Monthly Archives: October 2016

Heart of the Dolomites

The Dolomites, in northeastern Italy, are a spectacular range of pinnacles forming the southern reaches of the Alps. These mountains have characteristically grand rock formations, and if you like landscape scenery they should definitely be on your “bucket list.”

Heart of the Dolomites © Harold Davis

Heart of the Dolomites © Harold Davis

Yesterday, in the heart of these mountains, there was a fierce blue sky with traces of new snow on the peaks. It was cold on the peaks, and I was glad to have some layers with me—and could easily believe in the coming of winter!

Posted in Italy, Landscape, Photography

Duomo di Pavia

The ancient Lombard city of Pavia lies on the Ticino River near its confluence with the Po. Pavia is about twenty miles south of Milan. A long time ago, Pavia was the capital of Lombardy. Today it is a bit of a back water, but with some marvelous structures, including a covered bridge over the Ticino that was originally from the 1300s, but was rebuilt after being destroyed in the second world war. The Renaissance cathedral, the Duomo di Pavia, boasts a vast brick and masonry dome, one of the world’s largest. The interior of the dome is shown in this image.

Duomo di Pavia © Harold Davis

Duomo di Pavia © Harold Davis

I photographed the dome with my camera on a tripod, using my 16mm rectilinear fisheye lens, and combining five manually bracketing captures. The result, when viewed head-on and without the appearance of depth and height, reminds me a bit of a mandala.

Click here for more domes, and here for Mandahlia!

Posted in Italy, Photography

Dawn on Lake Como

I’ve been in Italy only a couple of days, and already it seems like there have been some incredible adventures (but not much sleep). This morning I woke in the dark at the family villa of my friend Mauro on Lake Como. I dressed in warm clothes, and turned on my headlamp. Wandering down ancient, cobblestoned paths I found the shores of one of the fingers of Lake Como, and photographed the lights of the town of Lecco across the water in the misty dawn.

Dawn on Lake Como © Harold Davis

Dawn on Lake Como © Harold Davis

Posted in Italy, Photography

Pont Neuf, Toulouse

On a sunny and warm early spring day I explored Toulouse in southwestern France. Heading down to the Garonne River, I found the banks occupied by university students enjoying the weather. The not-new-and-really-pretty-old Pont Neuf (finished in 1632) spanned the Garonne—with flotsam and jetsam from winter storms still visible below the arches.

Pont Neuf, Toulouse © Harold Davis

Pont Neuf, Toulouse © Harold Davis

Posted in France, Photography

Saint-Sulpice at Dusk

This is an image I made earlier this year outside the wonderful Saint-Sulpice in Paris as day faded to night (see this earlier story, also this one, and also this one for the inside of Saint-Sulpice). I used my 16mm Nikkor rectolinear fisheye lens, with the camera on tripod.

Saint-Sulpice at Dusk © Harold Davis

Saint-Sulpice at Dusk © Harold Davis

I am headed to Italy in the coming week, and hope to be blogging about my adventures in photography while I am there—unless I am having so much fun, and taking so many photos, that I don’t get the chance! In which possible case, TTFN.

Posted in Digital Night, Paris, Photography