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.
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.
Episode TWO for my Throw back Thursday. My plan to create more and different content is going well. Hopefully visit will increase starting from march based on my plans. First of all before we are going into the pictures of today Instagram @marcoborghesi_official post I wish to remind my latest post SOUTH KENSINGTON publish yesterday. If you missed here is a quick link to it.
Today #tbt was focused on colours landscape. 2 of them where taken in UK in Harpenden area in 2009 when I was used to come in the country for a week of photography in the country side. So many kilometres every single times but so much fun. Walking on my own is always a pleasure. These shoot were taken with my Pentax K-5 and Lee filters. I really enjoyed landscape photography and I’m coming back soon on this subject as one of my goal and project is to challenge myself and my actual gears to achieve the same quality and mood in my future landscape. Just to remind you now I’m shooting with my iPhone7plus and my new DXO One. I’m looking to build a new filters set to use with it and soon I will be back with landscape.
The third and last picture was taken in Montenegro during my honeymoon from the top dock of the ship while we where leaving the country destination Venice and unfortunately the end of the cruise but what amazing memories.
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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Last Friday I decided to finally go back to my origins but with a nice twist. I woke at 5.30am, had a quick breakfast. An Italian one of course with an espresso and an amazing croissant. Got a train at 6.28am and at 7.00 sharp I arrived at London Bridge. Weather wasn’t the best to be honest but I managed a couple of hours of walking from there to Victoria Station. My plan was to get the unusual on an early day. Well didn’t go as aspected but I luckily managed some nice shoots.
London is really beautiful at any time but in the early day the city is empty and all the pub are closed. There isn’t life apart from workers, cleaners, runners and old people sitting on a bench with a fresh copy of their favourite newspaper looking like internet didn’t attached to them.
My journey move on to Covent Garden where the Market was starting to get alive. The stalls were still empty but slowly all the goods were arriving and people slowly started to approaching. Someone holding a coffee, some couple visiting the place probably for the first time.
My stomach at some point started to ask for a second breakfast and then I decided to stop at Cafe Nero an while I was there enjoying an amazing Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake I realised the man in front of me was sleeping and I literally took some shoots. Funny things on a early day in center London.
My walk ended in Victoria after a final long walk through St. James Park, Westminster and finally sit on the train on my way to home. I did enjoy the early morning I’m planning to do often and try to get more of the unusual, funny and strange things that can happen in this interesting city that London is.
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A week ago I was organising my pictures following my rise from to be a dead photographer and focusing on a complete mobile life with iPad and iPhone and I found a couple of interesting pictures I took on my way back from Monaco. I was there for work but it was still fun. We planned to go back to our house in Italy by train conscious that the journey wasn’t the same as in UK. Most people in England complain about their transport, carriages quality but trust me you have to try our trains. Don’t get me wrong. If you travelling with the new high speed trains you will be pleased but when you need to move internally, well your journey into the past is about to start.