Aug 26, 2016

From a car window - (part 02)

News about the earthquake in central Italy make us really sad and wake our hearts to give solidarity, help and comfort for all the victims.
But we must no lose the smile from our faces. Never.
Now our priority is to help and rebuild and give consolation to the people who are suffering.
We have to be strong and brave and never give up.
Be strong Italy.

I post another picture taken from a car window, yesterday, in Rome
I would like to continue with this new photographic project: "the world seen from a car window" and we'll see what will happens



Aug 25, 2016

Italy Earthquake

24 August 2016, early morning, watching sad news on TV about the devastating earthquake in central Italy. All my prayers for the poor victims there

"On hearing the news of the earthquake that has struck central Italy and which has devastated many areas and left many wounded, I cannot fail to express my heartfelt sorrow and spiritual closeness to all those present in the zones afflicted" ― Pope Francis, 24 August 2016

Aug 23, 2016

Aug 22, 2016

From a car window - (part 01)

Thinking in this period at another photographic project, similar to that other of last year, titled "On the Road". The world seen from my car window. I'll talk later...

I'll go for a while to take pictures from my car window...
Always inspired by the novel On the road, by Jack Kerouac
Also by the greatest street photographer ever, Daido Moriyama.
Inspired also by the master Josef Sudek and his work"The window from my studio"

So, the world seen from my car window

Let's see how this goes...

Rome, 22 August 2016

Aug 21, 2016

Tyrrhenian Sea at night

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can” -  (Herman Melville, Moby-Dick)


Aug 20, 2016

Fondamenta della Fotografia

Qui di seguito ripubblico alcune nozioni base di fotografia sempre utili da sapere e riscoprire. Ma ricordatevi: le regole sono fatte anche per essere infrante se desiderate essere originali e speciali per distinguervi dai milioni di fotografi, amatoriali e professionisti, che ci sono in giro

― TEMPO DI SCATTO
I tempi di scatto determinano per quanto tempo il sensore della fotocamera viene esposto alla luce. Maggiore è la luce ambiente e più veloci saranno i tempi di scatto. I tempi di scatto più veloci si misurano in millesimi di secondo, mentre quelli più lenti possono arrivare a parecchi minuti in condizioni di luce veramente scarsa come, ad esempio, quando si fotografano le stelle di notte.
I tempi veloci permettono di congelare l’azione ripresa e di catturare dettagli che a occhio nudo non sarebbe possibile scorgere. Consentono inoltre di ottenere delle immagini nitide anche quando si scatta a mano libera. Per i tempi lunghi si rende necessario fissare la fotocamera ad un treppiede, questo per evitare che la foto sia rovinata dal micro-mosso. Utilizzando dei tempi di scatto lenti sarai in grado di l’effetto movimento, trasformando ad esempio l’acqua di una cascata o del mare in un immagine ad effetto setoso

― APERTURA DIAFRAMMA
Il termine apertura di diaframma fa riferimento al diaframma, un meccanismo formato da lamelle scorrevoli che si chiudono influenzando la qualità di luce che arriva al sensore della fotocamera. Un’ampia apertura, tipo f/2,8, fa passare tanta luce e il sensore deve rimanere esposto per un tempo breve. Nel caso di una piccola apertura tipo f/22, il tempo di scatto dovrà essere più lungo se vuoi ottenere un esposizione pari a f/2,8. Il numero “f” dell’apertura può però creare confusione, in quanto a valori più bassi corrispondono aperture più ampie. Considerandoli però come se fossero delle frazioni, la cosa diventa più coerente in quanto f/2,8 è più grande di f/22

― MANUALE
I fotografi più esperti preferiscono lavorare in manuale in quanto permette loro un controllo maggiore sull’ esposizione. A differenza della modalità a priorità di tempi quella a priorità di diaframmi, in modalità manuale dovrai impostare entrambi i parametri, che rimangono uguali, scatto dopo scatto, assicurando una consistenza tra le foto di una serie. Utilizza la scala espositiva dentro il mirino per valutare se una foto è sovra o sotto esposta

― ISO
Gli ISO determinano quando sia sensibile alla luce il sensore della fotocamera. Funzionano come il “gain control” degli amplificatori per chitarra aumentando la potenza di un segnale debole. Nella fotografia permettono di scattare anche quando la luce è scarsa, e non si vogliono aprire troppo i diaframmi oppure usare tempi di scatto lunghi. Il problema, con i valori ISO troppo alti, è che si amplifica il rumore digitale. Le reflex digitali di solito hanno una gamma di sensibilità che va da 50 a 6400 ISO e oltre con le impostazioni “Hi”. Conviene lavorare con sensibilità comprese tra i 100 e 800 ISO, per avere immagini più pulite perché, oltre questi valori, possono cominciare ad apparire la grana e le macchie di colore del rumore digitale. È possibile aumentare il livello di riduzione del rumore in macchina, ma si avrà una perdita di nitidezza e dettagli


Aug 19, 2016

Giornata Mondiale della Fotografia

Oggi è la Giornata Mondiale della Fotografia che si celebra per ricordare che tutto ha origine dall’invenzione del dagherrotipo, un processo fotografico sviluppato dai due geniali pionieri, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce e Louis Daguerre. Era un giorno di 177 anni fa, esattamente il 19 agosto 1839, quando il Governo francese acquista il brevetto e annuncia che l’invenzione sarà un regalo per il mondo intero. La foto qui sotto è stata scattata in una giornata autunnale di qualche anno fa, a pochi passi dall'Hotel Montecarlo Roma



