Silhouette and skyline with shades of orange, drinking Aperol Spritz on a rooftop bar, somewhere near the Forum in Rome.
1/80 f/5.6 ISO 800.
Doge's Palace, Venice WM
Shadowy figures of visitors enjoying the blissful coolness inside the Palazzo Ducale and the gentle breeze coming through the window which gives just a
hint of the skyline of Venice.
1/100s f/10 ISO 200.
David's Dark Side
Michelangelo’s David is just as impressive in silhouette from behind, a fact the hordes of tourists crowding in front of the statue in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence on that day were thankfully unaware of.
1/100s f/10 ISO 200.
Photo of a photo of a painting. This couple in the Galleria deli Uffizi, Florence, blocked everyone else’s view of Michelangelo’s Doni Madonna for so long while they took a series of photos, that they became part of mine.
1/60s f/3.5 ISO 1600.
Mountain-top towns in Tuscany, Italy, not only deliver amazing panoramas, but you can make like a drone just by pointing your camera over the city walls.
1/400 f9 ISO 200.
Fun with Floors
My sneakers on the twelfth century stone mosaic floor in the Church of Santa Maria e San Donato on the island of Murano, Venice, inspired by the Instagram
1/60 f3.5 ISO 1250.
Sometimes rotten weather rewards you with a great photo. Grey skies, mist and drizzle on a spring day in London really made the colours of the red coats and golden helmets pop at the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
1/125s f/6.3 ISO 160.
I was sitting on a crowded waterbus on the Canal Grande in Venice when this guy with his big fat cigar, designer sunglasses and polished wooden speedboat turned and looked straight at me. Makes me wish I’d paid the extra and taken his taxi.
1/125s f/16 ISO 200.
The folk who make the gin at TOAD are happy in their work, and who wouldn’t be? I was pretty happy, too, when I was there touring the distillery and sampling the product. The Oxford Artisan Distillery is in, obviously, Oxford, England.
1/60s f/4.5 ISO 400.
The historical centre of Avignon, by the Palais des Papes, is alive with musicians and all sorts of people just doing their thing, including my husband who wandered into my shot to challenge the chess player. This was not part of my plan, but I like the result.
1/60s f/14 ISO 320.
Quench and Cleanse
Hawkers near the Colosseum taking a break from tempting tourists with selfie-sticks and scarves for a quick wash and a drink at one of Rome’s
ubiquitous fresh water fontanellas.
1/400s f/10 ISO 200.
Street musicians are everywhere in the tourist hot spots of Rome, playing all kinds of music. This laidback guy was part of a jazz quartet playing in Piazza Navona.
1/800s f/5.6 ISO 200
In a Pear Tree
The tui is a New Zealand native bird who has adapted well to suburban life. In my own backyard they have claimed ownership of the pear tree. My payoff is
endless photo opportunities like this one.
1/800s f/5.6 ISO 200.
To see a real live panda has been on my To Do list forever. This guy, who lives in Adelaide Zoo in Australia, helped me channel my inner Attenborough by
delivering the perfect panda pose.
1/640s f/10 ISO 640.