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    Lake Como

    This was originally a thread on Canon Travel Kit.
    But once those beautiful images from lake Como came along, the thread developed a new purpose.
    I move those posts here accordingly.

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    We leave next week for our house at Lake Como. I have a choice between a D700 with a 24-70 zoom and a 5DMkII with a Zeiss ZF 28/2.0 Distagon and a Contax Zeiss 35-70/3.4 Vario Sonnar. I decided on the Canon and the Zeiss lenses, (along with my trusty G9 as a back-up and a light weight Velbon carbon fibre tripod-w-ball head.) The Nikon body and lens are a lot heavier, and I can also shoot video with the Canon.

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    Re: Canon Travel Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by ftbt View Post
    We leave next week for our house at Lake Como.
    Too bad for you!

    Seriously, what a beautiful place to have a house, PLEASE share some images!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    ... Seriously, what a beautiful place to have a house, PLEASE share some images!
    Here are a few in and around Lake Como taken last year, to give you an idea of the neighborhood:

    A view of Bellagio and Lake Como from our front door:



    Lake Como looking north from our upstairs patio:



    A hydrangea in our garden:



    A small barn across the meadow from our house:



    Our small village, Grinate:



    A deserted street in Griante:



    Santa Maria Rezzonico, Lake Como:



    Santa Maria Rezzonico:



    Hillside vineyard in Valtellina, Northern Italy:



    Entrance to vineyard restaurant in Valtellina:




    All these were taken with a G9.

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    Re: Canon Travel Kit

    I think that a workshop there would be just dandy!
    -bob

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    Re: Canon Travel Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    I think that a workshop there would be just dandy!
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    Re: Canon Travel Kit

    Actually, would pretty easy to do. Lake Como itself is a fairly expensive area to stay, but the train ride from Milan is less than an hour, and Milan is reasonable prices -- plus a lot of good shooting right there too!

    Hmmmmm.....
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    Re: Canon Travel Kit

    And we would all stay with ftbt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Actually, would pretty easy to do. Lake Como itself is a fairly expensive area to stay, but the train ride from Milan is less than an hour, and Milan is reasonable prices -- plus a lot of good shooting right there too!Hmmmmm.....
    Lake Como can be expensive ... but it doesn't have to be. Certainly no more expensive than Milan. Actually, the further you go north up the Lake, (away from the city of Como), the more "affordable" it becomes ... especially if you stay on the eastern side of the Lake. I guess it depends on what you like: big city vs. the country-side. Personally, I would stay away from Milan. It reminds me of LA: hot and smoggy, a lot of traffic and congestion, and a small city center. You can always take the train into Milan for the day.

    If you guys are half-way serious, I can certainly give you some ideas and scout-out areas and small (read reasonable) hotels. However, the ideal time to go would be outside the tourist season, say May or June or mid September through October.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    And we would all stay with ftbt!
    Now that you have made such a generous proposal, it would be poor taste for us to refuse !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ftbt View Post
    If you guys are half-way serious, I can certainly give you some ideas and scout-out areas and small (read reasonable) hotels. However, the ideal time to go would be outside the tourist season, say May or June or mid September through October.
    I am serious. Guy and I need to talk, and will pull you into the loop, but maybe we can work this into next year's schedule -- Spring in Italy anyone?
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    Sure. Get it scheduled 4 months in advance so I can work my schedule.
    I am still trying to do the Atlas mountains in January.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    I am serious. Guy and I need to talk, and will pull you into the loop, but maybe we can work this into next year's schedule -- Spring in Italy anyone?

    With a stop-over in Paris en route !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Spring in Italy anyone?
    Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    I am serious. Guy and I need to talk, and will pull you into the loop, but maybe we can work this into next year's schedule -- Spring in Italy anyone?
    Looks like a beautiful spot for a workshop.

    And there are even rooms in ftbt's neighborhood. http://www.venere.com/italy/griante/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Allyn View Post
    Looks like a beautiful spot for a workshop.

    And there are even rooms in ftbt's neighborhood. http://www.venere.com/italy/griante/
    They look good, but since Bob has extended an invitation....

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    A few more:

    Another from our front door:



    Sunrise over the Lake from our bedroom window:



    Directly across the Lake: Varenna



    Lake Orta in Piedmonte: isola San Guilo


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Eisenberg View Post
    They look good, but since Bob has extended an invitation....
    I guess that settles it: we're all staying with ftbt as insisted. And the more ftbt posts, the more the idea makes sense! Great location, a guide familiar with the area...

