NIKON D40X (42mm, f/4.5, 1/13 sec, ISO100) 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.
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!)
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.
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.
NIKON D40X (18mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO100) A wonderful small church over the town of Castellane (Haute Provence – South of France). The church is placed on the top of a rock, which, even if when seen from the town looks a demanding hike, is an easy and nice walk of half-hour. When on the top, I was fascinated by how the church is well amalgamented with the mountain, and by the silence. The presence of nice clouds helped me to take this shoot when resting on the side of the rock.
NIKON D40X (18mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO100) Walking in Turin, I passed by chance under the tallest (as for today) private building of the town. Of course it’s small if compared with other skyscrapers (this has 19 floors and is 109 m. high, built in 1931), anyway it stretch skywards if compared with the surrounding blocks. It’s tall enough to play with geometry lines when an image is shooted close and below.
NIKON D40X (90mm, f/7.1, 1/800 sec, ISO100) Sunset close to the Turin Politecnico Remote Heating Plant. There was a interesting light contrast between the golden metallic elements (looking like gold bars) and the clear sky.
NIKON D40X (18mm, f/7.1, 1.3 sec, ISO100) This is a very classical style picture, very didactic (also known as a “postcard picture”) of the Castle of Rivoli. It’s style was inspired by the wonderful HDR images by Trey Ratcliff blog Stuckincustoms.com. Walking around the castle, I found what was looking to me as a good place and a good light to shoot a picture like the Trey ones.
NIKON D40X (200mm, f/36, 1/2 sec, ISO100) Cold, ugly, with snow and rain. These are the adjective which came up to my mind describing this day. Looking the gray sky I saw anyway these roof tiles, with their quiet order which doesn’t care of the weather. I like their strong appearance, and their classical color. The result is this graphical and somehow abstract (again!) image.
It was a uncertain a day with uncertain weather. SometiNIKON D40X (65mm, f/5, 1/400 sec, ISO100) mes the sun won, sometimes not. I was looking at the sky often to check what was going to happen. Looking at this corrugated iron rooftp (underneath it there are cooling equipments) I was thinking that, maybe, isolating it from other building parts, just keeping it and the sky, could be a good idea. So I took the photo, and this image is the result, quite surreal. I’m almost sure that most viewers first impression is“what he hell is this?”, and yes, this is what happens when you concentrate the image just on a small part of what is in front of you. Without this “extreme” framing I believe that nobody (me first) was noticing that strange metal roof coverage. Technically speaking, I tried with several tricks to avoid the Moiré effect, but with very little results, so I leaved it as is.
Unlike its color version, this b/w image highlights the wave-like shape of the clouds, and so I prefer this version. At a closer look, the tiles on the roofs seem to align in waves too, thus blending the two parts of the image
I was coming back home when I saw that clouds, with the classical cauliflower-like shape (quite unusual in autumn season), and when I tried to look at them with the camera, I saw the red of the rooftops, which I did not noticed very well previously, so I included them in the picture.
I took this picture inspired by the silence of the moment and the aluminium of the chair, a solitary presence in a solitary hallway. I think this description is a bit emblematic about some aspect of modern life.
I was tempted to convert the picture in B/W, but looking better I found the general “champagne” tonality of the image, which has anyway very few colors, appealing with this dominance, so I choose to keep it as is.
The new Remote Heating Plant built in the center of Turin (close to the Politecnico technical University), where it’s functionality is coupled with an urbanistic and architectural project. Mostly built in steel, it has a futuristic appearance.
NIKON D40X (18mm, f/10, 1/402 sec, ISO100) The Castello di Rivoli panoramic balcony length has been emphasized by the short lens, and the boy hurrying on it, together with the flare effect, adds something surreal to this image.
NIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO100) My attention was captured by the difference among the white pole (squared section) and it’s shadow, where the “hat” is still thin, but the body is much more wide, like if the shadow would be the one of a different object.