It's in my blood.
Since I was given my first camera, when I was a little kid, I have always been fascinated by capturing in a shot what my eyes were seeing around me. The beauty of nature or the smile of a friend, an event or an emotion... Precious pearls to be framed in a photo. Whether freezing a movement or moving the stillness, looking at normality through a different angle or portraying the exceptional, I can choose different perspectives, I can catch reality. I think this passion is in my blood, I inherited it from my Grandpa and then from my Dad, and it has always had a great influence in my life. Come and follow me in my journey searching impressions of life.



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Brick Lane – Part1

Nature Photography, Food Photography, Landscape, Portraits, Action... I like to span across many genres, and Street Photography is another one I always look at with interest. I haven't developed this area much, so far, but I certainly want to explore it more.

During one of the recent visits to London, I was looking for interesting spots for street photography and I found an area I had never been before. It turned out to be a good opportunity to bring home some street shots – in the real meaning of the word: Photographing the streets and specifically the street art that is present almost everywhere around Brick Lane.


               24mm f/5.0 1/2000sec ISO500



               17mm f/5.0 1/500sec ISO500 +0.67



               17mm f/5.0 1/250sec ISO500 +0.67



               27mm f/5.0 1/4000sec ISO500 +0.67



               29mm f/5.0 1/5000sec ISO500 +0.67



               32mm f/5.0 1/250sec ISO500 +0.67



               17mm f/5.0 1/400sec ISO500 +0.67



               17mm f/5.0 1/400sec ISO500 +0.67




               17mm f/5.0 1/320sec ISO500 +2



               28mm f/5.0 1/250sec ISO500









Sunday, April 16, 2017

The King

The Kingfisher, a blue rocket that dives at incredible speed and precision to catch the fish. This beautiful bird is not rare but being able to see it fishing is not that easy, especially considering its speed. I have seen this bird diving from the top of a big tree, 15 meters high, into a small pond and still catch the fish, of course all in a flash.

Taking pictures of the Kingfisher is great: the shape and colors of this bird make it a perfect subject for a nature photographer. However, even if a portrait shot is already a great picture – considering the beauty of this bird – taking a shot in flight is the ultimate goal of every photographer. And considering the speed of the Kingfisher, that is no easy task. So... of course I tried to do that.

Because of how fast it is, the camera must be set on a very fast shutter time – to be sure to freeze the bird's flight 1/3500-1/4000 sec is recommended – and it must be pre-focused on the spot where we think (or hope) the bird will dive. Autofocus would be really tough and all the water drops would anyway fool the lens view and make the camera focus off the real subject. The fast shutter time often prevents the photographer from being able to use a small aperture and depth of field is critical, especially when using a telephoto.

Here are my first results in this attempt of taking a good photo of the Kingfisher either diving or emerging from the water with the catch. The light was not that much, and to try and have a good depth of field I had to raise the ISO quite a bit. I even risked lowering the speed to a value, still pretty fast, but not completely safe. However, the fact that I took the bird while exiting the water, allowed for shots with no motion blur because the bird was slowed down by the fish and by the effort of flying out of the water.

They are not perfect, but I am pretty satisfied at the moment. And of course I will try again, looking for the perfect shot... wish me luck!



               350mm f/8.0 1/1250sec ISO6400 -0.33


               350mm f/8.0 1/1250sec ISO6400 -0.33


               350mm f/8.0 1/1250sec ISO16000 -0.33


               350mm f/8.0 1/1250sec ISO16000 -0.33


               350mm f/8.0 1/1250sec ISO16000 -0.33





Sunday, March 5, 2017

Some Food Photography

During the past Christmas holidays, Denise baked some delicious cookies and I took the opportunity to take some shots.

Baked stuff is a favorite of mine when getting to food photography, and since I had bought a few different kind of breads, I shot those as well. Finally I am posting some of those pictures!

You might notice some have not been color corrected, but I liked the blue dominant and I left it. The first batch of pics has been shot in natural light, using some white reflectors in the front to redirect the back-light from the window. The last ones, on black background, have been shot with artificial light.



               85mm f/4.5 1/10sec ISO200


               85mm f/4.5 1/10sec ISO200


               85mm f/5.0 1/10sec ISO200


               85mm f/5.0 1/10sec ISO200


               85mm f/5.0 1/10sec ISO200


               85mm f/5.0 1/10sec ISO200


               85mm f/5.0 1/10sec ISO200


               85mm f/5.6 1/6sec ISO200



               85mm f/11.0 1/100sec ISO100


               85mm f/11.0 1/100sec ISO100


               85mm f/9.0 1/100sec ISO100






Sunday, January 1, 2017

Flower Show Magic – part 2

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

I had totally forgot to post the second part of the pics taken at the flower show in October...  :(
Here they are, enjoy!



               400mm f/5.6 1/250sec ISO250


                                      85mm f/2.8 1/160sec ISO200


               33mm f/5.0 1/100sec ISO800


               135mm f/5.0 1/250sec ISO250


               85mm f/5.0 1/160sec ISO400


               85mm f/4.0 1/250sec ISO200 and macro tube


               85mm f/5.0 1/250sec ISO200 and macro tube


               85mm f/2.8 1/4000sec ISO200 and macro tube


               85mm f/5.0 1/80sec ISO200


               85mm f/2.8 1/1600sec ISO200 and macro tube


                                  85mm f/2.8 1/1600sec ISO200 and macro tube




Saturday, October 15, 2016

Flower Show Magic – part 1

If you have the chance to go to a flower show, you'll discover a whole universe of opportunities for your photography. Not only flowers and plants, but also insects, objects, set ups, tools and, depending from the location, other bonus features.
In addition to my love for gardens, that's also why I like to visit Orticolario, the flower show which takes place at the beautiful Villa Erba, on the Como Lake. Anemone was the chosen flower theme for 2016.

And with this kind of subjects, I have the possibility to try my hand at one of my long-time passions, though not used that much recently, macro-photography. I am fascinated by the exploration of things in close-up, and sometimes even the most insignificant thing may become extraordinary when we look at it in the smallest detail.

Here's a first group of shots, all in natural light.



               85mm f/4.5 1/100sec ISO100 +0.33 and macro tube



               85mm f/4.0 1/250sec ISO200 and macro tube



               85mm f/6.3 1/125sec ISO200 and macro tube



               85mm f/3.5 1/1000sec ISO200 and macro tube



               85mm f/4.0 1/320 sec ISO1000 +0.33



               85mm f/3.5 1/640sec ISO200 and macro tube



               85mm f/5.0 1/160 sec ISO400



               85mm f/5.0 1/160 sec ISO400



               85mm f/4.5 1/100sec ISO100 +0.33 and macro tube



               85mm f/3.5 1/800sec ISO200 and macro tube



               85mm f/2.8 1/400sec ISO200 and macro tube



               85mm f/5.6 1/200sec ISO200 and macro tube



               85mm f/3.5 1/2000sec ISO200 and macro tube