Voilà! Here’s my new friend Balto!
…and, of course, a new fantastic subject for my shots 😉
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!
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?
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!
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 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.