Wandering the Back Streets

… or Tuscany in sepia tones.  Thanks to Cee for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge – Black and White or Sepia – these shots have been waiting for such an opportunity to lure you away from the Cathedral squares and down deserted back streets, just to see.

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64 thoughts on “Wandering the Back Streets

  1. These are spot on! Your choice of toning seems quite appropriate. I also like your approach to exclude as much sky as possible – when it’s white/grey it rarely adds any value and prevents slightly longer exposures to get into the shadow areas. Nice series.

  2. I never take or process any picture in B/W or sepia. However looking at your photos in this post makes me think again. Maybe I should give it a try. 🙂

    • I began doing it when I was trying to save some of my badly degraded slides, Bama – and with some scenes it seemed to work a trick! It’s still a matter of experimentation – sometimes black and white works best, others the sepia. I liked the sepia for these because it highlighted the warmth of the stone. I hope you try some 🙂

  3. Cee’s sepia challenge has made for some interesting posts this week! I’ve seen quite a few of them and like Bama think it may be worth trying!
    I REALLY love “After Mass, Sunday Morning”: If you told someone this was an actual 19th century photo, they’d believe you! Stunning, timeless shot!

  4. Dear M.
    I like very much these serie of pics…I agree: sepia is the perfect colour…They bring old memories…They remember me the “Neorrealimo Italiano” films, from the late 40´s and 50´s…They got the atmosphere…(did I say I like them? 🙂 )

  5. Tuscany…, my love! Your beautiful b/w photos reminded me instantly of Henry James said, “There is nothing new to be said about her (Italy) certainty, but the old is better than any novelty.” 🙂 Thank you, twg!

  6. We would get along just fine on a trip. Florence is my absolutely favorite city in the world. Taking a walk on her backstreets, away from the tourist throngs, makes for a great afternoon — or series of them. Displaying your photos as you did gives them that Old Country feel. Mi piace. 🙂

    • Just wandering, getting lost in the little lanes, ferreting amongst the jumble of stuff in dusty shops and looking through almost closed doors and gates, stopping off for a coffee or late lunch, that’s my idea of bliss John. In fact, these days, I have to force myself into the museums and galleries, make appointments with myself to visit the great ‘sights’.

  7. Tuscany is such an amazing location for photography, I was planning of going there two years ago but never had the chance to visited it yet. I never knew about this secret locations there but now thanks to you I may finally go and get my self a ticket and head to Italy to explore these beautiful back streets of Tuscany 😉

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