The first trip of the summer was to Umbria in central Italy. I quickly discovered that Umbria is the only Italian region that is land-locked. Located to the South East of Tuscany, the west of Marche and North of Rome and Lazio, and known for its vineyards and olive groves, Umbria has a rightful claim to the title of The Green Heart of Italy (Cuore verde d'Italia)
A packed itinerary meant I’d be fitting my photography goals into a schedule that ranged from white water rafting through to yoga and bokken with cycle touring and truffle hunting along the way. All interwoven with fantastic regional food, drink and hospitality. With each day starting around 8am, and ending late, the only variable I had to work with was sleep. Less sleep to be exact.
What I hadn’t done however, was check a topological map of the area. If I had, I’d have noticed the large hill east of San Gemini. The hill that keeps the sun from hitting the town for at least 40mins after “sunrise”. A lesson learned, and I had plenty of time to frame and filter the shot, while enjoying a beautiful sunrise perched above the town.
With my new knowledge of sunrises in Umbria (!) I had found myself an extra hour of sleep, secure in the knowledge that I would still have time and light on my side before the next day's activities beagn. The extra sleep was much appreciated after a full day cycling through the incredibly green vineyards and ancient towns of the surrounding area. There may have been wine, olive oil and an amazing cooking class involved throughout the day too.