Featured in the Leica Master Shots Collection on LFI

Hooray! My picture has been favourited by the editors of the Leica Fotografie International and ranked among the very best photographs in the Leica Master Shots collection! So proud about it!

About the picture

This picture is part of a reportage I took at the local camel market in Al Ain, in the Emirates.
The complete series is here:

Camel market – Al Ain

👉 https://lfi-online.de/ceemes/en/gallery/sl-mastershots.html

To take this candid portrait I used my LEICA SL camera paired with the VARIO Elmarit SL 24-90mm f2.8, a great combo for these kinds of situation.

I’m so happy about it, as it is also one of my favourite shots I’ve taken recently.

 

Thanks,

Sab

White Luxembourg – Series of 15 streets photos

Hello there,
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.

My gears

For this assignment, I had the opportunity to fully try my brand new Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90/f2.8-4 ASPH , 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.

White Luxembourg

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That’s all, I hope you enjoy this series, but keep following me and feel free to share or drop a comment down here.

Grazie, Sabino

Bologna, a collection of street photos

Recently I was in Italy for a very short trip over the weekend and during that time I spent one day and one night in Bologna., in the Emilia Romagna region, just an hour far (by train) from Milan.

It was not the first time for me, actually, I did the military service in Bologna, just around 20 years ago! Woow, time flies…

Since then, I never came back and, 20 years ago, I was not even close to being a photographer, so I had no pictures taken.

Frankly, I found the city to be exactly the same as twenty years ago, and I still remember where to go and all the main spots.

But this time, I’ve observed it with the eyes and the mind of a photographer, certainly with a different point of view, and with a Leica SL.

Of course, 24 hours, even less, are not enough to really get the soul of a city, but I did my best to capture as much as possible street life.

The city shows its best side at night when the old warm lights illuminate the elegant and endless porticoes, a peculiarity and symbol of this historic city.

Walking around with the Leica SL and the two compact lenses such as Summicron 28mm and 50mm it was so light and relaxing, and the manual focus, in low light was very easy and fast.

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Thanks for watching,
cheers,
Sab

Gianni Berengo Gardin – “What do you think constitutes a beautiful photo?”

Reading an interview with the Italian photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin, celebrating the Leica Hall of Fame Award, I find this part very interesting an inspirational. and I wanted to share it with you:

What do you think constitutes a beautiful photo?

I don’t like ‘beautiful’ photos. I think they’re totally useless. That’s something I’ve learned. I used to think “what a beautiful photo”, but one time, when I was still very young, Ugo Mulas was showing me his photos and I kept saying “what a beautiful photo” or “that’s a beautiful shot”.

The more I said those things, the more annoyed he got. Eventually, he said to me: “If you say that one of my photos is beautiful one more time, I’m kicking you out.”

Feeling a little embarrassed, I asked him: “But sir, how else should I show my appreciation?” He replied: “You should say they’re good. Beautiful photos might be aesthetically perfect and well constructed, but they don’t say anything. A good photo tells you things, stories…it communicates something. Beautiful photos communicate too, but what they communicate is useless.”

So from that moment on, I’ve always said “good photo” rather than “beautiful photo”.

Gianni Berengo Gardin

The whole interview is great and full of interesting concepts, but I find this extract to be particularly true and actual.  I will keep in mind every time I shoot a new picture!

Cheers,
Sab

My London: candid moments of urban and street life – with a Leica M

Hello, folks!
Today I want to bring you in 
one of the most photographed places in the world, clearly a very touristic destination: London City.

I know, you are already thinking about the Big Ben, the London Bridge, Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and so on… Do these names sound familiar to you, right? I must admit, also for me, the city was always just about that.

Stay there, don’t leave, because this time I will show you a side of London that you are not used to see, as I will try to go more local, more Britis, If I may say so…

To get more original pictures, always follow the locals.

Being a street photographer, after some years of experience, I’ve learned that the best side of a place, the real soul, is always away from the touristic paths, where the locals are used to spend their daily routine.

And so, after many many times visiting London, and coming back always with the same boring pictures, I’ve decided to get rid of any transportation and explore another side of the city, all by foot, along the entire weekend.

With a Leica M and my legs.

