this thread, because they let me see a different reality than my own. I've never been in the busy streets of New York, or the beautiful woods of Virginia, or the thriving fields of Iowa. So I really love seeing all that kind of stuff. At the same time, I realized that what seems boring or mundane to me because I see it everyday, doesn't necessarily translate in the same way for other viewers. So I hope people will appreciate them in the same way I do with theirs.

Today I am leaving for holidays in Sicily, I look forward to take some pictures and share them here soon.
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Old August 7 2014, 05:30 PM   #5963
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Iguana, beautiful shots, especially the the little chapel. Ancient Mariner, I agree that photographing what some call the mundane can be interesting. If nothing else, it makes you stop and look at your everyday surroundings with more appreciation.

Having said that, here's an iconic photo. My husband, our sons and I went for a meal at the Fingle Bridge Inn (just visible in the photo) this afternoon. The Fingle Bridge may date back to the 14th century though written records of it don't go back until about the 17th century. It spans the River Teign in Dartmoor, and the entire area is surrounded by beautiful woodland, much of it owned by the National Trust. The Inn itself, however, dates from the 20th century as there was never an ancient inn here, though there was a mill close by. I think it goes without saying we didn't walk up that hill! I'm pleased with how this photo turned out considering I took it with my phone. This was about a half-hour drive from home, including 15 minutes along a slightly scary twisting, turning, hilly, mostly single-track road where you had to remember where the last passing place was that you drove by in case you met traffic coming in the opposite direction. The joys of rural driving.



On a more mundane level, however, either Hagrid, Hodor or Worf installed the mirrors in the ladies' room at the Fingle Bridge Inn. Okay, I'm only 156cm tall, but come on.

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Old August 7 2014, 09:07 PM   #5964
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That's a beautiful picture. You can almsot hear some Georges Delerue or Rachel Portman music playign to it.
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Old August 7 2014, 09:35 PM   #5965
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Thank you. It's such a beautiful place that it would be difficult to take a bad photo of it. The funny thing is that any music would be drowned out by all the shenanigans on the other side of the bridge. If you look under the right-hand arch you can see a child playing in the water (the river's very shallow here), and he was just one of many. On the Inn side of the bridge there were adults, children and dogs all playing in the river. It's a lot of fun to watch, but I didn't include the photos I took there because I won't post photos of other people's children.
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Old August 7 2014, 10:26 PM   #5966
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On a more mundane level, however, either Hagrid, Hodor or Worf installed the mirrors in the ladies' room at the Fingle Bridge Inn. Okay, I'm only 156cm tall, but come on.

^ I love that shot!

The bathrooms, I guess, are not "munchkin friendly."
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Old August 7 2014, 10:30 PM   #5967
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^ There's a meme in that one.

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Old August 7 2014, 11:09 PM   #5968
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"But only when standing on her tippy toes".
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She's got your eyes.

Impressive. Your skills are complete.
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