Journal

Arrivederci from Italy – end of Piedmont Tour Fall 2014

Over the past two weeks I’ve had the great pleasure to guide two wonderful clients on a private photo workshop in northern Italy.

The last couple of days in the Cinque Terre were fabulous, made more special by our lovely hotel in Bonassola.

This morning we said “arrivederci” at the Turin Airport. Huge thanks to my new friends the Gortmakers of Boulder.

My next trip is to Holland with Ruth this week …. and then another private photo adventure in Croatia!

 

Amazing Dolceacqua

The medieval village of Dolceacqua is one of the most amazing and ‘hive-like’ towns I’ve visited anywhere.

It feels like crawling around in a giant termite mound! Really wonderful.

Here are some quick phone snaps… stay tuned for the real pictures after I get home!

 

Magical Apricale

Another beautiful morning in Apricale.

Here’s a quick iPhone shot, real photos coming soon!

 

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Buongiorno from Piemonte – start of our 2014 Italy Photo Tour!

Very happy to be back in Piedmont!

Working with fantastic clients in a private photo workshop.

So far, we’ve visited Turin and the Monferrato and Langhe areas. Tomorrow Tende (France) and then Apricale … one of the special highlights of the trip.

I so love it here …

 

New Landscape Photograph: Dawn at Canyonlands

Nature Landscape Photograph: Dawn at Canyonlands by Nat Coalson

The rising sun illuminates the crests of sandstone canyons and spires in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Fine art prints available.

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New Landscape Photograph: The Bass Rock

Landscape Photograph: Bass Rock, Scotland by Nat Coalson

This landscape photograph shows Bass Rock, off the coast of North Berwick, Scotland, with a lone gannet flying in the blue sky.

Bass Rock is a steep-sided volcanic rock, 107 meters (351 ft) at its highest point. It is home to the world’s largest single rock colony of gannets, with over 150,000 birds. Viewed from the mainland, the surface of the rock appears white due to the number of birds and their droppings.

The rock is currently uninhabited, but historically has been settled by an early Christian hermit, and later was the site of an important castle, which was later used as a prison.

The island was in the ownership of the Lauder family for almost six centuries, and now belongs to Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple.

The Bass Rock Lighthouse was constructed on the rock in 1902, and the remains of a chapel are located there.

The Bass Rock features in numerous works of fiction, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s Catriona and The Lion is Rampant by contemporary Scottish novelist Ross Laidlaw.

Fine art prints are available of this photograph. You can purchase standard prints online, or contact us for a custom quote.

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New Nature Photograph: Black Bamboo Forest

Nature Photograph: Black Bamboo Forest by Nat Coalson

In this fine art nature photograph, bamboo stalks stand in stark silhouette against a shallow pond covered in bright green lily pads and water plants.

I made this image in Zizhuyuan Park (or Black Bamboo Park, formerly known as Purple Bamboo Park) in the heart of the Haidan District of Beijing, China.

Fine art prints of this photograph are available in any size and on any material.

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New Scenic Travel Photograph: Ronda y Puente Nuevo

Scenic Travel Photograph: Ronda y Puente Nuevo by Nat Coalson

I made this scenic travel photograph at sunset in the village of Ronda, province of Malaga, Spain, during a two-week private photo tour with a client.

People have lived in the area around Ronda since prehistoric times. The town itself was founded by early Celts in the 6th century BC. The current town is of Roman origin and in the 2nd century BC received the title of city from Julius Caesar. Many centuries later, Ronda was conquered by the Islamic Berbers and served as the capital of a small kingdom. Islamic domination of Ronda came to an end in 1485 when the city was conquered by the Marquis of Cádiz.

Ronda was heavily affected by the Napoleonic Wars and the Spanish Civil War. Ernest Hemingway is believed to have modeled a story in ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ after events that occurred in Ronda.

The Puente Nuevo (‘New Bridge’) is one of three bridges that span El Tajo gorge, the deep canyon dividing the town. Building the bridge started in 1751 and was completed in 1793. It towers 120 meters (390 ft) above the canyon floor. The chamber beneath the central arch has been used for a variety of purposes, including a prison. During the 1936-1939 civil war both sides allegedly used the prison as a torture chamber for captured opponents, killing some by throwing them from the windows to the rocks at the bottom of the gorge.

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New Travel Photograph: The City Comes to Life

Travel Photograph of Barcelona, Spain: The City Comes to Life by Nat Coalson

I made this photograph of the Plaza de España, in Barcelona, Spain, from the roof of a nearby building.

The Plaza de España was built for the 1929 International Exhibition and is one of Barcelona’s busiest and most important squares.

In the foreground, the lights of cars passing in a roundabout create dynamic streaks of colour. In the center of the traffic circle are a fountain and statues.

In the background of the photo, the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina can be seen leading to one of Catalonia’s finest museums, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). The streaks of eight spotlights create a corona effect in the deep blue sky.

The Avinguda also leads to the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, which can be seen as a pink glow in front of the building in the upper left. On summer evenings, crowds gather at the fountain to watch the display choreographed to classical music.

Prints of this photograph are available for purchase in any size and on any material.

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New Fine Art Travel Photograph: Man Made Caves

Fine Art Photograph: Man Made Caves

Black-and-white, fine art photograph of stone walls, arches and ancient steps in the medieval back alleys of Trogir, near Split, Croatia. Prints available in any size and on any material. Alternate colouring may also be available; contact us for a custom quote.

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New Travel Photograph: Imperial Guardian Lion (Male)

Travel Photograph: Imperial Guardian Lion (Male)

Travel photograph depicts a bronze statue of a male Chinese guardian lion outside the Hall of Mental Cultivation in the Imperial Palace (aka Forbidden City), Beijing, China. The hall was built in 1537 during the Ming Dynasty.

Prints of this photograph are available in any size and on any material. Also available in different colour treatments and black-and-white. Contact us for a custom quote.

Since the Han Dynasty (around 200 BC) statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy. They were believed to have powerful mystic protective benefits and are typically presented in pairs: a male resting his paw on a ball (which represents supremacy over the world) and a female restraining a playful cub on its back (representing nurture; not shown).

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New Nature Photograph: Water Lilies on Lotus Lake

Nature Photography: Water Lilies on Lotus Lake by Nat Coalson

Amid the reflections of weeping willow boughs, large green lily pads and white lotus blossoms adorn the mirror surface of Lotus Lake in Black Bamboo Park (Zizhuyan Park), Haidan District, Beijing, China. Prints available in any size and on any material. Looks great as a full wall mural! Alternate versions with colour adjustments, including black-and-white, are also available. Contact us for a custom quote. Click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Travel Photograph: Great Wall at Mutianyu

Landscape Travel Photograph: Great Wall at Mutianyu by Nat Coalson

Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall of China located 70 km northeast of central Beijing. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. It was first built in the mid-6th century. Prints available; click the image or click here for a larger preview.

New Landscape Photograph: Doonagore Castle, Ireland

Landscape Photograph: Doonagore Castle, Ireland by Nat Coalson

Doonagore Castle is a round tower house with a small walled enclosure located approximately 1 km from the coastal village of Doolin in County Clare, western Ireland. The castle was built in the 16th century. It was restored in the 1970s and is now privately owned. The North Atlantic and Aran Islands can be seen in the distance. Prints available; click the image or click here for a larger preview.

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