When I travel, I’m usually alone. Except for the guy in the photo above. We call him “Bug.” Yes, I know my creative genius is blinding. Bug started travelling the world with me in 2011 when I went to Japan – right before the Tsunami. Luckily I missed that horrible natural disaster by a few weeks. Bug has been on all my international trips since then, and I usually grab some shots of him in various locales using my iPad or phone – sometimes with landmarks, sometimes with people. Often in the hotel room – as in this one.
This trip to Genoa in July 2014 was almost in and out. I arrived from Naples by train late Wednesday night and departed Friday afternoon. That gave me one night in Genoa. Unfortunately, I was asked to go to dinner with a CEO and a couple other executives, so photo ops would be limited. However, the hotel I stayed at – The Grand Hotel Savoia – had a nice rooftop cafe, so I ordered a Negroni from Filippo, grabbed the camera, and took a couple shots.
One drink turned to three, eventually I received a call they wouldn’t make it to dinner, so I spent my one evening in Genoa on that roof talking to a retired Aussie who was travelling Europe. At least Christina was a joy; she had some great stories. As a bonus, I got a chance to experiment with evening photos and Portra 400.
The end result convinces me I can trust the meters in these Maxxum 5 cameras. The first two shots with different exposures look about the same – thanks to Portra. The silhouette from the balcony and the following shot of Principe have the same color in the sky – seems like the metering is working well in the camera. The vignetting just happened – must be some falloff in the lens. But I really don’t mind it at all.
All shots done without a tripod – just did my best to stabilize as well as I could using the railing or table for support. Not a lot of variety this time – just a progression of light.