Feliz carnaval

May 29, 2017

Samba gives you wings. 50mm on full frame. 1/1250 sec, f/4, ISO 100

Believe it or not, in Sweden they have a carnival parade in May. Probably because it's too cold to go around (often half naked) in February/March. It's in Hammarkulle, in the outskirts of Gothenburg. According to Wikipedia, the carnival started in 1974 and soon got "adopted" by the Latin-American community. Today, they say it's the biggest carnival of Sweden... but don't get too excited. Expressions like "largest of Scandinavia" or "biggest of Sweden" are slightly over-used in Gothenburg as, allegedly, we have the biggest amusement park, the largest botanic garden, the biggest exhibition centre, the largest wedding fair, the biggest horse fair... I discovered the carnival in Hammarkulle thanks to a good photo friend who took me there (thx Gunnar!). Most of the latino communities are well represented and put up a great show with music, dances and fantastic costumes (there are no carriages, just a few Cuba-style old-timer cars). And the local samba school shows up in forces. From a photo perspective, the funniest part has been the "getting ready". Everybody was very relaxed and more then willing to pose for the may photographers (professional and amateurs). Also the police were very relaxed and let me stay in front of the fences without much trouble.

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Street photography in Torino

May 23, 2017

Recently, I went back to my hometown (Torino!) for a series of family celebrations, including the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. It was mostly family time, but one afternoon I also had the chance to hit the streets of the city center with my trusty 50mm lens. These are the results...

50mm on full frame. 1/320 sec, f/16, ISO 100

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Different days, same scene

May 22, 2017

50mm on full frame, 0.6 sec, f/11, ISO 100

No commentary is needed this time...

50mm on full-frame, 0.5 sec, f/16, ISO 100

The picture in the picture

May 11, 2017

85mm on full frame, 1/3 sec, f/16, ISO 100

I'm trying to pay more attention to the details (picture above) rather than the grander scene (picture below). Sometimes it pays off, as I love the tighter photo of the water, above. 

These pictures have been taken at the Kvarn in Mölndal, an old industrial area from the late 1800's where the power of the water has been used for many years to run several manufacturing activities. In fact, Kvarn means mill in Swedish. The village around is very well preserved and worthy a visit.

24mm on full frame, 1/8 sec, f/16, ISO 100

A walk in Brännö

May 10, 2017

Waving yellow weeds. 50mm on full-frame. 6 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 10-stops ND filter.

The island of Brännö in the Southern Archipelago of Gothenburg is only 15 minutes by ferry from the place I live. Cars are not allowed there and people use funny three-wheeled mopeds to move things around. In 1935, the Swedes passed a new law that gave workers two weeks of vacation and the island became a popular place for Gothenburg residents to have a summer house (a.k.a."stuga"). It's still a popular place to go for a swim in summer. The island is connected via a small pedestrian bridge to Galterö, a small and uninhabited island that is now a natural reserve. In Galterö, we followed a circular hike of about 5 km, which often offers some lunar landscapes. The midday sun was not ideal for photography, but some black&white conversion made the results acceptable :) All the photographs below have been taken in Galterö with my trusty 24mm lens.

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