Photographer's Note

In mathematics there is a problem called "close packing of spheres," and has applications in crystallography. In the magnificent village of Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, we had just stepped off a small ferry from Amalfi and would soon sail back to Amalfi. Close-packing of architecture, and the remarkable skill of the Italians to build on virtually vertical surfaces rushed to mind as I shot this photo. I steadied my Nikon D200 — with an unusually sharp 70-210 lens — on a concrete post on the dock, and clicked away. People speak of the Italian sun, it can be more intense, revealing the vivid colors of the architecture. It is even more ideal if is in the morning. Positano is one of the most picturesque towns in Italy, or for that matter, in the world.

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Additional Photos by Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6777 W: 471 N: 12149] (41261)
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