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Photographing Milan (Taking Off From Linate Airport)

Milan (Italy – but on the way to Paris, France). I’m a frequent flyer to Paris from Milan: usually, mine are just business trips, and unfortunately they are too short to let me walk free, photographing around Paris (the “Ville Lumiere”). For this reason, I normally don’t bring any of my cameras with me – except the Ricoh GR, which is always with me in my suit pocket.

However, some days before – when I was visiting a photographic exhibition – I noticed an old black and white picture of Milan, taken (I guessed) from an airplane. I thought at the end, that landscape deserved to be photographed, even for the simple purpose of documenting the urban development of probably the most vibrant and dynamic city in Italy.

So, while the plane was moving from the parking area to the take-off strip, I prepared my camera expressly brought to capture this image (for the occasion, I decided to use a Summarit-M 1:2.5/90 mm lens) and a few seconds after leaving the ground, I was at the to take aerial photos of Milan under me. And frankly speaking, considering the window (and the glass, which is not the highest quality one – in photographic terms), I think I can be satisfied.


Milano (Italia – ma sulla rotta per Parigi, Francia). Mi capita spesso di volare da Milano a Parigi: di solito si tratta di viaggi per motivi di lavoro, e purtroppo sono sempre talmente brevi da non darmi modo di farmi un fotografico per la Ville Lumiere. Per questo, evito di portarmi la macchina fotografica (giusto la Ricoh GR che ho sempre con me nella tasca della giacca).

Tuttavia, alcuni giorni fa mentre visitavo una mostra fotografica, ho visto una vecchia foto di Milano, in bianco e nero, scattata dall’alto (presumibilmente da un aereo). Ho pensato che alla fine, quel panorama meritava una fotografia, anche per il solo fatto di documentare il cambiamento urbanistico di quella che forse è la città più dinamica d’Italia.

E così, mentre l’aereo muoveva dal parcheggio alla pista di decollo, ho preparato la mia macchina fotografica appositamente portata per scattare questa immagine (per l’occasione ho deciso di usare un obbiettivo Summarit-M 1:2.5/90 mm) e pochi secondi dopo aver lasaciato terra, ero al finestrino che scattavo foto aeree di Milano sotto di me. E sinceramente, nonostante appunto il finestrino (il cui vetro non è certo della miglior qualità – in termini fotografici) penso di potermi ritenere soddisfatto…

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Landing At Venice Airport (VCE) Is Boring

Venice (Italy). I have been landing at Venice International Airport (VCE) for several years, and every time it is a very exciting experience! It’s unmissable: just before touching the ground, the plane approaches the landing strip flying very close to the city, offering to its passengers an unique opportunity for a bird’s-eye view of the downtown, the lagoon and the canals. Amazing!

During all these years, I have been collecting several photographs taken from the plane. Some of them – unfortunately – are unusable or look all the same. But with the remaining ones, I have created a small gallery, and I’m posting them here on my photoblog with the tag “Venice Airport (VCE)“.

Here’s my personal advice for all airplane travellers coming to Venice: reserve a window seat along the right side of the plane (far from the wing, obviously). And when the plane starts approaching the landing strip: not only you must put your seat backs in their most upright (and uncomfortable) position, close your tray table, and open the window shades; in this case, passengers are recommended to take their camera, switch it on, check its settings, compose the scene and – click! – capture the most exclusive landscape of Venice!

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