Florence is a beautiful city. I wish I could expound on its history and setting and sound worldly and knowledgeable but I cannot.
You see when my wife and I were planning a trip to Italy, she wanted to do a tour so we would know what we were seeing and know the history and the meaning of it all. At least that’s what I thought she was thinking. As it turned out, not having faith in my honed sense of direction, all she was thinking was to prevent us from getting lost or kidnapped in a foreign country. Nevertheless, I was able to convince her that we would be able to navigate on our own and it would be more relaxing. I’m sure the tours did not stop for gelato every half hour like we did. I hate looking at watches and having to be somewhere at a certain time, especially on vacation. We did download a few of Rick Steves’ tours on our iPhone and iPod and that was very useful.
Like Rome, there were some things that amazed me about Florence. I was struck by the number of people riding bicycles in the city and weaving their way in and out of traffic and through pedestrians, and there were a lot of pedestrians.
As you may be able to tell from my previous blogs, I like to photograph motion. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because it requires some skill and technique. To show motion in a still photograph is pretty cool. Since the digital age, more and more photography is relegated to the processing programs. I think I like motion because it still has to be done through the camera lens.
Anyway, I took numerous shots of bicyclists in our three days in Florence. This shot is my favorite of all of them. I did it in black and white to give it more feel and drama. This was taken outside of the Uffizi gallery along the Arno River.
Don’t be fooled by this photo and think all I like to take is motion shots, I shot a couple of thousand pictures in Italy…one good thing about the digital age.
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