At the end of these exhausting but certainly exciting two days, and walking for an incredible distance of 35km, I’ve seen a beautiful and vibrant side of the city, that I’ve never seen before.

with me, other than my beautiful wife, my lovely Leica M typ 262 and the two lenses, Summicron M 28mm f2 ASPH, and Summicron M 50mm f2

All starts from Mile End.

The long walking path starts from Mile End, and continue following the Regent’s Canal, then passing through Islington and then I just randomly choose the directions by following the instinct.

It was tough, but I may say that for the first time, I’ve breath the real British side of London, feeling not as a classic tourist. I finally had the chance to see a genuine of local life that you will never see around the most famous and iconic sightseeing.

And here are the pictures…

My London, candid moments of urban and street life

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Thanks a lot for reading,
cheers,
Sabino

Leica SL with Helios 44-M4 58 f2 in a swirl of lavender …

One of the reasons why I moved to Leica SL is the ability to use old lenses with an M42 mount, as I own several, bought for a few euros from the flea markets in Europe.  The manual focus then is very fast and accurate thanks to the zoom function in the fantastic electronic viewfinder of Leica SL.

Said so, whenever I have some free time, I pick one of the M42 lenses from my special box and I’m going out to try it.

Yesterday, on a nice Sunday afternoon, I mounted an old Russian lens, produced in huge quantities in the ’50s, and so very easy to find at the flea markets (usually attached to a Zenit camera) or on Ebay markets for a few euros. I own two Helios already, but there are many variations on the market.

The one I tested is the Helios 44-M4 58mm f2.

The peculiarity of this lens is the rendering of the out of focus also called “bokeh” that, besides being pleasing, has a particular vortex effect.

Here is the lens paired with my Leica SL with a Novoflex adapter for the M-42 mount

 

Looking through the electronic viewfinder of the Leica SL

 

Lost in a swirl of lavender…

While walking, I’ve found a nice bush of lavender (now is the blooming season) and this is the blooming period, so I played around with the flowers and the bees.. here are the pictures, always at full opening, so f2.

 

In these last photos, you can clearly see the nice swirly bokeh that is a peculiarity of this lens.

Conclusions

Well, I’m pretty sure from now on I will always keep this lens in my travel bag to use it exclusively at the maximum aperture, f2 and have that unique vortex behind the subject.

Thumbs up for the Helios 44-M4 58mm!

Thanks for reading and soon,
Sabino

Back from the Leica event, in Wetzlar, I learned that … (impressions)

The new Leica M10 is a very good camera, really…

Ok, don’t need to go up to Wetzlar to know it, but, to see it and test it, in the place in which it was conceived, it has another effect. The new Leica M10 is a thought product, reasoned, tailored to the photograph, like a perfectly cut and stitched suit by a tailor. The body, in addition to being accurate in every detail and massive in the hands, heavy the right, has very few external buttons, only the ones you need to do photography. The viewfinder, wider and brighter, takes you immediately to the center of the stage,  eliminating all kind of distractions. It is a camera built “only” to do photography. Photography, in fact. Let’s Just focus on that, please.

The high prices of a Leica M, are justified, for heaven’s sake.

It was enough to take a tour through the production line of the Leica M, in the headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany, to understand how professional, how much attention to detail, how much humanity and especially manuality is inside each machine or lens produced by Leica. I saw workers painting (to apply the “coating”) manually each lens of an objective, checking the bodies maniacally in every detail. Products are not created in a mass-production through cold automated systems, but there is still much human intervention at every step of the production process, a good percentage of combined experience and crafts. In short, every Leica M and M each goal, has its own soul and its value, not only material. Congratulations to Leica.

Photographers, the greater they are, the more humble they become.

The more they believe how great they are, the more arrogant and obnoxious they behave. And, in photography today, there’s a lot of presumption, as well as many deluded people. When I find myself in an event full of photographers and enthusiast, I always see too little passion and so much ego. Rarely open to sharing, such presumption to teach and defend their sacred knowledge on photography … From the series, I am what I am, and you are less than nothing…

A photographer becomes great because it is simply expressing his passion and his enthusiasm in telling the world that surrounds him and in the photography itself. And he loves to share it. A great photographer is a humble person, who deeply loves photography and photographing, in its most simple and classic gesture. The rest, techniques, rules, certificates and awards, are only masks and frills, not always necessary. Every great photographer that I have known and/or listened to, from Scianna to Koudelka, from Sessini up to Meyerowitz, was always struck by the simplicity, passion and above all the enthusiasm with which describes his experiences and knowledge. I never heard them talk about techniques, rules, and prizes.

