San Galgano Abbey – Double Bill
During our trip to Italy last month we had the incredible good fortune to visit with talented blog buddy Manja of Mexi Movie the Third.
Manja, her amore Marco, and their adorable furry companion Fonzi, played host and tour guide as we spent four wonderful days exploring the southwestern part of Tuscany with them.
So this week we decided to do a joint post showing two different takes on the same place.
The San Galgano Abbey was just one of the many fun doorscursions we went on during our oh-so-wonderful but oh-so-short time together.
You can read about the history of this 13th century abbey and the ruins that remain on this website: Visit Tuscany.
We arrived at the ideal time to capture that gorgeous, golden, late day light.
Over the centuries the monks moved on, for various reasons, and the abbey was abandoned. By the late 1700’s the cathedral’s roof had collapsed leaving the shell that still attracts tourists to this day.
Considering we were essentially visiting ruins, I was pleasantly surprised to find several nice old doors there.
Late day light also means long shadows – a favorite for many photographers 🙂
At one point as we explored the ruins of the cathedral…
…Manja says,”I heard that if you shoot straight up with the camera in just the right spot you can actually capture the shape of the cross in the sky.”
So, there I was flat on my back, sliding around until I figured I was in the right spot, and then I snapped a few shots until I got it right.
There were a few old doors within the remains of the cathedral too.
But a place like this is also fun for photographers to practice playing with leading lines,
rhythm and repetition,
and some interesting framing as well.
As we exited the other side of the cathedral we came across this brick building that was simply begging to be photographed 🙂
Now please head on over to check out the abbey through Manja’s lens.
As always, I thank you so much for stopping in 🙂