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Via Degli Angeli, Lucca, Toscana, Italy. 18-7-2000.

Narrow streets and alleys of medieval Italian towns offer great photographic opportunites. What is of interest to me is the diffused light that I find similar in narrow streets and in slot canyons. While the window of optimal light is much shorter in the slots, I have come to realize that photography on streets is much more challenging for a variety of reasons. On this hot and sticky July day in Lucca, I was contemplating about composition and as to whether I should go with f/16 or f/22 (depth of field versus diffraction concerns). Suddenly, I noticed a nun entering Via degli Angeli from behind me. In a hurry, I stopped down to f/8 for sufficient shutter speed and clicked away. Her presence was very fitting with the street's name.

Composition was tough because of a truck that stood at the far end of the street.

Contax RTS III, Carl Zeiss Sonnar 85/2.8 AE, 1/30 sec, f/8, Fujichrome Provia 100, 81B