The photograph of the great, has the simplicity and enthusiasm of the little ones.

Joel Meyerowitz…

… A 78-year-old boy, full of energy and contagious enthusiasm, in a great shape. I felt a lot older than him. An extraordinary person and unique photographer. Chapeau.

I will definitely buy the Leica M10.

I do not know when, but I know that it will be my next camera! M10, a round perfect number, as 40, the age that I will reach and celebrate this year. Coincidence? I do not believe 🙂

Buona luce e a presto,

Sabino


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Di ritorno dall’evento Leica, a Wetzlar, ho imparato che… (riflessioni a caldo)

La Leica M10 è una gran bella macchina, davvero.

Ok, non serviva andare fino a Wetzlar per saperlo, ma, vederla e provarla li, nel posto in cui è stata concepita, ha un altro effetto. La Leica M10 è un prodotto pensato, ragionato, creato su misura per la fotografia, come un abito perfettamente tagliato e cucito da un sarto. Il corpo macchina, oltre ad essere curato in ogni dettaglio e massiccio, pesante il giusto, ha pochissimi pulsanti esterni, solo il necessario per fare fotografia. Il mirino, piĂš ampio e luminoso, ti porta al centro della scena mentre la osservi, eliminando ogni distrazione. È una macchina costruita “solo” per fare la fotografia. Fotografia, appunto. Concentriamoci solo su quella, please.

I costi, alti, di una Leica M, sono giustificatissimi, per caritĂ .

Mi è bastato fare un tour attraverso la linea di produzione della Leica M, nella sede centrale di Wetzlar per capire quanta professionalitĂ , quanta cura nei dettagli, quanta umanitĂ  e soprattutto manualitĂ  ci sia dentro ogni macchina o lente prodotta dalla Leica. Ho visto operai dipingere (per applicare il “coating”) manualmente ogni singola lente di un obbiettivo, controllare i corpi macchina maniacalmente in ogni dettaglio. Non sono prodotti creati in massa attraverso freddi sistemi automatizzati, ma c’è ancora molto intervento umano in ogni passo del processo produttivo, una buona percentuale di artigianato unito all’esperienza. Insomma, ogni Leica M e ogni obbiettivo M, ha una sua anima ed un suo valore, non solo materiale. Complimenti alla Leica.

I fotografi, piĂš sono grandi, piĂş sono umili.

PiĂš si credono grandi, piĂš sono presuntuosi e antipatici. E, nella fotografia di oggi, c’è tantissima presunzione, cosÌ come tanti illusi. Quando mi ritrovo in un evento pieno di fotografi e appasisonati, vedo sempre troppa poca passione e tanto ego. Poca voglia di condividere, tanta presunzione di insegnare e di difendere il proprio sacro sapere sulla fotografia… Poca apertura, molta chiusura… Della serie, io sono io, e voi non siete un… 

Un grande fotografo, lo è perchè semplicemente esprime tutta la sua passione e il suo entusiasmo nel raccontare il mondo che lo circonda e nella fotografia stessa. E ama condividerla. Il grande fotografo è una persona umile, che ama profondamente la fotografia e fotografare, nel suo gesto piĂš semplice e classico. Il resto, tecniche, regole, certificati e premi, sono solo maschere e fronzoli non sempre necessari. Ogni grande fotografo che ho conosciuto e/o ascoltato, da Scianna a Koudelka, da Sessini fino a Meyerowitz, mi ha sempre colpito per la semplicitĂ , la passione e soprattutto l’entusiasmo con cui racconta le propria esperienze e le sue conoscenze. Non li ho mai sentiti parlare di tecniche, regole, ricchi premi e cotillons.

La fotografia dei grandi, ha la semplicitĂ  e l’entusiasmo dei piccoli.

Joel Meyerowitz…

…un ragazzino di 78 anni, pieno di energia ed entusiasmo contagioso, in una forma strepitosa. Mi sono sentito parecchio piu vecchio di lui. Personaggio fantastico. Chapeau.

