Stills V3

September 26, 2011

September Evening in Italy

Filed under: Astrid — Astrid @ 17:44

My first photo here – I hope you are enjoying it. :-)

Malcesine, Lake Garda – late summertime in September!

Cheers, Astrid




  1. Welcome!
    I wonder if you are a cropper or not? Do you leave what is in the full frame there or do you crop or clone to ‘clean up’? Did you decide to leave the object in the bottom right?
    I love the way the castle and its battlements lead down to the raft and the frozen moment of the diver. I also like the recession and the mirroring of the castle by the hills on the right. The B&W treatment helps the emphasis on the shapes and pattern.

    As an aside, I still ride my bike wearing a cycling top purchased at Malcesine. Unfortunately it was a long time ago and the tight fitting lycra bottoms are too tight for me now! :-)
    Also I always wondered how the Italian drivers of the mini cars managed to fit a pallet truck in their boot in order to park between the stanchions of the avalanche tunnels. It was patently impossible to park in there normally, they had to pick the car up and move it in sideways.

    Comment by Rex — September 26, 2011 @ 18:03

  2. Hi Rex,
    No, I am not cropping (only for correcting horizon) – which is not the case in this photo.
    I haven’t seen what you described … but the Italians still love their old Cinquecento. And many bikers around, and surfers en masse … I like the little town.

    Comment by Astrid — September 26, 2011 @ 18:52

  3. …and a big welcome from me! I love this for being street in the middle of a landscape and yet the one sets off the other very well and makes an interesting contribution of the contemporary to a more ancient scene. The tonal range suits the subject matter as well – indeed it defines it.

    As to the cropping – I hadn’t noticed initially and until I read what Rex said. I asked my wife and she agrees with Rex although I would hate to lose any of the foreground.

    Comment by zavaell — September 27, 2011 @ 07:14

  4. thank you for the kind welcome, John. :-)
    To be precise: Cropping would mean to cut foreground – or to be out of format. Both things I wouldn’t like to do, even if the platform is just in the center. I know the rule of things not being in the center ;-) – but sometimes it is this way …
    Dedicated to street photography I do not like to crop at all, and I am trying to prevent it – even if there is only one focal length, as it is with this wonderful little Fuji X100.

    Comment by Astrid — September 27, 2011 @ 11:20

  5. What timing! Brings a real sense of energy to a sleepy scene. Also that nice sense of locals becoming oblivious to their dramatic surroundings.
    On second viewing, the object bottom right is less misplaced with the sweep from castle down the slope past the swimmers.

    Comment by doonster — September 29, 2011 @ 13:52

  6. Astrid, first welcome. What a great first picture. The timing and the framing are excellent and the black and white conversion is classic (Silver Efex?). The picture appears to be right in the tradition of street photography ‘a la Henri CB’. Humanist, warm and slightly gritty monochrome.

    On cropping, there are a few here that don’t (I’m largely in that camp) and others for whom anything goes. No one will take exception.


    Comment by sojournerphoto — September 29, 2011 @ 22:11

  7. PS Interesting to see it with a cool rather than warm tone. The foreground rocks don’t distract me.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — September 29, 2011 @ 22:12

  8. Astrid — how good to see a new Stills member here — and with such a fine image, too. Gorgeous scenery made all the better with the swimmers doing their thing, and of course catching one mid-dive makes all the difference. This reminds me of some happy times swimming in lakes with friends when I was young, which makes viewing it even more enjoyable. The foreground is fine by me — that swimmer has somewhere to go!

    Looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

    Comment by Christina — October 1, 2011 @ 04:57

  9. Hey, I didn’t realize that there were more comments to my photos – thanks! :) – Thanks also for your nice welcome. I am apologizing if my English expressions aren’t always the right ones … my mothertongue is German. ;)

    Concerning the rock at the right … I didn’t want to crop because of the whole composition. Maybe I could have used the Photoshop stamp. ;)
    Yes, its bw is made with Silver Efex!

    Comment by Astrid — October 1, 2011 @ 09:27

  10. welcome Astrid, sorry for my late comment.
    I like the small piece of rock bottom right, it makes me the viewer understand I am standing on something. The receding hills on the right have wonderful tonal seperations. The left is dark and strong like the figures on platform.
    Brilliant picture and thank you for posting it for us to see.

    Comment by rhoehne — October 18, 2011 @ 11:02

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