Florence Italy - City of History
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A Lifetime, History, Past and Future

Florence, for many, represents art, music, creation and love. For me, I think these are fair descriptors, but there's more, something indescribable about the feeling of being in this amazing city.

Distinctly Tuscan, the atmosphere is remarkably easygoing while remaining true to the lineage passed down for generations. The people, including the concierge who took our photo, the innkeeper that made us dupio espressos and cappuccinos each morning and tea in the evening, will never be forgotten for their graciousness. Last but not least the food, the pasta, and wine, and coffee served by the beautiful people who so graciously welcomed us into their city were remarkable in both their sophistication, but also honestly to time honored tradition.

I don't have much to say beyond that to describe the city. Much of my time was spent preoccupied (see the end of the post). Florence provided a uniquely Italian experience, true to its roots and solidified in my heart for the rest of my life, as the start of something great. 


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The Process

These images were taken with a Nikon FE2 and both the 28mm f/3.5 and the 50mm f/1.8. Just like my photos from Venice, I exposed Portra 400 at 200, and Portra 800 at 800, but pushed one stop. I again found that both Portra stocks and the Ektar performed great. Nothing here is much different from the Venice post. 

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Venice Italy - Another World
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Unlike Anywhere Else

There exist several locations in this earth that hold a special place in our heart due to a romantic connection that’s not often acknowledged. When one thinks of Venice, they are likely to remember days gone by, days when boats were rowed down narrow canals amongst a busteling city that seams to exist once removed from another world. It’s not often that our society experiences a life so unlike our own typical day to day, but this city provides a small look into what truly is, unlike anything else.

Kicking off our week long tour of central Italy, Venice gave us our first look into the carefully preserved culture present in Europe. We were fortunate to stay in a beautiful hotel in the central part of the city, with a room that quite literally, was on the water. Looking down out of our window revealed a fully operational waterway. This environment, combined with an amazing staff (and breakfast) ensured we felt right at home in this other world.

We are often asked “what was the best part of your trip” this question always leaves us biting to reduce an unbelievable trip down to a single sentence. But, if I had to say one thing about Venice, it would be the silence. It’s hard to imagine a city without the sound of automobiles. These days the constant rumble makes anyone feel as though they are just floating through life amongst machines. Maybe it was the connection one feels with water, but there’s something primal about walking everywhere while being surrounded by canals. The one moment I remember most was running through the rainy streets, completely lost, but completely calm.

Venice, to many, represents life 100 years ago. It shows what could have been, if our species hadn’t advances to the point where water proximity was no longer a life sustaining necessity. Here you will find no cars, no trucks, and an almost unimaginable quietness that has to be experienced to be believed. While it’s often thought of as the theme park of European vacations, the true Venetians are alive and well.

This is the first of 3 posts from Italy on Film, Here's what we saw.

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The Process

These images were taken with a Nikon FE2 and both the 28mm f/3.5 and the 50mm f/1.8. Just like my photos from California, I exposed Portra 400 at 200, and Portra 800 at 800, but pushed one stop. I again found that both Portra stocks and the Ektar performed great, but at times the lack of contrast and cloudy weather made tones more subtle. 

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Montara Beach - Spring Tones
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Peaceful, yet forceful

Just south of San Fransisco, Montara Beach provides a quiet, almost calming atmosphere for spending a day exploring. Spring in the Bay Area was a gorgeous combination of fog and cool weather, always setting the mood for photos that look straight off of a a movie set. No matter where you look, everything appears shrouded in mystery, the roads and buildings holding secrets. Here's two rolls of film shot one afternoon while exploring Montara Beach. The tones perfectly frame an area with relaxing vibes balanced with crashing waves.  


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The Process

These images were taken with a Nikon FE2 and both the 28mm f/3.5 and the 50mm f/1.8. I exposed Portra 400 at 200, and Portra 800 at 800, but pushed one stop. I found the Portra 800 gave beautifully vivid and balanced colors with large grain, while the Portra 400 lacked some punch but had less grain and a more neutral look.