Capturing Italy 2015
If you follow my Instagram feed you know I was recently in Italy for two weeks in June. It was an incredible adventure filled with lots of great sites, good food and fun times.
As one would expect from a professional photographer, I schlepped my camera with me to every bistro, historic site and gondola ride I took. I got some incredible shots, so I thought not only would it be fun to share some of them with you, but also interesting to do some side-by-side comparisons of the three types of photos we took and how they look side by side. The three types of photos you will see are a selfie, a friend behind the camera and a pro (ME!) behind the camera.
I think it’s fair to say that it was traveling that first inspired my desire to do photography for the rest of my life. In fact, it was when I actually lived in Italy many years ago that I made my decision to follow this path. How could you not want to document and share every interesting thing you see!
You should know too that my grandparents were also world travelers and my grandfather, George A. De Vos, documented each trip with incredible photos. They always had beautiful visual memories of their adventures and that always stuck with me (and of course my Grandmother always looked great!). In fact, I’ll be honest and say I’m a bit jealous. While I may be a good photographer, my traveling companion is not, so unfortunately I didn’t end up with the kind of beautiful photos that my grandmother did from her travels (thank God for Selfies!).
However, I won’t let being a perfectionist photographer get in the way of sharing all my photos with my tribe. In fact, it shows the difference between working with someone who knows what they’re doing (versus working with someone who does not). LOL
If you'd like to some fun side-by-side comparisons of photos taken by me of me, ones taken of me by my traveling companion and of images I shot 'as a professional' click here.
My verdict? Even though the Selfies are great, the view of the world behind you is so limited. And when you give your camera to someone for whom vision is not their ‘first language’ you get a great memory of you in a place, but you often end up with a photo where you have no feet, closed eyes, or bad lighting. *sigh*
And yes, my professional photos are great - but because I can't photograph myself at a distance (w/o a big set up or an assistant) I miss out on having incredible photos OF me in incredible places. So, I guess the best of all worlds next time will be to travel with another professional photographer and leave the great shots up to them!
This series below is my favorite - it is from inside the Pantheon in Rome. The first two images are "Selfies" that I took - I LOVED the quality of the light streaming through the Oculus. Not only was it incredibly flattering, but it has an ethereal quality that is hard to describe. The third image is one taken of me by my traveling companion - its a beautiful moment (again, how flattering is that light!) But, true to form, when you hand the camera to a 'non-expert' my feet have been cut off and its zoomed out a little too far. The last image is my own 'professional interpretation" of the space...
We went to 5 cities in total, starting in Venice, then to Florence, next Rome, a hop over to Capri and the final hurrah in Pompeii (an all-time favorite). To follow the trip though my photos, click on each city to see the gallery or click here to access all 5 galleries at once.
Of the 5 cities we visited, Venice is by far the most photogenic in my opinion. You’ll see why I say that when you look at the photos; I couldn’t help myself! In hindsight, after going back over the photos, I realize that I could have shot WAY more! It’s never, ever enough.....
Anyway, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves! I would love to hear your comments or field any questions you might have. Enjoy!
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