Jet contrails in the evening

 

 

Contrail

NIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

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)

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!

Arles amphitheatre

DSC_7587 NIKON D40X (18mm, f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO100)

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!)

Lighthouse windy sunset

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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.

What’s there?

DSC_7539 NIKON D40X (40mm, f/4.5, 1/30 sec, ISO100)

The contrast between the inside and outside light has always fascinated me, and this candid image show this. Furthermore this picture make me think that the subject was curios about what’s over there, hence the title.

Stormy weather

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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.

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).

Velvet snow

dsc_5855 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.

Green Lake

DSC_5507NIKON 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.

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

DSC_5124NIKON 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.

Colourful cornfield and sky

DSC_4894NIKON 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! 🙂

Saint Honorat

DSC_4575NIKON 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).

WAG 2009 – airshow

DSC_4278NIKON D40X (150mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO100)
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

DSC_4046NIKON D40X (130mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO100)
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.

Rusty

DSC_3376NIKON 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.

Fishermen

DSC_3370NIKON 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.

“El Capitan” rock in France

DSC_3127NIKON 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.

Skyscraper?

DSC_2507NIKON D40X (18mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
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.

Above the clouds

DSC_2196NIKON D40X (38mm, f/4.5, 1/40 sec, ISO100)
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

DSC_2184NIKON D40X (80mm, f/5.3, 1/20 sec, ISO100)
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

DSC_2012NIKON D40X (18mm, f/7.1, 1.3 sec, ISO100)
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.

Hoar frosted countryside

DSC_2128NIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
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.

Naked trees and sky

DSC_2032NIKON D40X (34mm, f/7.1, 1/2 sec, ISO100)
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

DSC_2061NIKON D40X (40mm, f/7.1, 7.1 sec, ISO100)
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.