I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long week.
Now it’s time to look forward to the weekend and some relaxing time spent with my camera!
Last week, I offered up a few landscape images to inspire your photography pursuits.
This go round, I found a handful of dramatic photos of Italy to serve as fodder for your creativity.
These photos exemplify many of the traits that we should all strive to incorporate in our photos – visual balance, gorgeous lighting, various layers, and contrasting colors, just to name a few.
I could go on and on here, but I’ll just let these photos speak for themselves.
If you’re like me, after viewing these photos, you’ll find yourself wanting to plan a trip to Italy!
If you didn’t think you needed a vacation, after seeing this photo, you probably do! What’s not to like about this photo? The long exposure gives a calmness to the water, and that calm is accentuated by the soft evening light as it falls upon the buildings along the shore. The linear nature of the buildings creates a nice contrast with the softness of the water as well as the clouds in the background. I’m not sure the composition could have been any better!
Using a frame within a frame is a compositional trick that has many uses. The frame not only helps direct the eye towards the primary subject – in this case, the Vatican – but the frame also helps mask other details from view. Doing so makes the subject more prominent in the scene. Likewise, the arch of the bridge adds visual interest to the shot, as do its darker tones, which contrast beautifully with the bright colors of the sky in the background.
The Roman Forum
This image is a great example of how getting up early or staying out late will help you capitalize on dramatic lighting that creates a more compelling image. In this case, the rays of the sun exploding from behind the remains of The Forum not only give added visual interest but also warms up the image. The cool tones of the buildings and the grass in the foreground also work well with the orange tones of the clouds in the background.
The Grand Canal
Venice’s beauty is on full display in this shot of an everyday scene from the Grand Canal. The formality of the buildings – with their strict architectural details – is juxtaposed nicely with the softer elements of the colorful and whimsical sky in the background. The addition of the gondolas full of tourists in the foreground helps soften the image as well, providing a prime example of how beauty can be found in activities of simple daily life.
As we all know, lighting is the key to any good photograph. This image shows us why. Between the village in the foreground and the mountain peaks in the background, there’s plenty of detail in this image to hold our attention. But, with the addition of the beams of light filtering through the clouds and the soft, pink tones of the sky, this image is taken to an entirely other level. The fog rolling upward from behind the town is a great touch too!
The Colosseum is an imposing and interesting enough building that it can stand on its own in a photo and provide plenty of drama. However, this image shows us how the surrounding environment can help enhance the impact of an architectural subject. The dark cloud cover gives the scene an ominous feeling, helping us to identify with the many gladiators that entered the building only to find death. Also helpful in enhancing the larger-than-life feeling of the building is the upward angle of view, which makes the Colosseum feel taller than it is.