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!)
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.
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.
NIKON 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.
NIKON 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 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.
Unlike its color version, this b/w image highlights the wave-like shape of the clouds, and so I prefer this version. At a closer look, the tiles on the roofs seem to align in waves too, thus blending the two parts of the image
I was coming back home when I saw that clouds, with the classical cauliflower-like shape (quite unusual in autumn season), and when I tried to look at them with the camera, I saw the red of the rooftops, which I did not noticed very well previously, so I included them in the picture.
NIKON D40X (130mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO100) These vineyard grape-vine rows in Monforte d’Alba (in the zone where the famous Barolo wine is produced) have a nice pattern effect. The telephoto lens helps to isolate them from the surroundings different shapes.