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A view of Manarola, Italy, one of the five towns of the Cinque Terre. This is a very familiar viewpoint to anyone who's looked at pictures of Manarola, and with good reason. There is a trail that connects the five villages and it curves around the bay, giving this view back toward Manarola. It doesn't hurt that Manarola faces westward so it gets some incredible sunset lighting.

Like I always do, before my trip there, I looked on the internet to see what other photos of Manarola had been done. Most of what I saw was vacation snapshots. I didn't think many really captured all of the magic that Manarola has to offer. I went there determined to take the very best photo of this fascinating little village that I'd ever seen.

I waited for three days to get this particular shot. No, I didn't camp out on the trail, but I went out to this spot just before sundown for two nights in a row, but just didn't have very good light at all. On the third night, the sky was mostly clear with some interesting clouds and a beautiful lavender and indigo sky. The sunset light was just perfect, casting a golden glow over the village for just a few minutes.

As usual, I took several frames to make sure I got a keeper. I was also shooting on Velvia, probably the most unforgiving slide film on the market. Just a one third stop difference in exposure can mean the difference between a winning photo and an also-ran.

Of the ten frames I shot, this one really stood out as the keeper.

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