I’m back!

Here I am, a long time since I last wrote. I was very busy working on a project of mine night and day. This is actually a novel, which is now almost finished and that, I hope, will soon be in bookstores.
Now that I’m no longer worried about the adventures of Isabella and Santiago, I can take care of photography, my greatest passion.
I’ve been housebound for months writing so I had no time to take pictures. I  have in my raw folder some shots of the Mont Blanc peaks in clouds, worth to be edited and published, but  I only had time to look at these two. others coming soon!

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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!

Veronica

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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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Light and shadows…

Light always intrigued me. As a young girl, I use to spend hours staring at the dust twirling in a light beam, enchanted.
Not to mention how fascinating was the prism to me!
Later on, I met Caravaggio and his dramatic, realistic lights and shadows. Then, I realized that a camera could be my new way to play with light. I don’t worry about eliminating the tiniest shadow with complicated settings, banks and what have you.
I love shadows when they are sharp, when they draw and mould the shapes around. I love lights when they’re bright, oblique and monodirectional. Above all, I love the natural light, however suffused or bright it is.
If it was up to me, I would abolish flash!!

Veronica

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Christmas time is coming…

My third photo tutorial was published two days ago on Donna Moderna website. This project is going on and it seems to be very successful and, well, it’s just the beginning.

During the following weeks we’ll go further: knowing how to shot as a good thing but it’s even better to know what to do with our photos… So, since Christmas time is coming, why do not use them to prepare some nice greeting card in time?

Veronica

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Last September…

I just added this photo to my flickr  gallery. I love this shot cause I took it in a wonderful day, last month, in a very special place for me: the Elisabetta’s dew , in Veny Valley.
Veny Valley is a spectacular and wild valley at the feet of Mont Blanc. Up  there I had my first “mountain adventure”, few years ago, and up there is where I brought my daughter when she was one month old. The way isn’t hard, but I remember very well what struggle wheeling the pram uphill for one and half hour! She was sleeping all the time, my husband was taking picture (awful ones ) of the landscape and me, I was wheeling the pram!
Anyway, when we arrived to the Combal Lake and then, two hours later, to Elisabetta’s mountain dew, I was glad with my effort: the view was worth it!
Last september we went back there with our daughter (who now can walk!). It was a sunny day, a little windy but warm. My husband with some of our friends went to climb Les Pyramides and the ridge, me and the baby stayed near the dew to play climbing rocks. She was really strong and she took herself very seriously…
Little mountaineers are growing up!

Veronica

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Autumn in Milan

The temperature may still be mild in Milan, but Autumn can be felt in the air. The trees and their leaves have turned yellow almost everywhere and also the cement and the buildings have a a bit decadent look. Autumn in Milan gives melancholy.

To the mountains, Autumn is so far cry from it.  Colors are beautiful: more high than ever, yellow and orange and red to go off your head! I’d like to catch these colors and print them over me. I shot trying to freeze emotions, but sometimes emotions are so intense that not even a photo is enough to catch them.

 

Meanwhile, my second photography tutorial has been published on donnamoderna.com and it seems that my plain suggestions are pleasing to audience. This afternoon I tried to practice them, because I’m interested in giving really useful and handy suggestions, not just theory (otherwise they could simply buy a textbook and study it…) and I really wanna go back to my first shots to remind myself what it means and what I would have wanted someone to tell me at that time.
Here’s the result:

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Me…a teacher???!!!

Here we are… I broke cover and I can’t find a good excuse not to write on this blog any longer . Today my first tutorial about photography was published on donnamoderna.com (the leader magazine by the most important italian editor). The idea first came to my mind when I was showed for the umpteenth time a picture of a friend’s kid: all my friends are so proud of their kids…and that’s right ’cause there’s no doubt that they all are lovely. But let me say that most of the time the picture doesn’t do justice to them, yet it wouldn’t be difficult to get a much better result! So I proposed to the editorial staff of donnamoderna.com a series of tutorials for the beginners, ’cause when talking about a good shot…you have to do what you have to and you have to do it straightaway!! And in that case, any option is a good one: a reflex camera, a compact camera or even a mobile phone. Cause I know how much a mum loves to act as photographer for  her kids!

Few basic, usefull advices: straight skyline, avoid backlight not to make a mess of the shot, the famous rule of third (to know just to decide how to break it) and never ask people to pose for you!!

I’m curios to see what my readers will do with my advices and I know for sure that, as soon as they see how easy is to take a good picture, they won’t stop shooting…ever. Poor kids!! It’s not their fault if they can change our goals…This happend to me: all in a sudden I realized that recording monets was not enough…I wanted to freeze feelings.

By the way, these are some of my first shots:

I almost forgot…it’s obvious that my tutorials address anyone, not just mums!

Veronica

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Kids…what a struggle!!

This is one of my daughter’s friends. 5 years old and, definitely, too much energy!

After chasing him (in the true sense of the word!) for more than two hours, the only way I could find to stop him just to take a picture,  was to offer him a sweet….

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