• These internal floors separate five or six individual giant staircases for a total 97.2m elevation.
  • You'd be amazing how *few* people say thank you to the noble souls that cram themselves into corners like this to allow others to pass by.
  • I suffer from migraines, generally induced by staring at points of bright light, so spent the whole climb desperately trying to avoid looking at things like this! Lots of "threats" with a hard sun lancing through numerous tiny holes and windows.
  • I really like the way these harsh shadows came out, especially lower down the tower.

The Climb (Inside Asinelli Tower), Bologna

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Another improvised tripod shot - this time by jamming the lens through a hole in the wooden floor above the void below. As noted above, the tower has internal floors to separate the 97.2m elevation across 5 or 6 individually housed staircases. It proved a good tripod, even if I realised after the event that my lens release button must have been depressed the whole time!

Bologna's two leaning towers were both being repaired whilst we were there, so my external shots didn't really look as medieval and authentic as I'd hoped. This one ended up being my favourite of a few different angles on them. The towers look great, so hopefully we'll get back there at some point to try something more traditional. Details can be found here; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towers_of_Bologna.

Nearly posted this as a Cyanotype for Halloween, but, what with being away, the opportunity escaped me and the B&W workings of the shot all proved a little unsatisfactory as they wash out the contrasts between wall and walker. It was interesting to see how B&W made all the walkers appear to be one, but I like the spread of colour across the top too much to make the trade-off. Shot in jpg, so the white balance is a little brutish, but there we go! All part of the fun.

Thanks for everyone's comments and thought on my last picture (another Italian long exposure - www.flickr.com/photos/flatworldsedge/5126748478/). I'm amazed and delighted it made Front Page Explore and am more than a little sheepish that a few days away from Flickr prevented me from properly showing my appreciation. I'm catching up now! Have a good one all.

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  1. Jamie Morrissey 42 months ago | reply

    Congrats on the explore!

  2. jpprado 42 months ago | reply

    Great capture, love this

  3. M. Misheel 42 months ago | reply

    Stunning Shot!!! Congrats On Explore!!!
    Watch My Photostream if you can :):):)

  4. Gochac fotografía 42 months ago | reply

    Perfecta captura, ¡de miedo!. Una maravilla de moviento en subida.

  5. Donna Irene. 42 months ago | reply

    holy crapppppp
    incredible!!!!!!!!!!

  6. brandonhuang 42 months ago | reply

    great long exposure from an irregular angle :D
    kinda disorientating at first :P

  7. russ david 42 months ago | reply

    awesome composition and exposure, great shot!!

  8. Steve Rosset 42 months ago | reply

    Super perspective and I love how you've blurred the people.

  9. tehbk0 42 months ago | reply

    Nice shot!!

  10. Starlightworld 42 months ago | reply

    beautiful focus and prespective!!

  11. காவியம் Kaaviyam Photography 42 months ago | reply

    Love this magic...wonderful angle and great capture my friend!! Have a great weekend!!

  12. Marco Borghi 42 months ago | reply

    wwoow, wonderful shot..amazing!!

  13. John Schlabalack 42 months ago | reply

    What a beautiful long exposure !

  14. gbrummett 41 months ago | reply

    You seem to be the master of motion and light!

    Love it

    Faved!!

  15. Paolo Margari 41 months ago | reply

    ggggreat!!!!! :))

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  17. Myia Aiges 26 months ago | reply

    Wow.. One of the best shots I've ever seen. You are truly talented!

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