The Mrs had a lot of errands to run today, so for the most part I was on daddy-duty.
Not that that was too much of a photographer's problem, as it was so windy still, I didn't hold out much hope of getting any good shots on, what I was hoping, was Day Two of my attempt to shoot my 2019 Wall Calendar.
But, we had arranged to meet a friend for an ice-cream (how very Italian!) at 4:30 pm and, knowing that the sun sets around 7 pm, I thought I might be able to head off after and get my first calendar shot - of Ischia's iconic castle - weather permitting.
But, since I'm in photographer mode now, I did take a couple of delightful photos of my boy eating his ice-cream first:
This I thought was a beautiful photo (though I am biased ;)) but I think my subsequent shot was even better, possibly my favourite of all time...
I kind of got the feeling, after I shoved my phone in his face, manically taking snaps of him trying to enjoy his ice-cream, that, at the ripe old age of 20 months, he'd had enough, and decided to let me know:
Anyways, I digress...
So, after leaving our friend my wife suggested a famous viewpoint on the island, rather than where I was headed, so after a game of hide and seek to eeek out some of the sugar from our children's little bodies, we bundled into the car and headed there.
It IS a great location, but I wasn't convinced; everyone takes shots from there and I wanted something different.
Nonetheless, that didn't stop me taking a quick burst of photos with my phone, that I rapidly stitched into this low-ish res composite:
So, onwards and upwards...literally!
Simona suggested there was a spot "up the mountain" with even better views, and so we were off...again.
The challenge was, we realised 20 minutes later, that:
- She hadn't been to that part of the island in over 15 years and they have changed the road layout since then
- She couldn't remember exactly where the viewpoint was
- The streets were epically vertical in places and mind-numbingly, breath-suckingly narrow, complete with oncoming - and rear-following - traffic.
All of this made for a pretty tense journey that ended with us getting stuck on a 30+ degree incline, sandwhiched between a church on the left, mountain stone on the right, scooter behind and a three wheeled half-van bearing down on us from above/ahead.
And the kids laughing at us in the back seat.
Suffice it to say that, when we did dislodge ourselves we abondoned hope of climbing higher, or catching the light, which was already on it's way out of this day.
(the scooter driver kindly helped us unblock ourselves before explaining that the view point was up higher, then another "really steep" road that you "can't really get a car up" and was, all told, about a 30 min walk from where we were)
So I chalked that one up to experience and took a few photos with my phone instead (again!) that I stitched into this panorama:
And that was, pretty much, that.
We did stop again on the way home for another last ditch attempt at getting something good - there was a lovely pink sunset on the far horizon - but I didn't manage to get set up in a way that got me anything decent with my DSLR.
But I did, once again, get something on the phone, just to show you what might have been!
On the plus side, I didn't manage to get hit by any passing buses (as you can see on the video at the top of this blog post) so that's always a bonus that shouldn't be sniffed at!
Well, let's see what Day Three brings...
Onwards and upwards!