A different Journey.
I’ve been quite absent from the blog and my stories and I missed look back at my unpublished pictures from my last few months and now, few days before Easter, I’m going to publish photos I took at Christmas time. They come from a different time I’m used to be in London as I was travelling back to Italy and so, on Saturday just before the days of celebration, I decided to take some extra time to get at the airport and walk in the early afternoon from London Bridge to Liverpool Streets stations. I’m not used having people around me when I’m shooting but it’s been really fun trying to think in advance how I could get some of them in it. With these long days and with more light throughout the afternoon, I might change my routine and to be completely honest sunrise it’s really early now! So please sit back and relax, enjoy the photos and let me know what do you think! Looking forward to hearing from you guys.
Un tragitto diverso tanto per cambiare..
É un pò di tempo che per diversi motivi sono stato distante dal mio blog e mi é mancato non poter guardare, selezionare e scrivere storie delle mie foto non ancora pubblicate, e così a qualche giorno dalla Pasqua andiamo indietro fino al Natale dello scorso anno. Di rientro in Italia per le vacanze natalizie, decido di fare un giro nel primo pomeriggio in un momento della giornata a cui non sono abituato, partendo da London Bridge fino ad arrivare a Liverpool Street. Avere persone attorno a me mentre fotografo é abbastanza inusuale per le mie abitudini ma devo ammettere che é stato anche interessante cercare di pensare in anticipo come usarle a mio piacimento. Le ore di luce sono aumentate ora e quindi mi divertirò a cambiare per un pò la mia routine fotografica alla scoperta della città in situazione diverse dal solito. Ora sedetevi e rilassatevi guardando le prossime fotografia e fatemi sapere cosa ne pensate. Vi aspetto!
It’s always different.
London is so big that doesn’t matter how many times you walk through streets. You’ll notice and discover details you missed or didn’t notice last time you visited. Different lights, different hours, different people, the magic happen again and a whole new world is opening to your eyes. It doesn’t matter if you been in Zone 1 two weeks before. Everything around you change. A window you didn’t spot before, a subway you didn’t walk through, a different corner you can frame in a another way and creativity is knocking to your thought with a completely different perception. A different story to tell every time. Sometimes is just pictures, sometimes is a whole stories of people in the early hours of the city. I’ll never get bored of London.
É sempre differente..
Londra é cosi vasta che non importa quante volte percorri le sue vie. Ogni volta noti e scopri dettagli che la volta precedente non avevi notato. Una luce diversa, orari differenti, diverse persone e allora la magia si accade ancora. Un nuovo mondo si apre di fronte a te. Non importa se hai appena visitato Zona 1 solo due settimane prima, ogni cosa cambia. Una finestra che non avevi notato, un sottopasso che non avevi attraversato. Angoli differenti che puoi imprimere in una nuova fotografia, in una differente immagine ed é cosí che la creatività bussa alla tua porta. Una differente storia da raccontare ogni volta. A volte può essere solo una foto. A volte nuove storie di persone. Ad ogni ora. Non ti puoi annoiare.
Memories, postcards, people walking around you taking photos. In this second part of my post dedicated to my beautiful country, I want to take you around Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino and Camogli. Colours are all around you when you walk to Portofino. Blue, yellow, green. The smell of the sea, the sound of waves smashing against the rocks and on the beach.
When you walk just above the road that leads to Portofino for the first time you wonder what you would get once you there. There is this gorgeous path under the trees and you walk through shadows, sun shining over your head. It’s so beautiful. Then when you get there you see what’s all about.
Tourist everywhere looking around for the best spot to frame in their memories shoot on their latest smartphones. All the restaurants that 1 hour earlier were all empty with the waitresses wondering if at least one person will guest at their table, are now busy taking care of the customer. Spaghetti and seafood. This is it. This is the only thing you want to eat there right? Portofino in its small building and spaces it’s so gorgeous, romantic and it still looks a postcard of memories from the ’50s.
But Portofino is not the only pearl. Camogli it’s also a wonderful place. To be fair you can be surprised from this small beautiful corner on the sea.
