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Italy: pictures from Sicily.

March 19, 2007

Diana Fountain, Syracuse

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Fontana Della Diana, Syracuse

The Diana Fountain on Piazza Archimede at night.
Syracuse at night is a photographer’s paradise. The lights of the harbour and the illuminated monuments create a very special atmosphere.
The photo above was taken with my Minolta Dynax 9 in the blue hour on Fujichrome Velvia using the camera flash and a remote controlled flash as fill-in.

July 19, 2004

Palermo: Monreale

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The cathedral of Monreale was built by king William II who wanted it to be a sign of his power and sovereignty - outdoing the existing basilica in which the bishop (Walter of the Mill, an Englishman) resided.
A few years later, the bishop ordered his basilica to be torn down - and a new one to be erected in its place.
In any case, the cloister of Monreale is a beautiful place - and you can spend lots of time examining the architectural details: almost every column has an individual design..

July 16, 2004

Palermo: Cathedral

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The Cathedral of Palermo in the blue hour
The Cathedral of Palermo at night

July 12, 2004

Stromboli

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Stromboli, Sicily
This volcano is still active.

July 11, 2004

Small shop on Lipari

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small shop selling fruit and vegetables

Lýpari is one of the so-called Aeolian Islands to the North of Sicily. Many tourists visit this island - but it is still possible to wander through small streets and discover fascinating views.

July 1, 2004

Palermo: Statue in the Park

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statue of a woman
A statue in the botanical Garden of Palermo.

June 11, 2004

Sicily - Taormina: Greek Theatre

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As the name suggests, the Greek theatre was originally a Greek construction, but later changed by the Romans.
The Romans built the brick wall that now obstructs mosts of the view of
Mount Etna.
Still, it’s a marvellous atmosphere! The theatre is still used, today.

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Another view of Taormina from the Greek Theatre.

June 9, 2004

Sicily: Mount Etna

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Mt Etna
The lava fields of Mount Etna, near Catania (Sicily, Italy)

June 8, 2004

Sicily: Syracuse at Night

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Harbour of Syracuse in the evening
Syracuse is a very beautiful city in broad daylight, but turns magical at night. This is the harbour of Syracuse in the “blue hour”.
Taken with a Minolta Dynax 9 on a tripod on Fuji Velvia slide film.

April 22, 2004

Sicily: Cefal˙

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Cefalu, Sicily
A few meters away from the tourist attractions.

April 21, 2004

Sicily: Tonnara die Scopello

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Tonnara die Scopello, (Sicily)
The “Tonnara di Scopello” is an old tuna factory that was closed down years ago.
Nowadays it’s a good place for a dive.

February 29, 2004

Sicily: ruins in the evening light

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Greek columns in Agrigento, Sizilien, Italien
Seen in Agrigento, Sicily.

February 25, 2004

Sicily: San Giovanni degli Eremiti (Palermo)

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San Giovanni degli Eremiti, Palermo, Sicily (Italien), Foto: Laurenz Bobke
San Giovanni degli Eremiti (12th century) is romantically situated in a very photogenic setting: a small garden that allows for many interesting angles.
Consequently, the entrance fee is a bit steep.
Those interested in the history of architecture will be baffled by the ingenious mixture of normannic and arabic styles.

February 23, 2004

Sicily: Temple in Agrigento

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Taken in Agrigento, Sicily.
Here, I had some difficulties. No technical issues, but as soon as I had mounted the camera on my tripod, a guardian appeared, telling me in Italian that professional photographers were not allowed to take photos without a special permit (needless to say that you would have had to go back to town and surely, the office wouldn’t be open at that time).
Pointing out that I’m not a pro didn’t help either. After all, I was using a tripod!
Fortunately, I had taken a number of hand-held shots before as well as some pictures on the tripod.

Still, if you are the proud owner of a professional looking camera and/or a big tripod, I’d recommend that when visiting historic sites at night you either enquire beforehand whether you would need a tripod, - or take as many hand-held pictures as you can and only then hurry up to use your tripod.



    

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