Gert Holmertz made an interesting observation about one of my recent shots Here remarking The colours are fantastic, especially on a day like that. It's strange though, that as far as I can recall I have never seen any photos from inside the maze of narrow lanes I suppose are found inside the village. Is the magic lost in the backyards of reality? I remember the "Manhattan of the desert" in Yemen that looks fantastic from a distance but is nothing special once inside.
It’s true; far fewer shots are shown of the ‘backyards’ of the Cinque Terre villages. I won’t say that they don’t have charm but their visual impact is less apparent than the classic postcard shots that are so popular. One of the difficulties lies in the light I think. Walking in the back alleys is like walking in a man-made canyon; narrow deeply shadowed passages with steep flights of steps, and twists and turns prove challenging photographically speaking (and if you are carrying heavy suitcases!)
This shot was taken in Vernazza. A few steps away from the place we stayed there was some renovation work going on in one of the old houses. We saw this man each day ferrying building rubble and buckets of sand and cement back and forth and up and down the steps. His ‘wheelbarrow’ was so unusual…. It was mechanised and had caterpillar tracks in order that it could get up the steep narrow steps. So Gert, this one is for you, not the greatest quality but it will help you visualise those ‘backyards’.
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snunney (78789) 2014-07-11 6:33
The yellow and grey colour contrasts combined with the well worn steps make for a fascinating image. The man with his wheelbarrow and yellow gloves is the cherry on the cake. Well exposed and with excellent rendering of the textural detail. I rather like it!
macjake (51374) 2014-07-11 6:47
Oh i'm sure Gert will appreciate this one :)
I do as well, as i know for a fact how difficult it is to photograph scens in Vernazza's backalley ways.
not only do the yellows work well here, but its funny how the stone steps have so much blue tones in them.
I bet if you reduce the blues they'd look much more grey, but i like this color set too.
fun shot, certainly different.
holmertz (36441) 2014-07-11 7:13
Thank you dear Rosemary for this photo.
I am flattered, and I certainly appreciate this fine picture, even though you claim it's "not the greatest quality". Well, then just for once you're on the same level as my compact camera shots :-). This is a good daily life shot of a man at work, the steps create a good perspective and there's an amazing coincidental balance of colours. Yellow gloves, yellow walls, a yellow sign. Bkue trousers, blueish steps, grey/brown sweater and grey/brown wall and steps to the right.
How I would have enjoyed taking this photo. Thanks for sharing.
rbassin (15866) 2014-07-11 7:17
format vertical fort agréable, c'est bien vu et bien cadré.
Détail intéressant des gants jaunes.
CLODO (28604) 2014-07-11 7:38
Nice contrasting colors yellow against blue(but I think that the stairs should be grey!), and the man has adapted a device to his wheelbarrow to become a tracked vehicule. The vertical format is adapted to the narrow street.
Have a nice WE
EstudioChispa (1858) 2014-07-11 8:15
Simply wonderful, Rosemary! And you're right -- the gloves MAKE the shot!
La Paz, BCS
dta (62368) 2014-07-11 8:22
Hello Rosemary ,
For sure , very different than the classical post card from a village of the Cinque Terre . But not less interesting . An excellent capture of the man at work -not so easy to climb the stairs with a whellbarrow- so , this moden one is welcame . I like the contrast between the yellow walls and the blueish tonalities of the stairs .
photographer_sg (2542) 2014-07-11 11:08
Another superb street shot with beautiful framing and great management of colours. The atmosphere is fabulous and the man is perfectly placed in the frame. Excellent daily life picture with great visual appeal.
Thanks for sharing.
carlo62 (26856) 2014-07-11 14:03
i vicoli di questi villaggi sono troppo piccoli per riuscire a fare foto di facciate o simili, questo è il problema essenziale. In ogni caso, sei riuscita a trovare un ottimo soggetto per proporre il vicolo.
Bello e simpatico in riferimento dei guanti gialli e delle facciate.
delpeoples (52289) 2014-07-11 18:34
Ciao dear Rosemary
I love this shot and in a way, prefer it to the dazzling colours of the towns'. Magnificent outer shells. This captures character and the cuteness of those streets. I took a few like this as the weather wasn't good and the coloured facades were covered with scaffolding when we were there. I also love the bright yellows that dominate an otherwise dark image. Great timing and composition. A beautiful part of Italian life, well-captured.
