Cuba, life at the doorstep – 10 candid street photos – Part 2

…and here is the second part of my photo series about candid life in Cuba.

Please read the full story from the Part 1 article here

Which one you like the most? I would really appreciate if you leave a comment on this post

Cuba, life at the doorsteps

(all pictures were taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and the lenses EF 35mm f1.4L USM and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM)

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“Finding love on your doorstep will make you open up your heart to the world.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

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Thanks a lot for reading,
cheers,
Sabino

Cuba, life at the doorstep – 15 candid street photos – Part 1

As well as the majority of Latin countries, a lot of life is happening just at the doorsteps of the houses, where most of the locals spend their time, maybe only standing still.

This reminds me a lot of my hometown, in the south of Italy, where life is just happening outside, at any time and that’s why, while visiting Cuba, I love taking candid portraits of those people. And they were so open and pleased to be photographed. 🙂

I think, going through this photo series, you can really feel the genuine and humble atmosphere you would encounter by walking in the streets of Trinidad or La Havana.

Which one you like the most? I would really appreciate if you leave a comment on this post

Cuba, life at the doorsteps

(all pictures were taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and the lenses EF 35mm f1.4L USM and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM)

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“Finding love on your doorstep will make you open up your heart to the world.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

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When can I see the second part of this series?

Yes, I know, you can’t wait to see the rest of the gallery ( :-p ), but you have to wait a bit and keep following me, as there will be other nice content in the meanwhile.

Cuba, Life at the doorstep – Part 2
will be online on October 2nd ( at midday)

Thanks a lot for reading,
cheers,
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

One night in Osaka, Japan – 20 street photos

After a long journey of more than 20 hours, my first contact with Japan has been Osaka, catapulted into the vibrant nightlife of a Japanese futuristic city.

How could I go to sleep while having plenty of street photo opportunities right down the hotel?

So let’s have a walk…

with a Fujifilm X-T1 and the great lens XF 18-55 mm f2.8-4 LM OIS

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My thoughts on Osaka

Definitely a great destination for a street photographer, you will never get tired of taking pictures while walking.

The thing that fascinates me is the constant contrast between modernity and tradition, perfectly in harmony between them and never annoying.

A big thumbs up for Osaka!

Thanks for reading,
cheers,
Sabino

25 foto e il racconto della “Color Run”. E perchè un fotografo deve sporcarsi …

Sono da poco tornato dal fronte di una “guerra” molto particolare, da dove ne sono uscito sporco, distrutto, felice e colorato. Ho infatti fotografato la “Color Run”, ad Echternach in Lussemburgo, un evento ormai molto diffuso in tutto il mondo e che si ispira il celebre Holi Festival indiano, ma applicato alla corsa. Il tema principale dell’evento quindi sono i colori, che vengono sparati sui runners quando passano attraverso punti dedicati e monocromatici.

Ovviamente, un evento del genere, crea delle opportunità fotografiche originali e particolari, per cui non me lo sono perso.

“Se le tue foto non sono troppo buone, allora vuol dire che non sei vicino abbastanza” – Robert Capa

Prima di mostrarvi le mie foto, vorrei condividere un pò di riflessioni in merito a quello che ho visto…
Durante la corsa, ho visto tanti fotografi professionisti, inviati da giornali, tv e siti nazionali in azione ed una cosa che mi ha particolarmente colpito è stato:

non vedere nessuno di loro sporcarsi ed entrare nel cuore della scena, tranne uno solo, folle, con la macchina fotografica completamente impolverata e macchiata dai colori: io. E ne sono orgoglioso.

Ognuno è libero di fare il fotografo come meglio crede, ovvio, ma vedo troppi fotografi che osservano (anche male) e non raccontano. Troppi fotografi comodi e pigri. Ma vedere quelle macchine fotografiche completamente incelofanate, protette, snaturate e vederli poi fotografare ai margini della zona “sporca”, perfettini e puliti, beh, mi ha fatto ridere un pò. Come forse loro ridevano o so scandalizzavano di me, sicuramente.

Secondo me, il fotografo “reporter” deve entrare nel centro della scena, non può fotografare stando ai margini. Il fotografo deve toccare con mano quello che accade,  sentirlo sulla propria pelle.

Non si può raccontare una storia standosene comodamente dietro la finestra ad osservarla passivemente.

A maggior ragione, in una situazione così dinamica e movimentata, bisogna tuffarsi all’interno e viverla. É anche più divertente.

Ma cosí poi roviniamo la macchina fotografica!?

No, cosí siete schiavi della vostra macchina fotografica. È lo strumento che deve adattarsi a voi, non il contrario. E la macchina non si rovina, se rispettate piccoli accorgimenti, tipo non cambiare la lente mentre si è immersi in una nuvola di polvere.

Le mie macchine e lenti tornano stanche, sporche e piene di segni alla fine di ogni mio viaggio o reportage. Le stresso, come è giusto che sia.

Non sono cimeli da tenere immacolati dentro una teca, sottovuoto, puliti e perfetti. No. Devono vivere e ammaccarsi, portare i segni di mille viaggi e custodire ricordi di storie indimenticabili.

