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Italy in autumn – with a camera and tripod on the Riviera, in Rome and on Capri

Fotoreise nach Italien

If you want to be successful as a landscape photographer in Italy away from the tourist crowds, you should take a closer look at the sights of the Ligurian coast and the hotspots of Rome and Capri in November. The still very mild Mediterranean climate and the relaxed calm after the main season are particularly suitable for long-term and filter photography from a tripod. We present to you the impressive yield of two photo short trips worthy of imitation:

Rome and Capri the eternal city and the evergreen islandel 

In the off-season, a Rollei team set out to capture the world-famous and enormously historic metropolis of Rome and the enchanting island in the Gulf of Naples in a single weekend, both photographically and touristically. If you have so little time available, you should research the hotspots well in advance, draw up a schedule that is as effective as possible, don't forget the right equipment, but don't lose sight of the fun and southern joie de vivre. In view of the pictures we brought with us, we are of the opinion that our team has extensively considered all the aspects mentioned. This short video gives a good overview of the tight and at the same time relaxing excursionugs …

… The following pictures document the individual stations very nicely:

Italienreise Rollei Stativ vor Kolosseum

The Roman Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built in the world, must of course not be left out during a photo trip to the Eternal City. In order to photograph the architecture, which is still impressive even today, with an exciting cloud formation, the off-season is particularly suitable. Without the usual crowds, it is much more relaxed and safer to set up a tripod, even if the picture should have a more decorative character, as in this case.

Italienreise Fotografie Kolosseum

Rollei Lion Rock Stativ vor Petersdom

But you can also take photos with a tripod in the dark and when
long exposure preferably from a tripod and simply uses the time-honoured St. Peter's Basilica as a cheeky secondary motif. Thanks to the very long exposure time, the street appears to have been swept empty here, the filters and remote release also work perfectly with them Rollei Lion Rock Mark II outdoor tripod worked together: 

The centuries-old stone steps, which can be found almost everywhere in the city of seven hills, make for an excellent contrast to the modern digital camera and theLion Rock tripod of the latest Mark II generation.

Iatlienreise Rollei Lion Rock Mark II

After visiting Rome we went to the Gulf of Naples to the evergreen and world-famous island of Capri. Even without bright sunshine and tropical temperatures in the high season, the limestone island in the Tyrrhenian Sea develops its very own charm.

In order to be able to use an extraordinary perspective, our travelers to Italy asked herLion Rock Mark II simply into the surf, the barely noticeable fine rain and the light wind, like the aggressive salt water, make the robust and resistant outdoor tripod nothing at all.

Italienreise Outdoor Stativ im Wasser

As one of the most important changesMark II generation feature all newLion Rocks via specially shaped steel spikes that grip ice, rocks and rough wooden surfaces at the perfect angle and allow such crooked viewing angles. Of course they lien Lion Rocks also includes solid rubber feet that protect sensitive floors.

Rollei Lion Rock Spikes

Conclusion on photography in Rome and Capri

If you want to explore world-famous sights mainly on foot, pay attention to every gram, especially if you not only want to take a camera with you, but also a tripod, a filter holder and the associated filters and a selection of lenses. The very light and extremely load-bearing and resistant ones are particularly suitable here Rollei Lion Rock Mark II tripods made of carbon. At the same time, the steel spikes ensure that no setting accidentally falls into the water.

Photographing on the Italian Riviera

As a passionate landscape photographer and experienced globetrotter, Rollei Managing Director Thomas Güttler now knows the world quite well. As a proven fan of slow photography, he still finds magical places that not only have an overwhelming selection of motifs, but also fascinate him with their almost inexhaustible potential for relaxation. After he's inim Spring 2018 in the eternalIce Spitsbergen's Arctic Silencee“ could enjoy, he was drawn to the so-called Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera in November of the same year.e“.

Italienreise Cinque Terre Riviera

What does Cinque Terre meane“?

Directly translated, Cinque Terre means five countries, but actually refers to just five villages that cling like pearls on a necklace to the rugged and sheer cliffs of the Italian Riviera coast at almost identical intervals. Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are the names of the five picturesque villages that, together with  Porto Venere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. About 7,000 people live in this region. The very restrictive status as a comprehensively protected national park prevents more people from settling there. Accordingly, absolutely nothing may be changed or newly built in this approx. 12 km long coastal strip. The beneficiaries of this ordinance are, on the one hand, the indigenous people and nature, and on the other hand the photographers, who of course take millions of photographs of these architectural and scenic gems every year. A particular highlight is the coloring of the houses, which is particularly intense in Corniglia and Manarola. Although the tones vary within the villages, they always come together to form a coherent and harmonious overall picture. The villages also have in common their close proximity to the sea and predestines each individual borgo as a good-natured and at the same time extremely multifaceted long-term exposure hotspot.ngs-Hotspot.

