National Geographic : 2005 Jan
ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY Final Edit DAVIDALANHARVEY ITALY BEFORE THE ROMANS Last Impressions A lot of back-and-forth goes on in the layout room over which photograph to use on a story's opening spread. Same goes for the last spread. "This picture has 'ender' written all over it," says illustrations editor Chris Scaptura. "Its selling point is the great quality of light." The atmospheric photo was shot in Gubbio the night before the Corsa dei Ceri, a festival honoring the town's patron saint. "The problem was that we already had two Gubbio pictures in the layout," says Scaptura. The solution: end instead with a picture of sheep passing through a portal in the city wall of Falerii Novi. That photograph dovetails neatly with a passage toward the end of Erla Zwingle's text in which she walks the city's ruins. Still, Scaptura-a man proud of his Italian heri tage-was torn. "This shot of people out on the street in Gubbio really gives you the feeling of what it's like to explore the streets of an Italian hill town." NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * JANUARY 2005 WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE Cut it or keep it? Find out more about what tipped the balance for this photograph at nationalgeographic.com/ magazine/0501.