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

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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!

Hommage to Trey Ratcliff

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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!).

Les Baux de Provence rocks

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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.

Regular

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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.

Colourful cornfield and sky

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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! 🙂

Peaks coming out

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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)

Saintes Maries de la Mer streetlamps

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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.

Saint Honorat

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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).

WAG 2009 – airshow

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The  WAG 2009 (World Air Games) finished on June 13, 2009, but the next day an airshow took place at Turin Aeritalia airport. Many interesting planes (but also many other flying machines) were present. Among them an erobatic team using ultralight planes (Alpi Pioneer). I’ve shoot a lot of images, but I prefer this one for it’s colors and for the shapes of the smoking trails. The diagonal main line and off-centered subjects adds even more  dynamism to the picture.

WAG 2009 – hang gliding speedrun

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Again from the Turin World Air Games 2009: at the end of the hang-gliding speedrun round, Andrea Iemma (an Italian pilot) uses his feet to slow down the  speed just before landing on the raft. This image make me think to some kind of swan splashing in the lake. The backlight  helped a lot to have the water textures and the mix of colors: an ideal shoot condition to get this kind of pictures from the shore line, in fact there were a lot of photographers to capture these magic moments.

WAG 2009 – paragliding accuracy

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The World Air Games, take place in Turin (Italy) from 6 to 9 June 2009 (you can see a lot of infos on the WAG2009 website). I’m one of the judges for the Paragliding Accuracy competition, which is on the Avigliana lake: The landing spot is on a raft in the lake (the same used by the paragliding aerobatics, hang-gliding aerobatics and speed-run competition). I don’t have much spare time to take photos during my duty as judge, but I’m lucky to be in a privileged position, so I was able to get some pictures while on the landing field. This is one of them. Hope you like it…

Rusty

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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.

Fishermen

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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.

“El Capitan” rock in France

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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.

Notre Dame du Roc

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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.

Skyscraper?

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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.

Golden bars

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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.

Above the clouds

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Flying over the Alps, coming back home in the evening, I noticed the clouds below moved by strong winds in many waves, following the orography of the mountains. I found interesting this effect, especially if compared with the clear sky over them. I choose to use black and white because it stress the attention to the wave shapes.

Update: this image has been one of the 15  most popular pictures in the weekly themes by VFXY for the July 24, 2009 week, when the theme was “Null or Empty” 

Fog and snow

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There was still some morning fog in the countryside when I saw these couple of trees and the sun almost covered by the clouds. The feeling was, one more time,  silence, loneliness and mistery. The noise of the shot was the only one to disturb the muffled atmosphere. Magic.

The Castle of Rivoli

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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.

White symmetry

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Early morning after the biggest snowfall of the last 20 years here. I was fascinated by the symmetry given by the trees and the garden seats. Also the “sky” done by the branches was intriguing. The image is b/w, but there were so little different colors, that also in color would have been almost the same.

Update: this is my first image which has been accepted on , a very interesting artsproject. If you like great images, take a look there.

Update2: This image was selected as a noteworthy in the Photofriday challenge with the “White” theme on 20 January 2009. Thanks to all who voted for this image!

Hoar frosted countryside

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Coming back home and looking to the opposite side of the upcoming setting sun, I saw these hoar frosted trees and their background. The dark sky behind was too much appealing to just look and forget, so I quickly stopped (it was really cold) to take this shoot , an unperfect one, but -again- I liked too much the colors to avoid taking this one.

Snowfall pause

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During a pause of snowfall I took this image from my home window. With the standard white balance setting it turned out to be so blue, and I kept this because it was the real light of that moment. For sure it looks very cold, and that’s true: it was  a really cold day!  The brushwood looks really drown in the snow.

Roof tiles and snow

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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.

Naked trees and sky

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Looking to the sky I saw this color contrast between the evening blue and the reddish clouds. I moved to a position where the winterly naked trees could be included in the image. They added a sort of silhouette and texture to the image, so to avoid  a picture quite similar to a flag reproduction. I see this image both graphic and abstract as well as a style research picture.

Rivoli by night

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I had some spare time to spend, so I climbed up to the square in front of the Rivoli castle, with the Collegiata Alta bell-tower and Turin hill in the background . Even if not late, it was almost night, and i took some shots to get some colors which are available just for few minutes at the dusk. Color balance in this kind of image is always a compromise, and the contrast between the cold sky and the warm artificial light usually results in nice postcard-like pictures, especially using HDR technique.

Eremo antenna towers

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Late evening, exiting as last visitors of the Infini.To Astronomical Park, I discovered this contrast between the Eremo technological antenna towers and the Alps behind them in their dusk colors. I just played a little bit with the colors to get a more realistic contrast feeling between the clouds (still in the sun) and the ground (already in the dark). I think that the contrast between the “vertical modern” and the “horizontal natural” subjects is an interesting comparison.