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Archaeological Area of Agrigento

I was commissioned by OUR PLACE to document the UNESCO World Heritage site, Archaeological Area of Agrigento in Sicily, Italy.

Sicily is one of the richest regions in Italy photographically, because of its fascinating and complex history and the architectural diversity which ranges from ancient Greek ruins, to Roman, Arabic and Baroque architecture; and also for its incredible natural beauty and extraordinary landscapes. I took the new Panasonic kit consisting of Lumix G1 camera and standard Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 Mega O.I.S. lens and Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 Mega O.I.S. lens.

The Valley of the Temples is situated within the Archaeological Area of Agrigento and is easily accessible from Agrigento town centre. I was grateful for the access I was afforded to the archaeological park, which gave me a lot of creative freedom.

Shutter: 1/100 sec. Aperture: f.18 ISO: 100.

The light in Sicily in early spring was ideal. The lower, diffused angle of the sun enhanced the details and tones of the impressive forms and textures of the Greek temples and ruins.

Shutter: 1/60 sec. Aperture: f.22 ISO: 100.

I was able to access many different vantage points purely because of the lightweight and portable Panasonic kit.

The temples have a powerful, majestic presence and for this shot I chose a low angle to accentuate the dominance and strength of the temple façade.

Shutter: 1/50 sec. Aperture: f.22 ISO: 100.

I really liked the 16.9 ratio for many of the ‘hero’ shots.

As night falls, the Temple of Concordia is transformed and illuminated. I shot this using the tungsten WB setting to render the sky a deeper blue, and creating a dynamic contrast to the warm hues of the temple illuminated by tungsten lighting.

Shutter: 1.3 sec. Aperture: f.9 ISO: 100.

I met a local farmer who was herding his sheep amongst the olive groves. One of the greatest advantages of the LUMIX kit is its unimposing appearance, which proved very useful in capturing spontaneous natural character portraits with the 200mm lens.

Shutter: 1/50 sec. Aperture: f.13 ISO: 100.

The strategic positioning of a beautiful marble statue of a woman draped in cloth made a striking contrast to the strong architectural form of the temple.

Shutter: 1/640 sec. Aperture: f.5.6 ISO: 100.

For this image I chose the 16.9 ratio to work with empty space to create the idea of the fallen temple and what remains today of a once magnificent architectural structure.

Shutter: 1/200 sec. Aperture: f.10 ISO: 100.

I waited a while to capture this shot of a solitary person, dwarfed by the columns in the Temple of Hercules and silhouetted by the setting sun.

Shutter: 1/3200 sec. Aperture: f.8 ISO: 100.

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Archaeological Area of Agrigento
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