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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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

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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― 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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― 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

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

Discorvering Cordova, photos and useful tips – Andalusia on the road

The third stop of my trip on the road to Andalusia is the historic city of Cordova, serenely lying along the Guadalquivir river and at the foot of the Sierra Morena.

In contrast to the most dynamic Granada and Seville, Cordoba is in fact very quiet. Life around the majestic Mezquita and in the alleys of the Jewish quarter of Juderia, named World Heritage by Unesco, runs at a mild and quiet pace.

Cordova in one day?

Yes, the city of Cordoba could be visited even in one day, as it is not too big and everything can be reached in a few minutes walk. But the serenity that transmits this place invites you to spend much more time, because, I assure you,

stroll along the Guadalquivir shore or cross the beautiful Roman bridge at sunset and then dine at the tables of one of the many great restaurants in the historic center, is a regenerating experience.

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2 Asph

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2 Asph

The Mezquita

Built by the Omeya princes, between the 8th and the 10th centuries, this mosque is one of the most important testimonies in Islamic culture in Europe as well as an extraordinary example of Moorish architecture.

As happened to other mosques in Andalusia, the Mezquita was converted after the Christian conquest, in the Cathedral from 1523.

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2 Asph

Free admission at the opening!

Being the most popular and visited site in Cordoba, I planned to visit and photograph it as soon as it was open to the public. The cost of the ticket for a visit without a guide is 8 € but, with pleasure, once on the spot, I found out that the entrance is free for those who access the opening, so at 8:30.

Unfortunately, though, there was already a fair group of visitors so my enthusiasm dropped instantly as soon as I got in. The inside of the Mezquita is very beautiful and impressive with this set of columns and bows but as soon as the visitors are scattered, it has become very difficult to make decent photos. Also, it is not allowed to enter the tripod so I had to hold the ISO high and hand-held.

Leica SL + Summicron 50mm f2

At some point I sat on the ground and placed the Leica SL on my bag to give it stability, and took some photos with slow exposure time to try to somehow eliminate the tourists presence.

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2 Asph

Leica SL + Summicron 50mm f2

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2 Asph

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2 Asph

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2 Asph

Leica SL + Summicron 50mm f2

The Juderia and some street photos

Juderia is perhaps the most famous Jewish quarter in Andalusia. Losing yourself in its white lanes is the best thing to do to enjoy it at best. But also here, as in Granada, there is not much life around, everything is static but clean and finely decorated. For a street photographer like me, it is almost boring.

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2 ASPH

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2 ASPH

Leica SL + Summicron 50mm f2

Leica SL + Summicron 50mm f2

Leica SL + Summicron 50mm f2

Leica SL + Summicron 50mm f2

Plaza de los Capuchinos

This was for me one of the most striking and photogenic spots of Cordoba, for its mystical atmosphere. A small and cute little square with theCristo de los Faroles, a crucifix illuminated by eight lanterns, and the convent of the Capuchin friars.

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2.8 ASPH

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2 ASPH

Leica SL + Summicron 50mm f2

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2.8 ASPH

Leica SL + Summicron 28mm f2.8 ASPH

Plaza de la Corredera

This square, have a very similar architectural style than the one in Madrid, and is the most extensive portico of Andalusia. A large rectangle enclosed by three-story residential buildings, in which hundreds of balconies are aligned. Very beautiful and photogenic.

iphone 6s

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Hotel in Cordova

My accommodation experience in Cordova was fantastic because the hotel I chose turned out to be really great in all aspects, so I highly recommend it:

Hotel NH Cordoba Guadalquivir (Esperia )

Strategically located, just a few steps from the Roman Bridge in an area with free parking and a beautiful view of the Mezquita. Large double room and huge bed. Nice also the rooftop pool, small but very pleasant.

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My photography, in Cordoba. How did it go

To be honest, nothing special and memorable. Street photography opportunities were very rare. I alternated all the lenses, trying to stimulate the look with different focal length, but in the end, the subjects were almost always architectural.

