Star light, star bright, I wish upon a star tonight.
V I T A L E T A 🌌
The Chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta used to be the home of a Renaissance statue of the Madonna, sculpted by Andrea della Robbia in 1590. This charming structure stands out for miles around, and was recently classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This small but magnificent structure is stunning in any light, but given the new moon, and a forecast for clear skies over night I couldn’t resist trying to capture this scene at night. Walking through the countryside in the dead of night is however rather unnerving, and somewhat worsened in my case by the pair of eyes following me through the dark!
This was my first real dip into astrophotography and I’m surprised it’s not terrible. I took a great many frames in the hour or so I had before sunrise, but — somewhat ironically — this was the very first and best one I got. Considering it was taken without being able to see a thing through the lens (due to there being literally no natural light) I’m surprised this was as good as it is!
I took a lot more pictures following this, just before and after sunrise too, which I’ll share at a later date. But I do wish I could have spent more time here. I would have loved to photograph this famous spot from many different vantage points, particularly from farther away, so I’ll just have to return another time!
I hope you like my take on this stunning place. Let me know what you think in the comments!