Ceilings are always worth spending some time with in Tuscan churches. This particular one - I think it was in Bologna -- makes marvelous use of trompe l'oeil. The detail is painted on. And in the center is a graceful dove.
The easiest way to take this kind of shot, I find, is to stabilize the camera by placing it on the floor or on a pew or railing and point it upwards. It's a bit of a Hail Mary approach as you can't really look through the viewfinder, but that doesn't bother me much. And I experiment a bit, move the camera around, to find out if I prefer to have the dove in the center or off center. In this case, I liked the framing element of the dome.
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And if you would like to join us on a photo tour of Tuscany and Sorrento in September, you can read more about it on my website, www.maryannglass.com or on www.arthistoryalive.com