“Manarola” – Manarola, Italy – Inge Johnsson – Featured Photographer
I had never heard of this little Italian town nestled on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea. Now that I have seen this image, I have to go when my family and I make it to Europe. Much like Inge, a lot of my images are taken with my family not far behind. Below he sets up the blueprint on how to take this image next time you are in coastal Italy. If you are not going to make it across the pond check out the “Western Life” gallery at www.ingejohnsson.com for some cowboy inspiration or just send him an email (email@example.com) telling him how much you like his portfolio.
I love Italy and all its fantastic and diverse history, landscapes and cities. This visit was a combined family vacation and photography trip (which is not always easy to combine), and took us through Lazio,Toscana,Veneto, and Liguria. Liguriais home to the national park called “Cinque Terre”, five small towns along the rugged coastline of northwestern Italy. One of those towns goes by the name Manarola and is the subject in this photo. Manarola, as well as the other four towns, is breathtakingly beautiful anytime of the day, but particularly so early or late. I had visited this location once before and knew that what I needed was patience to wait for the light to get just right, that fleeting moment after the sun has set but there is still a deep blue tone in the sky. I spent the afternoon in Manarola with my family, but eventually they took the 10 minute train ride back to our rented apartment in nearby Riomaggiore, leaving me to patiently wait for the light while enjoying the sounds and smells of the Mediterranean Sea. A high viewpoint and a wide angle lens allowed me to take in some of the rugged cliffs in the Manarola bay complete crashing waves, with the town now lit up with streetlights and bright windows.
I used my trusted 24mm tilt/shift wide angle lens for this photo in order to avoid the dreaded keystone distortions caused by pointed the camera downwards.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon TS-E 24/3.5L
Exposure: 30 sec @ f8, ISO 200
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