Torrechiara - a Fairy Tale

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I have visited this fairy-tale castle near Parma several times and it still fascinates me. It is a place I used to take visitors from the UK when we were still permitted to have visitors.

I wanted to try out a particular camera and lens combination, as well as making some higher definition pictures. I also wanted to try and photograph the "Camera di Oro" (The Gold room), which is very small and difficult to depict. I brought the fisheye for this room.

I mostly used my Z7 with the 14-30 and 24-70. But I wanted to try my 24mm Tilt shift adapted to the Z7 via the FTZ adaptor and with the viewfinder level activated.

Built between 1448 and 1460 by Magnifico Pier Maria Rossi, it is one of the most important examples of Italian castle architecture.
Its defensive structure is composed by three wall circles and four angular towers. It s residential function is explained by the rich presence of "grotesque" (circa 1590) frescoes by Cesare Baglione.
The "Golden Room" (1462) is extraordinary, attributed to Benedetto Bembo, to celebrate the love story between Pier Maria and Bianca Pellegrini and the power of his lineage and the power of the family, through the depiction of all castles of the fiefdom.

The IBIS in the Z7 proved its worth, and I was happy with the results from the TS and I quickly got used to a routine for focusing on a zoomed image in the viewfinder with this manual focus lens, before composing with the help of the level.

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I have visited this fairy-tale castle near Parma several times and it still fascinates me. It is a place I used to take visitors from the UK when we were still permitted to have visitors.

I wanted to try out a particular camera and lens combination, as well as making some higher definition pictures. I also wanted to try and photograph the "Camera di Oro" (The Gold room), which is very small and difficult to depict. I brought the fisheye for this room.

I mostly used my Z7 with the 14-30 and 24-70. But I wanted to try my 24mm Tilt shift adapted to the Z7 via the FTZ adaptor and with the viewfinder level activated.

Built between 1448 and 1460 by Magnifico Pier Maria Rossi, it is one of the most important examples of Italian castle architecture.
Its defensive structure is composed by three wall circles and four angular towers. It s residential function is explained by the rich presence of "grotesque" (circa 1590) frescoes by Cesare Baglione.
The "Golden Room" (1462) is extraordinary, attributed to Benedetto Bembo, to celebrate the love story between Pier Maria and Bianca Pellegrini and the power of his lineage and the power of the family, through the depiction of all castles of the fiefdom.

The IBIS in the Z7 proved its worth, and I was happy with the results from the TS and I quickly got used to a routine for focusing on a zoomed image in the viewfinder with this manual focus lens, before composing with the help of the level.

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Thank you for sharing, your photography is impressive.
 

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Beautiful photos of a very interesting building. I am especially impressed by the lack of geometric and perspective distortion. Did you correct that in PS?
I mostly used a Nikon 24mm Tilt Shift hand held using the camera level in the viewfinder. It was an experiment (successful). Some others were corrected in post.
 

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Remarkable images! Were tripods allowed?
No, in Italy tripods are not allowed in state museums and monuments unless you apply for permission for professional photography, as photographs taken using using a tripod are considered professional photography. The state is terrified a citizen might make some money selling images of Italy's monuments.

From Wikipedia:

"In Italy freedom of panorama does not exist. Despite many official protests and a national initiative led by the lawyer Guido Scorza and the journalist Luca Spinelli (who highlighted the issue),[19] the publishing of photographic reproductions of public places is still prohibited, in accordance with the old Italian copyright laws[22][23] made more restrictive by a law called Codice Urbani which states, among other provisions, that to publish pictures of "cultural goods" (meaning in theory every cultural and artistic object and place) for commercial purposes it is mandatory to obtain an authorization from the local branch of the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Heritage, the Soprintendenza."

Freedom of panorama is a big problem for photographers, with the increase of "private" public spaces around new developments.

In lesser monuments there is usually no problem and sometimes people in small villages are happy to see sombody taking an interest in their cultural heritage.


This is why I am experimenting with the Z7 + the Nikon TS hand held. The results of this shoot pleased me technically.
 

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It is quite impressive that you achieved such exquisite results hand holding! Many could not get such excellent results even if they used a tripod! LOL!
 
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