Fun at Madame Tussauds in London, with a Leica Q

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.
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Food Photography: Christmas cookies

Few weeks ago, I’ve received a new set of cookies from my talented friend Ana (SweetInc.Lux). This time, it was about Christmas and she prepared many different shapes, like the gingerbread man, the woman, the elk, the deer, the heart and, of course the Christmas tree.

I was so happy, but at the same time, I knew it could have been challenging to photograph all of them.

Food photography seems so easy when you look at the final pictures, but there are so many efforts to conceive and create the right stage in a way that the main subject is in harmony with the surrounding and well valorized.

The Set

As I said before, it is not easy to prepare the stage, even more, when you have so many different subjects at the same time.

I’ve tried to create different sets, starting from a simple one, just focused on the cookies. Later on, I’ve recreated a whole situation with a cup of tea and other props, in order to have a more Christmas related atmosphere.

The tools

  • Camera: Leica SL
  • Lens: Nikon PC-E 85mm f/2.8 D Micro
  • Flash: 1 Flash lamp on the back
  • Reflector: Aluminium sheet on the front to open the shadows
  • Various props and decorations

This was the first time I was using my new lens, the Nikon PC-E 85mm, and, seeing the results, I may say that I’m fully satisfied with it. Somehow is like taking the best from different brands and creating the perfect combo, Leica+Nikon.

 

The final pictures

The shooting session was quite long as I had many different shapes and I tried various settings. A challenging subject but I’m happy with the results.

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Useful links:

Another wonderful homemade cookie set from Sweet Inc Luxembourg

 

Sweet Inc Luxembourg.
have a look at her Facebook page, other than the photo series below, to really enjoy the beauty of those creations. And, of course, they also taste great!!!

To order any kind of decorated cookies or cakes, please contact Sweet Inc. :

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To buy as prints or digital high resolution files, please go to my official porfolio page here:

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Thanks for reading, and see you for the next food shooting!

Cheers,
Sabino

 

Backstage: making of Tagliatelle pasta

Photo shooting on Sunday is starting to be a strong tradition for me. And I really like it!

But this time there was a last minute change of plan. Indeed, while I was starting to set up a Chrismas theme session, my wonderful wife said:

how about if I make Tagliatelle pasta? Would you like to take pictures of it?

Lucky me! I said yes, of course.

So I changed the setting and photograph the complete process: from the making of the dough to the final plated meal.

The gears

For the first time, I’ve used the brand new Tilt&Shift lens from Nikon, the PC-E 85mm f2.8

The lens fits quite good on my Leica SL, thanks to the Novoflex adapter SL/NIK. But as a beginner, it is also a bit tricky to use, although can be very creative and funny.

The light

A flash lamp on the right side and a fill-in light on the left, a very simple but well-balanced setup.

The backstage pictures

The happy ending

The best part of the shooting is when everything is done and I can finally eat this delicious homemade pasta1

I wish you a relaxing Sunday,
cheers, Sabino

On the road: Luxembourg to Wehingen (DE) and back

Today I’m #ontheroad towards Germany on assignment for a customer success story photo reportage.

This is about industrial photography, proudly working for the company #FANUC, leader in the Factory Automation.

And so I’ve had a new idea: as I’m very often on the road on assignment, why not post a kind of live blogging showing what I see on my way to the destination?

Of course, paying attention to the safety rules, so I only take pictures when the road is empty, in slow speed or when I’m stuck by the traffic lights.

All the pictures are taken and elaborated with the iPhone 8plus

Luxembourg to Wehingen (Germany)

 

Road end!

See you on my next travel,

Cheers,

Sabino

Sneak preview of my photo shooting in the forest of Luxembourg

A sneak preview of the photo shooting I had today, totally immersed in a beautiful forest somewhere in Luxembourg. A very special place that seems to be coming out of a fairytale.

Autumn is definitely the best time of the year to enjoy the green areas all over the country. The nature shows so many shades of warm colours and the underwood is full of different types of mushrooms.

Guess, where am I?

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You will discover it soon, in the next few days I will upload the final pictures out of my wonderful Leica SL camera.

For now, just enjoy these few pictures I took with the iPhone 8Plus that demonstrate again to have a very good camera!

Thanks for reading, and please, come back soon for new pictures!

A presto,
Sabino

Street photo walk in Luxembourg city with the new iPhone 8 Plus: a gorgeous camera that will surprise you!

Yes, I’ve bought the brand new iPhone 8Plus, but no, it wasn’t for a caprice, instead, I took the opportunity as my 6s went broken just a few days before… (good excuse, isn’t?)

Anyway, I had few doubts before buying, because of the expensive price and the big size, but now, after a couple of days of usage, I don’t regret at all:

the iPhone 8 Plus is more than just a phone, is a powerful tablet and a high quality camera.

