Photographer's Note

Standing in the the Corso Vittorio Emanuele with my back to the humble Trattoria al Buco, I took this shot of the Church of San Francesco d'Assisi all'Immacolata, with its impressive steps. I can assure you the gentleman strolling past was - perhaps surprisingly - not thumbing a message into a mobile phone, but studying a small note-book or perhaps a shopping list. No reason why a local citizen should have his attention diverted by this baroque church, which was built between 1704 and 1745. I did remove some of the lens distortion here, but stopped short of a complete squaring-up in order to preserve the fellow's foot and the cross on the roof of the church!

No doubt other members sometimes experience the same surprise as I do when I look at the exposure details of some of my photos. Here, the high ISO is quite unnecessary, compounded by a positive exposure compensation, resulting in a ridiculously high shutter speed! This surely comes from forgetting to change the camera settings after emerging from a dark church interior where the settings were more appropriate.

ISO 800

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