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weekly snaps 10

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It just happened that all the past “weekly snaps” have featured photos linked by some sort of thread or connection. But my original idea was to collect random shots as I wrote at the beginning.

So today I was resolved in finding a few shots that I liked, with nothing to link them; I went from folder to folder in …

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elba

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June 2012, my wife Giulia is 7 months pregnant and we’re having our last holiday together, before the baby comes and wipes clean our current life1.

We drive our van to Elba, a beatiful island off the coast of Tuscany, just before the hoards of tourists take over the whole place. We spend these 7 days camping in …

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weekly snaps 9

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I have been doing some experiments with this “stitching-bokeh” method; a neat idea to get the look of a medium-format camera but it takes too much computer work to get a good result; this is one of my attempts, definetely not as flashy as Brenizer’s, and I am pretty sure only a minimal percentage of viewers would spot something …

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Si tratta probabilmente dell’unica mostra a cui vado volentieri. È a Milano fino al 18 dicembre, ed è scontato consigliarlo a tutti gli appassionati di fotografia.

Rispetto all’edizione del 2009 che vidi a Londra, le foto qui sono stampate e non visualizzate su pannelli LCD retroilluminati; all’epoca mi colpì molto la resa su questi schermi retroilluminati (non …

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Qualche tempo fa cercavo uno sfogo per la mia fotografia. L’ho trovato pubblicando i miei weekly snaps; collezioni atematiche di fotografie scattate in diverse condizioni temporali, geografiche ed emozionali. O, evitando il pretenzioso vocabolario da pseudo artista e usando parole più terra terra, raccolta di foto prese un po’ a casaccio dai miei archivi.

In questi post periodici mostro …

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berkeley

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Simili ma non uguali. Questo è quello che tiravamo fuori io e Dylan bighellonando per Berkeley un paio di settimane fa.

Dylan ed io abbiamo lavorato assieme per quattro anni a Londra, e siamo diventati amici. Siamo rientrati in Italia quasi contemporaneamente ma io a Milano, lui a Trento. E la fotografia Dylan l’ha scoperta dopo il suo rientro …

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olympus c(r)ap lens

It might be quirky and it might be cool but I would argue this is something which should not appeal to anybody apart from facebook photographers.

I’m talking about the 15mm Olympus body c(r)ap lens.

The reasons are two:

  1. judging from the shots which you can see here the quality is abysmal. But you have to look …
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weekly snaps 8

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Special edition today, featuring only iPhone photos.

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Tiles, Parma. iPhone 4S, Instagram.

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Morning breakfast. iPhone 4S, Snapseed.

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Haunted house #1, Boschi di Carrega, Sala Baganza (PR). iPhone 4S, Snapseed.

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Haunted house #2, Boschi di Carrega, Sala Baganza (PR). iPhone 4S, Snapseed.

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Stefano. iPhone 4S, Instagram.

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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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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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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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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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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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