Tag Archives: Tuscany

My first ( and last? ) drone.

Ok, now I have a drone. I’ll stop with “traditional” photography??

Not at all! I think this is a very good tool to have a different point of view 🙂 and, as you know, in photography is very important change the way we are shooting.

Now I’ll be in search of a good landscape to shot from the sky. This is my first video: the countryside of the city of Lucca, we are in the famous so-called “wine and oil road” in Tuscany.

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Great camera means Great photo?

You don’t need a great camera to take a great photo as you don’t need a big paintbrush to color a big painting. I have a question: “how was the giant Goliath killed?”, with a big cannon? No, with a little rock. Last sunday I took the following pictures with a little compact camera, a Sony RX100M3, not with a Nikon D5 or a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

I had a big help: the morning lights! 🙂 But I had to wake very early in the morning..and the “good light” last few minutes… In the evening I edited the RAW files them with Lightroom.

“Take the rose when it’s time, that the time, you know, flying and the same flower that blooms today, tomorrow will wither” ( Carpe Diem, italian poet Orazio)

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Reflection in the lake

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Landscape in the morning

..still no good news :-) 

Some yers ago I told my friend :”tomorrow we’ll wake up at 6:00 o’clock to take some landscape photos”… and he answered: ” but in the early morning there is the fog, we can sleep until 7:00..”  and my prompt replay: ” what!? Fog???? Ok, wake up at 5:00!!!”. And below my picture during that foggy day in the morning….thank you, my friend! 🙂

How I did it: imagine and pre-visualized.

I saw, at sunset, this closed beach house ( it’s winter ) … I imagined and I pre-visualized  a “final” photograph…that I realized using Lightroom. But It’s not important the toll ( i.e. Lightroom or Photoshop ), but the final result that you want to reach. Of course it’s important the beauty or the interest of the moment that you want to capture!

How I did It: fantasy :-)

Fashion Dummy

Fashion Dummy in Lucca

This shot is part of a larger work: “Fashion Dummies” and the idea came to me casually: looking at the dummies I thought: “the dummies are looking at us and at the city …like we are looking at them”. So I started to photograph them trying to isolate them from the rest of the showroom and putting them in the glass reflection of a particular part of the city: a wall, a window or the road. To make the most interesting photos I used a special camera filter (tone “Drama” of the Olympus OM-D E-M5) and being processed with Lightroom I used the preset “Polaroid”. This combination made very special shades and colors.

How I did it: only with my smartphone Galaxy S2

Do you think that for a “big” photo you need a “big” camera? No! You need “a” camera! Never mind if it’s a reflex, a compact or a smartphone… use it at your best 🙂

So I realized an exhibition and a book only with Galaxy S2 and Instagram..nothing else. No post-production or Photoshop. Above some photos from the book:

http://www.blurb.com/books/3158193-myinstabook-by-fotoraffa

or as e-book:

http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/229548-myinstabook-by-fotoraffa

Follow the ( interesting ) people

Railwayman

I went to view an historical train, a very old steam train, when I saw the railwayman and I decided to follow him.. and I was right! Because I photographed him with the big reels of the train. He was checking that all things were ok before to depart from the station.

This picture reminds me the film “Modern Times” by Charlie Chaplin.. do you remember the tramp working on the giant machine in the movie’s most famous scenes?

So..if you see an interesting person…follow him!