A recent trip to Rome gave me the opportunity to visit Montecassino Abbey.
That’s it up on the hill. The Abbey was founded by St. Benedict and is beautiful with stunning views. This image was taken at the nearby Polish War Cemetery. The calm, serene image that I have above makes the destruction of WWII and the fighting that took place here almost unimaginable. It was so quiet while I was here, peaceful.
I used a wide angle 11-22mm lens to capture this scene. I like that lens for landscape shots like this one, it helps bring a sense of expansiveness to the image. It was very bright that day, so I took a few exposures. In Photoshop, I merged two of them into a single HDR image. I find that HDR is sometimes a good way to create an image that has a good final exposure, meaning that I haven’t lost to much detail in either the dark or light spots in the image. Other than that, I let the image stand on it’s own. It was a bit hazy that day, and I haven’t attempted to take that out of the photo.
For me, this was a peaceful, quiet moment. You will have to tell me if that is the kind of feeling it evokes for you? Feel free to comment below.
While we are on the topic of serenity, I’ll tell you my life at the moment is anything but. It’s a good thing though, just somewhat full to overflowing. I have the opportunity to do several unique and exciting things over the next few weeks, so I have decided to take a break from blogging. I will be back mid to late January, so I’d like to take this moment to wish all of you a serene and peaceful holiday season and all my best to you for the coming year. Thank you for reading.