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The Mont Blanc at Sunrise (from the plane)

Somewhere above the Alps (between Italy and France). I must confess that I’m neglecting my blog in these days, but I’m dedicating all my time to other things and I’m completely overwhelmed. For this reason, I find myself photographing through the window of a plane (and it’s good that I always bring a camera with me) commuting for business between Milan and Paris.

Days ago, during one of the typical amazing sunrises of this period, I noticed the peak of this mountain appearing through the clouds. Once landed, I found on internet the exact path of my flight, and through the time of shooting, I reached the conclusion that this could be the east side of the Mont Blanc.

I don’t know if it is true or not – perhaps a mountain lover can confirm it – but in any case it has been one of the most intense photographic moments of the past days (after all, they have been very few…)


Da qualche parte sopra le Alpi. Sto trascurando il mio blog, lo ammetto; ma sono impegnatissimo su altri fronti ai quali sto dedicando tutto il mio tempo e tutte le mie risorse. Per questo motivo, mi ritrovo a scattare foto attraverso il finestrino di un aereo (e per fortuna che mi porto sempre dietro una macchina fotografica!) mentre pendolo per lavoro tra Milano e Parigi.

Giorni fa, durante una delle solite meravigliose albe invernali di questo periodo, ho scorto la cima di questo monte emergere dalle nuvole. Una volta atterrato, ho ritrovato su internet la rotta esatta dell’aereo e – tramite l’orario di scatto – sono arrivato alla conclusione che il monte in questione potrebbe essere il versante Est del Monte Bianco.

Non so se sia vero – forse un appassionato di montagna può effettivamente confermarmelo – ma comunque sia, è stato uno dei momenti fotografici più intensi degli ultimi giorni (del resto sono stati talmente pochi…).

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Paris from La Defense (With its Architectures) at Sunrise

Paris (France). My followers could start thinking that I have a sort of obsession for Paris, and particularly for the district of La Defense, since I have been posting photos from these places for several days. No, it’s not true – at least I don’t believe so. The point is that I’m frequently travelling to Paris for business, and I love bringing my camera with me to capture some photos and relax a little bit. With the fall arriving, there are marvelous sunrises with the sky getting red just behind the Tour Eiffel, and it’s a shame not getting the opportunity of photographing it!

Yesterday early morning, just after my wake-up, I was watching outside my hotel’s window and my attention was catalyzed by a huge condominium, similar to those ones in the peripheries of Moscow or Shanghai, made with many apartments all alike, but incredibly captivating. I took advantage of the warm sunrise light to photograph it, including the Tour Eiffel just to add a typical Parisian contrast to this composition.

At a later time I tried to find some more information and I discovered that the name of this condominium is “L’immeuble Bellini” (from the name of the underlying street) and that it is the first residential building at La Defense. It was designed by the architect Jean de Mailly in 1957 and it hosts 560 apartments. The following year, de Mailly designed the CNIT and in 1966 the opposite tower, known with the name “Tour Initiale” (the original name was “Tour Nobel“), which today houses the RTE’s headquarter.

I’m more and more convinced that to know – and at a certain extent to further appreciate – Paris, it’s necessary going beyond its “arrondissement” and its glimpses seen thousands of times (I’m talking as a photographer and as a tourist) to discover its recent past that in one way or another, has many stories to tell.


Parigi. Chi segue il mio blog potrebbe pensare che ho una specie di ossessione per Parigi e in particolar modo per il quartiere de La Defense, dal momento che ultimamente sto postando parecchie foto da questi posti. No, non è così – almeno non credo. Il fatto è che sono spesso lì per lavoro, e amo portarmi la macchina fotografica per scattare qualche immagine e rilassarmi un po’. E come ogni anno, con l’arrivo dell’autunno si iniziano a vedere delle albe bellissime, con il cielo rosso proprio dietro la Tour Eiffel, ed è un peccato non approfittarne!

Ieri mattina appena alzato, mentre guardavo fuori dalla finestra del mio albergo, la mia attenzione è stata catturata da un enorme condominio, simile a quelli che si vedono nelle periferie di Mosca o di Shanghai, fatto di appartamenti tutti uguali, eppure nel suo genere incredibilmente affascinante. Ho approfittato della calda luce dell’alba per fotografarlo, includendo la Tour Eiffel giusto per aggiungere un contrasto tipicamente parigino a questa composizione.

