Landscape of Paris from the Hotel Melia La Défense

Paris (France). Here we are: in a couple of days it will be Christmas, and with it the end of 2015 is approaching. Time flies, and the last months have been characterized by a very (too much!) hectic life… I traveled so frequently in the last period, that in few weeks I upgraded my frequent flyer status directly to gold. Almost all my trips have been to / from Paris; and almost all my stays in Paris have been limited to La Defense – which is not exactly the most exotic place in town.


The last time I was there, I spent a night at the Hotel Melia, one of the many hotels around the Esplanade de la Defense; and although it was what is normally recognized as a business hotel, there was a nice sky bar with an open air terrace. Of course, after dinner, I could not resist the temptation and I went there with my camera, looking for a stable place to put it for this long-exposure shot.

Paris has something…

It’s not my favorite city where shooting photos because – probably – it is “overphotographed” (I do not think this word exists). However, every time I see a landscape of Paris, I remain fixed in a sort of contemplation. Especially from La Defense, the city looks flat with few churches’ domes, illuminated streets and – of course – the Tour Eiffel. And a sense of “need of taking an original photo” pervades me, like a challenge, probably a reaction to what I was saying with my neologism… I’m never sure enough I accomplish my mission, and in this occasion is the same story; but I liked the final result of this capture, with the illuminated tower and its strong light-rays completing the scene.

And since I’m not sure I will be able to post something before Christmas, I will use this image to share my best wishes with all my readers and followers.

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This Lady Did Not Like Me (Taking Her Photo at f/1.7)

Udine (Italy). I like this kind of situation, and for this reason, I do love my 28 mm summilux, which gives me the freedom of photographing around me (these last three words sound familiar) without caring too much about what people could think.

This is the story behind this photo: everything happened some days ago, when I was having a walk around Udine. It was already dark when I stopped in Piazza San Giacomo – it’s such a lovely place, one of the most popular destinations in town, with very nice cafes and crowded with people that choose this square to meet their friends and chat. The street surrounding the square is all covered with small stones – as many other streets in the old part of Udine – and I liked the effect they can make if I take a photo few centimeters from the ground, focusing half meter from my camera and making all the rest – including people – blurred and out of focus. So I did, shooting more or less 5 or 6 photos, with and without people.

Initially the purpose was photographing the square, therefore my idea was discarding those images with people that were passing in front of my camera and keeping the other(s). But when I downloaded all the photos to start editing them, I was particularly attracted by this one posted here, with the lady dressed with a big fur watching me. Since she’s out of focus, I started imagining what she could think about me: is she looking at me in an intimidating way? Is she simply curious? Does she think I’m crazy? I will never know the answer… (unless she recognizes herself on my blog). 

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From the Tram Number 2

Milan (Italy). The “2” is a tram moving around Milan. It’s an old model (not the oldest one, though), which still gives the possibility of opening the windows (new trams don’t, unfortunately). When I jump on trams like the number 2, I like to stay in the back of the last coach and take some photos of Milan from this privileged and quite unusual position. When the tram moves, with a slow shutter speed you can get nice effects (maybe I will post something in the future), but when it stands waiting for the traffic light becoming green, you can enjoy a bit of street photography without being noticed.

The photo I’m posting here is just a “quick&dirt” sample. But I have an insane idea… stay tuned and follow my blog!

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The Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) in Innsbruck

Innsbruck (Austria). The small and powerful Ricoh GR camera (perhaps the only camera really irreplaceable for me in this period) struggling with a night photo taken in Innsbruck, in front of the well-known Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), a landmark structure in the Old Town and built with more than 2,500 copper tiles at the end of 1400 to celebrate year 1500 by Emperor Maximilian I.

Innsbruck (Austria). La piccola e potente Ricoh GR (forse l’unica macchina fotografica veramente insostituibile per me in questo momento) alle prese con una foto notturna scattata a Innsbruck, davanti al celebre Goldenes Dachl (Tetto d’Oro) simbolo della città e realizzato con oltre 2,500 scandole alla fine del 1400 per celebrare l’anno 1500 da Massimiliano I d’Asburgo.

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