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N 79 B 3.8K C 16 E Sep 14, 2016 F Dec 19, 2016
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Burano, Italy

One of my lasting memories from our first trip to Venice and Burano was a house with a gable end wall containing a small window with a white border and flowers on the sill. I took quite a few pictures of it but not knowing much about photography or composition at the time made a bit of a pig's ear of it. I always said to myself if I ever went back I would search it out again and try and make a better job of it.

Well the opportunity did arise this year and so we booked for the three island tour - Murano, Burano and Torcello. Unfortunately, our stay on each island was a mere 40 minutes, nowhere near enough time explore all of the canals and back alleyways. Alas I didn't find my window in the blue wall but during our search I did manage to capture these.

Tags:   Burano island search blue wall window flowers sill canals alleyways houses shutters colours Andy Rouse Canon EOS 5D MkIII

N 247 B 10.6K C 28 E Sep 3, 2016 F Sep 22, 2016
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Verona, Italy

For a mid-afternoon quite unexpected to get a relatively clear shot of the arena. In the morning there were queues everywhere for the evening show and arena tours. This is a horizontal three frame panorama stitched together in Elements Photomerge with a 3:1 ratio crop.

Tags:   Italy Verona Arena amphitheatre Roman arcades tourists opera shows tickets afternoon panorama Elements Photomerge Canon EOS 5D MkIII

N 133 B 5.9K C 46 E Oct 3, 2017 F Oct 25, 2017
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Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

The first outing of the holiday for the tripod, and no, I carried it all the way!

Another subway journey across the city to Akihabara - the neon heart of Tokyo so the marketing blurb told us. Now our phone app worked perfectly well and led us straight there. Even the tourist street map proclaimed "welcome to electric town" - a whole two street blocks dedicated to all things brash and commercial emblazoned in electric neon... flash bang wallop, what a picture, what a photograph I thought to myself.

Well we couldn't find it, a whole hour spent walking around every road and side street looking for this assault on the pixels of my camera. So we headed back to the subway to go back to Shinjuku - a round trip of over 3 hours with nothing really to show for our time there... clearly I was more dejected than Mrs R, at least she didn't have to carry the tripod back.

Now don't go feeling sorry for me, all is not lost and certain streets in Shinjuku are just as lively and colourful. This just happens to be our beacon to navigate our way back to the hotel from the station, providing we exit at the right gate - a choice of some 200!

Only one song for this...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6JnowS4774

Tags:   Japan Tokyo Akihabara electric town Shinjuku neon signs advertisements streets street life cityscape city people night dark long exposure Andy Rouse Canon EOS 5D3 5DMkIII EF24-105mm f/4L

N 92 B 6.7K C 37 E Oct 9, 2018 F Oct 22, 2018
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Dunvegan, Isle of Skye

We passed this on the way to Dunvegan castle on the minor road A850. What's a lone bus shelter doing in the middle of nowhere. It's a major hike to the nearest isolated house let alone nearest village. In fact I've seen more life in Chernobyl than many parts of Skye we drove through. It was the lone chair that made me stop to take a picture... how considerate I thought, I can only assume the bus service isn't that frequent - maybe every other Tuesday.

Having said that I was nearly run over by... 1 local bus, 1 mini-tour coach, 2 cars and a delivery van all within the space of a couple of minutes. Maybe I'd stopped at that 'other' Tuesday!

But to be fair, it might look like a right sh^thole but round my way a bus shelter doesn't stay in one piece for very long so one should be grateful for small mercies. With Skye's mini monsoon weather this must be a godsend, providing you don't mind sharing with the odd sheep!

Tags:   Scotland Isle of Skye Dunvegan Waternish Geary minor roads A850 B886 bus shelter lone chair The Highland Council back and beyond isolated weather grey raining downpour tell it as it is

N 46 B 4.4K C 27 E Oct 10, 2017 F May 15, 2018
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The A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, Japan

A final morning in Hiroshima on a glorious sunshine day. This is not the classic view from across the river in the Peace Memorial Park but the small park that surrounds the A-Bomb Dome building. It is completely fenced off but you can sneak a lens through the railings. I just thought it looked nice framed by the trees and shadows... and a pleasant way to spend our last few hours in a wonderful city.

Tags:   Japan Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome Building a.k.a. Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park 6th August 1945 atomic bomb Little Boy Enola Gay B-29 Superfortress bomber River Motoyasu park trees lawn shadows sunshine


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