I may say that, speaking on photography, Córdova, it is not a place that has stimulated me particularly.

The most beautiful photo opportunity?

Definitely the panoramic photo at sunset on the Roman bridge and on the Mezquita, from the roof of the hotel NH Cordoba Guadalquivir, from which I had a privileged and unique view. Although this is not my favorite type of photography, at least I justified bringing the tripod with me, as this is the only place I used it.

Leica SL + Pentacon 135mm f2.8

Leica SL + Summicron 50mm f2

 

Conclusions

Did I like Cordoba? Yes, much, especially for its quiet and relaxed atmosphere. As in Granada, I was disappointed by Juderia’s Jewish quarter for the same reason: I expected a more genuine and loud life. Maybe I still have in the eyes and in the heart the life in the Moroccan Medina, and this influences my expectations a lot. But certainly the global vote on Cordoba remains positive.

Vote: 7

If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact me, I will be happy to answer you.

Thanks for reading,
see you soon,

Sabino

 

 

20 street photos of the lovely Hoi An, Vietnam

Today I take you outside for a pleasant walk through the elegant and colorful streets of Hoi An, Vietnam. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site as a well preserved southeastern commercial port, this small city has been subjected to influences by foreign settlers such as Portuguese, Dutch, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese.

In fact, the delightful historical center, in addition to having a strong Vietnamese atmosphere, shows a unique fusion of local tradition and foreign influence.

Chilling around with a Leica M

Obviously photographic opportunities are many, though the streets are invaded by tourists any time of the day. I photographed it with a Leica M, alternating the lenses like the Summicron 28mm f2 ASPH e Summicron 50mm f2.

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(selfie time 🙂 )

Which of these photos do you like the most?

Many thanks for,
a presto, Sabino

Featured! New photo publications in Uk and Italy…

Selling on the stock photos agencies as Fotolia and Shutterstock it is great but it has the downside of not knowing who bought my pictures and where they will be printed and published. So, time to time, either I do a research on my name on Google, or someone just writes me saying “hey, I’ve seen a picture there that seems one of yours…”.

And here are two new features that iI discovered in these days, coming from UK and Italy.

1. Featured in a Shopping Center giant installation (Italy)

In this case, my daddy reported me this, while walking in this huge shopping center, Auchan, in Casamassima, province of Bari, south of Italy, the place where I came from, actually. He spotted this giant print promoting my region and he immediately recognized as my photo, also because he was with me when I shoot it, in 2013.

I well remember this shot as it was the first time in my life I forgot my camera equipment at home while traveling to the south of Italy. Don’t ask me how it happens, but I realized that I left the bag at home when I parked at the airport, so it was too late…. Imagine how shocked I was… 🙂

Hopefully, I had my first ever bought reflex camera still at my parent’s home, an old Canon Eos 450D with a zoom lens Tamron 17-50 f2.8

Here is the original picture that was shot in Puglia region, in the countryside around my hometown, Mola di Bari. It’s about ancient olive trees in a field of red and green salads.

Canon Eos 450D – Tamron 17-50 f2.8 at 30mm

Here are some few more shots from that day:

2. Featured on The Telegraph (UK)

Today, while searching on Google typing my name, I spotted this new feature. Anyway, this is not the first time my pictures appear on this famous magazine. Probably they always check and buy pictures from my portfolio at Fotolia. A happy customer then 🙂

The online pages of The Telegraph, in the Travel section, have published an article about Malawi, Africa, featuring a couple of my pictures.

The full article can be read here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/africa/malawi/articles/malawi-amazing-facts-about-the-country/


These pictures were taken during my wonderful and unforgettable overland journey between Malawi and Zambia with AfricaWildTruck, a great specialized travel agency based in Malawi.

If you dream a trip to Africa, I highly recommend it!

More success stories on my website

If you want to see some more features or success stories, I’m collecting them on my personal website here:

http://www.sabinoparente.com/p745087375

That’s all for today. If you spot one of my pictures on the web or in real places,
please do not hesitate to report it to me, I will be very grateful.

Grazie mille,
Sabino