AF-S Prime Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G

Landscape of Vatican City

Vatican City (Rome, Italy). I guess that this Landscape of Vatican City has been taken millions, maybe even billions of times! I have seen photographs like this so many times, that I was expecting to get bored easily once I was on the top of the Cupola watching the famous Piazza San Pietro. It was not like this; not at all. The only annoying things were all the tourists – like me, of course – that made capturing this image a tough mission, especially finding the (almost) perfect symmetry – my obsession in these situations!

But watching and photographing the landscape of Vatican City was an amazing experience, which I’m sure will repay you from climbing +500 steps to reach the top…

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Ticket Window of Haydarpasa

Istanbul (Turkey). Haydarpasa Gar was the major train station in Istanbul and was serving the Istanbul – Baghdad and Istanbul – Medina lines, as well as the Istanbul – Ankara one. It was built in 1909, and it became one of the busiest rail terminal in the entire Asia. Today, Haydarpasa Station is a very silent place, almost unrealistic: no people – except for a couple of tourists – and commercial activities completely closed (I just saw a barber shop and a restaurant open). Probably, the Haydarpasa Station will become the Ankara – Istanbul high speed train line station; others say that the entire building will be transformed in a luxury hotel. I don’t know: it’s not easy to have information about the official master plan. I can only hope that Haydarpasa will not cancel its heritage to become something completely different. It would be a big loss for Istanbul.

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Landscape of Chau Doc on the Mekong Delta

Chau Doc (Vietnam). Chau Doc is an intriguing destination on the Mekong delta, close to the Cambodian border. I definitely loved this place: I spent some hours photographing the life along the river’s banks, watching people farming fishes and moving with their boats. There’s something of magic here, it’s difficult to explain: a sort of “Vietnamese Venice” that made me thing that if Canaletto were from Vietnam, he would had painted Chau Doc.

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What’s Currently in My Bag?

Milan (Italy). Sometimes I receive message from people that are curious to know what is in my bag. They are confused – and I can understand them – because I frequently post photos taken months, if not years, before. And this contributes to their curiosity.

I’m just back from summer holidays, which is the period of the year when I stress use my cameras and lenses most. So, it is also an opportunity to test them and develop my opinion about what I have in my hands.

This blog – let me just remind it one more time – has not any purpose to test, promote or review photographic gears. There are excellent (and definitely much more popular) blogs that do it excellently. This is a blog to show and share my photos, but I understand that sometimes it can be interesting knowing what camera or lens has been used to capture a determined image.

This summer I decided to travel a bit lighter than I did in the past. While in January – during a trip around Vietnam – I brought one Nikon D810 and one Nikon Df, with only prime lenses (24, 35, 58, 105), this August I brought only the Nikon Df with one Zeiss 18, one Voigtlander 40, an old glorious Nikon 55, a 105 and a 180 together with a Leica Q. Basically, i was walking with the Leica in my hand, taking the Df out of my bag for some specific situations…

Will I remain with this configuration? Who knows… I must admit that I’m quite curious to see what Leica is doing and preparing. Some rumors talk about a new system, and I’m quite excited about this idea. At the same time, I think that the Nikon Df is still the only DSLR that can stay in my bag, and I will not replace it for another camera with the same technology.

Let’s see…

Ah, this photo has been taken with an iPhone 🙂


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Waiting for Boarding at Kadikoy Iskelesi

Istanbul (Turkey). Some days ago, I was browsing a set of photographs taken last December in Istanbul, during a solo walk around Kadikoy (a popular district on the Asian side of the city, which was counting more than 520,000 people in 2012). I found this photo posted here above particularly interesting and representative: it has been taken at the Kadikoy Iskelesi (the harbor of Kadikoy), a very chaotic transportation hub. Here, every day, thousands and thousands of people – from Kadikoy itself, but also from its neighborhoods – come and go using taxis, dolmus (a typical multi-sharing taxi service), buses and boats: it’s easy to imagine the continuous human flow!

When I took this photo, I was just disembarking from the ferryboat coming from Besiktas, another populous suburb (on the European side). There was a “human wall” pushing me from behind, so I had to be particularly fast to compose the image and shoot! From inside the big waiting room, another large mass of people was waiting for boarding to cross the Bosphorus strait, and I was impressed by their faces against the main doors patiently looking at us.

I thought that this was one of the many double-faces of Istanbul. This wonderful city is normally described as “a city across two continents” in the romantic acceptation of the term – and me too, I’m comfortable with this. But for the same reason, it’s also “a city living on two continents”, which means limiting daily movements, enlarging the distances among people, complicating what – in other places in the world – is the so called “daily routine”.

But Istanbul takes large part of its charm in its many contrasts; and within this photo I could capture one of them. Ah, sorry for explaining this, maybe I should let the observer arrive to the same conclusion without my help…

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