1) Make sure to get a ticket to Tanzania most famous National Parks (Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara)
2) Load your gear bag with two cameras (best 1 FX for wideangle and 1 DX for Zoom), 3 lenses (from wide to zoom), 1 large bean bag, 4 batteries and tons of memory cards.
3) Get out very early in the morning. Animals are still active after the night action and the light is amazing
4) Be sure to get an experienced guide. Popular routes are crowded, experienced guides know where the real action is
5) Set your camera on Aperture Priority Mode, Auto-ISO (cap to 1600 ISO) and do not miss the action
6) Use a blower to remove dust particles from your lenses and cameras as often as possible
7) Get the time to review the photos every evening and be disciplined in deleting the “no-go”
8) Bring with you insects repellant
9) Be patient – do not leave the scene too early and you will be amazed.
10) Make sure to get a new flight to Tanzania
Little road in Agropoli, Italy. Picture of a road with a Vespa parked on the side, no one around but the moon. The lights color and the bricks make this picture warm and romantic.
Agropoli is really a beautiful town, with a lot of treasures ready to be discovered.
When in Agropoli you have got to walk very slowly, as you really want to inhale the perfume of flowers mixed with the salty sea wind. Then you just turn around and see the perfect window on the Gulf at the right time. It is a gift and you have to bring it home. Enjoy this colorful sea view.
Spent a day in the beautiful town of Agropoli, Italy. This is a sea town in the Cilento Coast, where the marriage between unique beaches and fresh mountains make this place extremely appealing.
The view of the gulf is unique, especially when taken at sunset. The image here below is a pano made of 7 different pictures stitched together with Adobe Lightroom. They were all taken while hand-handling the camera.
Will post more pix in due course, till then have fun!
Just wanted to share with this image of the Liguria Riviera in Italy. We are in the beautiful 5 Terre National Park and this is a night view of the coast from Manarola.
Gear: Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24mm, Manfrotto Tripod.
It happens quite often to hear friends, colleagues, artists complaining about a lack of inspiration. When asked what is wrong, the usual answer is related to the output of their work. Basically, they are not happy with what they do. In some cases there is also some criticism about the how. In very rare cases I have listen about the why of such an outcome.
Reversing the paradigm
Inspiration is closely linked to the very reason that pushes us toward an action, a goal, an outcome. The stronger the reason, the greater the inspiration that leads us toward the goal. If you think about it, any time we have to face a very important challenge, the reaction is outstanding. Some people even say they would have not expected such a reaction from themselves.
Once the why is clear to us, then the how we translate it into practice becomes a moment of happiness. we like to experiment, to try new things and is when we enjoy what we do. The what at this time is just a perfect outcome. something that comes from passion and rationality. it is something we have not suffered to produce.
Why - How - What
It is clear that in everyday life, forgetting the very reasons we do things is the main cause of frustration and zero satisfaction. Getting back to basics, starting up by looking at the very reason we do things will definitely help us leaving aside things that have no meaning any more for things that still have a lot of it. This very simple paradigm is a way to have a better awareness of ourselves and ultimately a better life.
I had he good fortune to spend one full day in the "5 Terre" (5 lands in English) National Park in the Italian Region that goes under the name of Liguria. It is a beautiful parks made of a maritime and land reservoir. It is home of absolutely amazing landscapes and picturesque little fishermen villages.
The park itself is home of very hard on-hill vineyards. Lemon trees make the atmosphere even more peculiar.
Once there you soon realize that you need a "light" trekking outfit to properly enjoy your visit and hunt for the best photo scenic spot.
Manarola - a pearl in the stones
This is a colorful fishermen village, a must go place in your overall experience. Images of Manarola are famous in the world, and if you want to take advantage of the beautiful colors at sunset you better be ready to position your tripod on the the little passage that brings people top-hill just around 6pm. The risk of not having a spot just for you is high. Black sea-stones and blue sea water make the perfect frame to the colorful little houses of this beautiful village. Golden and Blu hours are the perfect time of the day you want to shoot this beautiful place.
The Park and its pearls are easily reachable from various locations in Italy.
Gear: Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24mm, 24-120mm
Most of times we walk and are surrounded by people, the chaos of our populated cities is always part of our lives. We step out of our front door and we are in the crowd, We sit in our cars and we are in the traffic. We want an ice cream right there, that very famous Italian "gelateria" and we are in a line. Crowd, traffic, lines they are all part of our lives. Not this tree. This tree is lucky. It is solo, standing by itself, with a view on Lake Maggiore, one of the biggest lakes in Italy and Europe.
The light effects on its branches make it perfect for a black and white finishing. Black and white also help me emphasize the contrast between shadows and lights.
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Planning a trip always is a thrilling activity. Although the tendency is to try to organize every move, you know there might be something unexpected along the road. I normally try to set targets, in terms of places that must be visited and photographed, but also have a list of potential alternatives should I need a back up plan for whatever reason.
This image is exactly the result of that. It comes from the unexpected and as always it brings along a magic atmosphere, something that thrills you and force you to push the shutter.
After balancing the image in Lightroom I had a quick go in Photoshop just to emphasize the blurry background which adds a touch of mystery to the overall composition.
Laowa 12mm f/2.8
Nikkor 24-70 Z f/4
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8
Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Nikkor 70-200mm f/4.0
Sigma 150-600mm Sport
Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 Tripod
Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 Pro Head
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