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.
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!
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.
Southern France: in the territory of Rustrel (Luberon) there is an extraordinary location, called the Colorado Provencal del Rustrel, where ochra was extracted and used for textile coloring until several years ago. Red and yellow ochra and their variations are present in this almost lunar-like, desertic natural park. Fantastic and beautiful, it seems incredible that such kind of things can exist on the Earth.
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 (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 (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 (170mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO100) Some pink flamingos in Camargue (France). I was impressed by their ability to sleep on a single leg with their long neck so bend. In this season they’re not so pink, but the wing underneath is much more colored.
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.