Category Archives: Philosophy

Likeness,similarity & analogy

I like photographs where there are likeness, not only in a direct way but also in different conjugations. You know that I’m stingy with words…so a picture is worth a thousand words….so please see the following examples ūüôā¬† In this pictures the likeness & similarities are clear: I insert some highlights to indicate what captured my attention.

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Analysis of a good street point of view

On monday morning ( during my usual Street-Photographic tour ) I found an interesting place: an underpass:

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For me it was interesting because there were 2 reflection points and 2 prospetive lines:

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Do you like a threesome?

A good exercise for street photograpy is to take an argument, also a little or, at the first sight, meaningless topic and develop it. In this case I chose the number 3…that is to say…a threesome ūüôā

I saw three windows and I waited for three persons

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Some tips for successful Street Photography

Use wide-angle lens: like 28mm or 35mm:¬†in order to get as much as possible in the frame ( and you‚Äôll be more discrete and ‚Äúhidden‚ÄĚ )

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Camera Settings: the camera must be ready in any moment to take a shot quickly

  • Set it to ‚ÄúAperture Priority‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúProgram‚ÄĚ ( both in Automatic ISO )

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My ‘photoblock’ notes

I admit: I cannot lost any pictures, I must capture every interesting scene that can happen in front of me…so, as many other photographers, I have always with me a little compact camera with a 1” sensor, my personal ‘photoblock’ notes. One of the winning picture of the last World Press Photo (2016) was taken with a little GoPro camera. So my little “note” can reach high levels! There are very short poems that are masterpiece, aren’t they? But to get the most from that camera I have to know its limits. Some days ago a find some differences between a semi-professional camera and my compact….the first one can give me an idea of what I can obtain with a different’ camera ūüôā

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Traveling light!?

1996 : Holidays! A good chance for taking a lot of pictures with my camera, some camera rolls and a little battery:

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So I have a lot of space in my bag for a sandwich too! There¬†were a great¬†kinds of films: Color, Black&White,¬†Slides…but they were ‘standard camera rolls’: I¬†could put them in every film-based camera. Returned home I brought my films to a laboratory for developing them…and after 2/3 days I had my holidays’ printed pictures!

2016 : Holidays! A good chance for taking a lot of pictures with my camera , my memory cards, my batteries, my Laptop ( or a lot of memory cards  ), my card reader, my usb cables and a battery charger..ehy! in my bag there is no space for my sandwich!!

Today I need ( almost ) 2 batteries for my camera if I want a take pictures for all the day, 2 memory cards¬†(almost, specially if I use Raw ). Returned to the hotel I have to remember to charge the batteries and, if I have no more space in the memory cards, I have to upload the pictures to my Laptop. Today is (quite) impossible traveling light…I think that the technology is getting worse our ( photographic ) life! But the worst thing is that we don’t print our pictures!!! We post them on Internet…in a space where there are millions of picures…and so they will lost in that infinite ocean of pictures… On my humble opinion we’d¬†start to print them again..in a big format and to hang them in our house.

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The two bikes

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The two bikes

Back to the silver halide (to await a pleasure is itself a pleasure )

Black&White or Color films are dead? Luckily no at all!   On the contrary  now there is revival. But..but…there is a “but”: for Black&White is very difficult to find a laboratory that is able to develop your films, so you have to develop and print them by yourself..and this is a very good new! Yes because, as you can see in the slideshow, the “come out” of the photo in the development is truly magic! If you cannot arrange a dark room in your house, you can develop the films and scan them.

For Color Films: there are always a lot of laboratory ( I mean in Italy ) that  are able to develop the color film, but the prints are not so good ( generally speaking ) and, in any case, they scan the films and print them as a standard digital photo. So it’s better to ask only for scanning.

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Recently I bought a Nikon F5 camera. On the 90’s it was the analogic top camera and it costs about 2.500$ (only the body!!). I found it at 400$ ! And it’s and incredible camera.

See this pictures: only a minimum of post production ( levels and contrast ) .. I waited 3 days for the develops…but to await a pleasure is itself a pleasure..

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