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.

PX3 Prix de la Photographie International Award 2015

Great news here! I’m happy again this year to announce that I’ve won an Honorable Mention for the shot “Sunrise on Amaharashi” in the PX3 Prix de la Photographie International Award 2015.

The winning shot, submitted in the “Landscape” category, is a reinterpretation of the photograph “Amaharashi dark gold sunrise” that you probably already know (you can find it on this website as well as in my gallery on 500px), in which I’ve corrected some processing errors. I’m pleased to know that my work has been positively judged by a panel of first-class judges and I hope that you would appreciate it as well.

The ancient wine cellars of Tuscany – Part I

If I say “Tuscany”, the first thing that comes to mind will be probably the image of a lonely covey of cypresses in a land of wavy hills, or the image of a farmhouse on a hilltop, in a bright and misty morning. Well, in this article (as in the next one) I’ll not show you the same old postcards of Tuscany, but I’m going to bring you inside the most “sacred” places of the millennial italian art of winemaking: the ancient wine cellars.

During my travel through the wonderful Tuscany, I’ve focused my attention (and my camera too) on the region of Val d’Orcia which, in my opinion, is far more amazing than the popular Chianti, both by the landscaping point of view and because it has some unique places that are particularly fascinating, by a winemaking standpoint. The entire area in the nearby of the ancient town of Montalcino is a concentrate of history and traditions. There I’ve found an example of a young winemaking company that have embraced the ancient tradition: Solaria farm.

The rise and fall of the abbey of San Galgano

When you think about the artistic treasures in Italy, one of the first things that come to mind are the churches and the infinite, inestimable wonders they protect. In this article I’ll show you an abbey, but a unique one, that has some special peculiarities: the abbey of San Galgano.

 

In the heart of Tuscany, at a certain distance from the most touristic and photographed places, there is a valley between the towns of Chiusdino and Monticiano where a majestic construction stands from many centuries.

The misty forest of Mount Amiata

If you travel in Italy by car, you have to keep in mind one important thing: avoid the motorways/tollways. Just by taking a country road, Sara and I found ourselves in the fairytale forest of Mount Amiata.

 

Italy is a country so much rich of natural and artistic hidden gems that rushing through a motorway to reach the destination will preclude you from discovering the majority of them. So, during our outward journey to southern Tuscany, we took the slower and longer route that led us through Mount Amiata, in which I’ve found the perfect conditions for taking some nice shots.

Yabusame, the japanese horse mounted archery

Japan is a country with a strong cultural and historical identity. Some of the ways japanese keep their traditions alive is with “matsuri” (festivals), ceremonies and by organizing special competitions. Amongst them there is the Yabusame.

Yabusame is the japanese traditional mounted archery: it’s a ceremony in which archers shoot three arrows at three different wooden targets, while standing on a galloping horse. It’s a difficult competition that requires a great balance, concentration and years of practice.

PENTAX Full Frame D-SLR camera officially announced

Is it a dream? No, it isn’t, the time has finally come: Ricoh Pentax has just announced the mythical and long-awaited Full Frame D-SLR camera!

Featured in Dodho Magazine, online photography magazine

I’m happy to announce that I’ve been featured in Dodho Magazine. The last month Màximo Panés, the founder and director of Dodho.com, sent me an email in which he expressed his interest in my works and asked me if it was ok to publish my profile on the magazine.

Personal photo exhibition – Yabusame

I’m happy to announce that Thursday 11th December, I’ll inaugurate my first personal photo exhibition about Japan.

This special event will take place in Rome city centre at Sabatini store, that’s one of the main points of reference for professional and amateur photographers of the capital. It’s located in Via Germanico 168/A (see the map below), the opening will be at 17:30 and you’ll be able to see my works in the reserved space for an entire month.

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