Back(pack) on track! Ready to travel again…

It’s been almost 20 months since my last big trip outside Europe, in Cuba, March 2015, an eternity ‘for someone like me mad to travel, but you know, life often asks for breaks or delays, for whatever reason. Today, finally, I’m ready to put the backpack on my shoulders and go smell the road, the noise of the markets, the humid, sticky air, long walks, smiles and street portraits.

And my next destination is?

All this can only bring me to one place in the world, Indochina or South East Asia, that wonderful land which includes Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia. I have already visited two among them, Thailand and Malaysia, I probably miss the most ‘fascinating. I love these places, so ‘rich in humanity and spirituality’, smiles and amazing food, and I decided, to a week of departure, to cancel the already scheduled trip to Japan. No, nothing against Japan, indeed, but i’ve already been there, and photographed far and wide, and beyond this, I felt a great need of a warm place and above all to escape from the city ‘, from megastore with subway , and from the heavy clothes and grey clouds. No, it was not the right time to return to Tokyo. and Kyoto…

And so the next destination will be: Vietnam

 

I have too much desire of street food and genuine people, long slow trips on the old local trains, stunning natural landscapes and relaxed evenings sipping a local beer.

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15 days in Vietnam

it came back the “wanderlust“, the adrenaline for traveling, the curiosity ‘to new places, and insane desire to photograph.
The itinerary is ‘yet to be determined but the main idea is to start from Ho Chi Minh, also known as Saigon, and end in Hanoi with a visit to Hoi An, Sapa and of course to Ha Long Bay. 15 days in total, a beautiful intense trip.

Next step: preparing the camera bag

Defined the destination, now begin the thousand doubts phase about what to put in my camera bag, which lenses, which accessories, and so on.. The only certain thing  is my Leica M. Thus, in the coming days, as soon as I decided this, I will reveal my camera bag, which equipment will I take with me.

Hence, stay tuned because the next will be an intense period, and beautiful rich of photos !!!

Ciao ciao,
Sabino

 


Here are some pictures from my trip to Thailand, just to show the kind of trip i meant before, which kind of experiences i’m looking for…

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Snap a picture – Summicron 28mm first essay


First essay with the Leica Summicron 28mm f2 ASPH, I’m already in love with this lens!!!

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Here we are in Luxembourg, from one of the most popular viewpoints, looking to the European district, called Kirchberg. I love how discreet is taking street photos with a Leica, so fast and silent!

Here are some behind the scene pics:

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Ciao e buona giornata,
Sabino

Featured on KLM IFLY magazine, October edition!

Today i had the pleasant surprise to see one of my favorite pictures featured in a full page of the online KLM magazine, IFLY.
The picture shows the amazing Neuschwanstein castle and is part of an article about the Romantic Strasse, in Germany, the wonderful path crossing the Bavarian region.

I took this picture exactly one year ago, October; it was my first time visiting this wonder and i choose autumn period by purpose, in order to have the beautiful color palette that only this season can show. And, indeed, it was a great experience, feeling like being in a fairy tale. This is a place i highly suggest you to visit if you have the opportunity.

Find here the online article: https://www.iflymagazine.com/en_us/october-2016/travelschedule-romantische

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KLM IFLY magazine, October 2016

If you like, you can see more pictures from this place  on my website.

 

Neuschwanstein Castle full gallery:

http://www.sabinoparente.com/p51564845

Buona giornata,
Sabino

CUBA, people and lifestyle, read my interview on newspaper

Today i’m on the news!

Hopefully for a positive news 🙂 The national newspaper, Le Quotidien, has just published an article about my new photobook, “Cuba, people and lifestyle”. It was a relaxed and open discussion with the journalist Pablo Chimienti, trying to explain the reason why i’ve decided to visit Cuba and which kind of photography i do like to take.

You can read the article below.

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Bari and Beyond – featured on Flydoscope cover mag by Luxair!

This week opens with a nice news: a picture of me taken in Bari, in the iconic “Nderr to the lanz”, with the fisherman curling two beautiful fresh octopus, was used as the cover of the official magazine of Luxair to promote precisely flights to Bari.

Double pride for me, the use of my photo on the cover and the promotion of my country of origin, Puglia.

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New Book on sale: CUBA, People and lifestyle

Happy to announce my new work, a photo book out of my last trip to Cuba.

