Last week I was in London for a pleasure trip with my sister and my nephew who had never been in the city before. Of course, it’s been a touristic stay, visiting the classic sightseeing, including the famous Madame Tussauds, where the waxworks of famous and historic people and also popular film character are exposed.
I was not planning to do serious photography there, I mean, with my Leica Q, but only souvenirs snaps with the iphone. But, wait a moment…
Once in, I realized that this place could be a good gym where to train a kind of street photography, where the subjects, does’nt
move at all!!
And having my nephew and my sister role playing with the statues, well, I realised I could make some nice photos.
Finally, It is time to be on the road again, or, in this case, on the rails… Yes, indeed, this time I’ve decided to start my journey at a much slower pace. because I want to enjoy and feel it.
When and how the idea was born
Before getting on board for my next long distance trip (I’ll tell you where soon…), I have few days free and I need to reach my hometown, Mola di Bari, in the south of Italy. Of course, by instinct, the first thing I would do is to go to Ryanair website and book a direct flight that in only 2 hours will bring me home.
Today I want to share with you a new book I just received, a true inspirational body of work considered the “bible” of street photography.
The book, quite heavy and big, is produced by my favourite photographer Joel Meyerowitz together with Colin Westerbeck, and explores the development and history of the genre through the medium’s masters–Strand, Atget, Stieglitz, Cartier-Bresson, Lartigue, Kertész, Walker Evans, Brassaï, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, and many others.
Love is in the air, so Happy Valentine’s day, folks!
Today I’m sharing with you a cool animation in Stop Motion I’ve created for the company I work with, FANUC Europe, in Luxembourg, with the help of my wonderful colleagues.
How it is made – Behind the scenes
This is for me the first time I create something with this technique, stop motion, but I always loved to give it a try as. I find it very fresh and playful, but very effective if you want to spread out a simple message.
Basically is very simple to realize, but you need a lot of patience and, even more important, you should have the complete animation clear in your mind.
The main concept is to place the elements on the stage, take a picture and move on, step by step, frame by frame, and continue. At the end, you will have a big number of still images that, once placed on a timeline, in sequence, will create an animation.
The setting was just a Canon 5D mk III with the EF 24-70mm at 50mm f8 ISO 400, a led light on the side, a remote shutter and lots of creativity and fun.
The camera was fixed on the tripod and looking down in order to have a perfect top view. On the table, I marked the four corners so to always see the frame limits without the need of watching always the camera rear screen.
It took around 3 hours to do the shooting, and another hour for the post editing in Adobe Lightroom first, to export the images in .jpg and then Adobe Premiere for assembling and editing the final video.
how much do you like walking on a cold, wet, soft snow?
Well, I have to admit, I’not a fan of it, I’d rather prefer the deep blue colour of a wavy sea, but it’s winter time, and I live in Luxembourg. Nothing more to add… :-p
Ok, said that, a city covered by snow it surely offers great photo opportunities, and my challenge was to capture the mood of Luxembourg trying to add the human being element as much as possible and to avoid postcard shots we’ve already seen thousand times here around.
Mmh, doesn’t mean that I did not take any landscapes pictures, but just a few… c’mon, a beauty landscape always deserves to be framed.
For this assignment, I had the opportunity to fully try my brand newLeica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90/f2.8-4ASPH , a beast of a lens that performs very well an I may say it is not that heavy as I was expecting.
I bought this lens (always from Newoldcamera in Milano) just to add an automatic and versatile zoom lens to my equipment, even though I always prefer prime lenses and manual focus.
But, for special assignments or when travelling, there may be cases when I don’t want to change lenses and I need a fast focus. So now I’ve covered also this need.
Besides that, of course, I have used my great Leica SL and in some cases, the Summicron M 50mm f2. I’m incredibly happy with this camera, totally satisfied with the quality and usability.
That’s all, I hope you enjoy this series, but keep following me and feel free to share or drop a comment down here.
today I want to show you a set of 15 new photos I took a few weeks ago, in Paris. I had few hours before getting the train back to Luxembourg and what’s better than an intense session of candid street photography?
Even when I’m on a business trip I always carry my Leica SL and the Summicron M 28mm f2 ASPH, as they fit well in my ONA bag and they are not so heavy and bulky.
And you know, Paris is wonderful street photographer playground that can give you some cool photography opportunity at every corner, even on a rainy day.
So that’s what I did. Enjoy the gallery below:
Oh, rainy Paris – Series of 15
That’s it, what do you think?
I would appreciate if you can drop a comment or a critics. 🙂
You can browse the complete gallery and, if you may want to print or buy the high-resolution files, please click on the link below:
Hello folks, have you ever wondered how a little tiny fruit can produce one of the tastiest and used ingredients ever? I’m talking about the extra virgin olive oil and how it is actually extracted from olives.
I may admit that even though I’ve always and only used olive oil produced locally, from my family’s farm, so far I’ve never had the chance to see how is actually produced. And I guess that most of you, have only bought it from the supermarket, packed in a fancy bottle.
Well, there is a world behind that bottle, a long history and an incredible process that deserves to be told and photograph!
Frantoio Griseta, where all begins, since 1930.
The production of olive oil is a seasonal process that usually goes on from November until January, starting from harvesting the beautiful olive trees down the spilling into the metal cans.
Luckily, I was in my homeland, Puglia, at the right time, for Christmas time, and together with my dad, I went to visit a family driven factory, the “Frantoio Oleario Griseta”.
The owner did kindly open me the door of the factory line production and for me was like jumping into another world, perfectly organized and full of history.
The cold pressed olive oil
The process of making organic cold pressed olive oil is made of five important stages:
In more details, here is the traditional procedure.
First, the harvesting, done manually from the secular trees in the iconic Apulian countryside. Then, the olives are separated roughly from the leaves and then ground into an olive paste using large millstones at an oil mill. The olive paste generally stays under the stones for 30‑40 minutes.
After grinding, the olive paste is spread on fiber disks, which are stacked on top of each other, then placed into the press. Traditionally the disks were made of hemp or coconut fibre, but in modern times they are made of synthetic fibres which are easier to clean and maintain.
These disks are then put on a hydraulic piston, forming a pile. Pressure is applied on the disks, thus compacting the solid phase of the olive paste and percolating the liquid phases (oil and vegetation water).
At the last stage, a filtering system separates pure extra virgin olive oil from the water and is poured into the tanks, ready to be sold or shipped.
My reportage with a Leica SL
And here comes my part of the job, the photo and video reportage.
To make this reportage happen, I’ve used my great Leica SL and alternate the two lenses i have, Summicron M 28mm f2 ASPH for most of the shots and the Summicron M 50mm f2, for few shots when I wanted a more close up view.
For the footage, I was using the iPhone 8Plus, handheld, just to try to document the whole process. For the future, I want to equip it with a gimbal in order to have smoother movements. Anyway, I’m quite happy with the final result.
The video reportage
Edited completely on the iPhone using iMovie.
The Photo Reportage
The complete gallery can be seen on my portfolio website here: