In April, Lensbaby launched the Traveling Burnside Project, where you could try this new lens for two weeks. At the moment a lot of these burnsides travel all over the world - and for two weeks a Burnside 35 was with me.
Originally I know the Verzasca from my large format colleagues as a location for SW Fine Art Photography.
When studying and searching for routes in Google Maps (I have to admit, I sometimes do that along my morning coffee to cultivate my wanderlust a bit 😊 - formerly with atlases and road maps, today with the phone) I stumbled over this little place: Lavertezzo, a village at the Verzasca - and a little foraging revealed very quickly:
this something for me, I want to go there, too.
The Traveling Burnside Project was also a bit of a hitch to put that wish into action now - and so I found myself one morning in the small village of Lavertezzo to explore this beautiful river.
The first glance, however, was rather full of horror: everywhere I saw people with towels and picnic baskets! The river was literally besieged by bathing people, so apparently the Verzasca is not only a destination for photographers, but also for ordinary swimmers (something that always surprises me 😊)
So I went straight up the river until I could not see (or hear) the bathers any more - I did not have to go far, after a few meters I was on my own. ... and what a wonderful river landscapeI found! The textures of the stones, the many colors, the turquoise water with rapids and swirls: that was something to marvel about. And I saw quite perfectly, that one can take pictures here without end.
For the Burnside project, I did not want to work in black and white this time, so I packed the ND filter and practically did not take it off anymore.
However, I have to admit that I have only explored a tiny piece of the river, just around Lavertezzo a few hundred meters upriver and downriver - that certainly will not do justice to this landscape. Actually I think I would have to go there again for a few days, to see other corners as well (sounds like a plan for 2019?)