I talked too much right now. Let’s enjoy some pictures now.
That’s it. A new year again and this one coming is a big one for me. I’ll be turning 40 and wow I’m leaving that time of your life where you’re building your future. Do you know what? I’ll still be doing that. Funny isn’t but I discovered that I’ll never stop to build my future. 😬 And for some reasons it’s fun and it keeps you young 🤔 or this is what I want to believe.
I already talked in 2017 about my journey to re discover the real love and passions in photography and how I help myself to rise again from the darkness of creativity time. To be honest it took a while. First I move myself into a mobile workflow thanks to my new iPad Pro 12.9 2nd generation and second I move from my beloved Fujifilm X-Pro 1 to my new love. The wonderful DXO One that combined to my iPhone7 Plus changed the way I shoot, organise and adjust my photography. I did go back to RAW to be honest thank to that, because the DXO One not only save a JPG in your iPhone Photos but you can also easily transfer RAW versions and then with Affinity Photo, Polarr or Lightroom I can develop them and retouch if I really need (this is still something I’m working on). I’m not and I’ll never be a huge fan of spending, wasting to much on my time on the iPad or to much do to much retouch as I prefer spend more time shooting but in this new workflow I found myself comfortable again.
But this is not the subject of this new post. What I’m going to do this year? Where I’m going to take my photography and creativity. For sure I’m going to move forward from where I ended 2017, shooting as much as I can and more hopefully more creative. This is something easier since the DXO One and I wish to show some of these shoots.
The DXO One is really an interesting camera and it is helping me to explore my creativity a lot more. I don’t know yet the reason why this is happening but it is. I spent some time last year deciding if I wanted to buy lenses for my iPhone or the DXO. Eventually I ended up with the second and I’m really happy. Next step is to expand my accessories bag and have more fun. I already ordered while I’m writing this post the original polariser and the filter adapter. I’m also looking to use my Lee filters with it especially when out shooting landscape, but they aren’t designed for this camera so I need to figure out how to use them.
I have few ideas for projects I would like to run during this year and that I care, and for sure they will be posted here but also on my social. Talking about social I have some goals I want to set too. Also post a lot more about photography, I’ll share a weekly post collecting my Instagram to keep everyone update and start a weekly episode called #throughbackthursday. Instagram at the moment is going well. At this time I have around 730 followers and my bar for this 2018 is set to reach 1,000 by the end of the year. If I’ll more well even better. Facebook is also doing well with about the same number of followers. Twitter is a platform that I love but it is also difficult to gain followers or at least it is for me. About 80 at the moment and is not an exciting number like Instagram for sure but I know how different is the audience and how difficult is to build it. But let see. And of course my website that at the end of 2017 I left behind thinking to move mainly on social network and posting just on my Facebook pages but due to recent changes in Facebook algorithm about Pages I decided to taking back my personal website on board and to do it really seriously. The bar is pretty high because my goal for it is to reach the same level of popularity I had in Italy about 7 years ago when I was mainly known as The Italian Photographer.
Oh and of course I’ll keep reading to improve my writing and make more sense with my English to make sure this blog and website will be enjoyable, fun and interesting.
Well for now, I think I wrote to much and I’m sure I have annoyed you 🙃 so I’ll stop and I let you enjoy some other photos I took with the DXO in 2017 and let see how amazing this 2018 will be.
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Another dawn breaks … and thoughts are on my mind again to seek new ideas in being creative on the great Outdoors …. As normal, I pack my Camera, my filters, equipped to find something new and different from the type of photos I would normally take. I would always plan to take my photos early in the morning, when nature is looking its best in the light of day and I am fresh in mind with ideas. But today, I planned to look at new compositions, shadows and a different kind of light that is given off by the late afternoon sun…. the land looks different…. The trees look different… the sky above looks different…. and I am in an experimental mood….. with that in mind, I now take photos of the same subject, but with a different feeling of mood and vision. To that end… Just by changing my plans, staying focused and being adventurous, I get the same creative and amazing pictures…but very different results, pleasing to the eye and a whole new dimension is added to my gallery.