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Steve in Petra - Photo by Pat
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The Medici Chapel
"Purple Lips" at Venice Carnival
Alcázar Palace, Seville
Many years ago I studied Renaissance Art for a couple of years with the Open University. This visit in September 2016 was a chance revisit some of the places arnd art of that city.
We had been to Florence before, but many years ago! I was pleased how may memories came back when I was back in the streets and churches of the city.
Here are some of my pictures of Florence.
In February 2016 we visited Venice again for the Carnival. This was the third time we had visited Venice for the Carnival. It is always great fun but as Carnival gets more and more popular, the city is beginning to get very crowded. Once again we stayed in a small hotel close to St Mark's Square so that we could be out taking photographs in the early morning. Easter was very early tis year so Carnival took place right at the beginning of February. This meant that the weather was not ideal. For the first few days it was dull and overcast, but the sun came out for the last couple of days.
I was using my new Olympus "Micro Four Thirds" camera which is so much lighter that my old equipment that it was a real pleasure to use. Sensors have improved to the extent that smaller, lighter cameras can now take just as good images as the heavyweight beasts of just a few years ago.
As on our previous two visits to Carnival, the main objective was photography, Venioce is one of those places which gets under your skin so we felt very much at home in the city, travelling about on the water busses and eating in the cafe's. I am not going to admit how much weight I put on as a result of seafood, pasta and red wine!
I have added to my previous Carnival photographs here.
In May 2015 we visited Seville to look at the Moorish and Roman remains. The temperature was far to high for us residents of Northern Europe to cope with. Nontheless, despite temperatures in the thirties Celcius, we coped and I experimented with my new Olympus micro-four-thirds camera. It is very much lighter than the cameras I have used before - a real benefit when carrying it in that heat!
The trip was primarily to view archaeology and so involved a lot of travelling betweeen sites. While the Roman sites were special, it was the Moorish architectire within Seville which yielded the best pictures: particually the Alcázar Palace. The only problem here was the number of people. Everyone had the same idea! Everyone was clearly wishing that everyone else would go away. The trick here is to point the camera above the crowds. There is plenty of interesting detail in the ceilings and in the capitals of the pillar create pictures.
Here are some of my pictures of Seville.