If you are like me, loving wake up in the morning when the sun is rising and get out of the bed to spend an early walk through the city you will appreciate these photos I took last week in Clapham. I always blame myself for setting the alarm too early. The first eye open and the other is thinking about it. You realise it should be time to move on, one leg after the other but they move slowly just because I’m still not entirely convinced if should I wake up and go out.
But then when I’m out there a really nice walk through the fresh air of the morning, the early touch of the sunlight on your face that is still sleepy, change everything somehow. Shoot after shoot your senses come to life, your attention to details focused and then you start to enjoy the day and the empty streets, that slowly are getting busier. Earlier commuters going to work, trucks delivering foods and whatever shops need for the day ahead. Life is rising.
Clapham is a wonderful area of London, just south of the river and you can’t love it. It’s full of gorgeous shops, coffee bars etc.
Let have a look at some photos I took back last week and I hope you’ll enjoy them.
P.S. I’m still working on my writing, grammar and English but I hope that these posts are starting to make sense to you.
When you travelling back to your beloved country an emotion is always growing deep down inside you. You reconnect with your family, parents and friends but on top of everything you reconnect and spend time with the person your love. If you adding to all that a wonderful time spent in Liguria discovering wonderful places like Santa Margherita, Portofino and Camogli you can’t ask more then that.
Santa Margherita Ligure is a wonderful town where the sea is crystal blue, with wonderful marine life to admire. Sea stars, beautiful tiny fish swimming in groups in those wonderful water. We spent 3 great sunny days walking around discovering places, restaurants, little markets where you can buy amazing handcraft gifts. Anyway in this first post I’m going to show you some black and white pictures I took during these days of fun, rest and amazing time.
Hello everyone hopes you are all good. What a week here in London with a lot of snow whitening the whole city. I’m here to talk and share with you my latest work discovering the latest addition to my photography equipment. I bought them from GOBE that is a filter manufacturing company founded by to amazing guys that wanted to do something good for our amazing earth while doing something for us. So when you buy filter you contributing to plant new trees. That’s so cool and I did my part. 17 trees will be planted. So so cool. So I bought two sets of filters. Gradient and normal coloured. For now, I tested and had fun with the normal coloured version. Yellow, Red, Orange, Green, Blue and Grey.
💛 Yellow. I love it, it is so far my favourite. You get in return a natural vintage feeling in street and documentary photography. It absorbed blue and It also transforms that into green hue. Love it. Have a look at the following pictures.
❤️ Red. Oh wow, red literally blew me away and it is my second favourite filter. It absorbs blue and green and if you will use for black and white photography it will enhance blacks. If you use in colour photography. Well, you can see for yourself. What you get in return exploring and experimenting it’s absolutely cool and crazy. You can picture yourself into a blade runner style world. It’s absolutely crazy.
🧡 Orange. I wasn’t sure at first what I could get in return but when by the time I started to get deeper I started to appreciate it. Like the red work well in black and white but you can get for sure enjoying it with colours subject too. It all depends how far you want to push your photography.
💚 Green. On this was a true discovery. I love it so much. It absorbs red and blue but it makes everything so interesting. A true sci-fi looks into my eyes. Maybe just to me?
💙 Blue and 🖤 Grey. Ok. I’m not totally sold yet but I think because I didn’t use them properly. There are a lot of over casting of magenta with the blue filter, but for sure I’ll figure it out how to manage and get the best in my photography. Of course, I have to test all of them with a landscape in the future with also the gradient version.
I need a filter adapter with my DxoOne due to a different thread but it works and it going to give me a lot of potential exploring and cross the line of creativity that I always want to bring to new limits. Anyway. I wrote too much now. It’s time to stop. I think I might have bothered you too much 🙃
This is it. It happened as simple as it could be. My belowed X-Pro 1 has gone and has been replaced by the DXO One and I finally found the place I belong with my photography. Am I a mobile photographer as the future suggest we might all be one day? I’m and like the feeling that is giving me. No laptop, no external hard drive no big camera to carry with me. Not anymore. Photography in my life needs to be a joy and the natural space where I let my ideas, my creativity expand.
My workflow changed completely in the past few years. From a 17” laptop 4 years ago to an iPad Pro 12.9” second gen now. No need of an Hard Drive as everything is on the Cloud and no need of complicated and long adjustment process. With my new DXO One I’m free to publish a JPG that goes straight into my iCloud Photo Library on both my mobile device and if I need more I can get the RAW file from the camera. And it’s all mobile and light to carry and to manage and to enjoy of course.
You might also notice that my domain: www.marcoborghesi.com now point to my Facebook Page and this is part of the second step of my journey. I have been thinking a lot about that and realise how wide might be my audience if I completely embrace the social network and here I am writing blog post on my FB Page using Notes
In my journey there are still some things to consider but I’m quite there at the end without the feeling to change again. Well if one day Cloud, Apple, Facebook and all the things I’m using now won’t be here anymore ok I will face a change again but I don’t think is going to happen or at least not in the near future.
For my retouch (even if I never like to retouch that much and this one thing I will never change) I’m using at the moment 2 software and half. #Polarr if I’m already happy with it and I need just to fix contrast and exposure. I also #Affinityphoto if I need to retouch some spots or rid of something that wasn’t supposed to be there. The half is #Pixelmator as I’m still waiting for the new PRO version that apparently in 2018 we will also see on iPad. Yes I‘m using just my iPad and my iPhone for all this as now is possible and is possible for real.
I’m looking into the new #Lightroom as they change a lot with the last update and release with a real cloud based software but of course is not free as you need to pay a monthly fee to enjoy it. I’m not sure yet about it as I feel you can in a similar way manage with iCloud and Polarr even if is not smooth as would it be with a solution like Lightroom. Let see there is still time for that and take a final decision but the journey is coming to an end.
Of course this is my first simple blog post following this direction so hope you enjoy this first simple one and the more that will come in the future. Come and enjoy and follow me if you want to enjoy with me my journe.