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New travel photo: Jardine Auguste Icart, Nice, France

A small plaza in Nice, France is lit by the late afternoon sun on a warm spring day. A flying pigeon also makes an appearance in the picture.

I’ve processed this image as both color and black-and-white, and I’m not sure which version I prefer. Your thoughts?

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New travel photo: Apricale, Italy

I made this image during our Italy Photo Tour in October 2012. The village of Apricale is high in the Maritime Alps, not far from the Mediterranean and the French border. Our group stayed there for two nights and had a fantastic time exploring the area. We’d scouted this location the previous afternoon and the entire group returned in the pre-dawn hours to photograph the sunrise. The clouds never gave way, but we were treated to calm weather and clear visibility, lending a sparkling quality to the town lights. Click the image for the full size version.

New photo from Nice, France: Tapissier

When Ruth and I first arrived in Nice and were walking to our hotel, we passed this wonderful little workshop of an upholsterer. Since we had all our luggage with us and were eager to unload from our travels, I resolved to return and get a photo. A few days later we were able to go back to the place. I prepared my camera out of sight, planning a sneak attack to get a candid shot. I popped into the doorway and was able to fire a few frames before the man saw me and gave a huge, warm smile. The sneaky shots came out good too, but in the end I liked this one the best. With the man looking at the camera, his genuine, welcoming smile makes the image! I can’t imagine how he gets any work done in this crowded space. Click for a larger version.

Our last night, end of Puglia Photo Tour 2013

The last few days we’ve really enjoyed Matera, Basilicata, Italy. This morning we were treated to a gorgeous sunrise. Here’s a quick iPhone snap after the best light had started to fade. Plus a few pictures from around our amazing cave hotel, Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita.

Home in England tomorrow… I’ll start posting selected photos from our trip next week. It’s been an incredible and very productive trip!

 

Buona sera from Lecce

Here are some quick iPhone snaps from our previous couple of days exploring around the Heel of the Boot in Italy. Bellissimo!

 

Ciao from Puglia

My clients and I are having a great time exploring and photographing Puglia, Italy!

Here are quick iPhone snaps of trulli houses in Alberobello.

Our photography has been very productive and I will have lots of new images to share after I return home to England next week.

 

Ostuni, Italy – La Sommitá Relais

We’re continuing our photo tour of Puglia, now in the amazing and beautiful hill town of Ostuni. Our hotel, Relais La Sommitá is spectacular and has a fabulous Michelin-star restaurant, Cielo. I never want to leave!

 

Giovinazzo, Italy

Giovinazzo is a little fishing village on the coast of Puglia. Our hotel here is lovely, the S. Martin.

 

Off to Puglia for Italy Photo Tour – March 2013

Getting ready for my next trip to Italy, leaving Monday for two weeks in Puglia for one-on-one photography training with a private client. Very excited for the trip! Bari, Brindisi, Lecce, Ostuni, Otranto, Gallipoli, Matera and much more… new photos coming soon!

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Still Life: Mezzaluna and Pomegranates

“Mezzaluna” photograph by Nat Coalson (click for larger image)

I made this image at sheep farm and artisan cheese maker Cascina Pistone in the Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy.

Upon entering the room, I was immediately drawn to the gentle shapes and beautiful window light. I spent a long while shooting this scene, first with the camera handheld, before deciding on the final composition and setting up the tripod.

Although the background and foreground are slightly blurred from a relatively shallow depth of field, this photo was captured using f/25 at 90mm on a 28-135mm lens. I tried many apertures and other settings before finding the “sweet spot” that provided just the look I was after. In the end, this setup required a shutter speed of 5 seconds for correct exposure (which is why the tripod was required).

I made this photo during my Italy Photo Tour in October 2012. It was an amazing trip, and many of my clients were able to produce similar photos and many others from equally beautiful locations. I have several photo tours in Europe planned for 2013; please contact me for details.

This image is available as a print in any size on paper and canvas.

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Kenilworth Stairwell

On October 6, 2012 Ruth and I visited Kenilworth Castle in the Midlands of England. It’s a fantastic medieval castle ruin and one of the most renowned of English historical castles.

While exploring the ruins I found this moody, dramatic inside corner with a circular staircase leading up to the floors above. I was glad to have my tripod with me, as this scene was lit with very low light levels requiring a 1.3 second exposure, even at ƒ 6.3.

View more of my photographs of England at http://www.NatCoalson.com/united-kingdom

Warsaw Knitter

While exploring Warsaw last spring, I came upon this lovely old woman knitting on the sidewalk. She has the most amazing face! (click for larger image)

Vorselaar

Vorselaar

Fog in the forest near Vorselaar, Belgium today.

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