This is the village of Portovenere, one of the townships that make up the beautiful Cinque Terre (in English "Five Lands", on the north-west coast of Italy. It's quite strange, because Portovenere is actually the sixth town on the peninsula, so despite the problems with maths, the beauty of the place quickly overcomes any practical concerns. This town, along with the others that make up the Cinque Terre has rightly been UNESCO listed since 1991. Despite having lived in Italy for significant periods previously and having been to Italy nearly 10 times, I had never visited this paradise before. It was a dream come true and an absolute privilege to witness such beauty and elegance.
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PaulVDV (17359) 2013-10-19 5:11
Splendid shot of the illuminated sixt town of Cinque Terre.
At the blue hour its golden brown tones makes in stand out wonderfully between the blue sky and the multicoloured sea.
I like the sharp presentation of the houses along the waterfront, the view of the castle on the hill overlooking the whole town and the lights in starshape.
Best regards, Paul
Romano46 (11653) 2013-10-19 5:20
Una portovenere trasfigurata con la tua bella tecnica che annulla le onde del mare e lo rende simile ad uno specchio magico.
Eccellente la ripresa con una nitidezza impeccabile ed una composizione perfetta, ottima per valorizzare questa bella cittadina ligure della quale comnservo un ottimo ricordo.
Molto belli i colori e pregevole anche il cielo nuvoloso che sovrasta le case.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
P.S. - perchè la località è diventata Romina Romea (????) invece di Portovenere.
SnapRJW (23756) 2013-10-19 5:29
Hello Lisa - This is an unusual presentation of what, I imagine, is a very beautiful place. We see quite a few daytime shots from an elevated viewpoint which focuses on the colours of the buildings but here you are looking across the sea at the rising view of the town. Your silky rendition of the sea with the vertical softly-striped lines of light and colour is attractive and well contrasted by the jumble of buildings and movement in the sky. The more I see of Italy, the more I'd like to visit. Warm regards Rosemary
arnie (1015) 2013-10-19 5:35
A very sharp capture, the golden glow of the town reflecting on the very calm sea makes the shot very tranquil.
Noel_Byrne (13458) 2013-10-19 5:37
The maths may not work, by what a scene this town portrays! The sky moves in the image (maybe just me) and the lights are superb. The buildings all look to be at wonky angles, which gives them an even greater sense of interest. And then those colors in the water, which is as smooth as silk and as reflective as ice. A beauty of a shot Lisa, this should be framed and hung up.
All the best
timecapturer (37236) 2013-10-19 5:45
a "shining" example of bluey hour photography at its most proficient and exquisitely beautiful. The golden tones and immaculate detail here make this not only captivating but a hankering to witness its glory first hand. I really must visit Italy more, shots like this make me realise how much of it I have not yet seen and experienced. Uplifting and inspiring imagery!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
bayno (18338) 2013-10-19 5:46
Ciao Lisa, lo scattone lo avevo appena detto ;) location fantastica ripresa in maniera eccelsa come tu fai sempre quando sei sul tripoid....le regole della composizione le conosci bene...mi sembra solo un pochino sovraesposta nelle alte luci..che ne pensi?
buon WE carissima...
ikeharel (44139) 2013-10-19 6:33
Glad to see you finally taken a tour of beautiful Chinque-Terre and PortoVenere especially, Lisa.
Night shot done an impressive picture. But my dear, daylight colors, in my humble opinion, are vivid and vibrant - the many illuminations not allow to see the richness of the multi-colors of the waterfront houses.
A 30 sec. exp. masterfully applied.
Cheers. Enjoy a nice weekend,
Silvio1953 (105720) 2013-10-19 6:40
Ciao Lisa, favolosa ora blu, affascinanti riflessi, fantastica luce e magnifico cielo, bravissima, buon week end, un abbraccio Silvio
danos (78196) 2013-10-19 7:46
excellent night shot with the golden lights to make the image even more effective.The cloudy sky with the reflections on the pause waters make the scene superb.
