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Seggiola del Papa, Ancona, Italy by Massimo D’Ambrosio

The rocky beach of the Passetto is part of the territory of the Parco del Conero; It is located below a cliff and is accessible thanks to a large and long white staircase that descends to the shore of the Adriatic Sea. The beach can also be reached by a panoramic lift or by walking down through the narrow streets, a local term that means path leading to the sea.

Going north of the staircase, you can reach the most natural and evocative area of ​​the Passetto; here the environment is characterised by large white rocks that form inlets and channels much appreciated by landscape photographers. One of the symbols of the city is the rocky rock called the "Seggiola del Papa" (Pope chair), due to its characteristic shape. The spot is ideal for landscape photography, especially at sunrise, when the sun rises behind the rock formation looking south-east. The "Seggiola del Papa" can be photographed all year round and in any tidal condition, as the latter changes, the background changes drastically. On this occasion I approached as much as possible the rock formation and I chose a vertical composition to emphasise the background that creates guidelines towards the subject.


Camera Canon 6D
Lens Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS
Aperture f/11
S/S 0.8sec
ISO 100
Additional Notes Foreground and background has been focus-stacked to obtain both part sharp. GND and polariser filters has been used to balance the sky exposure and remove unwanted light reflections on the rocks.
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