Travel

Back to Basics: Thoughts on the Photographer's Block by David Fattibene

Few weeks ago we spent a nice weekend in the Monferrato Region (South of Piedmont, Italy), this countryside area is really beautiful with vineyards everywhere.

I had experienced a small photography's block and watching again the few pictures taken during those two days these reasons came into my mind

  1. No preparation before the weekend (aka no subjects in mind, no specific story to tell) 
  2. Due to point 1 we spent to much time in the car than walking around to get inspiration and we were not able to understand where we should stay during the golden hours.
  3. It was the first time there, which imply the POINT 1 is a MUST :)

This shoot is taken with my iPhone which represent my typical Photography's Block condition, I was just lazy to take out my DSLR

On sunday morning we had a nice visit of Uviglie Castle and its winery, it was very interesting and only at the end I've taken some pictures. Next time I have to shoot, to imagine a subject and then transform it in sequence of photos.

Tips from the blogosphere with some personal comments (below the links)

  1. Go Out and Shoot > Some times it isn't enough, it happens to come back home with nothing anyway, there is a time, a mood to be found.
  2. Get out from your comfort zone > Shoot people, this is tricky
  3. Restrict yourself (i.e. Find a Color, Use only a fix lens, etc ...) > This is great, so many times I bring my 7-8kg of photographic materials and I end up shooting only with my 50mm
  4. Shoot feelings
  5. Shoot street photography > this is the easiest one, then getting great result out of them is another story
  6. Shoot Technical Photography That You Haven’t Tried Before
  7. Go somewhere new > BUT > Prepare yourself
  8. Collaborate
  9. Became a mentor > it is nice to share your knowledge, and to challenge yourself explaining what is so obvious for you.
  10. Try new gear > Unfortunately this is great, I'm not a GEAR ADDICTED guy, but I'm still an engineer. We can spend hours discussing on the quote " GEAR doesn't Matter ", but good gears in good hands will make a great job.

Some additional tips that came out in my mind and are 

  1. Keep a list of photographic's ideas, personally I forget nearly 70% of the ideas
  2. Prepare yourself and pre-visualize the results you want to get on the field, then it might happen that you will do something completely different
  3. Keep imagination running > point 2 in a daily basis, it is a personal attitude to prevent photographer's block, you will always see something interesting to shoot
  4. Add some graphic elements on your pictures, like billboards or advertisements
  5. There are days where it is really better to do something else, just as simple as that

Here the source's blog post that can help when you are feeling some photographic's block

Of course saying is one thing, doing is another (straight translation from an Italian saying)

Travel: Apulia Lecce & Gallipoli by David Fattibene

Lecce

Lecce is a historic city of 95,200 inhabitants in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce, the second province in the region by population, as well as one of the most important cities of Puglia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is over 2,000 years old

Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South". 

source: Wikipedia

Gallipoli

Gallipoli (Greek: Kallipolis (Καλλίπολις), meaning "Beautiful City") is a town and comune of 20,969 inhabitants in the province of Lecce, in Apulia, southern Italy. The old town is located on a limestone island, linked to the mainland by a bridge built in the 16th century.

source: Wikipedia

Travel: Apulia Landscapes by David Fattibene

Apulia is a region of Italy in Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto in the south. Its southernmost portion, known as Salento peninsula, forms a high heel on the "boot" of Italy.

We have found some of the most beautiful seasides in Italy

Corsica Mountain Panorama by David Fattibene

The path toward Punta a Vacca Morta is really nice, inside the Pino Laricio Forest. Arrived to the top there is a Fantastic view on the both sides of Corsica.

Technik Point

  • Camera hand held in Vertical position
  • Overlap 20% of each photo
  • Post process one photo in LR, then sync the settings
  • Export to Photoshop and then PhotoMerge
  • Back inside LR library for fine tuning. 

Cover Story #05 - Varigotti's Beach by David Fattibene

Back from Corsica holidays, we arrived at Savona at 7am and then we decided to stay in Varigotti to enjoy the last day. The storm was coming and no one was there, only few umbrellas.

Varigotti's Beach

Technik Point

In LR4:

  • Lens correction to get a straight horizon
  • B&W Mix (to get the umbrella white, original is orange)
  • Clarity +60
  • Contrast +60
  • 2x Graduated filter (one for the Sky with exp. comp. -0.66, and one for the beach with exp. comp +0.33) 
  • Normal sharpening

Thanks to the fantastic RAW file created by the Nikon D600 is possible to over process the photo.