Monday, July 23, 2012

Floored By Florence . . .

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It seems like ages since I posted a reflection photo to participate in James' Weekend Reflections, so it's about time I did. And given that James was back in Florence, Italy with his reflection this weekend, it seemed only fitting that I provide a Florentine echo, given that we were strolling around that lovely city just a few short weeks ago. While visiting the timeless Uffizi Gallery we stepped out on the rooftop terrace where the imposing Palazzo Vecchio was reflected in the chrome dome of a trash can. Well, you know I have a bit of a trashy side to me, so there you go. Actually the first one is a double reflection, as the terrace window was also reflected, with its own reflection within; and I'm stuck in the middle of it, hiding behind the black hole of the camera lens, with la Grenouille looking on, perched on her surprisingly long legs... With a surface like this to shoot in one hardly needs a fisheye lens.
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Now these next two hardly qualify as reflections photos, except for the window lights reflected on the edge of the platters, but I just tossed them in here for a little eye candy, spotted in a Florence shop one evening. Very tempting indeed these candied fruits and marzipan.
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This next one, and a couple of details from it, may be one the stranger reflections I've ever come across. The glass door was oddly lit from within, and had some sort of bizarre green tinting in the glass, giving the street scene reflected in it a sort of dream like quality.
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11 comments:

French Girl in Seattle said...

I see *someone* had fun experimenting with reflections , and with Florence as a background, i bet you found inspiration on almost every street corner. I have been doing a bit of the same in my little corner of the world today: We are docked in a small port near the Pacific Ocean, Port Townsend, WA, due to inclement weather. I have been walking around taking pics of boat reflections in the water... and seagulls... lots of seagulls They look great against the dark, ominous grey skies-- (Summer in the Pacific Northwest! Lots of old, run down buildings, and rusty anchors. You would love it, Mr Toad :-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Virginia said...

Oh you found some very fine reflections and I so enjoyed spying you both!! I love your photographs as always O.
V

James said...

Hi Owen.
The candy looks almost too good to eat and I love the reflections. The bottom ones look like they could be a portal to another dimension or maybe just another time. The top ones are awesome. I took a few shots of that same trash can but it was inside of the cafe on a cloudy day. So your photos are way better.

Florence, Siena and Venice were the only parts of Italy that we saw. We loved Italy and we're in the early stages of planing our vacation for next year. I think we'll probably go back to Venice and maybe a couple of days in or around Bologna.

Steve said...

By an act of fabulous synchronicity you have brought back memories of my honeymoon on the very day of my wedding anniversary - thank you!

Peter Olson said...

You certainly have the gift of making different photos of these well-known sites! ... and in the meantime the long-legged grenouille must probably be of very patient nature! :-)

louciao said...

Certainly not the usual tourist shots. But then, we are dealing here with not the usual tourist. How exciting it must be to find unusual views and images existing *just like that* out in the world, creating illusions and delusions without any need of further aid from chrome-topped editing programs. I sense a link from subject to subject here: from the roundness of the garbage bin images to the round-shaped sweets with their tinges and tones of greens and reds that segue nicely into those other-wordly tints in the glass door reflection. The subconscious mind materializes as choices unfold, creating unexpected connections of what at first appeared random selection. Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Creative reflection of you and that beautiful woman who travels with you - hah!

I still remember the marzipan shops in Venice and some of the unusual shapes and designs! Hope that you have a wonderful vacation

Bises,
Genie

Stickup Artist said...

Oh, those candied fruits! Great idea with the domed trash can! Now on to marzipan. I get marzipan every Christmas. It's a tradition in my family. (But, those candied fruits)! That last reflection reminds me of photos taken with the old Polaroids. I try to get that effect from time to time, but so far, no luck. Guess I need to carry around a green backlit piece of glass. But really, I can't get over those glistening candied fruits!

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Pat Tillett said...

They are all nice reflection and photos, but the last ones are like looking through the doorway into an alternate dimension...

ohma said...

Great pictures, in special the fruits ;)
Cheers