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.

Hello !

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.

Hello ! 

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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