Perciò, cari amici fotografi e appassionati, per raccontare una storia, lasciate a casa kit di pulizia, pompette e protezioni ed entrateci dentro, sporcate voi e la vostra attezzatura, respirate il momento.

Anche le vostre foto probabilmente saranno più sporche, ma di sicuro più vive ed emozionanti.

Le mie 25 foto della Color Run

Per questo reportage ho utilizzato la Canon 5D mk III con la lente zoom EOS EF 24-70mm f2.8 mkII. Ho scelto questa lente perchè mi permetteva molta più flessibilità e versatilità in una situazione in cui sapevo gia di non poter cambiare lente durante il servizio.

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E a voi quale foto di questa serie piace di più? Mi piacerebbe leggere le vostre impressioni e critiche.

Grazie per la lettura e alla prossima,
Sabino

25 photos and stories from The Color Run. And why a photographer should get dirty…

I have just come back from the front line of a very special “war”, from where I came out dirty, destroyed, happy and colorful. I photographed “The Color Run” in EchternachLuxembourg, an event now widespread around the world and inspired by the famous Indian Holi Festival, but applied to the race. The main theme of the event is, therefore, the colors that are thrown on runners when they pass through dedicated and monochrome spots.

Obviously, such an event can gift original and special photographic opportunities, so I did not miss it.

“If your photos aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough” – Robert Capa

But, let me tell you few thoughts I’ve recorded after the event, based on what I’ve seen…

During the race, I saw so many professional photographers in action, sent by newspapers, TVs and websites, and one thing I particularly impressed was:

to not see any of them get dirty and dive into the heart of the scene, except one, fool, with the camera completely dusty and stained by the colors: me. And I’m proud of it.

Everyone is free to be a photographer as best they believe, of course, but I see too many photographers who just observe and do not tell. I mean, too many comfy and lazy photographers. Seeing those fully camouflaged, protected, covered cameras and then see them off the “dirty” area, safe and clean, well, it made me laugh a bit. As perhaps they laughed or scoffed at me, surely.

In my humble opinion, a “reporter” photographer has to be in the center of the scene, can not photograph at its margins. The photographer has to touch with hands what happens, feel it on his own skin.

You can not tell a story standing comfortably behind the window to observe it passively.

Most importantly, in such a dynamic and moving situation, you must dive inside and live it. It’s even more fun.

But then we damage the camera!?

No, you’re the slaves of your camera. It is the tool that has to adapt to you, not the opposite. And the camera does not get damaged (internally, I mean), if you comply with simple rules, like not to change the lens while it is immersed in a cloud of dust.

I can tell you, my cameras and lenses come back stressed, dirty and full of signs at the end of my travel or reportage. Just as me…

They are not memorable to keep immaculate inside a vacuum, clean and perfect. No. They have to live and get scratches, bring the signs of a thousand trips and keep memorable memories of unforgettable stories.

So, dear friends photographers and enthusiasts, to tell a story, leave home cleaning kits, air blower and protections and get inside, get dirty you and your gears, breathe the moment.

Maybe your pictures will probably be dirtier, but certainly more alive and emotional.

My 25 pictures of the Color Run

For this reportage, I used the Canon EOS 5D Mk III with the EF 24-70mm f2.8 mkII zoom lens. I chose this lens because it allowed me a lot more flexibility and versatility in a situation where I knew I could not change the lens during the action.

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And what’s your favorite picture among these? I would like to read your opinion and preference.

Thanks for reading,
Sabino

Food Photography: Zeppole, St. Joseph’s Day Traditional Italian Pastries

The subject of this new photo shooting is a dessert that takes me back in time to my childhood, when the days leading up to Father’s Day, the house was filled with a sweet scent of hot beignets and custard. I’m talking of “Zeppole di San Giuseppe”, delicious baked buns (also fried), filled with custard and decorated with icing sugar and cherry.

A pastry for daddy

According to tradition, these creamy donuts, are served on St. Joseph’s day, when Italy is celebrating Father’s Day. The days before this celebration, in my native village, Mola di Bari, in almost all the houses are already beginning to prepare the donuts, and local bakeries are full.

I’m lucky to have an amazing chef, my mom, and for my photo shooting I used the Zeppole di San Giuseppe prepared right from her.

The photography set

I made this photo shooting directly at my parents’ house, so in a situation of natural light coming from a window door and using, as a support, the dining table.

No flash, no artificial light have been used to achieve these shots.

The background

The basic idea was to get a natural shooting and warm, rustic, simple, home-style atmosphere. So I have used as the background of a beautiful texture of aged wood panel, and a cutting board, also old and with many cuts and signs of wear.

The light

As said before, I do not like artificial light, especially for the food, because it would make it cold and not appealing.
As the main source I used the wonderful natural light through a glass door and,  to open the shadows, in the opposite position, an A3 panel covered with aluminum foil.

The equipment

The camera used is a Canon 5D Mk III and as lens, I used always and only the Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro, being the subject small and full of texture and details. I prefer to use the tele objective also to flatten the perspective and have a more ‘pleasant blur.

And here is the final result:


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