    Thanks for sharing your lovely scenery with us, ftbt!

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    Your photographs bring back many wonderful memories for me. I went to Lago di Como for many years and stayed in the small town of Domaso up north.

    And Jack, this area is certainly a superb location for a workshop

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    Lovely photos.... I'm finished packing...

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    Overlooking Lake Como from a Castle at Varenna, Oct. 2008.......highly recommended destination.

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    It was a hazy day when I was there in June of 2005, and not all that great photographically. But I could see the potential and for sure want to get back and do it proper justice:
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    Here is quick shot from our upstairs patio taken this morning to clear the card before I re-formatted. Taken with a 5DMKII-w-a Zeiss ZF 28/2.0

    Lake Como & Bellagio:


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    ftbt,

    are the G9 Lake Como pictures HDR images?

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    A couple of them are. These aren't.

    Just some hydrangeas in the garden taken a few days ago-w-the 5D and the Zeiss 28/2.0:



    And this is a 5 exposure pano taken a couple days ago looking down from our upstairs balcony to our front yard and the roof tops of Griante and Bellagio:


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    Here is one from this morning (7/28) from the side of our house looking north up the Lake towards Menaggio. A 10 exposure pano:


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    It was a little hazy yesterday, but here is a shot from the top of the Lake at Olgiasca looking south towards Como:


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    In Varenna (with Bellagio in the background) waiting for the car-ferry back to Menaggio:


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    Just a flower from our garden:


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    Re: Canon Travel Kit

    I ought to move the Lake Como segment of this thread to the Destinations and hotspots forum.
    -bob
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    Bob, next Friday i am on my way to Sicily... and i will travel thru a lot of most beautiful landscapes God made..... We go by car. Let us see what the sensor can catch. Lake Como is terrific...
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    Feel free! I'd move the entire thread and rename it slightly though...
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    Sicily, good memories and better Greek ruins than in Greece.
    I took asked Cynthia if she would come with me to Italy on our first date.
    We started in Rome, and were engaged in Taormina.
    Yesterday was our fifth anniversary.
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    July 5th:

    Another tequila-sunrise over the lake:



    A side street in Menaggio this afternoon:


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    Re: Lake Como

    Sign me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Sign me up.
    . . . another cube heads to Como

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    Re: Lake Como

    How many are we up to?
    Jack, Bob Terry + ?

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    July 4th: Court yard of the Nino Negri winery in Chuiro, Valtellina (near the Italian/Swiss/Austrian border:



    And ... the wine is VERY GOOD!

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    July 6: A little different sunrise this morning. We had a big storm last night.


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    How many are we up to?
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    Me too! Courtesy of our own Jack Flesher!

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    Lets Go
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    MOVE THERE PERMANENTLY...

    Outrageously Beautiful Photographs !!

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    I'd love to attend this trip. I have family in both Switzerland and Italy.

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    How many are we up to?
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    I'd be interested, too.
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    Am I getting a commission on this gig??

    Just kidding. Here is a storm brewing over the Lake:



    And this is what Varenna looked like this afternoon:


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    Re: Lake Como

    Time for something a little different.


    The interior of the Cappella San Rocco in Porlezza on Lake Lugano near the Swiss border (taken in near total darkness without flash):



    And just one of the many ceiling panels in the chapel:



    And finally, the iron fence to the boat house at Casa Ecco (Villa Moresi) just down the road from us (owned by Mrs. Heinz of the Heinz ketchup family):


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    I've packed too

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    Re: Lake Como

    Interest brewing here, too! Heck, we went to Japan 2.5 years ago on a similar whim with a bunch of fountain pen enthusiasts.

    On that one, a travel agent in LA that does, exclusively, trips to and from Japan and the US was engaged and did a bang-up job of arranging at good rates.
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    Here is one from July 7th. taken in a small village in the mountains above Santa Maria Rezzonico, looking down at Lake Como, the tip of Bellagio and Lake Lecco. It was taken just seconds before a massive hail storm.


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    I'd love to attend this trip. I have family in both Switzerland and Italy.

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    A workshop in Lake Como woulb a great idea ; european forum members would certainly join you for a great Getdpi meeting in such a beautiful place.



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