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!

Cows in the fog (or in a cloud…)

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I did not think that I had to find both cows and such fog so high in mountain. Well, more than fog it was a cloud, but this looks to be not so important for the final result. By the way we had to move away sometime later, because looks like that we were invading some part of the grass field that the cows wants to stay free form humans.

Green Lake

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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.

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.

Saint Honorat

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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 – hang gliding speedrun

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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

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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.

Small waterfalls and stone

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I was testing my brand new 4x ND filter on these small waterfalls, when my eye was catched by a strange stone which was looking like flying few centimeters over the water, as an effect of a magician trick. I decided to change the image framing, so to have the stone in the middle and the water, on the contrary than usual, not as the main subject of the image. Something against the standard rules (aren’t the rules made in order to be broken?)