My morning routine while in Riomaggiore was to walk down from our apartment which was at the very top of the village down to the bar which was near its foot. The light would be breaking over the top of the hills above the village, creating dramatic light as here.

This is the central street of Riomaggiore. There’s really just one other road around the top of the village. This street is really a pedestrian walk as it is gated above; only delivery trucks and official vehicles have access to the lower village.


p> The regular pavers toward the left mark the newest portion of the road which is built over the stream that used to run down the center. Until sometime in the 1950s there was a series of bridges over the stream that allowed one to move from one side to the other. Now the water runs through a conduit under the street. At intervals along its length there are grates through which you can peer down and see the rushing water.

At the Airport


When I travel on business, I’m always hesitant to sit in the airport and capture images. Somehow, on vacation with my wife as cover, I felt much less inhibited about snapping away.

We drove from Baltimore to the Philadelphia Airport. The new International Terminal has nice big windows overlooking the exterior and the sky was filled with clouds. I continue to rely mostly on my 24mm f2.8 lens with the D80. As a 36mm equivalent, it’s a very flexible field of view that can be wide as here or close up, provide detail. I traveled with the 24mm on the camera, my 50mm and 12-24mm f4 DX wrapped in the backpack. No telephoto on this trip.

Since this is vacation photography, there’s an important documentary aspect, so I’ve shot many scenics and location images that reflect a more “straight” photography style than my personal work. I’m sure there will be a few personal keepers in the collection.

There are so many images that it would be impossible for me to work through them using my fine print workflow. I’ve decided to work within Aperture until I’ve digested most of the images. I’ll then circle back and reprocess the best through my current workflow, which is Capture One for RAW conversion and the Photoshop CS3 for overall and local contrast/brightness changes.