The best travel time

Stativ vor italienischer RivieraThomas Güttler made a conscious decision not to visit the Cinque Terre until November so that he didn't have to decide against a village, the Rollei managing director and his wife ticked off all five villages over four days, including the best perspectives in each case, without getting into to succumb to unhealthy hustle and bustle. After the main season, the otherwise highly sought-after and sometimes almost overcrowded region slowly calms down, but nevertheless still offers all local amenities and perspectives to latecomers or slow photographers like Thomas Güttler. The weather on the Italian Riviera is still kind to residents and visitors in November, while in Germany inhospitable temperatures, rain, snow and/or winter storms have to be endured.müssen.

Thomas Güttler, on the other hand, traveled from place to place with the regional train at more than pleasant degrees Celsius with his wifeRollei Lion Rock Mark II tripod at the appropriate locations and enjoyed the tranquility and the results of his long exposures, while his wife relaxed with a good book.

transportation option

the railway connection of the five villages consists of a section of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (Italian state railway) from Pisa to Genoa, which runs almost exclusively in tunnels between the respective stations of the villages. There are hardly any other travel and transport options, only Riomaggiore and Manarola have a connection to thens road network via SS 370, also known as Litoranea della Cinque Terre. You can only get across on footer hiking trails – among other things, including the Via dell'Amore, which is particularly worth seeing, is also making comparatively good

Italienreise Rollei Lion Rock StativDue to their unique geographical location, the Cinque Terre are spared the worst excesses of mass tourism. Package tourists who are only looking for the beach, pool, all-inclusive drinks and around-the-clock animation will only get their money's worth on the extremely clear sandy beach of Monterosso al Mare, otherwise the rough sea goes without sandy detours straight into the very rugged and steep rock formations.

Anyone who ends up here must have a soft spot for creative interpretations of architecture and agriculture, which make the best possible use of every small horizontal area, and be relatively good on foot in order to be able to reach the numerous viewpoints and cope with the associated differences in altitude..

With the practiced eye of a well-travelled filter photographer and long-term photographer, Thomas Güttler positioned himself in the best spots, carefully set up his tripod, aligned it precisely using the integrated spirit levels (vials) and tried out different ones exposure times and filter intensities out of. Anyone who pursues their photographic passion in a mild climate, outstanding motifs and a lack of deadline commitments will sooner rather than later find themselves in a state of absolute deep relaxation.

Thomas Güttler only occasionally interrupted the exposures with a sip of good wine from the region. The vines grown in the area are also processed into their own Cinque Terre and Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà wines. In fact, along with the cultivation of olives and citrus fruits and fishing, viticulture was one of the reasons for settling this picturesque, but actually rather difficult to access, coastal strip in the first place. In the meantime, the wine-growing terraces have to be supported at great expense in order to prevent entire slopes from slipping.ndern.

Discovery of spectacular locations

Photographers benefit from these measures, since spectacular locations can of course also be discovered and reached via the numerous paths to the cultivation areas. However, if more or less stable railings do not secure the camera position as far as possible, photo professionals mainly rely on the stability and load-bearing capacity of theirsoutdoor tripods.

The models of Rollei Lion Rock Mark II family have specially shaped steel spikes, which can be exchanged in no time at all for the solid rubber feet, which are gentle on the ground, and at the perfect 90 angle not only inn hardest polar ice, but also dig into the rocky ground of the Cinque Terre and aim the valuable and heavy camera equipment safely and vibration-free at the chosen motif. The are predestined for the often lengthy and physically demanding ascent to the best photo spotsLion Rocks of the second generation due to their overall weight, which has been corrected significantly downwards, and the very non-slip foam rubber surfaces on all three tripod legs.

Impressive sunset shots

Italienreise Cinque Terre SonnenuntergangThomas Güttler used the time before sunset to research suitable locations and to assemble all the equipment in good time. In order to relax completely during a shoot in the Cinque Terre region and at the same time be able to achieve presentable results, you not only need a pronounced head for heights.t.

The safe mastery of all equipment from the operating elements of the tripod, thefilter holders andFilter to the setting wheels and buttons of the camera body and the lens, even in complete darkness, it is only possible to guarantee the creation of impressive and blur-free recordings, which make the considerable effort and the necessary footpaths seem worthwhile::

Italienreise Cinque Terre

Conclusion on the photo tour to the Cinque Terre

There is no doubt that Thomas Güttler managed to combine convincing results with real relaxation during this short trip to the enchanting Italian Riviera. Perhaps we could also provide you with a suitable suggestion for your next autumn holiday. In any case, we would be very happy about the photographic yield of your visit to the five sister villages of the Cinque Terre!!


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