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, 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













Sunday, July 31, 2016

On the Black Grouse Lek - part 2

Three months... yes, three months! I can't believe I left so much time pass between part one and part two of this post! What a shame... :(


               24mm f/5.0 1/100sec ISO800 +3.33


Anyway, I am going to show you now probably the most interesting part of the courtship, the actual fights.
While the mating display I told you about in the previous part continues for most of the time, once in a while a more serious action takes place, especially when females come to visit the lek.

               560mm f/5.6 1/1250sec ISO800 +1.33


               560mm f/5.6 1/500sec ISO3200 +0.67


               560mm f/5.6 1/500sec ISO3200 +0.67


               400mm f/6.3 1/640sec ISO6400 +0.67


The confrontations go from just facing each other without really "attacking", to jumping towards the adversary trying to find an opening.


               400mm f/5.6 1/1600sec ISO1250 +1.33


And then... ATTACK!


               400mm f/5.6 1/640sec ISO640 +0.67


               400mm f/5.0 1/400sec ISO3200 +0.67


               400mm f/6.3 1/400sec ISO3200 +0.67


Everything is very fast and it's quite difficult to clearly see what's happening in those few seconds. Only when I look at the pictures, later, after coming back home, I can see the drama of the action, the fierce look and the strength the birds put in the fight. Feathers fly in the air and for a short but very intense time, the two birds fight in the air, almost as if they were dancing.


               400mm f/6.3 1/1000sec ISO2000 +1


               400mm f/5.6 1/1250sec ISO800 +1.33


               400mm f/5.6 1/1250sec ISO800 +1.33


               400mm f/5.0 1/400sec ISO3200 +0.67


               400mm f/5.0 1/400sec ISO3200 +0.67


Shots have been taken throughout a period of four days, in different weather, as you can see from the colors and the light conditions.


               400mm f/7.1 1/800sec ISO2500 +0.67


               400mm f/5.6 1/800sec ISO2500 +0.67


And then, suddenly, everybody fly away... a small bird of prey arrived in the distance... better be far, you never know. It was almost time, anyway, for the birds to stop their mating activity for the day.


               722mm f/8.0 1/320sec ISO6400 -0.67


The four days spent photographing these beautiful birds have been an awesome experience that I hope to repeat one day. If you enjoyed the shots, you might enjoy also the story I published on MAPTIA: