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?

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!

Alone

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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Frosted leafs

Some fallen leaf in a gardenNIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/15 sec, ISO100)

The autumn is leaving space for the winter. One of the signs of this period is the little frost you can find over a carpet of leafs in a public garden. Of course you need to wake up early in the morning to take this kind of pictures, because the frost is very delicate, and it’s quickly melted by the normal temperature of the period.