I've chosen this image for April's wallpaper for a couple of reasons. The first, and most obvious, is that April is the month of Easter, Passover, and other religious celebrations, so it seems appropriate. However, it's also the one-year anniversary of my trip to Italy and the amazing Within the Frame workshop in Genoa and the Cinque Terre with David duChemin and Jeffrey Chapman. While "life-changing" might be a bit of an exaggerated description of the trip, it's not too much so, since so many amazing opportunities have come from this trip and the friendships I made there. I have some of the best memories of my life from this trip.
I made this image in a church in Portofino after having wandered off from the group by myself, something I did quite a bit of for most of the workshop. (Jeffrey even had to come back and find me on the very first day!) It was a bit dark inside and so I used my newly acquired 85mm f/1.8 wide open to both isolate the cross and give myself a fast enough shutter speed to hand hold the camera. There wasn't a lot of color in the image to begin with, so I chose to process it as a monotone image, but keeping the warm, brassy color from the cross. I hope you enjoy it.