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)

What’s behind the corner?

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Looks an antique photo, even if done today, due the total lack of modernity signs (wires, lights,…). A very narrow road on the S. Giulio island (Orta Lake). The curve and the light at its end may also ideally raise questions about what’s behind it, adding some suspance to the picture.

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?

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?

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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.

Surreal dinner with aircrafts

DSC_7350NIKON D40X (18mm, f/3.5, 1.1 sec, ISO100)

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.

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.

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.

Black and White, plus blue

Piazza dei MiracoliNIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO100)

While observing this particular of the Duomo di Pisa (in the same Cathedral Square where it’s located the famous Leaning Tower), I saw that it  looks like a B/W photo, but with an intense  blue coming from the clear sky. I was fascinated by this tonality mix.

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.

Earth and Moon

DSC_5461NIKON D40X (130mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO100)
A lucky combination: a day with strong wind (so the sky is clear and blue), the position of the moon close to the mountain, and the subject is ready to be photographed. Just a touch of polarizer and it’s done. In my humble opinion, a minimalistic set of colors like here results in a stronger image.

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.

Saintes Maries de la Mer streetlamps

DSC_4441NIKON 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.

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.

WAG 2009 – paragliding accuracy

DSC_3914NIKON D40X (18mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
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…

Golden bars

DSC_2292NIKON D40X (90mm, f/7.1, 1/800 sec, ISO100)
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

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” 

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.

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.

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.

Heavenly light

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I was looking from home window during a heavy rain period, and among a shower and another, some sun rays peeped out through the clouds. They were looking to me like a sign of presence of a superior authority. I quickly took my camera and shoot this image.

Morning mist

dsc_1557NIKON D40X (105mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO100)

Early morning, going to work driving in the Asti area, the first silent mists were all around me. I decide to stop briefly to take some pictures. In my mind the evanescence of the far background, the few trees in the middle and the soft sunlight render well the idea of the upcoming autumn season.

Mont Cenis lake in the evening

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We decided to stop on the northern side of the Mont Cenis lake for a picnic dinner. The Variselle fort on the side of the dam had a small cloud frozen in the sunlight. I mounted quickly the tripod to get this HDR shoot which shows well the magic of that moment.