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io giulia valentina e la bici

Qualche giorno fa Valentina ha compiuto due mesi, e oggi ha fatto la sua prima escursione in montagna.

Saliamo sul Monte Canto io, Giulia, Valentina e la bici; io ho dietro uno zaino con focaccia, acqua, brugole e una camera d’aria; davanti un marsupio con la bambina; la bici la spingo su con una mano. Arrivati in cima, veloce ...

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weekly snaps 7

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Random photos this time. Some are very old, and I can’t even recall which lens I used. The last two are reminders that today was Giulia’s birthday (and this year there was nothing really which could compete with that special gift we’re enjoying together since the 4th of August).

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Lulworth Cove (UK). Nikon F70, 35mm f2(?), Kodak ...

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thoughts on d7000

It’s almost a year now that I have the Nikon D7000. It’s time to write something up about this camera.

I arrived at the Nikon D7000 after a long apprenticeship. I started with a Yashica FX-3 and its 50mm f/1.8, then I moved to a Nikon F70 (we’re still in the ancient film era). After a few crappy compact digital cameras (and one less crappy than others, the Canon G5) I got my first DSLR (a Nikon D70s) which was excellent until it broke down.

Since I was always traveling and hiking and biking I wanted a smaller camera so I bought a Panasonic GF-1 that I still have (and will keep for many more years to come; it’s still much better than any compact camera and only marginally larger).

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xkcd click and drag wallpapers

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Click and Drag, the amazing xkcd cartoon that went online a few days ago, was fascinating and threw me back to the worlds I used to explore when I was a kid (through videogames obviously).

I selected a few places and made 1920x1080 captures to use as wallpapers for my 24” monitor. They’re clean, not distracting, and inspirationals (the ...

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weekly snaps 6

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I did a few experiments with the camera over the past two weekends. Thought to share a few pictures here, even if they are not particularly inspired shots. But if you’re trying to find how damn good is the D7000 sensor, just look at the green tomato shot.

All shots taken at “Il Montale”, Sala Baganza (Parma), with my ...

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24h finale ligure

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Quando andavo in moto mi hanno sempre appassionato le gare di endurance; 6 ore di Sebring, 24 ore di Les Mans, fari nella lunga notte, tutte cose che mi affascinavano.

Ho smesso di andare in moto ma le gare di durata non hanno mai smesso di attirarmi. E quest’anno sono stato trascinato da Stefano a fare una 24 ore ...

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rosamarina

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I find it difficult to take interesting/compelling/creative photos of familiar places. So what I did this time was just to take random snaps, without thinking too much, without trying to sample all the possible aspects of a place.

They may not show what the true Rosamarina is: to do that, I should have taken photos of:

  • all the ...
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weekly snaps 5

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I haven’t been able to publish these ‘weekly snaps’ for the past three weeks, but here I am with number 5; this time I’ll start off with a couple of cliché photos.

_D7K5243 - Version 2 Boschi di Carrega, Parma. Nikon D7000, 35mm f/1.8G; f/4 and 1/800s. Shooting something new in the woods is incredibly frustrating, unless you ...

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notes on parenting

Lately I’ve been reading quite a lof of articles about parenting. Most of them are book reviews but I did not read any of these books though1, which could mean: (A) I’m a bit shallow, (B) stressed out New Yorkers, overproductive Chinese immigrants, rich Californians are not people that I feel entitled to give me directions on ...

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weekly snaps 4

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This week’s post has been delayed by some very expected news.

I’ll start off with two variations of a similar photo I published in Weekly snaps #3; the first is a classical black and white, the second a slightly toned black and white.

Then I have three photos which were the first ones shot with the Nikon D7000 ...

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valentina

Fatemi lasciare un segnalibro in questa data, perché Valentina è nata oggi, 4 agosto 2012.

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di getto

uscire dall’ospedale, rientrare a casa con Giulia e la bambina e pensare che d’ora in avanti ci sarà sempre una terza persona in casa.

incantarsi davanti al suo visino, ingobbirsi per starle vicino; annusarla, sentire il suo odore.

non essere più ...

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panasonic GF1 late review

It’s been quite some time now that I have gone back to DSLRs, but the little Panasonic GF1 is still a constant presence in my backpack. In the meantime, Panasonic has churned out countless other iterations on the same micro four/thirds concept; but to me it has somehow watered down the concept and only the latest one (GX1) seems to be the true successor of the GF1.

I think it’s only appropriate to post now a few words on my GF1; I know, it is indeed a very late review1 but it could be of some interest to cheapskates that are looking for a nice and little second-hand camera (or maybe convince those of you affected by GAS2 that the GF1 is still “good enough”)

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weekly snaps 3

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This week, moody skies.

All shots taken with a Nikon D7000 during last weekend’s walks in and around town with Giulia. I wanted to add “all shots were minimally processed except for that one” but the reality1 is that I used also some dodge and burn, at least one curve adjustment and several other little tweaks. As somebody ...

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talking photography

There are still pearls to be found on the internet, after all.

In these days I have found three photography blogs which are full of interesting and well written articles; stimulating, instructive, much better of the crap that Popular Photography publishes (and I’m not even mentioning the countless websites and blogs of pixel-peepers and technology feticists).

Worth bookmarking them ...

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ipad mini needs

Rumors of an upcoming iPad Mini are abundant.

As usual, all the tech bloggers are very concerned with things such as pricing, market position, technical feasibility, etc. What a bunch of boring guys.

Now, bear with me for just a few moments, because all I want to do is tell you why I’d like an iPad Mini:

  1. to read ...
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weekly snaps 2

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This week a few pictures taken during a lazy Sunday in Ziano Piacentino. Good wine there, and a first experience using an old manual focus Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 which I had modified to AI-S to use it on my D7000.

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Ok, so this one was obviously not taken with the 85mm but with my Tokina 12-24 f ...

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reversed lens hood

Emphasis is mine:

Shoot from the hip and sort it out later in Photoshop; this is a slippery slope plunging inevitably towards the depths of despair and devastating loss of self-esteem that comes with shooting on program mode with a high ISO, no tripod and a reversed lens hood. The latter is the photographic equivalent of wearing socks with sandals ...

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fonts on my blog

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Last time I wrote something about this blog, how I moved everything to Jekyll and modified the original themes.

Then Ian tweeted about that issue that I had with the fonts, that the blog looked differently when viewed on a PC or a Mac. And he also added that embedding fonts was easy.

So I looked around and in fact ...

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moving to github

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If somebody would actually read these posts he’d start thinking something like “what a loser”.

Here I am, a fairly old git, waiting for his first baby, with too many things to do at work (and off-work), losing precious sleep hours to relocate his blog on GitHub.

And what the hell is GitHub, asks the non-geek. Well, GitHub is ...

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obree quotes

A comment on Italians’ ability to manage confusion:

the Italians broke the laws of physics and created instant order out of utter disorder and chaos. We were waved and whistled by the police, straight through to the start area.

About cyclists (especially roadies) shaving their legs:

In fact, it was based on sound principles of physics and human anatomy, where ...

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