Pictures of nature (day 4)

March 20, 2016

Happy flowers -- 50mm, 1/200, f/5.6, ISO 180. Shot with a D750 and the 50mm f/1.4G

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My forth picture (in response to a Facebook challenge about posting 7 pictures of nature in a row) was shot in an unexpected place. Close to home, there is a large cemetery, the kind of place with green fields and low-rise commemorative stones. Some of the stones were decorated with extreme care with angels, pebbles, little messages and so on. Quite cute (by cemetery standards, of course). After walking around for about 30 minutes, I found a this patch of yellow flowers in the shade (Google says it's a rudbeckia). I remembered a tip I once read about flowers: shooting up to them gives an interesting perspective because normally we are used to look down to them. The flipping screen of the camera came in very handy in this case as I had to position the camera very close to the ground and at a quite odd angle. Without it I would have had to lay in the dirt, which I really wouldn't have liked. I didn't need to draw more attention as the people around were giving me that weird look already (taking pictures in a cemetery, really?!)

That's it for now... enjoy the first day of Spring.

Pictures of nature (day 3)

March 19, 2016

Gunnebo Slott -- 24mm, 1/200, f/11, ISO 100. Shot on a 6D with the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS

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With only a few minutes left to comply with my Facebook challenge, here is my third picture showing the beauty of nature . This one was taken on a May afternoon, after a small picnic on the lake's shore in company of a couple of friends and a very cute toddler. 

That's it for now... take care and enjoy the weekend.

Pictures of nature (day 2)

March 18, 2016

Botaniska Trädgård (Gothenburg) -- 50mm, 1/500, f/16, ISO 2500. Shot with a D750 and the 50mm f/1.4G

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This is Day 2 of the Facebook challenge. Quick recap: I "have" to post one picture about nature, every day, for seven days. The picture of today is about nature getting tamed by humans. I shot this one in September at the Botanical Garden of Gothenburg. The garden is large and beautiful. The locals go as far as declaring it as the largest in Scandinavia. But they tend to label almost anything as the "largest in Scandinavia". Allegedly,  Gothenburg also has the largest shopping mall of Scandinavia (as I said, allegedly) and the largest amusement park of Scandinavia (you guessed it... allegedly). It makes you wonder what's so wrong about normally sized things (ehm ehm). But I'm digressing (quick cue: I love digressing).

Back to the picture, I was drawn to the scene by the strong primary colors and (for once) the complete lack of distracting white tags explaining what the flowers are. The tags are certainly informative but also require a lot of PhotoShop ;) I took the photo in the late-ish afternoon, when the sun is low enough to filter through the thick vegetation and create a glorious sunburst (second cue: I l-o-v-e sunbursts). The Nikon 50mm lens has 9 diaphragm blades, which means it makes sunbursts with 18 rays (at f/11 or higher). It's just rocks (if you, like me, get excited about this kind of geeky, technical things, of course). The picture also belongs to the period when I discovered that I like a l-o-t to shoot pictures that are front lit, i.e., when the sun is in front of you. I do it a lot nowadays and I believe it makes everything look more magical. Even better if the sun is directly into the frame...

That's it for now... take care and see you tomorrow for day 3.

Pictures of nature (day 1)

March 17, 2016

Rådasjön lake near Gothenburg (Sweden) -- 17mm, 1/125, f/8, ISO 100. Shot with a D750 and the 17-35mm f/2.8D.

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On Facebook, I've been challenged by Herbert (a German journalist in Gothenburg) to post one picture per day showing the beauty of the nature. For seven days.  Now, I have a confession to make: (drumroll) I'm not a big fan of Facebook challenges. I mean, I still shake my head when I think to some of the "ice bucket" videos we saw on FB a few months ago. This time, however, the challenge gives me the great opportunity to kick-start this blog, so it's very welcome. Actually, I like to think that Herbert nominated me for this very reason.

The first picture I'm posting is a dear memory of the very first time I walked on a frozen lake, ever. This might sound a bit surprising if you've been born in a Nordic (or North-ish) country where frozen lakes are as common as sliced bread. But if you've been raised in Italy (like me), you do not come across that many large outdoor expanses of frozen water (and by "not that many" I mean zero). This winter the temperature in Gothenburg went down to -12 Celsius and it stayed there long enough for the whole area to turn into a fairy-tail country. On a Sunday afternoon in mid January, my partner and I went for a walk at a lake called Rådasjön (i beg you not to ask me how it's pronounced). It's one of the many lakes that dot the Gothenburg's belt.

 <p>It had snowed the day before, so we were hoping for a suggestive scenery of lake shore’s vegetation covered in white powder. To our greatest surprise, the lake shore had disappeared altogether and the lake surface presented a display of droves of happy Swedes performing all sorts of exotic winter sports (like a cross-breed between skating and cross-country skiing). I was literally, ecstatically jumping on the ice, which is (a) a dangerous activity if you are in my weight class and (b) quite embarrassing for your partner when strangers are around. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and luckily I had my camera with me. OK, it wasn’t exactly luck. I planned the whole thing so that I could take pictures in the first place and then I sneakingly sold it to my partner as a all-sooooo-romantic winter walk. Of course she knew it all along but pretended to believe me. Because she loves me. Even when I behave like I’m still 12. Which happens often. But, I’m digressing now. Anyway, I hope you like the photo. If so, please consider sharing the link on your social media. That would be terrific as I’m trying to get this blog off the ground.</p>

That's it for now... have fun and come back tomorrow for day 2 of the challenge.

Grand opening (sort of)

March 14, 2016

Fireworks over Salzgitter (Germany) on New Year's Eve 2016 -- 19mm, f/8, 10sec, ISO 800. Shot with a D750 on a tripod and with the 17-35 f/2.8D.

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I just lunched my photography site and I'm very excited about it. I started taking photography a bit more seriously in November 2014, when I bought a "real" camera for my birthday. I got immediately hooked and now it has become one of my biggest passions. From now on, I will post here the pictures I like the most and hope you will enjoy them. The goal is to post a new picture every week. We will see if I stick to the plan ;)

As this is my first post and there aren't many pictures on this page yet, you can head to my portfolio and the other two galleries. The first gallery is about the city of Gothenburg in Sweden, a fantastic place I've been living in for about 18 months now. The city is at the sea and has an impressive amount of islands just off the cost. They are magnificently beautiful in all seasons. This group of islands is called the Archipelago, and I have a gallery about it.

That's it for now... take care and come back soon.

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