Have a good weekend,Danos
dta (56826) 2013-10-19 8:03
A gorgeous capture of the famous village at the blue hour . From the castle on the right twards the church tower on the left , the golden buildinga are marvelous , contrasting with the blue-pink sly and sea .
macjake (45636) 2013-10-19 9:33
Damn you lol
This is certainly on my top 10 places in the entire world to visit! Seriously.
Along with Venice, we'll get to them soon!
And good for you to finally see it yourself too. Alot like Jason finally visiting the Grand Canyon
I hope hou have many more from the other towns too????
For some strange reason we dont get to see many blue hour photos from these towns....i wonder why....is it because most people are just passing through during the day??
Did you spend the night or a couple of nights in a town or two? I bet it would be super
Unforgettable experience Lisa...happy for you.
I havnt said much about the photo bc it left me speechless. Absolutely in love with it,especially how the clouds and sky look. I can feel my BP lowering just viewing it.
On a different note............i realized a while ago that you dont have ALOT oc Venice photos....some, but not alot. Are you not much of a Venice lover? Just curious
Thinking about you guys over there :)
Craig & Tosca
tyro (15749) 2013-10-19 11:33
Ciao cara Lisa,
You have given us a very interesting and informative note from which we can also learn of your passion for this wonderful place. And, of course, that very same passion is reflected in your wonderful photograph.
This is a fabulous long exposure late evening or night time shot with an amazing mixture of natural and artificial light. The reflections on the smooth water are divine and the detail seen in the buildings is exquisite. And all topped off by a gorgeous sky.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.
fabbs99 (11252) 2013-10-19 12:54
Dazzling shot in the blue hours.Good use of time to get the luminosity.Excellent light and colors.Very well done,TFS.
siudzi (27779) 2013-10-19 12:55
Wow! What a marvelous blue hour shot of this magical place! True architectural pearl in such a spectacular composition! Love it! Excellent work perfectly done. Many thanks for sharing!
krzychu30 (12793) 2013-10-19 13:20
the Ligurian coastline with its charming,picturesque towns is my dream to visit it someday.
Here you captured perfectly the beauty and uniqueness of Portovenere.
What I enjoy here the most is the way you created here different "layers" of the image-we have "smooth" looking water with so lovely reflections,sharp and clear presented architecture of the town and finally so beautiful sky(btw.I really like how you captured the movement of the clouds).
Have a nice sunday
ourania (18764) 2013-10-19 13:30
Ciao cara Lisa,
una foto magnifica, una vista bella e commovente che non si vuole lasciare. Mi piace molto la profondita' che offre ampio spazio ai riflessi incantevoli, la prospettiva che rende lo spettacolo ancora piu' gratificante. E' molto interessante che le tonalita' e tessiture che incorniciano la citta' sono cosi diverse. Mi piace moltissimo come la citta' sia trasformata, i colori caratteristici sono spariti ed essa e' dipinta in un oro brillantissimo e meraviglioso, sembra generare luce. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona domenica,
carlo62 (19543) 2013-10-19 13:45
stento a riconoscere Portovenere, l'hai trasformata, da bellissima è diventata magnifica.
Sicuramente la situazione non era di facile gestione, ma il risulato è eccellente.
Valensiaa (214) 2013-10-19 14:53
Night scenery so beautiful. I like all the bright golden lights mixing with soft blue shadows.
lousat (64327) 2013-10-19 15:10
Ciao Lisa,oggi sono un po' cattivo ma mi piace essere sempre onesto,non è sicuramente una delle tue foto meglio riuscite,ci sono molte zone che sparano troppo ed un po' sovraesposte,bellissimi i riflessi,un po' agitato il cielo...consoliamoci con una bella impepata di cozze..ehehe...magari della Liguria! Buona Domenica e complimenti,Luciano
divail (7908) 2013-10-19 21:12
C'est une magnifique photo prise à l'heure la plus belle; l'heure bleue. Les maisons sont superbes avec leurs couleurs dorées. Les reflets sur la mer semblent faire croire qu'il y a une mince couche de glace, ce qui est faux bien sur. La formation de nuages ajoute à la beauté de la composition.
