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#5 From the City to Stansted.

A different Journey.
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’ve been quite absent from the blog and my stories and I missed look back at my unpublished pictures from my last few months and now, few days before Easter, I’m going to publish photos I took at Christmas time.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..
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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!

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South Kensington. Finding something you didn’t notice yet.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

I think these words from the great Ansel Adams worth more then any words I can try to put into something interesting to read. Since I completed my journey I found myself enjoy Instagram and in general social network more that I could even imagine. I’m also enjoying an interesting reading about Instagram and it’s artists thank to a wonderful present last Christmas.

Last Sunday I enjoyed a nice walk in South Kensington looking for nice spots to frame in a picture and I choose this area because of Instagram. I really enjoy looking for inspiration because it’s also a challenge. Can I find something that is not been already shoot? Can I do better? Or they will be again the same boring photos and the same boring post. Well…

And to be honest if you look deep, very deep, London is offering so many things that aren’t been notice yet, that aren’t been shoot. I’m lucky enough I can enjoy photography in the way I’m doing at the moment. Turning into a mobile photographer for me has been a kind of salvation. I know it sounds an exaggeration but to be fair for me it was. Write a post 2 days after I took these pictures? It would never happen before. Again this is just for me.

The only problem I have at the moment is defining if these are street photography or just photography. Mmmmmm it doesn’t metter right? They are just photos of things that capture my eyes and my imagination. Of course you can also following on my Instagram and of course I’m hoping you are all going to do it and you will start to follow me there too. Why not?

Anyway at the end I hope you enjoyed these pictures. I know I have to work on the text content but let say: be just patient with me as I’m sure I will improve it even if our focus here is photography. So let’s have look to some other photos and I’ll see you next time. Thank you all to waste a moment of your time and to like this post.

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2018 resolutions: what I will do of my photography?

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.

Don’t forget to follow my on my social network: Instragram, Facebook and Twitter and I you enjoy the post do be shy. You can like it!

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My journey is complete and I know now where my photography need to sit.

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.

Nottingham Station with DXO One ISO 100, 1.8f, 1/80 Speed with Polarr

On my Instragam account you can already follow this change and if you are not following me yet you can do it now starting now. Click here: https://www.instagram.com/marcoborg… and you can also follow me on Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/marcobor….

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

Nottingham Station with DXO One ISO 100, 1.8f, 1/60 Speed with Polarr

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.

Nottingham with DXO One ISO 100, 1.8f, 1/4000 Speed with Polarr

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.

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RAW or JPG. Rise of a fallen photographer

Been a long time since my latest written post but many things came along. I people knew me as “theitalianphotograper” but, especially in Italy, for my “ApertureFocus Blog” as the only Italian Apple Aperture resource. Unfortunately everyone knows what happen to that amazing piece of software and my interest in updating a blog without future slowly disappeared.

I had a breakdown in photography creativity, I didn’t feel the need to use my camera anymore.

Many things happen in the mean time in my life and I turned off my camera for a while. Actually for a long time even if photography has been always part of me. I didn’t stop to read and visit events and exhibitions but nothing more then that. I had a breakdown in photography creativity, I didn’t feel the need to use my camera anymore.
Eventually I move to London and I packed my laptop (that decide to die after a really short period), iPad, clothes of course and my camera. At that time I had my beloved Pentax K5 that I used to take most of photos on my Portfolio and I thought a new place would been the best way to get back in the field but soon I realised I was completely wrong.

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England. I used my Pentax k5 with LEE filters. shooter in RAW and develop in Aperture.

But things where about to change or at least a was going to get back interest, desire and creativity in taking pictures. I took part in London where I live now since 2013 to a Fuji day where I had the pleasure to meet some interesting photographers and also I had the chance to touch and see the Fuji X-Pro. The be honest the event was related to the new X-T1.

Two years ago I decided  to sell my whole Pentax system and I bought a Fuji X-Pro 1. I started again to take some pictures to get used to the camera and the system but shortly I realised that, even if I was (and I’m) in love with the camera and the challenge the rangefinder was bringing to me was interesting, wasn’t enough. I was still lacking in interest and joy that was before taking pictures. I didn’t understand the problem yet.

That’s it. That’s the turning point of everything. I discover the Fuji Film Simulation Mode and I got it, I could be creative again without worry to spent time with RAW file.

At some point and I didn’t remember why, I started to take photos in RAW+JPG and I casually discover something that I know was there already but never been interested in because for me photography was always been RAW and then my laptop with Aperture to develop them. But eventually I got it. I didn’t want to spent time on my Mac anymore to develop them, I wanted to use just my iPad. That’s it. That’s the turning point of everything. I discover the Fuji Film Simulation Mode and I got it, I could be creative again without worry to spent time with RAW file.

I always been the first to say RAW is best but in this time of reflecting, thinking and testing I realise that I’m a photographer first of all and I want to focus on my photography and the creativity that goes with it. JPG processed from the camera reflected what I was thinking at that “exact” moment I took it. Everything becomes a matter of what I wanted to say with them, what I wanted people see in them. I’m not bother anymore of RAW to look for every single pixel that a sensor might capture. I want to create emotion with my photography either landscape or street photography.

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Brighton. JPG with Film Simulation JPG. This is what I saw and what I wanted to express.

My 2017 will be the year of the switch to JPG. I’m planning to still shoot RAW+JPG to save the flat backup but slowly to keep consistency with this long post I will rid of them at the end. My new photography life will be base all on mobile devices and my camera. If you will interested in my workflow I will make a post for it with pleasure.

This is not a kind of post RAW is wrong go JPG. Not at all I know what you can get more from them. This is a story of the rise of a fallen photographer thank to Fuji and its Film Simulation. Thank you for the patience if end and hope you did enjoy the story. Speak soon. M

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