Inspirational Book: Bystander – A History of Street Photography

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.

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Oh, rainy Paris

Hello folks,
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

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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:

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Thanks and talk to you soon,
Sabino

Milano, street life – A collection of pictures, with a Leica SL

Milano, here we are! It took me almost 13 years before I could come back to the city where I’ve studied and lived for three years, from years 2003 to 2006.

I have to admit, I’m not a fan of this city, but I cannot ignore the fact that is the only real big city in Italy, undoubtedly, the only city with a vibrant and dynamic life that flows between its streets.

Comparing to 13 years ago, Milano has grown and changed a lot, and even though it is not the place I would love to live in, it is for sure a great playground for street and travel photographer, like me.

Unfortunately, I had only 24 hours to get the most out of it, and, of course, my Leica SL and the two great lenses I always carry along. the Summicron M 28mm f2 ASPH and the Summicron M 50mm f2.

24 hours is not too much but can be a lot, If you stay around until 5 am… 🙂

Go to Duomo in the middle of the night!

Visiting the area of  Duomo, the Milano’s gothic cathedral, at night, totally empty from tourists, is a unique experience that I highly suggest you.

There is a kind mystic atmosphere, where the magnificent Duomo dominates over everything making you feel a tiny ant.

But one of my requirements, for my photography, is to always add a human being element to the scene, so I had to wait a bit for someone to cross the empty square, and it happened just very few times.

This is one of my favourites:

A city full of tourists, a challenge for myself

About my street photography, the challenge was to capture a candid moment of life, trying to avoid the tourists as much as possible and, mostly, avoid being trivial and obvious.

That was not easy at all.

To achieve that, giving the fact that I could only be in the city centre, I had to walk continuously and obsessively observe everything to find the perfect moment. And there were few captured moments, I’m quite proud of:

1. Love has no gender.

Maybe an obvious shot, but to me, it isn’t. These two girls were passionately kissing each other, ignoring everyone else all around. Pure love.

They grabbed my attention and so I’ve tried to approach discretely while contextualizing the scene adding the dominating Duomo in the background and the small pigeon in the foreground.

2. The smoking lady

Here, I like the way the light is somehow shaping the scene, guiding your eyes from the bench to the cigarette, and up toward the castle.


And here is the rest of the pictures… I hope you will find something interesting…

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See you soon Milan, I hope to come back soon as there is still a lots of life to photograph!


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Cheers,
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

Street life in Ginza, 8 pictures from the famous fashion district of Tokyo, Japan

Bonjour my friends,
this week I bring you back to Japan, precisely to one of the most crowded and vibrant cities in the world, heaven for street photographers: Tokyo

The Japanese capital is a unique place where each district is completely different from the others, from the traditional Asakusa to the modern and crazy Akihabara, without forgetting Shibuya, Odaiba, Roppongi and so on.

Luckily, I had the chance to visit all of them and, I can tell you, I would love to go back again and again and again, as there is always something new happening in these crowded and exciting streets.

Ginza, the fashion district

Today I want to bring you to the entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs and cafes, and where you find the most expensive real estate in Japan: Ginza.

This is the place where all the main fashion brands show their beauty and richness by installing enormous stores and decorating the spaces with the most extravagant architectures and billboards.

The central Chuo Dori street, the vibrant heart of the district, gives you a lot of nice street photography opportunities, is just difficult to decide where to focus your attention.

> Find more info about Ginza district here

Street life in Ginza, Tokyo

Gears:
  • camera: Fuji X-T1
  • lens: XF 35mm f1.4R

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All the photos you see can be purchased, as high-resolution digital files (different licensing options) or as a Fine Art Signed print, at my personal portfolio website www.sabinoparente.com

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Thanks a lot for reading,
cheers,
Sabino

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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How to buy my pictures

All the photos you see can be purchased, as high-resolution digital files (different licensing options) or as a Fine Art Signed print, at my personal portfolio website www.sabinoparente.com

Please click on the button below, if you want to browse the complete gallery and/or buy any of the photos.

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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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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

Lisbon, 15 Street photos that will make you love this city (part 1)

Lisbon is that kind of place who could dream about any street photographer. The city indeed is full of life and colours but also so different from district to district.

From the seaside walk looking to the impressive “25 de Abril” suspension bridge, (very similar to the iconic one in San Francisco) and the beautiful elegant Belém tower up to the Alfama, the oldest district of the city, home of Fado nostalgic music, and to the many up and down streets in the Barrio Alto district.

There is a lot happening in here, most of the time supported by a wonderful weather that makes the atmosphere so vibrant and happy.

Lisbon is a city with many faces, endless shades As a street photographer who loves candid daily life moments, you just have to get lost and walk around without a map: every corner, every street, will give you something, either a picture or just a warm smile of a local.

But be aware: you need to be really well fit to explore the city, not only because is wide, but also because of many ups and downs.

Today I’m sharing with you the first of three series from this beautiful, unique city.

Lisbon, fragments of candid street life –  Part 1

(all the pictures below, were taken with a Fuji X-T1 and the Fujinon X 23mm f 1.4 R or the Fujinon X 14mm f2.8 R or the Fujinon X 35mm f1.4 R )

 

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment or share my pictures.
Stay tuned and keep visiting my blog to see the second and third series of Lisbon street photos.

Grazie,
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