Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ABC Wednesday: R is for Round

Round as upper half-Round of an arch,  the systemic use of the arch started from ancient Rome, no wonder we saw them almost everywhere during our trip to southern Tuscany last month.  Here, I am taking you for a Return trip to the town of Pitigliano, which we have shown its Roman aqueduct from a distance a few weeks ago.  Pitigliano is a very old town started from Etruscan era (before Rome).  Here is the Roman aqueduct up-close, see also the shadow of the arch on the ground.

It is at the entrance of the town, and has quite a lot of traffic.  We have to wait for our chance to have the road cleared of cars and people.  However, a couple of local people in the picture also definitely add interest to the image.

I also love this almost abstract presentation of the aqueduct taken by Grace.  Sorry, no Round arch shown here.

Here is from the opposite side of the road, the weather was amazingly nice that day.

Grace took this one and I love the composition and the reflection of the light on the wall.

There are many more archways inside the Town.  They were particularly challenging to photograph.  This one was a blending of two photographs taken at completely different exposure, one for the stairs and the other for the scene inside the distant arch.  The foreground of the stairway was further lighted by the camera flash.

This picture was taken similarly, the two persons in the arch certainly add interest to the picture.  Pitigliano is at the border of Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal States in the middle-age.  Therefore the town has a flourishing and long-lived Jewish community.  Although no real Jewish community existed now, the old Jewish quarter has been restored.  The couple was admiring a Jewish bread shop.

Finally the sun has moved and it is time to head back.

A final look of the town and the Round arch of the Roman aqueduct.

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Sylvia K said...

What an awesome trip you have had!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us and what a terrific post for the R Day! Enjoy! Looking forward to next week!!


Roger Owen Green said...

love the arches...

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

Stunning photos. I love the lighting and how you captured the archways and winding walkways. A lovely post.

Leslie: said...

Believe it or not, I was in Pitigliano in October 2006! I took a photo of a potter just outside of the town and from that spot could see the yellow walls of the town up ahead. It was quite interesting wandering around!

Jay said...

Oh, how beautiful it is! And your photographs are wonderful! I do love Tuscany.

I found the same thing with those long arched staircases between buildings. Such a tricky shot, and you did a great jot. Sometimes, losing the top in the gloom can work too, but I do agree about allowing a few people to appear to improve the composition and interest.

Thanks for taking part and giving us such a great post!

Jay - ABC team

Tumblewords: said...

Amazing shadows, light and composition in this photos. A pleasure to view!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for showing this awesome set of photos of the Roman aqueduct. They are excellent as always. The Romans were outstanding architects when we here in our country were still living in simple huts.
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RuneE said...

I'm very kind of this kind of photos. There are so many interesting possibilities. Without people they give one impression, with judiciously placed persons another.

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Nanka said...

Awesome pictures and I am words to describe and nor would it do justice!!
Loved it!!


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