About Claudio Beffa

I'm an Italian photographer and designer with a great passion for the discovery of amazing places and their history and soul. With phoclab.com, I'll tell you every step of my journey and I'll show you my best travel & landscape shots.

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Garden of Ninfa: An ancient gem of romantic beauty in Italy

In this travel photography blog post I’ll tell you of the Garden of Ninfa, the most beautiful and romantic garden in the world. Don’t you believe me? Well, read on and see what this wonder of central Italy enshrines.

Hashigui Iwa: A unique seascape in Japan

Nature in Japan expresses its beauty and wildness in many amazing ways, as I had the opportunity to witness, discovering the enchanting Hashigui Iwa: a unique seascape in Japan.

Autumn in Japan: Miyajima’s Momijidani park

In this third article of the “Autumn in Japan” series, I’ll show you some glimpses of the beautiful island of Miyajima, Hiroshima prefecture; to be precise I’ll focus on the colors of the Momijidani park.

Autumn in Japan: Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is one of the iconic natural landmarks of Japan and every year is a destination for thousands of travelers from all around the world. In this blog post I’ll tell you of my personal experience during the peak days of last autumn.

Autumn in Japan: the colors of the DaigoJi temple

Today is the September Equinox and this means that the autumn has officially begun, so I want to celebrate this event sharing a series of blog posts about a few places of a land that’s famous worldwide for the beauty of this season: Japan; today I’ll tell you of my experience at the DaigoJi, in Kyoto.

Villa d’Este: The garden of wonders

In this new travel blogpost I’m going to tell you about a place you absolutely can’t miss visiting if your destination is Rome and its surroundings: it’s Villa d’Este, in Tivoli, just 30 kilometers east of Rome.

The origins of Tivoli date back to more than 3000 years ago and its history is important and rich of myths.

Pentax K-1 Full Frame D-SLR officially announced

The Pentax K-1 has been announced yesterday and now the first Full Frame D-SLR by Pentax is officially here.

An entire year has passed since the first announce, accompanied just by an image of a 3D printed mockup, but it’s worth the wait: the Pentax K-1 is real and this first full frame D-SLR promises to satisfy many photographers.

Monochrome Awards 2015 International Black & White photography contest

Yesterday the winners of the Monochrome Awards 2015 have been announced and I’m pleased to find my photo “Meoto Iwa” awarded with an Honorable Mention!

I’m glad to see that this work of mine obtained for the second time, after the last ND Awards 2015, an official recognition in an international event and this fuels my enthusiasm in putting more and more dedication in my projects. I’d like to thank all those who support me.

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.

This year I’ve submitted various kind of photographs, choosing as main themes the natural sceneries and the ancient architecture captured in Italy and in Japan. I’m glad that these works have been selected by the ND Awards’ judging panel, and I hope that you too will find them aesthetically and emotionally compelling.

The ancient wine cellars of Tuscany – Part II

In this second article about the ancient wine cellars of Tuscany, I’ll show you two more 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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