Photo effects. Help me to add a bit of magic to my shot…

Here I am again. I didn’t have much time to spend on photography lately and I feel like I missed something important.
I managed to finish the photo book about South Africa and I am very satisfied. I had room for 350shots only and it was a difficult choice which one to keep and which one to discard. Anyway, the result looks fine and I’m looking forward  to see the printed book.

I spent some time on this picture I took a few months ago, yesterday. I thought I would add a bit of magic later, but right now I dont know where to start from to make it similar to what I saw in my mind!
I would like to add  a fairy tale atmosphere … Any suggestions?

Original shot

My job

Thank you!

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Today very italian cooking class: panzerotti!

I tidied up my photo archive. You can’t keep everything! Even if every time I dragged a file to the trash I felt a pang!
However, as I opened folders left behind for years, I found this shots of my mother-in-law a few years ago, during summer. I wanted to document the creation of the famous panzerotti from Apulia (Apulia is a region in Southern Italy). These are a kind of pancake stuffed with mozzarella and tomato sauce… delicious!
Certainly they’re not easy to make: it takes patience, technique and strong arms to work the doughby by hand. Then the paste should be left at least two hours before it can be stretched and cutted. My mother-in-law makes sure it’s wrapped in a blanket and placed in the middle of her bed, absolutely in the middle and absolutely her bed… So, if you want to try, let me know in time!

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Fish-Eye Review. Let’s talk on photography!

I’ am  morbidly curious, I know it. I spend all the time that I can combing through the net, newspapers and magazines  searching  interesting things and, since I am so found of photography, I focus on that and, with time, I collected an impressive amount of links, bookmarks, feed, RSS… A friend of mine (very geek one, I tell you) showed me  a couple of tools that helps me a lot in doing that and I set up two binders of information:

Fish-Eye Newspaper: a collection of links coming from other photo enthusiastics.

Fish-Eye Review:  a totally Italian press review about exhibitions, events, information and news. Now online:

Fish-Eye, my twitter photo newspaper!

I just created  Fish-Eye, my photo newspaper. “My” because  I’m the editor in chief, but his contributors are all the twitter users who talk about photography, their blogs, their links and news.
FishEye is updated daily with the latest news from the web, pictures and inputs from people who, like me, love photography.
I hope it  will  be  useful  to you, as  it  is for  me!

Veronica

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My Nikon meets spring flowers…

I did not update the blog for a while, but I was short of inspiration and my Nikon has spent weeks locked in his trunk.
But eventually spring  has arrived in Milan, so shyly and quietly that even the trees feel dubious… MArch’s sky takes you by surprise. No one would ever believe such a sky exists in Milano!
So, I woke up with all the good intentions and the first thing I did was opening the windows. From the terrace I received all the scent of my flowers: daffodils, irises, hyacinths, tulips … a riot of colours and shapes!

As if on purpose, the florist’s van was just down the street. I couldn’t believe my eyes!
I came back home laden with bouquets of colorful flowers …

And I dusted off my Nikon …


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Taking pictures, a way to see…

Once a friend told me that he took pictures as a way to see. At that moment I did not understand the meaning of those words, it looked like a nonsense to me: at most, we need to see to take a picture, I thought. Recently those words came to my mind because that is what is happening to me right now. Let me make it clear.

I really like travelling, I always try to see new places, to go somewhere I’ve never been before, sometimes unusual places, sometimes famous tourist destinations. And every time I need to wait to see the pictures I took in order to completely get the meaning of my travelling. they work like a decanter for my feelings and sensations. while reviewing the photographs of some place, in fact, I see details that I didn’t notice while I was there. And that’s not all: often reviewing allows me to discover a different dimension of the very same place, one that I had only vaguely grasped while there, almost unconsciously. The choice of the cut or the focus on a particular subject can explain to myself what I was feeling while shooting, even something I couldn’t understand at that very moment.

For this reason, once I’m back home, I need time to show pictures to relatives and friends. I prefer to review them before, accordingly to my taste. Post-production processing is not just a way to get a more pleasant image, it’s a way to attach greater meaning to the same picture.

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The delights of the square format

I spent Christmas time to the mountains, same place as always. It was not easy to find inspiration for new landscapes. To be honest, I did not get inspiration at all, but I decided to have a walk with my Nikon eventually. I was lucky in finding a beautiful sunny day. I went to Val Ferret, even more beautiful and charming in winter time than in summer, enclosed among the rugged peaks of Mont Blanc and its rounded buttresses. I started walking in the snow trying to see with new eyes what I had seen and photographed many times. And I started thinking .. “square”. Square is a format I have not used often. It seems a difficult format, which requires a more accurate picture composition than others. I’ve bin many shots because when the square format was applied they seemed meaningless, while others seemed to improve proportion and symmetry. Anyhow, it was very interesting, entertaining and challenging as well.
Here are the first results:

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Hipstamatic and Instagram

I tried two photo Apps for iPhone: Hipstamatic and Instagram. I had spoken to some friends and I was curious. Of course, the result is fun and enjoyable, especially since they were not taken from a camera …

I have taken this shot by Hipstamatic in a cloudy day, in a break from the snow storm. I really like the effect of “dream ” that came out.  I can just see it as background on a page of my next photo album of winter holiday (I love to make photo albums every six months, to record all the important events of our lives …).

I took this image, instead, by Instagram while I went to pick my daughter up from school, two days ago. Everything was covered by a thin layer of rime ice and the effect was truly magical.

Instagram advantage is that you can now share photos on your favorite social network.

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Photo editing

I’m back from a relaxing holiday in the mountains. I ate and skied in abundance, but unfortunately I took a few pictures. I didn’t felt to expose my D700 to the weather… However, I could take some family portraits. I find that the best photographs are the most spontaneous, so I simply ask my husband and girls to sit close and then I pretended to ignore them, while setting the camera. After an initial moment of surprise, they began to relax and I started to shoot. Maybe I should have used a flash to balance the intense light coming from the window, but I don’t like artificial light and, in any case, I would have missed the magic moment, if I had decided to stop to prepare the set.
Since it snowed continuously for three days, I took the opportunity to try some new processing technique. I don’t know what you think of photo-editing, I don’t like it particularly, but when it comes to shooting family, friends and non-official events, I like to experiment. That’s what I made

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