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HDR processed in Photomatix Pro 3.1.3 from a single RAW image, then processed using CS4 – no tripod used
Nikon D300 Nikon 12/24
Cadimare, the next village after Marola along the coast leading to Porto Venere, is a small centre with a seafront ending up at the beautiful facade of the church of Our Lady of Tears. The historical building Baracca Faggioni bears the name of the age-old family of “masters of the axe” it belonged to. It is due to be opened to show the ancient skill of building wooden boats and to commemorate traditional seafaring activities.
On the point closing in the bay in the direction of the next village of Fezzano, the vast air force base has kept a part of “Luigi Conti” airport that was built in 1926 as a seaplane base, corresponding to the Muggiano seaplane base on the other side of the Gulf. The Gulf of La Spezia was one of the most active seaplane bases in Italy in the 20’s and 30’s of the last century and was the scene of many actions. Italo Balbo’s study is still intact in the Cadimare structure; amongst others he planned and commanded the first Atlantic crossing in 1931. Two years afterwards when Balbo himself led twenty-five seaplanes as far as Chicago and New York, Marinetti the futurist poet who was very fond of La Spezia invented the “Golfo della Spezia" painting award, at the same time launching a challenge to all poets inviting them to celebrate this place and he himself wrote Aeropoem to the Gulf of La Spezia where the main character leaves with his seaplane exactly from Cadimare airport.