North Italian views

Lake Como is beautiful in October.

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View of lake Como taken from the the northeast shore looking west – north west

I assume it is beautiful during the other months of the year too, but I can only testify for October. We (me and the family) spent a long weekend there last month. Bad weather, baby and wife’s shopping spree didn’t give me a lot of photographing opportunities. Nevertheless, I was able to get a few good shots.

We had in total maybe 2 hours of sunlight the whole weekend, during which I took a few lake photographs from a small parking lot at the north east side of the lake looking west – north west.

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HDR photo of lake Como taken from the north east shore looking north.

The following shots were taken on several occasions at our hotel site. The low clouds really created a nice autumn atmosphere, which would have been even better if the trees had started to turn yellow and red. Unfortunately this being on the south end of the Alps and early October, everything was still summer green. I didn’t use a tripod for any of these shots.

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One of the hotel buildings in the early morning fog
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A red building I particularly liked
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A garden path at our hotel

This next photograph is very similar to the two previous ones, with the difference of having applied negative instead of positive Clarity in Lightroom, as well as some add-on white vignetting which in my opinion matches the fog quite well.

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Hotel buildings in the fog, with some extra fog added during post-processing.

This was our hotel by the way. Suffice to say it was very nice, with a wonderful view of the lake.

We spent a few hours in Milan as well, but it was mainly shopping and eating. I did have a few minutes to photograph the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which according to Wikipedia “is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.”

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in B&W

I liked this photograph in B&W more than in color and I added some noise as well to make the photograph look older. The modern looking people in the foreground, particularly the dude with the left down trouser braces completely spoil the retro effect though. By the way, I am not in the advertising business here and I am certainly not the most selective person in the world when it comes to food, but the pizza at the Fresco restaurant right next to the Duomo in Milan was really, really good!


© Epameinondas Stamos 2013

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