Voilà! Here’s my new friend Balto!
…and, of course, a new fantastic subject for my shots 😉
I hiked today with Giuseppe, my mountain guide. We went to the Deffeys dew, on the road to the top of Mount Ruitor. Since we started, the sky was very cloudy and when we arrived at the mountain dew it started to rain a lot! Luckily I had with me my usual cape which has been so useful to me in Nepal and continues to be here too! Anyway, I took some pictures and I am very pleased with them. I posted the shots in my flickr gallery. I managed to photograph also two baby groundhogs, playing on the rocks near the path … They were so busy in their games that did not notice me until I was really close… Exciting!
I arrived here a week ago and I did not waste my time! Between a walk and another, I was surrounded by bright green and the light of these enchanted places. An opportunity to try my new lens, a 70-300 mm. It’s a cheap lens (by the way, I found it second-hand), but in my opinion very practical, lightweight and multi-purpose. I am very pleased with my last purchase!!
I just finished reading The photographer’s eye by Michael Freeman.
I read it for the first time at the beginning of my photographic activity, when I decided to engage in this hobby almost all of my day spare time and nights.
At that time my critical abilities were still to be grown and I see that reading the same text today, after a few more years of experience, has a totally different effect.
Above all, they are the images chosen by the photographer that struck me: I woul discard many of them! …too blurry or not well exposed, or because of their harsh shadows…or, finally, because of what i consider a meaningless subject.
And I wondered: How many of my shots did I discard in the past years, that may not have been that bad?
So I set to find at least four good shots in my archive (fortunally I usually don’t throw away anything…).
It was hard work, but here is the result:
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 …
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.
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:
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 …).
Instagram advantage is that you can now share photos on your favorite social network.