Showing posts with label Clouds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Clouds. Show all posts

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunflower field - Helianthus in the sky

A lot of time is passed from my last post... Did I say you that I got married? (well... it's more than a year that we got married...)
The fact is that when you start to live together with your beloved one, your life change, and so do the things you do :-)
One of the things that changed is how we spend our spare time: I spend more time on technology-related things (lately you can find more posts on my tech blog) and I do less photos (and so I post less on this blog)

Anyway... for my daily commute I pass between many fields, and some week ago I saw some amazing sunflowers fields. Each day I looked at them... and I decided I need to take some photos: the sunflower fields are too nice! :-)
So, one evening, on my way back to home, I phoned my wife and told her "darling, I'll be home a bit late today..." and I spent about one hour between the sunflowers! :-)

Please, ignore the not-so-serious caption under the following photos :-)

Hello, I'm a sunflower, look what a nice sky there is today.

I have a lot of friends too!
 I'm just disclosing my eyes on the world...
 Taller than the others!
 Something geometrical....

The sky behind!

 Sometime we look down...
 A yellower shade of pale :-)

 Everybody, together!
 High, into the sky!
 Sunflower: proud to be one!


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Côte d'Azur, French Riviera: La beach et les waves at Saint Aygulf

Vagues à la plage de Saint Aygulf

I've been some day in France recently.
Here is a photo of the Saint Aygulf beach.
There was a strong wind that day, the waves were high, and they made for an interesting subject :-)

The "real life" color of the sand and the sea in the unedited photo were pretty pale... but I've worked hard to give this image some punch, I believe that the nice subject deserve it.
I like the final result, it does have an HDR-ish appearance, but that's intended :-)

For comparison, here is the unedited image.
 Unedited RAW image, original from camera

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Salsomaggiore's hills: The sun in the sky 2

Here is another view of the landscape on the hills near Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy

I've posted here another photo of the same place.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Parma, Parco Ducale: Snow and streetlights surrounding the lake, in colors

The walk around the little lake in the Ducal Park, in Parma.

Here is the sepia version of this image, I've already posted this photo about one year ago.

Which one is your favorite?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Island of Elba by photos: Viticcio Bay, night and day - Photography times

Viticcio bay at golden hours time... (early morning)

Viticcio bay at sharp shadows time... (lunch time)

Viticcio bay at appetizer time... (dinner time)

Viticcio bay at sunset time...

Viticcio bay at night shot time!

All these photos have one things in common: I took them with a compact camera (Canon Ixus 870).
I still hate myself for not taking with me my DSLR during our first dinner on Elba Island :-|
These photos are nice, but the quality of image produced by my compact camera can't compete with a DSLR camera. The clouds doesn't looks naturals, and the colors are oversaturated and "grainy".

Anyway, each photo not taken is a memory that can go lost. I will not forget all these moments. :-)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Island of Elba by photos: Isola di Cerboli - Alone, like an island

Alone, like an island, in the middle of the sea.

This is the Island of Cerboli (link to google maps) near the Elba Island, Italy.
I took this photo from the ferry.
This photo is very homogeneous: only sky, sea, some haze, and a tiny island. 
I like it's symmetry, and the fact that it exasperate the concept of "isolation" of the island :-)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Island of Elba by photos: Shadows on the hills

Island of Elba (Italy) seen from the ferry.

It's been a long time since last update to this blog, these are busy times...
I'm moving in a new home, and when you go trough 15 trading centers and furniture factories only for finding a new bed, things doesn't looks so easy... :-)

Anyway, back to the business. It can seem incredible, but after finishing a complete repainting of the new home, we've been able to book one week in the Island of Elba a with an advance of only 2 days.This is what I call luck... :-)

Island of Elba is a very nice place to spend some time, you can see a fantastic sea, beachs, sunsets, hills...
So in following posts I'm going to show you some photos I took during my holidays, I hope you like them :-)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sirmione, Lake Garda: Reflections of sunset on peaceful lake

Here you can see a view of the Lake Garda at sunset, shot from Sirmione.

This is a 10 seconds shot took hand-holding the camera over a small column.
I love the colors of the lake at sunset.
There was a nice swan swimming nearby, but 10 sec exposure doesn't fit for moving subject... :-)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Salsomaggiore's hills: The sun in the sky

Yesterday has been a very nice day with a clear sky. Luckily I found myself with about one hour of spare time... so I brought my reflex and went on the nearby hills.
Here you can see a view of the hills near Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy. The photo is taken from the "Costa's road".

Some experienced photographers may tell you that you shouldn't put the sun in the frame, when doing a landscape in which deepness and structure play a role. And they are probably right.
But, to me, photography is about passion, not rules. So, here is the shot. And in my opinion it's worth to have the sun in the middle of the frame, it's the main subject after all :-)

Some minutes ago I was using Google Maps ad Google Earth to find the location from which I took this photo. I could not help but notice how similar is to reality is the Google Earth rendering of these hills. A big praise for Google's engineers :-)

Google Earth view of the same place of the photo

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Threatening clouds approaching the lake

It was a hazy day on the Iseo lake, and dark clouds were approaching the lakeshore.
Sometimes it seems that the haze has the will to embrace everything...

I find these kind of photos easy to take, but hard to "develop". They tend to have few colors, and a lot of grays and shades. Usually my first intent is to try to render the hazy atmosphere of the day, but it doesn't always works... so in this shot I tried a more dramatic interpretation, trying to put emphasis on the line of the hills, the waves, and the approaching clouds.

To do this required a bit of work: balancing the lights and the shadows isn't easy so the final result is achieved thanks to some local filtering: a bit of brightness on the water, a lot of contrast on the sky, a "hard" tone curve, a local emphasis on the right "curling" cloud, some grain and a bit of vignetting to make the central part of the photo stand out.

Critical comments are welcome :-)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Countryside sky in the night

This is a 25 seconds night shot of the countryside of northern Italy :-)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sea, sky and clouds

Sea, sky and clouds near Novigrad
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