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Pentax K-1 Full Frame D-SLR officially announced

The Pentax K-1 has been announced and now the first Full Frame D-SLR by Pentax is officially here. Specifications, pros and cons, my thoughts.

Monochrome Awards 2015 International Black & White photography contest

The winners of the Monochrome Awards 2015 have been announced and the photo “Meoto Iwa” obtained an Honorable Mention

ND Awards – Neutral Density Photography Awards 2015

I’m thrilled to announce to all my friends and readers that I’ve been awarded with as many as four honorable mentions in the 2015 edition of the ND Awards – Neutral Density Photography Awards.

The ancient wine cellars of Tuscany – Part II

In this second article about the ancient wine cellars of Tuscany, I’ll show you two fascinating places of the italian winemaking art.
The first one is the cellar of count Costanti’s farmstead. The name Costanti is quite significant in the history of this region; the family was born in XV century and had its role during the period in which Siena was in conflict with Firenze. Even after the capitulation of the Republic of Siena, the Costantis remained settled just out of Montalcino, where they had many acres of landholding. Thanks to their merits of war, the Costantis were honored with the title of counts at the beginning of the XVIII century; as you can see in the photograph below, their coat of arms is a prancing bull with a crown above.

 

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