Pompeii and Sunsets


The other week I finally had the opportunity to visit Pompeii. As a Classicist and Historian this was a must-do, so it was extremely exciting! 

I took both my Praktica MTL3 and my LUMIX with me, much to the horror of my boyfriend who had to carry the already-full backpack (oops). 

As I said before, there’ll be an influx of film photos when I get home in April and can get the film developed somewhere I trust. In the meantime, here are a few digital photos of the ancient ruins of Pompeii: 

View across the mountains
Inside the ruins
The main street
One of the inside open spaces, which the Romans were so fond on. Large open spaces were more likely to be found inside the walls of the domus rather than outside.
The edge of the main forum
Image taken using a setting dubbed ‘Impressive Art’, which works wonders for emphasising cloud coverage and far of scenery.
A fancy ancient (presumably restored) food vendor


The day was gloriously sunny, making photography easy for the most part. The only issue I really encountered was getting too much glare in my lens (any ideas as to how to deal with glare would be greatly appreciated!). – maybe I just need to clean my camera lens more, cringe, sacrilegious I know.

Small confessions, pre-set settings.

Admittedly I’m fairly novice with my “fancy” digital camera – I need to learn how to use it on settings that aren’t pre-programmed in as I think I’ll be much more satisfied with the results the photos that do turn out well. But for the moment, “Toy Pop” is one of my favourite pre-programmed settings, giving photos excessively bright colours and a vignette effect. This is mainly what I used for the sunsets on the train from Pompeii to Naples: 


Rogue photo addition from Doria Pamphiji: I quite enjoy the overexposure in this one, but admittedly it was accidental. I would like to learn how to achieve this effect purposefully for sure. Again I’m cringing at how mucky my lens is.

Sometimes I do wonder if I watch the world through my camera too excessively and that I should stop more to actually take in the scenery that surrounds me. For example, the sunset train ride from Pompeii to Naples was definitely IMO one of the most pleasant train journeys along the Italian coast, and made a lovely change of scenery to the urban centre of Rome where I’m spending 99% of my time (absolutely no complaints about this though). Yet I spent maybe 65-70% of the journey trying to capture the scenery through the grimy windows of the moving train. 

I don’t really have any problem with this, but more and more I’m becoming aware that I get very caught up in trying to capture the amazing things I’m seeing. It’s crucial for me to remind myself to experience my adventures as well as capturing them through a lens.

Hayley 🙂


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