In my defense, I am trying really hard to appreciate this pavilion, but there is something about it that just doesn't photograph well. Unlike some of the other counties, the grandiosity of Italy doesn't translate well. In fact, I tend to focus my attention on the smaller details. (i.e....donkey cart.)
I shook my camera, and ended up with a pretty blah filter combo, which is pretty fitting I guess. I do like the slight vignette around the edges, but HATE thick borders, as they tend to take away from the focus of the photo.
There is also a subtle grainy wash in these, most evident in the last photo. These textures can be very hit or miss…but do tend to work well in outdoor non portrait shots.
The first two photos are great examples of the smaller details that I love. There ARE charming parts of the pavilion that I love. I literally can't walk past without taking a portrait with the donkey cart.
But when you try an capture the over the top nature of Italy the photos fall flat. Because the central plaza is so vast, its also pretty hard to get a shot without a million people milling about.
You see? Its just NOT A VERY PRETTY SUBJECT MATTER! Sorry. I know there are people out there that love this pavilion…but seriously. Not pretty.
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