jjcordier (67366) 2013-10-19 23:10
Bonne photo nocturne de Portovenere avec une belle palette de couleurs. Je n'ai pas poussé jusque là lors de mon séjour dans les Cinque Terre (j'ai respecté les maths -))
kasianowak (3474) 2013-10-19 23:49
This truly is an amazing place and your photo shows it very well. You left enough space at the bottom of the shot for the lovely reflections and the long exposure shows the clouds moving in the sky. Great work.
Gigidusud (10316) 2013-10-20 7:10
Splendida catura di Portovenere ad ora blu. Ottimo POV e fantastico effetto sul mare con bei riflessi. Mi piace molto! Peccato che tra Spagna e l'Italia non ti sei feramata a Marsiglia :(
marabu61 (5879) 2013-10-21 6:39
Ah, the beautiful cinque terra, such a pleasant region in Italy indeed.
Beautiful evening composition with a gorgeous light. The movements of the clouds in the sky is superb and the warm town contrast so nicely with the colder blues of the sea and sky.
have a great day
rigoletto (32796) 2013-10-21 7:20
i remember seeing "popeye village" on TE, they must have been inspired by cinque terre.
an evening long exposure is a definite reason for stunning us, as we really are so much used to seeing the photos of this place in daylight and with bright colors. this version is also unforgettable, and a proof that even classical places can grant unusual photos. on the vacation map, little by little, you seem to be approaching to naples.
Kielia (21561) 2013-10-21 7:28
this village looks like it belongs in a fairytale! You have captured a magical mood - the water being so calm and peaceful. The colors are amazing. Cinque Terre is now on my list of places I must see.
photoray (6712) 2013-10-21 18:42
Ciao Math Professor Lisa
The night lighting especially its radiance of gold on the water is definitely attractive, but what I am drawn to are the curving buildings in varying stances, very surreal.
PS: I feel for your people during the devastating fires and pray for a speedy recovery.
In California we have had a number of disastrous fires, all caused by dumbass people. The fire near Yosemite Valley has destroyed an important forest eco system, including the flora and fauna.
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-10-21 20:26
Lisa, so hard to bypass this picture from Cinque Terre...my all time favorite as is all the North part of beautiful Italy, all my good friends for years live there and there I spent lots of good times with them...amazing nocturne shot, always with your classy style and elegance and that very romantic eye of yours...
thanks for your comment on my last post...it reminds me of my father too..
abmdsudi (32577) 2013-10-21 22:23
Splendid night shot with lots of warm lights and colours. You have caught a good point in the display of the charming town, the buildings and the silky water are all so eye catching which superbly stand out in the evening sky. I feel there's some areas on the bright buildings which appear to be slightly over exposed and 'hot' however this is a personal view and minor negative critique others will no doubt disagree with me. That said, it works excellently nevertheless, Congrats, tfs
SteveH (6187) 2013-10-22 4:38
Hi Lisa, it's been a while since I visited TE, but this image makes the visit worthwhile. Some of the buildings seem to be not quite straight. Is that right or optical illusion? Colours are terrific. You chose a great time and location for the shot. Cheers, Steve
rogerl (1156) 2013-10-22 14:28
Lisa, a fantastic exposure in blue hour. The color contrasts are really beautiful - the sky, the lit buildings, and the pastel reflections on the water. This looks like a lovely place. Thanks.
Highmountains (2251) 2013-10-23 4:56
Waao ! What a sight and what an excellent capture !!
The bright illumination of the buildings and the lighting of the Castle at the top contrasts with the low light of twilight. The slow exposure justifiably flattens out the water but retains the shimmering reflection of the bright lights.
The sky is an amazing blue with clouds tossed about, above the rock solid structure of the castle and the buildings. The vertical walls aren't all straight and their incongruity adds to the overall effect.
