All weather, all lights

DSC_90171NIKON D40X (18mm, f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO100)

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?

Sharp turn

Tramonti a CannesNIKON D40X (130mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO100)

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!

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.

Velvet snow

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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.

Regular

DSC_5090NIKON 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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

Eremo antenna towers

DSC_0133NIKON D40X (200mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec, ISO100)
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.

Corrugated iron rooftop

It was a uncertain a day with uncertain weather. Sometidsc_1739NIKON D40X (65mm, f/5, 1/400 sec, ISO100)
mes the sun won, sometimes not. I was looking at the sky often to check what was going to happen. Looking at this corrugated iron rooftp (underneath it there are cooling equipments) I was thinking that, maybe, isolating it from other building parts, just keeping it and the sky, could be a good idea. So I took the photo, and this image is the result, quite surreal. I’m almost sure that most viewers first impression is“what he hell is this?”, and yes, this is what happens when you concentrate the image just on a small part of what is in front of you. Without this “extreme” framing I believe that nobody (me first) was noticing that strange metal roof coverage. Technically speaking, I tried with several tricks to avoid the Moiré effect, but with very little results, so I leaved it as is.

Heavenly light

AlbaNIKON D40X (75mm, f/10, 1/250 sec, ISO100)

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

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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.

Sunrise among poplars

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Travelling to Milan on the highway I was looking to the autumn sunrise. When I saw on the side a poplar field, I quickly stopped to take this risky photo with the sun among them. Why risky? Because the poplar are thin, and the wind easily move them, so a multiple HDR shot means having some ghosts in the image. If you look carefully, you can see them. They can be corrected, of course, but I found that they gave to the image some kind of 3D appearance, so I left them.

Mont Cenis lake in the evening

DSC_1236NIKON D40X (32mm, f/7.1, 1/60 sec, ISO100)
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.