Get up! The wind is reeling off!

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So at about 5 am Max and I went to shoot starry sky. And as it turned out later, I made fatal error – I didn’t notice there was a polarizing filter on the lens. So I had to shoot with ISO 3200 and 6400. Quality is so terrible that I won’t post any night shots this time. But as soon as rising sun started licking tops of further mountains, the sky got painted with amazing colours, I cheered up. It seemed the morning was to be very nice! Bit by bit sleepy people were getting out of their dens and lazily setting cameras for sunrise shoot. I switched to middle format as well and suddenly someone noticed that snow storm was getting to Everest. At first it looked like a wisp of smoke…

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Always wearing a mask – that’s my fate ….

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For several years running I tried to visit Venice but due to different reasons I failed to, but this year I decided I won’t miss Carnival ! My friends and I booked hotels 2 months before, but it was not that easy ( as you know, there are only 2 right words out of fast, cheap and quality , we found a great and not that expensive hotel, but near to railway station. And though we had rooms with view to Canal Grande, it took us 20 minutes to walk to San Marco. On the first day we strolled through amazing city all day long. I tried to notice and memorize beautiful spots. Anxiety for photos added to overall delight from absolutely unique scenes. I just couldn’t feel the city, couldn’t catch its mood and rhythm… We had gotten ready for the good weather, but everyday it was just getting worse and worse… We reached San Marco. There were lots of masks, but there were people even thousands more. Lines of those desiring to photograph with masks, mess and fuss… I was absolutely  crushed with the pictures I made. Sad mood was compensated by a restaurant, that was a top-3-tripadvisor among Venice restaurants. But in my top it seemed to win the first place. Beautiful Larissa was owner, hostess and waitress all at once, and her husband Virgilio was reigning over the kitchen – he was a real kitchen poet ! I will post photos with description of the dishes in next entry, they taught me something… In the morning I decided to go and see the sunrise in San Marco. At 6:00, having caught tripod, cameras and filters I got off river tram at San Marco and saw the following: all picturesque spots of the piazza were occupied with masks with photographers around them. And oh happiness, none of the tourists ! I rushed to get into the process having forgotten about sunrise ( which by the way did not happen )…

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Everybody wearing masks and wigs – all as one. One is fairytailish, another is bookish…

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Petrovich fell in love with Krumlov. Having visited it first time he decided we should go to the next summer carnival, and necessarily in costumes! We had half a year ahead, so I easily booked a traditional pension in Krumlov Vysehrad. Actually, those who want to get to Five-leaf rose festival and stay at a nice place should book a year ahead. It is quite a popular event there. Having traveled quite a lot with me Petrovich decided to become a photographer too. He bought expensive lenses, made a list of questions (he has no time to learn, he works as an eager beaver), and finally he understood he had no way to get away from sunrises! We woke up traditionally a bit before 5 am, occupied predominant height, unzipped armour and started waiting for the LIGHT….

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Hills, just hills… towards the sky and strictly back…

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Rocca d’Orcia, San-Quirico d’Orcia, Castiglione  d’Orcia, my God, so beautiful names! These small cities lay about two kilometers away from Bagno Vignoni and are viewed from there perfectly. Orcia is a river that gave its name to the most picturesque valley Val d’Orcia. This region started developing in Renaissance times and it’s remarkable that dudes ruling there decided to develop the region aesthetically and agriculturally. They created perfect landscape, captured in many paintings by that-time-artists. Guys had landscape vision, can you imagine that? Harmony between human and nature was the privilege, and still is, I think! In 2004 Val d’Orcia landscapes were included into UNESCO social heritage list for a reason. That’s a unique case! Just think, that not a castle or a palace, but a landscape ! That’s enough to drive one crazy ! But I got too excited. Enjoy the pictures !

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Rain built water walls. It locked down houses doors. It is hiding someone’s footprints.

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Rain built water walls. It locked down houses doors. It is hiding someone’s footprints.

So I took a place under banister not far from one of the centre squares in Orvieto and rubbed my hands with anticipation! You must have noticed in entries from Venice, Krumlov and Montalcino there is no more joy for me than to shoot people in nasty weather! Hardly anyone will notice you, besides, you can catch so many emotions, and how many characters, individuals, and relations can get revealed under the rain! Have a look! I really want to make up stories looking at these people… tell me yours…

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Padre, jolly joker, decided to take active part of his flock out to papal places! Everybody’s happy!
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City-dream, city-fairytale. Once getting into its web, you never get out…

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First time I learned about Orvieto in one of my favorite series “Tudors”. And I was so happy seeing it in a list of recommended cities for a visit that Paolo had prepared for me. We got there by lunch, so there was not even a word about serious shooting. But gloomy shooting let me focus on old streets and city characters, what I actually did. The city made me happy… it felt like neither the city nor its people had changed for the last 500 years, they just changed their clothes. Even small cars sheltering quietly in its streets were not spoiling it…

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