One of the main reasons why I chose the 8 Plus is the new camera features, different from the standard 8 model. Indeed, the 8 Plus has two 12 Mp cameras, wide angle and telephoto, while the standard 8 model has just one. And also the new portrait mode is an exclusivity of the 8 Plus.

But let’s see the technical specs:

  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
  • Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode
  • Portrait Lighting (beta)
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Six‑element lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Noise reduction
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Photo geotagging

As you can see, from the list above, the new specs are really promising and interesting too, but, hey, the main focus of this post is photography, so, I will not annoy you by talking about the beauty of this iPhone:

it’s time to show you the real pictures i took after a pleasant promenade in the lovely city I live, Luxembourg.

All the pictures have not been retouched or altered, so what you see is the result straight out of the iPhone.


Gallery – Photo walk in Luxembourg city with an iPhone 8 Plus

 

Conclusions

This new iPhone 8Plus is extremely good, powerful and fast, other than having a wonderful design. On a photography point of view, the two 12 Mp cameras, wide-angle lens with 1.8 aperture and a telephoto lens, with a 2.8 aperture, together with the new “portrait mode” feature, makes this phone become a truly high-quality photo-camera for everyday usage and street photography.

The iPhone 8Plus can be a very good backup or side camera paired with my Leica SL, to be used in those situations where you need to be very light and discreet.

Well done Apple, once again!

Thanks for reading,
Sabino

 

 

Una notte a Osaka, Giappone – 20 foto di strada

Dopo un lunghissimo viaggio di oltre 20 ore, da Lussemburgo, passando per Parigi e Tokyo, il mio primo contatto con il Giappone è stato con Osaka, catapultato nella vibrante vita notturna di questa futurisica città nipponica.

Come posso solo pensare di andare a dormire mentre fuori dall’albergo scorrono infinite opportunità fotografiche?

Quindi, andiamo a farci un bel giretto…

con una Fujifilm X-T1 e l’ottima lente XF 18-55 mm f2.8-4 LM OIS

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Il mio pensiero su Osaka

Assolutamente una bellissima destinazione per un fotografo di strada, non ci si stanca mai di fotografarla perchè offre nuove e uniche opportunità ad ogni angolo.

La cosa che mi ha piu’ affascinato è  il continuo contrasto tra modernità e tradizione, perfettamente in armonia tra di loro e mai fastidioso.
Quindi pollice in su per Osaka!

Thanks for reading,
cheers,
Sabino

Ho scambiato la mia lente Leica per un’altra lente…Leica

Una nuova lente è da oggi nella mia borsa, ma questa volta, per il bene del mio conto corrente, non ho speso neanche un centesimo. Ebbene si, è possibile, anche per una lente Leica… Ma come?

Facile, ho scambiato una mia lente Leica per un’altra lente….Leica. Una M per una R, Pazzia? Ottimo o pessimo affare? Questo lo vedremo in futuro… ma per me ora lo considero ottimo.

Dunque, uno dei miei negozi di fiducia qui in Lussemburgo, Fototrade, qualche giorno fa ha messo in vetrina un interessante Leica Elmarit-R Macro 100mm f2,8 di seconda mano.

e la scimmia sulla mia spalla ha cominciato ad urlare impazzita…

Le ragioni dello scambio

Da quando ho acquistato la Leica SL, sto cercando di costruire il perfetto set di lenti per ogni occasione, dal viaggio alla strada, fino allo still life di studio. Ed era proprio per la foto di still life e macro che non avevo ancora nessuna opzione di livello

ma non perchè voglio vedere che mutande indossano i moscerini

Di solito, utilizzo la lente macro per i miei scatti di Food e still life, dove ho bisogno di avere un’ottima nitidezza per poi mettrerle in vendita nelle agenzie di Stock, come Fotolia o Shutterstock. Fino ad oggi, ho sempre utilizzato il Canon EF 100mm f2.8, una lente fantastica,

ma il mio scopo è di avere tutte le opzioni anche sul sistema Leica SL, per non dover ogni volta utilizzare macchine diverse. Ed è da qui che nasce lo scambio.

Dall’altro lato invece, avevo il Leica M Elmarit 90mm f2.8, una lente buona si, ma che in un anno, ho usato molto raramente, se non per cercare appunto di fare fotografia di food.

Il valore di mercato del 90mm “M” era esattamente uguale al prezzo del 100mm “R” che ho trovato dal mio negoziante, percio’, non ho avuto molti dubbi, soprattutto dopo aver letto tante recensioni positive su forum e siti, riguardo a questa lente.

Ed ecco qual la “nuova” lente, sulla mia Leica SL

(montata con l’adattatore Novoflex, LET/LER)

Sarò a breve in Puglia e sto programmando un altra genuina sessione di Food Photography nella campagna dei miei genitori.

Per cui, stay tuned, continuate a seguirmi perchè tante nuove foto sono in arrivo mooolto presto 🙂

Grazie per la lettura,

a presto, Sabino