Misty sunrise in Civita di Bagnoregio the Dying Town

Misty sunrise in Civita di Bagnoregio.

A misty sunrise on the valley overlooked by the ancient town of Civita di Bagnoregio, the “Dying Town”. The meaning of the moniker “Dying Town” is due to the peculiar geomorphology of this area: the entire valley is essentially a badlands, included the hill on which Civita rises. Year after year, small portions of the hills are eroded by the rains and the winds and this will lead eventually to the collapse of the town. This panorama is made of 14 vertical frames, for a total size of about 124 MPixels.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 50mm
Shutter time: 1 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

Sunrise in Venice from the Accademia bridge on Canal Grande

Sunrise in Venice from the Accademia bridge on Canal Grande.

A panorama of an iconic place in Venice: Canal Grande and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute from the Accademia Bridge (Ponte dell’Accademia). The pale light of sunrise allowed me to give a painterly look to the frame, with a surreal sense of stillness. The absence of hard shadows, due to the soft light, and the mirror-like surface of the water amphasize the amazing details of the palaces which look onto the Canal Grande, as well as the shape of the dome of Santa Maria della Salute, on the background. This is a panorama made of 4 portrait-oriented long exposures taken with Lee ND and ND Grad filters.

Note that this photographed has been awarded with a Bronze Medal at the 2017 edition of EPSON International Pano Award, and with a Nominee at the 2018 edition of FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards
EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 63 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

Pastel sunset on Venice Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront in spring

Pastel sunset on Venice.

Pastel sunset on Venice in spring. In the picture are clearly visible the Bell Tower of San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the domes of San Marco Basilica and the Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront. The hot, humid and partially cloudy afternoon produced a unique atmosphere, made of painterly and pastel colors and a sense of stillness obtained with the help of a long exposure.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 95mm
Shutter time: 8 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

Mirage of Venice during a painterly sunset in spring

Mirage of Venice at sunset.

Mirage of Venice at sunset in spring. In the picture are clearly visible the Bell Tower of San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the domes of San Marco Basilica and the Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront. The hot, humid and partially cloudy afternoon produced a unique atmosphere, made of painterly and subtle colors, beautiful bursts of light above the clouds and a sense of dreamy stillness.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 50mm
Shutter time: 2.5 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

Iconic Burano – A glimpse on the island of a thousand colors

Iconic Burano – A glimpse on the island of a thousand colors.

Iconic Burano. A view of the colorful houses of Burano, taken from the Love Viewing Bridge in a sunny day of spring. The direction of this canal points to Venice, 45 minutes away by “vaporetto”. This is quite a rare photograph: despite this spot has been photographed a billion times, a well executed long exposure made with a tripod is a different matter; this because these “fondamenta” are always overcrowded and, most critical, the tiny wooden bridge shudders under the “heavy steps” of passing people, ruining the shot.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 13mm
Shutter time: 30 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

Mirror of lifeblood

Mirror of lifeblood: The castle tower, mirrored on the water basin that feeds the Garden of Ninfa. Italy.

The castle tower, mirrored on the water basin that feeds the Garden of Ninfa. To take this shot I’ve used a Lee filter ND Grad, to darken the sky a bit, and a Lee filter Big Stopper to represent the water as a shiny mirror and to avoid the total stillness of the clouds.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
Focal lenght: 20mm
Shutter time: 55 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

You can find the complete article about the Garden of Ninfa at the following page: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/garden-of-ninfa-romantic-beauty-italy/

The lord of the garden

The lord of the garden: The remains of the main castle of the Garden of Ninfa, with its central tower. Italy.

Standing out against the many ruins of the Garden of Ninfa, with its 32m tall central towers, the main castle is definitely a majestic presence and an amazing sight. What impresses me the most are the see-thru bilobed windows, that make you realize that the entire castle is almost a “skeleton”. Its imposing shape has been conquered by creepers and blooming bushes which, in my opinion, make this ruin even more fascinating.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
Focal lenght: 20mm
Shutter time: 1/100 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

You can find the complete article about the Garden of Ninfa at the following page: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/garden-of-ninfa-romantic-beauty-italy/

Blooming life

Blooming life: Lilac Wisteria hangs over the crystal clear river, emerald colored by the many underwater plants. Italy.

The Garden of Ninfa is incredibly rich of plants varieties, thanks to accurate work of the Caetani family. There are more than 1500 different species which grow in a perfect microclimate offered by that corner of Agro Pontino. The best period to enjoy the great variety of flowers is between April and May: you’ll be amazed by the blaze of colors and by the many spots and glimpses that the garden offers.
Here you can see a beautiful Wisteria which hangs just over the crystal clear and tranquil water of the river Ninfa, emerald colored by the many underwater plants.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
Focal lenght: 20mm
Shutter time: 1/25 s
Aperture: F/5
Sensitivity: ISO200

You can find the complete article about the Garden of Ninfa at the following page: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/garden-of-ninfa-romantic-beauty-italy/

The river of time

The river of time: A glimpse on the timeless atmosphere of the Garden of Ninfa. Italy.

A glimpse on the timeless atmosphere of the Garden of Ninfa, during the period of the year in which it shows its most magical side.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
Focal lenght: 20mm
Shutter time: 1/30 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

You can find the complete article about the Garden of Ninfa at the following page: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/garden-of-ninfa-romantic-beauty-italy/

Forgotten heaven

Forgotten heaven: The placid river Ninfa flows under an ancient bridge, in the Garden of Ninfa. Italy.

One of the most scenic views you can enjoy in the Garden of Ninfa is in the area of the small river, whose sides are plentifully populated by many species of luxuriant plants and flowers. The ruins of a stone bridge is the sign of an ancient time, when the inhabitants of Ninfa were dwelling in this place. Now those signs belong to nature, that flourishes undisturbed.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
Focal lenght: 40mm
Shutter time: 1/50 s
Aperture: F/6.3
Sensitivity: ISO200

You can find the complete article about the Garden of Ninfa at the following page: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/garden-of-ninfa-romantic-beauty-italy/

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