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Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

Most famous for the 'leaning tower', the group of monuments at the Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, are masterpieces of medieval architecture.

It is always a challenge to get a different perspective on something that is as well known and much photographed as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, so when I noticed a group of tourists I followed along behind to see what possibilities would come up. Two women just stopped in the right position and with their rather unusual hats suddenly presented a great fun image. I used the L1 with the wide end of the lens crouched and low to get the frame I wanted.

It is important to get a wide general establishing shot of a monument or building ideally placed in the context of the wider location. I found this angle and arranged to shoot just as the sun was getting ready to set. I used the LUMIX FZ 50 which has a fantastic 12x zoom lens and I am particularly pleased by the gentle color gradation that the camera recorded – from the reds and warm colors in the streets to the blues of the sky.

I arranged this shot of a guard who work at the site as I wanted to show the people who look after and manage the large number of visitors who arrive daily. I got permission to go up on to one of the old walls that surround the site and I used it to give a good general view over the Duomo. I got the guard to take off his hat but I liked the look of his sunglasses being on. I took a number of frames with the L1 and chose this one as the best to capture his pride and authority.

This was a nice interior situation which illustrates the constant restoration work that has to be undertaken on World Heritage sites. The look on the face of the statue in the foreground gives the shot an extra dimension. I used the FZ 50 to capture the subtle light that was all that was available in the dark interior.

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Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
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