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.

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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

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.”
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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

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

Rosso, un quadro di vita quotidiano

Ho un difetto, l’abitudine di osservare sempre tutto, ossessivamente, forse troppo. I miei occhi non si riposano mai, perché una buona foto può succedere ovunque, in qualsiasi momento, anche quando sei sulle scale mobili di un ipermercato.

L’ho vista subito questa foto: quella gonna rossa, il cesto rosso, e quella mano con il piccolo tatuaggio e il braccialetto d’argento

Una buona foto dovrebbe farti nascere della domande… Chi è questa ragazza? Che significato ha quel tatuaggio?  Cosa c’è in quel cesto? Semplici domandeche appartengono ad una storia; una storia di vita quotidiana. E solo pochi secondi per catturarla.

Rosso

Questa foto è stata scattata con un iPhone6s, poi editata direttamente sul telefono con l’app Adobe Photoshop Express, aggiunto la filigrana (il mio nome) con l’app Phonto, quindi salvata sul rullino e condivisa.

Grazie,
Sabino

Foto, storie e tecniche dal mio reportage alla ING Marathon in Lussemburgo

La ING Marathon è ormai diventato l’evento sportivo (e non solo) più importante del Granducato, una gara capace di attirare in città migliaia di runners e altrettanti turisti e appassionati. Nonostante non ami particolarmente la fotografia sportiva, in realtà questo evento offre tante opportunità per foto di street, per cui nelle edizioni passate sono sempre riuscito a portare a casa qualche scatto carino e originale.

Infatti, da diversi anni e con mio grande orgoglio, le mie immagini scattate nelle passate edizioni, vengono utilizzate nei media promozionali ufficiali, come brochure o banner. Ecco qui la mia foto utilizzata per il banner gigante che campeggiava vicino la partenza, in questa edizione 2017:

Con la mia Leica M e il fuoco a zona, la ricetta è perfetta!

Una Leica è per sempre, forse, probabilmente. Ormai sono sempre più a mio agio con questo sistema e dunque, per questo reportage ho utilizzato la mia Leica M alternando due lenti, il Summicron 28mm f2 e il Summicron 50 f2. Non ho mai focheggiato per ottenere lo scatto, perchè ormai ho imparato quella tecnica straordinaria e perfetta per lo street, che è il fuoco a zona.

Una volta deciso quale range di distanza voglio a fuoco, sono io a muovermi di conseguenza piazzando il soggetto sempre in quel range e avendo così sempre la certezza di non perdere il fuoco e potendomi concentrare esclusivamente sulla composizione della foto. C’est magnifique!

Ecco una “rara” foto di me all’opera 🙂

L’attesa, una festa colorata di blu e l’arancione.

Dopo averla mancata lo scorso anno, questa volta ho deciso di tornare a fotografare questo grande evento, approfittanto anche di una eccezionale e calda giornata di sole.

Ma…cosa fotografare senza annoiarmi?

La cosa piu’ importante per me, quando devo fotografare, è avere stimoli ed entusiasmo, soprattutto in quei casi in cui mi capita di osservare qualcosa che gia conosco e che ho gia fotografato in passato.

Fortemente ispirato da uno dei miei fotografi preferiti, Alex Webb, ho cercato così di ottenere una fotografia molto contrastata, dai colori vividi, magari anche con livelli di azione moltipli. Ahhh, fosse cosi’ facile…

Così, con Webb nella testa, ho cominciato ad osservare tutto quello che accadeva davanti ai miei occhi. Grazie ai colori dei main sponsor, ING e TANGO, tutto l’evento era dominato da due colori che amo molto, il blu e l’arancione, che, con la luce forte del sole, hanno creato dei contrasti molto molto interessanti.  Ed ecco qui qualche foto scattata poco prima del via.

Pronti, partenza, via!

Per la prima volta, ho assistito alla partenza e devo ammettere che è stata una scelta azzeccata perchè in questa fase dell’evento si concentrano gran parte dell’adrenalina e dell’entusiasmo di tutti i partecipanti fino all’esplosione di gioia al momento dello start. Non è stato facile trovare spazio vicino la linea di partenza, ma, in fotografia, credo che qualsiasi posozione o situazione abbia sempre qualcosa di interessante da offrire e così ho cercato di catturare il meglio dal mio punto di vista, l’unico, che potevo avere in quel momento.

L’essenza di una maratona? La corsa.

A parte qualche foto di rito appena dopo lo start ufficiale, mi sono concentrato nel catturare la corsa, quel movimento continuo di gambe, di tantissime scarpe colorate che si alternavano secondo dopo secondo. Con la tecnica del panning, queste situazioni mi regalano sempre degli scatti interessanti. Mi sono quindi abbassato per ottenere un punto di vista che fosse allo stesso livello dei piedi e, con il fuoco gia impostato, ho scattato senza guardare dal mirino o dallo schermo (cosa comunque non possibile con la mia Leica M 262).

Essendo ormai in simbiosi con la macchina, riesco quasi a prevedere l’inquadratura anche quando la macchina è distante dagli occhi. Infatti, molti scatti, li ho realizzati senza guardare attraverso la lente, ma direttamente con i mie occhi. Impossibile? Non proprio…

Mentre le mani si occupavano di mantenere, li in basso, ferma la Leica e il dito a scattare, li, in alto, con gli occhi, osservavo direttamente tutte le gambe che mi passavano davanti e, quando vedevo qualcosa di particolare… scattavo!

Si è creata una linea di collegamento diretta tra i miei occhi, il cervello, le braccia, le mani, il dito e infine la macchina.

Non appena vedevo qualcosa di interessante, il dito laggiù scattava, perchè la mente sapeva gia quale sarebbe stata l’inquadratura finale.

L’ultimo raggio di luce prima della fine?

