A curious effect of low horizon light in the evening and the time evolution of some contrail few minutes after the jets passed. Nice and poetic (and no, they are not chemtrails, which are just baloney)
Hot July sunday at the Place-Moulin lake. Very quiet an with beautiful greenish color on the water too. Just some side detail to show a bit of depth to the image, but the water colour would have been enough anyway.
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.
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?
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!
… 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!
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).
2012 winter came late, but it was cold and with a lot of snow. I took this picture when snow was falling and the light was low. I like the division in multiple levels, giving an idea about the image depth.
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.
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.
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.
NIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO100) … 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.
NIKON D40X (32mm, f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO100) March is a month where (in this part of Italy) the snow in plain is unusual, especially if the snowfall is abundant, so I quickly take this shoot which is an almost natural black and white one, even if not converted in grayscale.
NIKON D40X (150mm, f/5.6, 1/402 sec, ISO100) 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.
NIKON D40X (130mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO100) 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.
NIKON D40X (20mm, f/9, 1/10 sec, ISO100) 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.
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.
NIKON D40X (200mm, f/7.1, 1/125 sec, ISO100) Trey Ratcliff is one of the world most known HDR prhotographer, and his site “Stuck in Customs” is very famous and appreciated. I have done this urban image with the idea of doing it in a similar way like he could have done it (maybe? Only Trey could tell!).
NIKON D40X (18mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO100) Walking around the base of the castle of Les Baux de Provence (southern France)I saw this nice texture effect of the water flowing in the centuries on the vertical rocks, and I couldn’t resist to take a shoot. Despite to the apparencies, it’s not an HDR image.
NIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO100) I found this plantation in the middle of Southern France. I like the regular disposition of the trees and that they’re almost all similar in size. The long lens compression effect helps a lot this image.
NIKON D40X (55mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO100) Walking in the surroundings of my home, I saw the great contrast between the oblique row of corns, the bare tree and the sky. I admit I pushed a bit with contrast, saturation and so on, but this time, NO HDR! 🙂
NIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO100) I was in mountain during a quite gray day. Sometimes a small clear patch happened in the clouds, and I was lucky enough to capture these peaks which came out for few minutes. They make me think to a dreamy atmosphere. The picture was taken in Lanzo valley (NW Italy)
NIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO100) Walking in Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer (Camargue, France) shoreline, I saw these nice lod-looking streetlamps, and with the light cloud overcast it was easy, just pushing the contrast a bit, obtain an almost black or white image.
NIKON D40X (18mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO100) Someone believe that just tropical islands have the sea transparent almost as glass. It’s not true: I took this picture at the Isle of Saint Honrat, just in front of Cannes (France), from the top of the old monaster of the Cistercian monks (which still today are living on the island).
NIKON D40X (36mm, f/14, 1/60 sec, ISO100) An empty high mountain creek bed, where the remains of an old oil barrel (I suppose it is: I can’t be sure about what it was!) demonstrates what happens when laying on the bottom together with rolling stones and flowing water. The vivid rust color has a great contrast with the stone background, which seems a bit a lunar landscape.
NIKON D40X (200mm, f/10, 1/400 sec, ISO100) Some fishermen were on the Ceresole Reale dam lake (yet quite empty in this season). I was fascinated by their positions and the few colors present: just the blue over the b/w. I had to wait until some cloud shadows came to help to avoid a too much white background. The result is an image with some fairy-tale setting.
NIKON D40X (52mm, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO100) I was wandering in Haute Provence – South of France, when I found this beautiful mountain. It remebered me the famous “El Capitan” rock in Yosemite National Park (this one is smaller, anyway) and the Ansel Adams images, so I stopped and found a good location where take this shoot, of course in black and white like the Master.This is a tribute to him and his art.
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.