What’s behind the corner?

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Looks an antique photo, even if done today, due the total lack of modernity signs (wires, lights,…). A very narrow road on the S. Giulio island (Orta Lake). The curve and the light at its end may also ideally raise questions about what’s behind it, adding some suspance to the picture.

Francesco Fornabaio

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Today, 21-SEP-2014, Francesco Fornabaio, airshowman, pilot and poet, died in an accident during an airshow in Venice. This is the last photo that I took of him, one week before the mishap, and there will not be other more. It’s not the best one I have of him, but it’s the last, so this is my tribute to him. Requiescat in pace, Francesco.

All weather, all lights

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In this picture most of the weather and lights can be found: sun, darkness, rain, clouds, blue sky, natural light, artificial light. All in a single picture: it is not so usual find all them together. Isn’t it beautiful?

Singing in blue night

VFRmeeting 2013NIKON D40X (46mm, f/4.8, 2.2 sec, ISO100)

During a party with live music I shooted this image, without great faith in what could be the result. When looking after the images, I discovered that the final effect was quite interesting (at least to my eyes, of course). For the curious, the group playing music is http://www.danceangels.com/ at http://www.cadelconte.com/

Sharp turn

Tramonti a CannesNIKON D40X (130mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO100)

Early morning at the balcony. A curious coincidence make that jet contrail as a sharp turn (probably there were two) trace. Joining this with the bright warm colors of the rising sun and the cold blue sky, as well as the absolute calm of that moment make this image noteworthy for me. Hope for you too!

Aigues Mortes

Gita ad Aigues MortesNIKON D40X (18mm, f/11, 1/500 sec, ISO800)

… and dead was I too! (Aigues Mortes = roughly “Dead Waters”). Well over 30 C° the walk of this magnificent town walls was a bit hard to bear. Only the beauty of the city and the fantastic colors of the Camargue helped me to complete it. The small clouds at high altitute didn’t help to screen the sun, but they were marvelous to look at and, of course, to photograph. The polarizer helped to increase the color depth, helping too the impression of a really hot day. After the walk, the icecream was very welcome!

Cows in the fog (or in a cloud…)

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I did not think that I had to find both cows and such fog so high in mountain. Well, more than fog it was a cloud, but this looks to be not so important for the final result. By the way we had to move away sometime later, because looks like that we were invading some part of the grass field that the cows wants to stay free form humans.

Monte Rosa glacier

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Taken from the Loccia lake, at the beginning of the Belvedere glacier in Macugnaga (NW Italy), during a day where the weather changed several times, showing the sinuosity of the various snow layers. Another image which is inspired by the Ansel Adams works (obviously).

Arles amphitheatre

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A sunny August day, very hot (as usual in that period in south of France). One of the few fresh location available are the Roman amphitheatre corridors, beautiful and very well maintained. Due to the oval shape of the building the corridor looks infinite, something similar to the endless run of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in the final scene of Ridley Scott’s Alien movie (but in this case much less scary!)

Lighthouse windy sunset

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Classical clear sky of a windy day (looking carefully the pin leaf you the wind effect is noticeable), and a classical lighthouse (here in Cap Ferrat, France), results in a classical image, full of colors.

What’s there?

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The contrast between the inside and outside light has always fascinated me, and this candid image show this. Furthermore this picture make me think that the subject was curios about what’s over there, hence the title.

Backyard floor

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A backyard floor recently renewed has the trace of the tires and the cars which passed there. An image about randomness, repetitive patterns and abstractionism. Something different from the daily usual experience, especially because it’s under the sight of everyone.

Surreal dinner with aircrafts

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I’ve been invited by some friends for a dinner in an airfield. The dinner took place in the hangar, where the planes were all around (literally!). Of course a great light contrast, and a result which looks quite surreal and, in my eyes, interesting. Here it is.

Stormy weather

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Walking in the Valentino’s park in Turin, I saw that the Monte dei Cappuccini church illuminated by a stratified  storm weather light. Just a bit of  HDR technique to show the impression I got from this view, and here it is.


