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AF Prime Nikkor 105mm f/2.0D DC

Shooting Poplars With Slow Shutter Speed

Some days ago I posted a photo of Venice that, due to its highly contrasted tones, was resembling a Macchiaioli’s painting. This time I’m posting an image that looks like coming from the Impressionism movement. Well, I took this photo with the clear intent of making an experiment: I tried to shoot some poplars trees with a slow shutter speed, moving (rotating) my camera in a bottom-up sense. At the end, I liked the final effect: it is a bit abstract and mesmerizing, but still nice to be observed.

For your information, these poplars are in Friuli Venezia Giulia, a wonderful region in the north-east of Italy.

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The Other Side of Venice

Venice (Italy). Thinking about a typical landscape of Venice, it’s normal to have in mind the Canal Grande or the Rialto Bridge. For this reason I liked to photograph what I imagine as “the other side of Venice”: from the Tronchetto park, watching north-west just opposite to the downtown, there is the industrial area of Marghera. It was developed at the beginning of the XX century, when Venice was aiming to become an industrial hub. Today, Porto Marghera’s landscape offers an uninterrupted sequence of chimneys, contrasting with the beautiful bell towers of the Republic of San Marco: Venice and “the other side of Venice”…

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Hope (Canzo-Asso Station)

Canzo (Como, Italy). Hope was the first word that came to my mind when I saw this yellow flower coming out from the rails of the Canzo-Asso train station. For this reason I decided to lay down on the ground with my camera putting my lens at the same level of this flower, and capture this photo. Now that I’m watching it (without post-procession, just very little adjustments) I can only confirm the same word: hope. Because when you see what the nature can do – such as creating a flower from the arid and hard soil of a railway – you understand that beauty can be every where. And this is what hope means to me, not only as a photographer but also as a human being.

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The Slum Along the Mekong

Chau Doc (Vietnam). This is a slum – a very poor and overpopulated urban settlement – along the Mekong Delta, in Chau Doc. I went through it directly from the river. As I saw it, I was impressed by the colours of some clothes and towels hung out to dry. However, as I walked along the narrow pier connecting the river to the main street, I remember I could not believe how dark was that path – my eyes were blind and even my camera was not properly set for those conditions of very poor light. I found these two aspects quite symbolic of life in that place…

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Tbilisi (Georgia). Tonight I had my dinner at a restaurant in Tbilisi. The place had a great view on one of the most symbolic landmark of the city: the Bridge of Peace. This bridge was designed by the Italian architect Michele de Lucchi, and more than one time I left the table to capture some landscape photographs. At the end, back to the hotel and developing the photographs, I could not decide if I was preferring the view at sunset, with a warm orangish sky; or at dusk, with some lights on; or at night. At the end, I decided to upload all of the three versions of the same landscape. It’s not a time lapse, but it gives the idea…

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The Coconut Guy (Along the Mekong Delta)

Mekong Delta (Vietnam). I met this guy during a tour along the delta of the Mekong River, not too far from Can Tho in the south of Vietnam. We stopped our boat to meet a small community of locals, which were basing their economy on coconuts and related products like milk, oil, candies and many types of handicrafts.

Of course, the entire process must from the preparation of the harvested coconuts, and this guy was so fast and precise to cut and clean them that I was hypnotized by his gestures and his ability.

The amount of coconuts he had been able to prepare was clearly visible from the huge number of shells in the background, which were forming a sort of brownish wall. I found his half-naked body emerging from this “sea of shells” a very interesting subject for a portrait photograph, and he did not look annoyed or distracted by my camera.

One final comment: I used the 105mm f/2 DC Nikon lens for this photo. The more I use it, the more I love it (especially for portraits, usually mounted on a Nikon Df camera). This lens is a perfect travel mate, I can’t leave it at home!

 

 

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