Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

The Port of Venus

The town of Portovenere was so called because, in Roman times, there was a temple dedicated to the goddess Venus here, hence Portus Veneris, or the Port of Venus.

Nowadays Portovenere is yet another of those charming Ligurian villages with pastel-colored houses, in front of a deep blue sea and under clear blue skies for most of the year.

If you come to Cinque Terre, you should definitely add some time to your trip and visit Portovenere, that is only a few kilometers away and easily reachable by regular ferry service.

Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

Equipment: Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS.

Exposure data: Three images between 1/40s and 1/170s at f/8.0, ISO 400. Focal length 11.5mm. Merged to HDR in Adobe Lightroom CC and corrected to straighten the verticals.

Tip: When using a wide angle lens and photographing buildings, it always pays to try to keep the sensor/film plane perpendicular to the ground. Tilting the camera up or down will results in converging or diverging verticals, respectively. In this case, I tilted the camera up, because I wanted to keep the horizon low and include as much as the sky as possible. The resulting distortion was easily corrected in Lightroom. See one of the original, uncorrected images below.

Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

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