Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, Sarah Rosso at WordPress has tasked us to come up with images to do with  ‘layers’. I thought for all of one minute…

I am posting an image from recen travels of the very atmospheric town of Matera, in Basilicata, Italy. If you look over to the town from the opposite side of the ravine, you see the rock upon which it is built, layers of the old town which includes the cave dwellings, and higher still is the modern town, then the trees, and finally the sky. Layer upon layer!

I also think it demonstrates different colours and tones in the layers and equally, different textures..

This particular image is courtesy of my friend Sarah, as I had avoided getting the modern part of the town in any of my images! I have given it a tiny bit of a boost using HDR Efex Pro to emphasise the layers a little more.

The layers of Matera. Image copyright Sarah Tuck.

The layers of Matera. Image copyright Sarah Tuck.


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  2. This is so layery I am feeling intimidated.

    • It is incredibly fascinating, but I don’t think I would say it’s beautiful… but perhaps it looks so from this image. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

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  4. It’s a beautiful pictures. I like the contrast between the old town and the modern part in the background as well as the trailing light from the side.

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  7. Suzanne

    My mind worked along similar lines with this challenge but I haven’t posted anything. I like the photo you have chosen to convey the notion of layers of history.

    • Thanks, Suzanne. I like the idea that someone else was thinking along the same lines, glad you like the image. My friend will be chuffed to bits when I tell her that her photo has had some great comments! 🙂

  8. I would love to visit Basilicata and the town of Matera. What an experience that must have been. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing and rekindling my desire to see it 🙂

  9. Lots of lovely layers Sue – the boost works very well.
    Jude xx

    • Thanks Jude, my friend will be chuffed to bits that her photo got so many comments! I had taken shots from the same vantage point, but avoiding the modern part of town. But that modern bit was essential to really make the point of the layers! Hey ho! 🙂

  10. Wonderful capture. Love the ancient, old, modern layers – really terrific!

  11. Cheers, Sarah! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. This is really interesting – and very beautiful. I think this is one of few featuring old and new. Great.

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  14. a beautiful tapestry of old and new! and so charming!

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  16. Incredible view, and a fantastic take on the theme 🙂

  17. Terrific choice for the challenge. This is exactly the kind of image I lhoped to find in my archives! Great processing too Sue.

  18. Oh Matera… i love Matera and the south of Italy. Nice capture!

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