Non so che fine abbia fatto questo occhiale, ma, considerando i migliaia di piedi che sarebbero transitati di li a poco, credo che quel raggio di sole sia stato uno degli ultimi che ha potuto osservare…

Menzione speciale: Prendi il cuore e scappa!

Tra i tanti scatti della giornata, questo è tra i miei preferiti.
Se avessi avuto l’occhio nel mirino, non credo sarei stato in grado di catturarlo perchè lo avrei visto all’improvviso, Mentre, come ho descritto prima, con la macchina distante e gli occhi liberi di osservare la scena, ho visto quest’uomo correre con un cuore in mano e l’ho catturato prevedendo quello che la macchina stava inquadrando.

 

Viva la fotografia e viva la luce!

Grazie e alla prossima,

Sabino

Photos, stories and techniques from my reportage at ING Marathon in Luxembourg

The ING Marathon has become the most important sports (and not only) event of the Grand Duchy, a race capable of attracting thousands of runners, amateurs and tourists alike. Although I do not particularly love sports photography, this event offers many great opportunities for street photography, so it was in past editions when I have always managed to bring home some good and original shots.

In fact, for several years and with my great satisfaction, my pictures taken in past editions, are used in official promotional media, such as brochures or banners. Here is my photo used for the giant banner installed near the start, in this 2017 edition:

With my Leica M and the zone focusing, the recipe is perfect!

A Leica is forever, perhaps, probably. I am now more and more comfortable with this system and therefore for this reportage, I used my Leica M and alternating two lenses, the Summicron 28mm f2 and the Summicron 50mm f2. I actually never had to focus in the viewfinder on getting the shot, because I’ve learned the extraordinary and perfect technique for the street photography, which is the zone focusing.

Once I decide which distance range I want to focus on, I just place the subject in that range and so always having the certainty of not losing the focus and concentrate exclusively on the composition of the photo.
C’est magnifique!

Here is a rare picture of me on the field 🙂

The waiting, a colourful party in blue and orange

After having missed it last year, this time I decided to photograph this great event again, taking advantage of an exceptional and warm sunny day.

But … what to photograph without getting bored?

The most important thing for me when I have to photograph is to have motivation and enthusiasm, especially in those cases where I happen to observe something I already know and that I have already photographed in the past.

Strongly inspired by one of my favourite photographers, Alex Webb, I’ve been trying to get a very contrasted picture with vivid colours, even with multiple action levels. Ahhh, not that easy, though…

So, with Webb in my head, I began to observe all that was happening before my eyes. Thanks to the colours of the main sponsors, ING and TANGO, the whole event was dominated by two colours that I love very much, the blue and the orange, which, with the strong sunlight, have created very interesting contrasts. And here are some photos were taken just before the stzart of the race.

Ready, Set, Go!

For the first time, I’ve been watching the race start and I have to admit that it was a good choice because at this stage of the event it’s concentrated most of the adrenaline and enthusiasm of all the participants up to the explosion of joy at the start. It was not easy to find space near the starting line, but in photography, I think any pose or situation always has something interesting to offer and so I tried to capture the best from my point of view, the only one I could have at that time.

The essence of a marathon? The race.

Apart from some classic photos just after the official start, I focused on capturing the race, that continuous movement of legs, and lots of colourful shoes that alternated second after second. using the panning technique, these situations always give me interesting shots. I lowered myself to get a point of view that was at the same level of the runner’s legs and, with the focus already set, I clicked without looking at the viewfinder or the screen (which is not possible with my Leica M 262).

Being in symbiosis with the car, I can almost predict the final shot even when the camera body is distant from the eyes. In fact, many shots, I realised without looking through the lens. Impossible? Not exactly…

As the hands held to keep the camera steady, down there, and the finger to snap, with my eyes, up, I was looking directly at all the legs that passed in front of me, and when I saw something special … I click!

In this way, a direct link between my eyes, my brain, my arms, my hands, my finger, and finally my camera was created. As soon as I saw something interesting, my finger pushed the button, while my mind already knew what and how the final shot it would look like.

The last ray of light before the end?

I do not know how long this glasses did, but, considering the thousands of feet that would have passed through them, I think that ray of light was one of the last to be able to see…  🙂

Special mention: Take the heart and run!

Among the many shots of the day, this is among my favourites.
If I had the eye in the viewfinder, I do not think I would be able to capture it because I won’t see the guy approaching, While, as I described earlier, with the camera offset and the eyes free to observe the scene, I saw this weird man running holding a heart and got this nice “lovely” shot.

 

Viva la fotografia e viva la luce!

Grazie e alla prossima,

Sabino

Photo Series #01: Monsoons- Under a heavy rain

Today, I want to inaugurate a new initiative that I hope to repeat every week, time permitting. The idea is to publish, once a week a photo series of 10 or 12 frames, on a specific topic, like an online exhibition.

These photographic series will also be posted on my profile Instagram and Twitter, as well as on my main website and any photos from the series can be purchased as a signed print.

The photo series of this week is titled:

Monsoons – Under a heavy rain 

These 12 photographs tell of an afternoon in Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam, at the end of the monsoon season. As I walked, suddenly it broke loose a heavy storm and in these cases, the only thing to do, even to save camera and the equipment, is to find a shelter somewhere.
But rather than being bothered, I turned this situation into an opportunity and I began to observe and photograph, always from the same point of view, what was happening in front of me and how the life of the Vietnamese people, perennially driving a motorbike, was affected by the heavy rainfall.

All the pictures have been taken using a Leica M (typ 262) and a Summicron-M 28mm f2 ASPH lens.

(To purchase signed prints of these photos, please go to my website, here.)

Thanks for watching, I would highly appreciate any comment or criticism to my pictures.

Cheers,
Sabino