Florence (Italy). I guess you have seen this landscape of Florence several times: it has been taken from Piazzale Michelangelo (or Michelangiolo), one of the most popular observatory points around the city. What made me happy capturing this image, to be honest, is the fact that it has been made with 12 different vertical shots, merged together with Lightroom 6. I already tested this feature with an old sequence of photos taken at the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, and I was very positively impressed by how fast, precise and easy to use it is. I guess I will shoot more and more panoramic photos in the future, hoping to enjoy again another beautiful landscape of Florence (and not only).
Milan (Italy). In the past days I had the opportunity to read a lot about San Maurizio (the full name is San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore). This place just went through a long period (30 years!) of restorative measures, and its opening was one of the major cultural events of the past months.
One of the things that was stimulating my curiosity is the parallel made by someone with the Sistina Chapel in Rome, and to be honest I was a bit skeptic. But today I decided to check with my eyes (and my camera, of course!). I’m lucky because this place is very close to my office (it’s in Corso Magenta) and on Thursdays it remains open till late (10:30 PM).
When I entered, I really could not believe my eyes: if the external façade is quite simple and – let me say – “poor”, the interior is really stunningly decorated. I was truly enthralled by all those images (perfectly renovated) describing scenes from the Holy Bible and dating back to almost 500 years ago (Bernardino Luini decorated this place between 1520 and 1530). But what made my visit even more special and memorable, was the second part of the hall – the so called “Hall of Nuns” – where four young musicians were playing music with three violins and a cello.
I took several photos, and I merged some of them to compose this “pano” view and to give an idea (although a very limited one) of this place. I can now join those who were saying that this is the “Sistina Chapel” of Milan: it was a great afterwork shooting!
Pontremoli (Italy). Here I’m again with a photograph taken in Pontremoli. I’m happy that – post after post – this small town is finding its well deserved room in my blog.
Some weeks ago I was around Pontremoli with some guests, and I had the opportunity of visiting probably the most beautiful – albeit hidden and unknown – church of the entire city. Its name is Nostra Donna (the full name in Italian is “Chiesa di Nostra Donna” also known as “Oratorio della Madonna del Ponte”) and it’s a true magnificent example of the local baroque style.
To give an idea about the interior of Nostra Donna with its rich decorations, I took several photos and I composed them in a single panoramic view – with an evident unnatural distortion, sorry for that.
However, if you are planning a visit to Pontremoli or – just in case – you are around the Lunigiana region, I strongly recommend you to look for a visited tour contacting a professional guide. In case you might be interested, do not hesitate to write me and I will give you the right contact.
Budapest (Hungary). This is the first time I write a blog post to test something, but I just installed the new Adobe Lightroom 6 and I tried what is probably the most interesting feature: the photo merge to create stunning panoramic photos. Some years ago I was in Budapest, and I took several (eight!) photos of the Parliament, from left to right. Today, with Lightroom 6, I used this sequence to test the photo-merge function. The process is very fast (at least on my MacBook Pro 2014) and precise. The final result is a DNG file, which gives the possibility of applying non-destructive corrections. Honestly, I’m really amazed by this feature! If you want to see the same photo at high definition, you can find it here.