Aug 18, 2016

Paris Chats

One of my favorite photo books ever, an amazing anthology dedicated to the feline charm by the world's greatest photographers ever


Aug 17, 2016

Aug 15, 2016

Like a wheel

"Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always come around to where you started again" ― Stephen King


Aug 14, 2016

Black Smoke

During a walk I seen this black smoke that reminds me something ancestral


Also the smoke monster, the main antagonist on the American ABC television series, Lost


Aug 6, 2016

Monochrome Rome

The magical charm of Rome in black and white

The majestic Colosseum at night, one of the seven wonders of the world. This amazing elliptical amphi - theatre is the largest ever built in the Roman Empire and one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. As well as the gladiatorial games, other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology. The Colosseum ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era...



Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is an 18th century extravaganza of baroque stonework ruled over by a large statue of Neptune. Visitors come here at night for 20 minutes or so to toss a coin into the fountain, which is said to ensure that you will some day return to Rome...



This amazing ancient monument was built and rebuilt several times, first by Agrippa who began it in 27 B.C. The presente structure is the result  of an early 2nd century A.D. reconstruction by the Emperor Hadrian. The Pantheon stands on Piazza della rotonda, which is complete with obelisk and baroque  fountain. It is in an astonishing state of preservation, considering nearly two millennia of vandalism...


St. Peter's Basilica is in Vatican City. It's the current church of the pope and one of the largest and most important Catholic churches in the world. Inside the vast interior, there's lots of marble, bronze and gold artwork, including Michelangelo's Pietà. Vatican is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome...



Night scenery of Piazza della Repubblica where there is the splendid Fountain of Naiads. Flanked by grand neoclassical colonnades, this landmark piazza was laid out as part of Rome's post-unification makeover. It follows the lines of the semicircular exedra (benched portico) of Diocletian's Baths complex and was originally known as Piazza Esedra. In the centre, this fountain aroused puritanical ire when it was unveiled by architect Mario Rutelli in 1901. The nudity of the four naiads or water nymphs, who surround the central figure of Glaucus wrestling a fish, was considered too provocative...

The Altare della Patria (in English"Altar of the Fatherland"), also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II ("National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II") or Il Vittoriano, is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. The eclectic structure was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885; sculpture for it was parceled out to established sculptors all over Italy, such as Leonardo Bistolfi and Angelo Zanelli. It was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1925...

The Spanish Steps (in Italian, Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The monumental stairway of 135 steps (the slightly elevated drainage system is often mistaken for the first step) was built with French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed funds of 20,000 scudi, in 1723–1725, linking the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, and the Trinità dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France, both located above — to the Holy See in Palazzo Monaldeschi located below. The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi...

Piazza Barberini at night, a splendid square. Its name derives from the adjacent Palazzo Barberini (where there is the National Gallery of Ancient Art) and the homonymous ancient family who lived there. At the center, the wonderful Triton Fountain, artistic work by the famous Baroque artist, Bernini, created in 1643 for Pope Urban VIII. The sculptural group is composed of four dolphins who acrobatically sustain with their tails an enormous shell. The Triton blows on this shell through a sea snail shouting water...


The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Rome, initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. The Castel was once the tallest building in Rome...



The Terme di Diocleziano (Baths of Diocletian), built between 298 and 306 AD by the emperor Diocletian, were the largest and most sumptuous of the imperial baths in ancient Rome, an amazing monumental complex, unique in the world, both for its size and for its state of preservation. It is an iconic site for the thousands of years of Rome's history. They were transformed by Michelangelo into the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Carthusian Monastery, and subsequently the location of the Museum Nazionale Roman from its foundation in 1889. The visitor's route starts from the magnificent and imposing tenth hall (Aula Decima) of the Baths. Next one can visit three separate museums - the Epigraphic Museum, the Museum of Protohistory and the Virtual Museum of the Via Flaminia - and end up in Michelangelo's grand cloister, a surprising oasis of peace and quiet. More than 400 works of art - statues, reliefs, altars and sarcophagi - from different monuments in Rome are on display there...

Aug 5, 2016

Abstract world

"Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world" ― Joel Sternfeld



Aug 4, 2016

In The Streets

“A street full of shadows will teach you what life is much better than the street full of lights” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

“To find extraordinary things, go to the ordinary streets” ― Mehmet Murat ildan


Aug 3, 2016

Street Photo Rome - video

      

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Urban Portraits

“When you take a photograph of someone, you take a portrait of their soul” ― Winna Efendi, Refrain

“The reason some portraits don't look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures”  ― Salvador Dalí



“I've never taken a photograph of someone and created a persona, I've just discovered what was already there” ― Anthony Farrimond

"A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound" ―  Charles Baudelaire




"Portraiture is a window to the soul"― Anonymous



 “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer” ― Ansel Adams

“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter” ― Alfred Eisenstaedt

“I think that emotional content is an image’s most important element, regardless of the photographic technique. Much of the work I see these days lacks the emotional impact to draw a reaction from viewers, or remain in their hearts” ― Anne Geddes

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know” ― Diane Arbus



“My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain” ― Helmut Newton

“Photography helps people to see” ― Berenice Abott