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4 Million Bricks in Florence, Italy


f/11 ISO 100 1/100 10-24mm@10mm

Il Duomo di Firenze, aka The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (St Mary of the Flower), as seen from the adjacent Giotto’s Campanile (standing bell tower).  Construction began in 1296 and was completed in 1436. The basilica is topped by Brunelleschi‘s revolutionary dome,  which is composed of more than 4 MILLION bricks!

This is an HDR image. Three handheld images were bracketed at 2 f stops and then merged with Photomatix and fine-tuned with Aperture.

This post is dedicated to my good friend James.


Old Man Florence (Italy)

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I get the feeling that this old man standing silently on a quaint street corner in the Oltrarno district of Florence, Italy, has been keeping an eye on things for a loooooooooong time. If you do get to Florence, make sure you venture across the Arno river and get lost in the streets of the Oltrarno. Eat, drink, stroll, and fall in love all over again!


Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Florence (Firenze) Italy

f/11 ISO 400 1/250 55mm

First, I want tho say that IT’S GREAT to be back. I have been “offline” for quite some time and have neglected this blog that I had come to enjoy so much. I had some pesky cervical spine discs that decided to herniate over the years, and finally they got the best of me. Pretty much anything, even computer time, became an unbearable “pain on the neck” (and back, shoulder, arm, and hand).  Also,  carrying a bag as light as a camera bag was too much. The offending discs have since been removed, and I now have three fused vertebrae in my neck to show for it all!  I just got clearance to carry more that a few kg, so hopefully carrying the camera will keep me motivated to pick up again with the blog.

This is a shot of the Ponte Veccio Bridge over the River Arno in Firenze (Florence) Italy. My wife and I visited for a few days last summer, and had a fantastically fun and romantic trip to the “Cradle of the Renaissance “. As Rick Steve’s says, Florence is a “Super Market Sweep”, and the groceries are the best Renaissance art in Europe! (and home of Italy’s best gelato! ). I was most focused on a tour of as many Michelangelo’s works as I could see, which Florence hosts many.

This is an HDR that I created from one source image. Three copies were created at 2 f-stops intervals,  merged with Photomatix,  and tuned in Aperture.