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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I’m back!

I’m back from a trip of a kind I’ve always loved. Far places, awesome landscapes, lots of kilometers in my real view and lots of pictures, of course!
It was quite a long time since the last time I allowed myself to live such a strong adventure. More or less since my daughter born.
I’m so happy I had the chance to share this incredible experience with her. She’s happy too and she’s come back grown up and changed by this trip. She has already chosen the next stop: India…

But this blog is about photography!
This time I rolled my dice and I left with a light bag. Well, I knew my equipment wasn’t enough for a safari and in effect as soon as I arrived I realized it was even far worse that I tought! For sure, there were many other travellerss better organized and most part non-professional protographers. well, I left Milano with:

D700 and 24-70mm (14-24mm also in my bag)
D7000 and 70-300 mm

While I was quite sure the first pair would have been functional, I was uncertain about the value of the second pair.
I coulden’t find  anyone approving my D7000 (not for a professional photographer), not to talk about my 70-300mm: too short, not enough sharply defined, useless during a safari.
I had to change my mind and you can judge from my pictures now.
Sometime the little one was even more trusty that the bigger one. A little bit slower in autofocuing, a lot quicker and noiseless in shooting, lot lighter and handy.
By the way, since I’m so devoted to a photographer duty, I brought the tripod around for all way trough South Africa… Never used!
Whoever says he used a tripod on a safari jeep, lies! Keep it in your mind. Actually there were some brave men who tied to do that and I could see the suffering on their faces…
Going back to the D7000, there is one big bug: in the dark, just after the sunset, was a mess. Maybe the low quality lens wasn’t helping, but still after the sunset was impossible to take a decent picture.
No complaints about D700: reliable as always.

One last say: Coolpix P300 that Nikon sent me is the best compact camera I’v ever used.

Nikon D7000 - Nikkor AF-S VR 70- 300 mm f/4,5-5,6G IF-ED

Nikon D7000 - Nikkor AF-S VR 70- 300 mm f/4,5-5,6G IF-ED

Nikon D7000 - Nikkor AF-S VR 70- 300 mm f/4,5-5,6G IF-ED

Nikon D7000 - Nikkor AF-S VR 70- 300 mm f/4,5-5,6G IF-ED

Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon Coolpix P300

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Groundhogs on my way…

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!


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News from my mountains…

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!!

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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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Snow, snow, snow!

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!

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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!

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