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.

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.

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).

Glamorous Elena

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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.

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!

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…

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.

Underground hallway

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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.