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!
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!!
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?
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!