Best of 2017

December 30, 2017

To celebrate the end of the year, I collected 36 shots that I particularly like and bring back good photographic memories from 2017. I hope you enjoy the selection. And Happy New Year / Buon Anno / Einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

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Two new toys

December 26, 2017

The Christmas days have brought two new photographic toys to play with. The first one (courtesy of my wife) is a set of extension tubes for close-up photos. These are hollow rings that push the lens further away for the sensor and allow to focus closer than normally possible (hence, the enlargement). The set has three tubes of different sizes and they can be stacked together (the more the tubes, the bigger the enlargement)

The eye. 85mm on full frame. 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 64000. 36mm + 12mm extension tubes.

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Merry holiday season

December 15, 2017

The Christmas decorations are up in the house. The Christmas tree is lit. I ate my first slice of panettone (smuggled into the country by my mother). I believe we are ready for the best time of the year...

50mm on full frame. 1/60 sec, f/2, ISO 3200.

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Love at first sight

November 23, 2017

For my birthday, I got my very first lighting kit (flash + wireless trigger + light stand + 3-in-1 umbrella). As soon as I put the kit together, I tested it out with a very special model (my father). The seventh click of my camera produced the picture below. It's a case of instant love with lighting! So much to learn now...

My father. 50mm on full frame. 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 100. Shoot-through umbrella.

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A week in Savannah

November 14, 2017

Wormsloe. 85mm on full-frame. 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 200

Last week I flew to the US for work. I went to a city I've never been before: Savannah, Georgia. With it's historic and well-preserved city centre (Historic District), a very warm climate (25 Celsius in November) and hospitable locals, it deserves well the title of "hostess city of the south". There are plenty of brickwork buildings and the most affluent houses are in Regency and Greek Revival styles (thank you Wikipedia!). Most residential houses have two stories, with a flight of stairs going from the sidewalk to the first floor. The neighbourhoods feel relaxed and peaceful, with dog owners strolling around and the occasional jogger passing by.

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