CUBA, people and lifestyle

An intense photographic journey through the streets of Trinidad, Vinales and Havana, suspended between the myth of the “Revolucion” and the American dream. The overwhelming and genuine character of Cuba destined to change forever, told by the eyes of the photographer Sabino Parente.

The book has 120 pages and is printed on high quality paper, from Blurb.com
You can order the book here: http://goo.gl/4Q5Jkb or visit my page at http://www.sabinoparente.com/books
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Tokyo downtown

The best pictures are always the unexpected ones. I was just going to bed in my hotel room in the heart of Tokyo, but before i had a look out of my windows and played with my camera mounted on the tripod.

Then i forgot this shot into my archive and discovered right after few months, and it was a very pleasant surprise…

Fuji X-T1 + XF 10-24mm.

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Malaysia and Singapore: itinerary, photography bag and some news

Here we go, we leave in few days, ready to write another chapter of my beautiful book called world”new pages to be filled with images and emotions. Destination East, again, after Thailand and Japan, because it’s a land rich in history, culture, humanity and contrasts. Singapore, Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo, a long journey of 16 days where I’ll see a little bit of everything: big cities, small villages, idyllic beaches and wild jungle.

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The Itinerary

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We (me and my beautiful wife) starts from Singapore (2 nights) and then take a bus to Melaka (1 night). The following day bus to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Here we stop one day but will return and have more time at the end of travel. After a short stay in KL, off to the Malaysian Borneo, with a domestic flight (Air Asia) to Kuching, in the Sarawak region. Here we will stop for 6 days, during which we will explore the virgin jungle, visit and sleep in the village of headhunters, Iban longhouse, and spend a few days with them, living the life of the village. After the hard and tiring experience in the jungle, we’ll returns, with domestic flight (Air Asia), in the Malaysian Peninsula and relax for 2 days on the beautiful beaches of the Perhentian Islands. Found the well-deserved rest, we will then return to Kuala Lumpur on a short flight (Air Asia) to pass the last 2 days of travel and do the deserved shopping!

My Photography Bag

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Completely satisfied after the last trip to Japan, I will use ‘for this new journey the beautiful Lowepro Urban Reporter 350. Sober, discreet and with many useful pockets. There are few changes from the recent trip to Japan, but important ones. This time i carry only fixed lens, no zoom, so to continue my growth in photography that will lead me to reduce the equipment to the essentials: one, maximum two lenses. In the last few days I decided to send back the Fujinon XF 56mm to replace it with the Fujinon XF 14mm for two main reasons:

  1. I missed an hi quality fixed wide-angle lens
  2. found I could get the same results as the Fujinon XF 56 with a very small and old Pentax Super Takumar 55 f1.8 , bought for a few Euros at a flea market !

My main and indispensable lens is the Fujinon XF 35mm f1.4 , the one I use more ‘and that I find extraordinary. It will be fixed on the X -T1 and with this combo i will shoot mainly street and portraits, while the XF 14mm, mounted on the Fuji X -E2, will help me when I’m gonna ‘ shoot landscapes and large scenarios. The Super Takumar 55 f1.8 will be useful only in the case of closer portraits and as it’s really small and lightweight, does not take up too much space in the bag. I also have a 135 f2.8 lens, an old Olympus Zuiko bought for a few Euros at the flea market, a focal length that I not use that much, but that could be used in case I can not get too close to the subject … and in the jungle, this can ‘ easily happen. In fact I would leave it at home, but I will decide at the last minute … Another big news for this trip is the portable printer Fuji INSTAX Share Sp-1, a desire I had for some time and now will follow me on all trips because I love the idea of printing small “polaroids” right on place and maybe give it away to someone or keep it as a souvenir. Surely I will use it a lot in the village in the Borneo, with the children. I already tried it and it works great in combination with the iphone. Another thing totally new for me is the Aquapac case that will allow me to do some photos diving in the beautiful waters of the Perhentian islands, or at least I hope so. I’ve never done underwater photography and I do not know if this case really works well, but I’m curious to try it. There will be a lots of turtles and colorful fishes so i want to give it a try.. Of course I will test it before putting the X -T1 in and dip into water … Finally I added another 2 to 4 batteries that already had to be quiet especially during the 3 days in the jungle where we will have no electrical connection and will have to ‘ measure out the use of the devices.

Here is the detailed list

I’m looking forward to dip myself again in the smells and colors of the street food and crowded street markets. For sure it will be another important step in my growth as a photographer of people and cultures.

Salut, Sabino