Comprerò la Leica M10.

Non so quando, ma so già che sarà la mia prossima macchina! M10, un numero tondo, perfetto, come 40, gli anni che compio questo anno. Coincidenze? Non credo 🙂

Buona luce e a presto,

Sabino


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Big News: I’ve been invited to the Leica special event on January 2017

Today I received an email that made me happy as a child, and I never imagine it could ever happen. An early and very welcomed, Christmas gift.
I’ve been invited to the special event Leica, at the Leitz Park in Wetzlar, “Celebration of Photography”, a two days event, where most likely will be introduced the new Leica M (10?),  and where there will be the award ceremony and the meeting with the great photographer, Joel Meyerovitz.

Here is the invitation and the confirmation of the event registration

“Dear Mr Parente,
Dear friends of photography and the Leica brand,

As you know, we have been concentrating on “Das Wesentliche” for more than 100 years. Concentrating on what makes our hearts beat faster: Photography. The art of photography. The perfect picture.

We would, therefore, like to invite you to our “Celebration of Photography” in the Leitz Park on the evening of January 18, 2017, where you can join us in welcoming the seventh photographer to be honoured with the “Leica Hall of Fame Award”:

Joel Meyerowitz

This award expresses our profound appreciation of his lifework. By the way, the award winner will be discussing his life and work in the morning on January 19, 2017.

Enjoy a special evening with us at our “Celebration of Photography” – together with friends of Leica, photographers, artists, journalists, and prominent and international guests – in other words, with all those who, just like you, are friends of the Leica brand.
Under the motto “Inspiration sehen”, you will also have the chance to experience the latest milestone of Leica photography.”


A night with a red dot, for a daydreaming.

What a wonderful gift, a daydream for me. Two days immersed in the Photography world and in that of Leica, an experience that I will live with the eyes of those who are still young and unknown, but full of passion and motivations as a first class.

Obviously, I will write about these two days, tell the news from the Leica world, describe my impressions and the meetings i’ll have with other photographer or passionate like me.

So, save the date, and follow me on January 18th and 19th, 2017!

Have a good day,
Sabino

Grande novitĂ : sono stato invitato all’evento speciale Leica di Gennaio 2017!

Oggi ho ricevuto una email che mi ha fatto felice come un bambino e che non immaginavo potesse mai accadere. Un regalone di Natale anticipato e molto gradito.
Sono stato invitato all’evento speciale Leica, al Leitz Park di Wetzlar, “Celebration of Photography”, una serata dove molto probabilmente verrĂ  presentata la nuova Leica M (10?) e dove ci sarĂ  anche la premiazione e l’incontro con il grande fotografo Joel Meyerovitz.

Ecco l’invito e la conferma della mia registrazione all’evento

“Dear Mr Parente,
Dear friends of photography and the Leica brand,

As you know, we have been concentrating on “Das Wesentliche” for more than 100 years. Concentrating on what makes our hearts beat faster: Photography. The art of photography. The perfect picture.

We would, therefore, like to invite you to our “Celebration of Photography” in the Leitz Park on the evening of January 18, 2017, where you can join us in welcoming the seventh photographer to be honoured with the “Leica Hall of Fame Award”:

Joel Meyerowitz

This award expresses our profound appreciation of his lifework. By the way, the award winner will be discussing his life and work in the morning on January 19, 2017.

Enjoy a special evening with us at our “Celebration of Photography” – together with friends of Leica, photographers, artists, journalists, and prominent and international guests – in other words, with all those who, just like you, are friends of the Leica brand.
Under the motto “Inspiration sehen”, you will also have the chance to experience the latest milestone of Leica photography.”


Una notte da bollino rosso, per sognare ad occhi aperti.

Che meraviglia, un sogno ad occhi aperti. Sarà una immersione totale nel mondo Leica e in quello della Fotografia, vissuta con gli occhi di chi è ancora piccolo e sconosciuto ma con una passione e una voglia da primo della classe.

Ovviamente vi raccontero tutto di questa due giorni, le novitĂ  dal mondo Leica, le mie impressioni e i miei incontri, quindi, segnatevi la data, 18 e 19 Gennaio 2017.

Buona giornata,
Sabino