Thanks for sharing.
jemaflor (74166) 2013-10-24 11:39
You capture very well all thes elights, good result with these reflections on water, i like also these stars, well managed.
ChrisJ (91342) 2013-10-25 13:18
I did get to see some of the Cinque Terre coastline enroute between Lucca and Genova but I thought the Amalfi coast was way more spectacular. And I'm an impartial observer! But it did not help that 3 of the 5 walking tracks at CT were closed, or I might have considered a longer stay than 30 minutes! However, your photo is splendid, with wonderful vertical silken bands of reflected light, and superb sharpness and saturation. The triangular wedge shape from right to left adds interest and perspective. Tfs!
gus72 (3418) 2013-10-26 16:09
Ciao Lisa !!!
what a nice satisfaction it is to visit those special places that are on the waiting list
so now you got even..... and what a magnificent panoramic view your got for us..
Perfect timing....... showing a bit of sky and all the lights creating reflexions.
Good fortune for your family.
Un abrazo cariñoso.
COSTANTINO (44203) 2013-10-26 23:42
Bella panoramica vista noturna
ottimi riflessi e splendidi colori complimentie buona domenica
mirosu (8232) 2013-10-27 19:19
This is a beautiful blue hour’s view to small township skyline. Really an excellent photo, and is a good example of nightscape mode. The great buildings lighting and the excellent reflections also lends a lovely contrast to the scene. Very well done my friend.
jcpix (6654) 2013-10-27 19:22
Oh, the Cinque Terre...how could anyone NOT love this place?!! I never did see Portovenere, but being familiar with the rest of 'em, this gives me a great idea of what it's like. How cool as well that we get to see this at such an hour, as it takes on a different kind of atmosphere...one far removed from the crowds of tourists and the days activities.
Terrific viewpoint, I love how this stretches from side to side, and I find the uneven lines of the towns architecture fascinating. Blue and gold, this transformation from day to night is always compelling. Crazy to think this was your first visit, I'm happy that you were able to experience it and share its beauty with the rest of us. :) Hope you're doing well too. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon. Take good care.
Cricri (92323) 2013-10-29 12:29
Un rêve devenu réalité, cela me fait très plaisir pour toi, je sens dans ta note ta joie :-)
en plus elle ta inspirée car cette image est merveilleuse, jeu de couleurs en reflets et prise a l'heure bleu, toutes mes félicitations
Belle soirée a toi
serp2000 (33239) 2013-10-30 4:40
I see your latest post, but this photo is more attractive to me. Very nice evening view, superb colors and perfect sharpness.
batalay (33441) 2013-10-30 7:10
Fantastic light management in this image with 30 second exposure. Portevenere is one of my favorite ports, although I haven't been there in almost ten years. It seems Keats and Shelley lived close to each other in this extraordinarily beautiful scenes. If you get a chance take a look at my latest post from Positano, the area of your ancestral home.
willperrett (4099) 2013-10-30 13:01
Well I didn't see you there! Spookily I spent a couple of days here in September on my way home from southern Italy where I'd been sailing in a friend's boat. This is of course the best time of day to photograph the place: fantastic light, and most of the tourists having left on the train! Gorgeous orange and purple tones from opposite sides of the colour wheel. Love it!
mkamionka (27121) 2013-10-31 9:23
this is a very impressive blue hour work. There seem to be three layers so different here. The town is squeezed between the dreamy sky and the golden reflection. It is so beautiful. The architecture is lovely with the narrow houses making a nice promenade and with the fortifications appearing behind.
Excellent work, it makes me miss beautiful places...
annjackman (15581) 2013-11-01 3:56
The town seems bathed in gold - very beatiful. I have not been there but would love to. Gorgeous photography - well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
korbee (6557) 2013-11-04 13:15
Ive been lucky to visit this coastline in 1975 with my parents ;=],wauw brings back all the good memories of Italy and my parents,thanks a lot Lisa...
MMm may I ask ,you have Italian parents??