Successivamente, volendomi documentare, sono andato a cercare alcune informazioni, e ho scoperto che questo condominio si chiama “L’immeuble Bellini” (dal nome della strada sottostante) e che è stato il primo edificio residenziale a La Defense. Fu progettato dall’architetto Jean de Mailly nel 1957 e conta 560 appartamenti. L’anno successivo lo stesso de Mailly ha progettato il CNIT, e nel 1966 il grattacielo antistante a L’immeuble Bellini, conosciuto con il nome di “Tour Initiale” (ma una volta si chiamava “Tour Nobel“) che oggi ospita la sede di RTE.

Sono sempre più convinto che per conoscere – e per certi versi apprezzare maggiormente – Parigi, sia necessario uscire dai suoi “arrondissement” e dai suoi scorci visti mille volte (parlo anche da fotografo, oltre che da turista) per andare alla scoperta del suo recente passato che in un modo o nell’altro ha molte storie da raccontare.

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Sun Is Rising Through Poplars (Zulugne in Friulano Significa Brina)

Codroipo (Udine / Italy). Zulugne is a Friulian word, means frost. It’s the typical deposit of ice made overnight by humid air in cold conditions. I love walking through a poplars grove early morning in winter, when the sun is rising and the “zulugne” crackle under my feet. This is one of the many landscapes of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and another good reason to love this amazing place of Italy.


Codroipo (Udine). Zulugne è una parola Friulana, e significa brina. E’ il consueto strato di ghiaccio che si deposita a terra di notte in ambienti umidi. Adoro camminare in un bosco di pioppi all’alba di una mattina invernale, quando il sole sorge e le “zulugne” crepitano sotto i miei piedi. Questo è uno dei tanti panorami del Friuli-Venezia Giulia, e un’altra ottima ragione per amare questa bellissima regione italiana.

 

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New York Skyline at Sunrise from the Sheraton Tribeca Hotel

New York (USA). The typical skyline of Manhattan – with the majestic Empire State Building – is normally photographed from North (for example, from the Rockefeller Center’s observatory). However, I found this point of view particularly interesting, with the low houses of Little Italy, Soho and China Town gradually converging toward the tall skyscrapers of Central Manhattan, which looks like a huge wave…  I took this photograph from the terrace of the Sheraton Tribeca Hotel on Canal Street.

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Hot Air Balloons Take Off Over Cappadocia At Sunrise

Goreme (Turkey). Every morning (except when weather conditions don’t allow it) tens of hot air balloons take off around Goreme at sunrise, for a ride over Cappadocia – Turkey. It’s a lifetime experience, which gives not only the possibility to admire the incredible morphology of this unique region, but also the feeling of a silent flight suspended in the air.

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Sunrise at La Défense, Paris

Paris (France). Early wake-ups are never very welcome, especially when I have to catch a plane. But there’s an exception: it’s when they make you experience (and photograph) such a beautiful sunrise!

This morning I was at La Dèfense – a large suburb of Paris – and I was walking around my hotel to breath fresh air before going to some meetings: when I turned my head toward Paris from the Esplanade de la Défense, I remembered when some weeks before I took this image posted here, and I immediately surfed my archive to find and share it here in my photoblog. I still have in mind when I saw this scene: I was literally impressed because it was early December (there’s a Christmas decoration) and despite the tragic terrorist attacks happened few weeks earlier, which put the city in a sort of deep chaos, I remember that everything in that exact moment was incredibly calm, relaxing, charming. The reflection of these thin lampposts on the fountain’s water was close to perfection, and the color of the sky was going from an intense blue (still with some memories of the night that was going to finish) to a warm orange announcing a fantastic sunrise – as it effectively was few minutes later.

Probably someone is curious to know how this same landscape was today… well, definitely not the same, unfortunately: cloudy and foggy, very annoying. However, this situation makes me think about another great strengths of photography, when watching something of already seen, brings your mind to the same place but in a much better situation, creating intense emotions…

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Flying Together: Exploring Cappadocia On Hot Air Balloons

Goreme (Turkey). Every morning (except when weather conditions don’t allow it) tens of hot air balloons take off around Goreme at sunrise, for a ride over Cappadocia – Turkey. It’s a lifetime experience, which gives not only the possibility to admire the incredible morphology of this unique region, but also the feeling of a silent flight suspended in the air.

And since the direction is mostly determined by the winds, it might happen that groups of hot air balloons fly together: initially it can be scary, but it takes few seconds to realize that these situations are risk-free…

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