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 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!!
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’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
My last photo tutorial has been published on donnamoderna.com today. It is about making greetings cards with one’s own photos to send special wishes to friends and relatives.
This idea came to my mind while thinking how to arrange gift for friends. For Christmas, this year, I decided to arrange only photographic gift. For that reason I’m going to Courmayeur next friday: just to take some good winter photos. It has been snowing for two weeks and I bet landscapes are amazing!
It’s not easy to set the exposure to take a good picture of a snowy landscape. Snow has to be white, a realistic white, and everything else has to be brilliant at the same time and that’s a real mess… By several trials, I developed my method, which is, basically, to overexpose a bit and correct the white balance during postproduction modificaton. Fresh new snow is quite different from old snow, so keep in mind to check the colors of every shot. Also histogram can help me in getting correct exposure, but I have always to remind myself that what my eyes see is different from what my camera freezes. This means that if the histogram is a bit as right, it’s ok. I have to pay attention to highlights, though!
I love mountains and I often get the chance to shot the snow. Fresh, candid snow is so poetic! But I took my favorite winter shot during a blizzard, from the windows of my room… every time that I see it, I feel cold!
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!!