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When visiting Messer Tulipano tulip exposition at the Castello di Pralormo, I saw this dandelion staying alone far from the tulips field. It set off me mixed feelings: loneliness, distinction, parting, standing out, … don’t know what’s the most appropriate, anyway here it is.

International Women’s Day

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Yes, I know, I’m a bit late in celebrating the International Women’s Day, but I wasn’t able to publish this image in time. Anyway this is my little contribution to this important celebration. Women deserve all the support they can get, and even more. This mimosa (technically Silver Wattle) image, thanks to a windy day, has bright colors and a deep blue sky. Yellow and blue stay together very well.

North American T-6 Texan warbird

North American T-6 , World War 2 trainer.NIKON D40X (170mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO100)

I took this picture during an airshow. It’s a classical warbird (WW II era) carefully restored. It’s a classical picture, which I like because the wing has the same inclination as the far background clouds (the plane was turning around a pylon).

Colorado Provencal

Colorado ProvençaleNIKON D40X (26mm, f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO100)

Southern France: in the territory of Rustrel (Luberon)  there is an extraordinary location, called the Colorado Provencal del Rustrel, where ochra was extracted and used for textile coloring until several years ago. Red and yellow ochra and their variations are present in this almost lunar-like, desertic natural park. Fantastic and beautiful, it seems incredible that such kind of things can exist on the Earth.

Mont Blanc window

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During a trip to the Mont Blanc, at the Aguille du Midi, I catch my wife staring  at the mountain top from a window in the hallway. The contrast between the outside light and the inside just left my wife image emerging from the dark. It was a lucky shot, done without pose and organization.

Glamorous Elena

VFRmeeting 2010 ValderaNIKON D40X (200mm, f/16, 1/20 sec, ISO100)

Glamorous Elena, a beautiful Van’s RV-7  belonging to a friend of mine, resting in the afternoon in Valdera airfield. The plane shape from this angle,  the propeller position, diagonal to the image, and the strong colors are the reason for this picture.

Black and White, plus blue

Piazza dei MiracoliNIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO100)

While observing this particular of the Duomo di Pisa (in the same Cathedral Square where it’s located the famous Leaning Tower), I saw that it  looks like a B/W photo, but with an intense  blue coming from the clear sky. I was fascinated by this tonality mix.

Yellow rape

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… did I already told that the rape flowers are yellow? Well, anyway looks that rape flowers are really yellow! These strongly colored patch among other cultures are a real sign that spring is really started. After a long, cold and dark winter, together to better temperatures it’s a really pleasure to search for some interesting pattern to shoot.

Velvet snow

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The oblique light which graze the snow make it looking similar to velvet. Light and shadows give the idea of smooth waves. I was impressed by the poetry of the evening light, and I tried to capture it.

Earth and Moon

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A lucky combination: a day with strong wind (so the sky is clear and blue), the position of the moon close to the mountain, and the subject is ready to be photographed. Just a touch of polarizer and it’s done. In my humble opinion, a minimalistic set of colors like here results in a stronger image.

Green Lake

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I was intrigued by the description of a small lake close to Bardonecchia (NW Italy), called “Green Lake” because it should look green, so I went there to check how much green it was… and it was a lot! The color is caused by a sort of green seaweed on the lake bottom. It is shallow, and the water is very clear, so the color of the seaweed is very, very evident, as you can see here. A wonderful walk in an enchanting valley.

Frecce Tricolori

Manifestazione centenario (100 anni) aeroporto cameri 1909-2009NIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO200)

The Lomçovak (end-over-end tumble) aerobatic maneuver perfomed by the Frecce Tricolori (the Italian military aerobatic team) soloist plane during the  100th anniversary Cameri airport show. The blue of the sky and the spinning shape of the white smoking trail had a good chromatic contrast.

This picture was signalled as “noteworthy” in the Photo Friday challenge of March 17,2011. Thanks to all the viewers!