I must admit that I started this, on purpose. The seagull landed on the ledge near the ancient Spanish Stairs in Rome. I wanted to see if I could create a distraction, draw people away from ancient, spectacular architecture. I never did photograph the disgusting flying rat. I was quickilt joined by several others who did not disappoint. Selfies in ancient Rome with a seagull / flying rat! Apparently it a bucket list item for many tourists. I stood and watched, quietly clicking away at those clicking away at the bird. Mission accomplished!
Having survived Canon withdrawal after my 35 year addiction, our two week Italy trip was the first trip with the Fujifilm X-T2. I have no regrets! It's an amazing little camera with some serious lens options and a mind blowing feature set. The blazing fast auto-focus and silent shutter option are two features that let you sit literally right beside someone and click away...it's like having a stealth mode. It's certainly not intended for every scenario however, the silent shutter is awesome for use inside operating houses of worship and other quiet spaces; like inside museums where cameras are unwelcome...where museum security fiddles on their smartphone while you silently, discretely snap away.
I quietly worked myself into a position behind these fun-loving guys who. as you might suspect, were not exactly awed by the Palazzo Vecchio. They were sitting a few feet away from where we would begin our 416 step trek to the top of the tower, feverishly doing "incredibly important things" on their phones. I then walked around in front of them and engaged them. I told them I had a cool image of them from behind, all on their phones and asked them to give me a "pretend like you're having the best time of your life" pose. No hesitation.
I caught this milenial enjoying the views from the waters edge at the marina in Sorrento...WITHOUT fiddling with his cell phone! Bravo, young man! Bravo!
Inside the beautiful Cathedral of St. Andrew in Amalfi. Difficult to capture the beauty of these amazing houses of worship.
On the streets of Assisi in Umbria, Italy.
If you're also a Seinfeld fan it should be obvious why this interesting character caught my eye as we wondered the streets of Florence.
Pompei and poppies. An amazing place. Stay tuned for more.
Some simple street shots while roaming around Sorrento and Rome. Click any image to enlarge