Hugs - sorry I've been AWOL: babysitting the god kids for the school holidays, camping out at the Redfern Aboriginal protest, running round after mum, meeting up with Matt Maniano from the Philippines for a TE mini-meeting, preparing for dad's 87th birthday party and oh yeah, working :)
adidas5nb (4368) 2014-07-11 19:33
this is so cosy,so italian.love the composition of the shot.and the yellow colors.
jjcordier (72614) 2014-07-11 22:32
Une scène originale prise dans ces ruelles escarpées de Vernazza. Pas évident de pousser sa brouette dans ces escaliers escarpés....on comprend l'utilisation du caterpillar!
timecapturer (44431) 2014-07-12 3:09
I like this. As a photographer who goes to great lengths to exclude humans if possible, this one proves that they can play a great part in making a shot both original and compelling. A lesson for me this and a beautifully conceived piece of imagery. I want one of these wheelbarrows too!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
marabu61 (7213) 2014-07-12 5:45
Quite an other approach to the cinque terre than ones sees usually indeed. But having said that, it is equally attractive in its simplicity and there is a real mood of tranquil in this scene. The steepness of the stairs is incredible I must say. It must pose a quite a problem to the elderly populations of these small towns. Good for the workman to have a caterpillar version of a barrow wheel here.
have a great weekend
Sergiom (53775) 2014-07-12 6:28
Il y a plusieurs détails qui font la différence entre une bonne photo et une très bonne photo. Celle-ci se fait avec le jaune et le lien avec les murs, l'affiche et la lumière.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-12 15:31
First of all, I think you need make no apology for the quality of this photograph: I think it is technically excellent and somehow you have achieved exceptional depth of field at f/9 on a full frame camera. Perhaps this has been cropped from a considerably larger image, I'm not sure, but the quality remains very good indeed.
Judging by your exposure settings, this steep alleyway would appear not to have been well lit but you have coped with that very well to produce a beautifully composed photograph with all the important elements very pleasingly arranged within the frame.
And what an interesting "wheelbarrow" - obviously tracked to cope with the steep steps and also powered by either an electric or petrol motor to make life so much easier for this workman. In fact, judging by his pristine bright yellow gloves, this job is not as physically demanding as it would have been had he had a conventional wheelbarrow!
Nicou (115280) 2014-07-12 21:49
quelle scène il a bien de la force ce homme pour monter la ruelle avec ce pavage superbe captage avec les belles fa4ades.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (36702) 2014-07-13 7:20
A very attractive colour combination of the blue stairs and the yellow walls. The man is clearly struggling his wheelbarrow up the stairs, a very fine inclusion in the photo.
ChrisJ (94392) 2014-07-13 10:49
Reminds me a little of a similar shot I took in Chefchaouen (blue city), only without the person. Love the warm cold colour contrast between the yellow and blue. Good light management with no blown out highlights or deep shadows, with a soft diffused light. Tfs!
dekanski (2192) 2014-07-13 10:59
All I would say would be not enough!
batalay (34575) 2014-07-13 20:46
What I like best about the composition is the symbolism of the man's location, just at the fork between the two staircases. When I first saw the photo, Robert Frost's lines came to mind, " TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both..."
Of course the eminently quotable American baseball player, Yogi Berra,had his own version, "When you come to a for kin the road, take it!" if you don't mind, I will post the photo in the group theme, Memorable Staircases.
Have a good week,
Cricri (100341) 2014-07-14 13:27
Belle scène de vie, tout bon POV de cette montée des escaliers, teinte bleu comme le pantalon de l'homme , le jaune des façades comme celle de ces gants, une image bien présenter et réaliser
emka (72254) 2014-07-14 23:50
It is nice to see the town situated on hills or steep mountains slope but the real life must be hard there. Imagine you have a pram with the baby here! The guy has an empty cart, so it is not bad.
Yes, as I wrote lately, people usually prefer to see and post the views that are already well known. All make shots from a place outside? OK, my photo will be like this too.:) Charming composition, I am sure Gert is happy to see it.
WArm regrads Malgo
npecanhuk (60160) 2014-07-23 15:42
Lovely and beautiful picture!
You had a very good idea and did an excellent photo job!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and, most of all, composition are all enjoyable photo qualities!
TFS - congrats,
annjackman (17507) 2014-07-25 4:36
The yellow gloves make this picture for me! I love the yellow theme and the shapes and textures of the old steps. Very well shot indeed - great work.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (28894)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Memorable Staircases [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-11 6:17