A Firenze sunset in Italy is something I can say that one of the most magical things I have ever witnessed in my life so far. It was my 2nd Day Firenze(Florence to us Americans), I had been just walking around the city and was in awe from the old style house and buildings that are lining the streets. After spending a few days in Venice the day before, this was a stark contrast from the narrow walkways with canals under your feet. So I felt like I had to capture the old feeling of the town along with the beauty of the florence tuscany country sides. I did a Google search for the best view of Firenze and the only two spots that showed up. One was from the top of the Firenze Duomo and the other was from Piazzale Michelangelo. After a little bit of research, it turns out that you can only do sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo so we packed our bags, left our Airbnb rental(use this link to get $25 your first stay) and made our way to the bus stop to get to the Piazzale Michelangelo before sunset to see the setting sun over Firenze.
Once at the Piazzale Michelangelo parking lot, we were greeted with a classic Italian landscape that you see in all the movies and postcards. The most abundant feature of Firenze have to be the terra-cotta-tiled roofs that cover the whole city. After walking around a bit trying to find the best spot possible at Piazzale Michelangelo, I found myself with about 100 tourists trying to get a spot along the wall to set up for a sunset shot of Firenze. So a big thing to take away from this is to be early and in place for sunset. It was about 3o minutes before official sunset and I was already having a hard time finding a spot along the wall. So don’t be late! Once I found a spot, I went with a wide angle view of the city to have the Firenze Duomo and the Arno River passing under the Ponte Vecchio bridge. The sun was getting low in the sky and the color of everything started to come alive with a golden color cast. I noticed the sun reflecting on the river and I really liked the look and feel that it was putting off. So I put on my Canon 24-105 f/4 lens and zoomed all the way into 105mm and set my Sony A7r to do a 3 Bracket series to capture the large dynamic range.
CAMERA SETTINGS / IMAGE INFO
The hard part of this image was finding the right spot in the middle of the mass amounts of people. I knew what I wanted and I did my research to find the spot but I underestimated the amount of people that was going to be at the Piazzale Michelangelo. Later that night I did get a night shot of the city of Firenze with the city lights at blue hour with a hint of the orange of the sun still in the sky that I will talk about and show for a later post.
No. of Exposures: 3 images
EV Range: -2/0/+2
Focal Length: 105mm
Lens: Canon 24-105 F/4
Camera: Sony A7R
Software: LR5,Photomatix, Photoshop, Nik ColorEfex
It was quite the adventure to get this image. I look back at this night and I can’t help but think that this might be a everyday thing for Firenze. The next night was just the same bright and brilliant sunset but with a bit more pink in the sky. The Roman/Gothic feel of the city is just amazing and it’s well worth going to. If you have any questions about Firenze, Piazzale Michelangelo or anything else with this image, Please ask me below.