Italy in Pictures (Part 1)

Italy is one of my favorite vacation destinations.  I love easing into the laid back lifestyle.  I love the art, the vibrant color of the coast, and of course, the food.

KDickinson Photography - Venice, ItalyThese photos I took over three visits between 2000-2008.  Many were shot with film, while only the most recent ones were taken with a digital camera (Can you tell the difference?).

As I was putting this post together, I realize that so many of these photos are just snapshots, something anyone can take with any kind of camera if they happen to be in that same spot. There are a few good photographs in this collection, a unique view of seeing something that others might not see.  Some are framed in a different way, while in others I was able to take advantage of the light when it was just right.  But for the most part, snapshots.

I write this because it’s a good lesson to other aspiring photographers – or really anyone taking on whatever craft they’re passionate about.  If you really love it, keep at it, keep practicing, keep learning.  It takes time, but you will get better.  Some of these photos were taken 15 years ago, and I think that my photography skills have improved greatly since then.

BUT, I definitely still feel like there is room for improvement, that there is so much more to learn.  And that actually makes me even more motivated to move forward.

KDickinson Photography - Venice, Italy
KDickinson Photography - Florence, Italy
Ponte Vecchio, Florence
KDickinson Photography - Capri, Italy


KDickinson Photography - Pisa, Italy
KDickinson Photography - Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola, Cinque Terre
KDickinson Photography - Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre.  If you happen to have the opportunity to visit this beautiful place, I recommend taking the 7.5 mile hike that stretches across all the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre.  It’s absolutely gorgeous.
KDickinson Photography - Ostuni, Italy
Ostuni.  Matt and I went to Ostuni, a city all in white that sits near the Adriatic Sea in the Puglia region of Italy, to attend a wedding.  A few hours before the post-rehearsal party, it was discovered that the hosts had forgotten the wine!  Matt and I found a charming little store that was set to reopen after siesta at 3:00.  Already in the flow of the slower pace of life here, we waited patiently. Around 3:30, the proprietor rolled up on his scooter.  After sampling the wine selection, we walked out with a case mixed with reds and whites and some freebies thrown in too.  We were a welcome sight to the party guests and everyone spent the rest of the evening talking and sipping wine on a rooftop in the middle of town.
KDickinson Photography - Elba, Italy
Marciana Marina, Elba.  We chose this place at random on a map of Elba.  From Florence we took a train, a ferry, and then a bus to get here.  We had a relaxing weekend filled with sun, surf, seafood, and the most charming hotel with a mountain view.  The hotel included a lovely breakfast.  We were seated outside on the patio, surrounded by citrus trees, and were served delicious homemade treats and fresh lemon preserves.  (Apparently this cost less then $20 a night, at least that’s what I wrote in my journal.)  These unexpected adventures that turn out to be so wonderful are my most favorite thing about travel.
KDickinson Photography - Florence, Italy
Florence.  We spied this guy applying his face paint from our apartment window.
View from Piazza Michalangelo, Florence
View from Piazza Michelangelo, Florence.  One of the most memorable meals I had in Florence was at a restaurant called Il Latini.  They opened their doors at 7:30 pm and and a huge crowd had formed holding up their fingers to indicate how many people were in their party.  I was with two of my roommates (girls) and we got in – and proceeded to eat and eat.  At the time (back in 2000) it was only about $27 per person for the fixed priced menu which included:  a giant bottle of Chianti, prosciutto and melon, bruschetta and liver pate, ravioli and bean soup, veal and vegetables, tiramisu with a glass of butterscotch flavored brandy.  They also gave us a bottle of wine on the way out.  Amazing.
KDickinson Photography - Italy
Somewhere in the Dolomites.  I am embarrassed to say, I don’t remember the name of this town.
KDickinson Photography - Italy
Polignano a Mare
KDickinson Photography - Trulli House, Alberobello
KDickinson Photography - Camogli,  Italy

Look for Part 2 next week.  I’m curious, can you tell which photos are shot with film and which ones are digital?  Let me know what you think!

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