There is only one good thing about having short days in winter: you don’t have to get up early to see the sun rise or stay out late to see it set! Now I see the sun rise every morning when I go to work. It’s a small consolation for the near-eternal nights.
So to make myself feel better about the shortening days (and the fact that the clocks have just changed – probably the most depressing day of the year for me), I’ve been going through the sunrises and sunsets from my most recent holiday to Italy. Gone are the days of having to get up at 5am to catch dawn, and with dusk done with by a measly 6pm, it’s no effort to photograph that either. *Great*.
A storm approaches Piazza del Popolo, Rome, at dawn. The dramatic sky makes it one of my favourite photos from the holiday. In another 20 minutes or so the clouds closed in and treated everyone to torrential rain.
This is the same square – Piazza del Popolo – at dusk, about half an hour after the sun set (the day before I think). I love this time of day because the light from the sky is perfectly balanced with the light from the city, so very little post-processing is needed.
The wall in the background of these two photos is where I took the first photo of Piazza del Popolo. This is a gorgeous spot at the entry of the gardens of Villa Borghese. The building glowing in the background is St Peter’s Basilica (the Vatican).
A street of the district Trastevere, Rome, at dusk. The streets of Trastevere are buzzing with people at this time of day and the restaurants serve up some delicious meals.
The Trevi Fountain just after dawn, when the light began to skim the top of the building. Despite what many people and guide books say, you really CAN have the Trevi Fountain to yourself, even in high summer – just go at 7am :)
The Colosseum at pre-dawn. Having walked for almost 12 hours the day before, I really had to drag myself out of bed to get here, but it was completely worth it. Once again the light from the sky was perfectly balanced with the lights and it was empty!
Positano, the Amalfi Coast, at dusk.
This was taken about 15-20 minutes after the previous photo when the light had noticeably changed. It’s amazing how the light changes by the minute, and I never realised it until I became seriously interested in photography.
And finally, I made a GIF! This is a storm approaching Positano at dusk. There are a few little lightning bolts in some of the shots (though unfortunately they were quite far away). I never intended for these images to become a GIF, I had just stuck my camera on a tripod and shot long exposures continuously in the hope of capturing some lightning bolts. Only when I had them all lined up in Lightroom did the idea pop into my head. I’ve never made one before but I really like result (though I struggled to keep the quality of the images). I am planning to do a lot more…..
18 thoughts on “Dusk to dawn consolations”
The 1st one has a great dramatic affect, I really like this one.
Thank you, Mark! It’s my favourite too :)
I absolutely love and adore the first photograph of popolo!!!! It is perfect. And the subsequent shots are also wonderful. The gif is amazing!
Thank you so much! It was an amazing sight. I walked out of the metro, turned the corner, and just said WOW :)
It looks like it was incredible! And isn’t the Pincio one of the best places on earth to watch the sun set?!!
I didn’t know that! But it doesn’t surprise me… P.S. I love your blog (though as a fellow Italy-lover, I might be a little biased ;))!
Thanks! Italy is easy to love, isn’t it?
It is indeed :) (I’m off to Venice to take some (hopefully) moody murky shots next week, I can’t wait!)
First rate as usual Justine, the Positano shots just perfect – nice to wake up to on this grey, wet Monday morning!
Thanks Greg, very happy to hear that it cheered up your morning, it really was a depressing one! (luckily we in Buckingham didn’t get hit too badly by the storms, though)
Oh, wow. An excellent take on my city – Rome. Not a lot of us get out before seven am, but as your pictures show, it’s obviously very well worth it… Great set!
Grazie mille! How lucky you are to live in Rome… it’s my favourite city, and I could spend a lifetime photographing its beauty :)
These are amazing. If I never make it to Rome, I will still feel like I have at least experienced some intimate and incredible parts of it. So, thank you. :)
Thank you so much! Do try and make it to Rome if you can – it’s amazing :)
Incredible captures! I’m especially enjoying these, since we just returned from Sicily and the Amalfi Coast.
Thanks Theresa! I’m totally in love with the Amalfi Coast, it’s just so gorgeous! I haven’t made it to Sicily yet but I would love to go…. hope you had a fantastic time! :)
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