Spikes and slivers

Spikes and slivers

“Spikes and slivers”. Masua, southwestern Sardinia. A striking contrast between natural elements, which generates a sort of symmetry whose plane is the horizon: in the foreground, the sharp and rugged rocks open onto a sea with a smooth and luminous surface. Above, a deep and clear sky, marked by white clouds whose shapes, generated by their movement, recall the spikes of the rocks. At the center is the lonely islet of Pan di Zucchero, symbol of this wild part of Sardinia swept by the wind and sea currents.

To obtain this image it was necessary to use ND filters: a 15-stop solid NiSi to extend the shutter speed to about a minute and a half, thus eliminating sea ripples, plus a 3-stop graduated ND to darken the upper portion of the sky. The latter effect was further emphasized with the use of a red filter in postptoduction.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 88 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

This photograph is part of a series that has been awarded at the following international photography competition:
– Honorable Mention in the 2020-2021 edition of the FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards: “Pan di Zucchero” – Category Seascapes

 

Sunrise of fire and mist

Sunrise of fire and mist

Northern Lazio, near Lake Bolsena. This is the valley where rises Civita di Bagnoregio, also known as “The dying town”. Dense fog banks submerge the valley floor, while the first rays of light filter through the clouds. This burst of light only lasted for a few seconds; I’ve been lucky enough to have the camera ready on the tripod, waiting for a shy sunrise that, for this reason, I named “of fire and mist”.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Focal lenght: 35mm
Shutter time: 1/10 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

The bliss of tranquility

The bliss of tranquility

“The bliss of tranquility”. A fleeting moment of perfect beauty in Sardinia, Italy. The bright and warm light of the sunset illuminates the clouds and, near the lakeshore on which they are reflected, some horses placidly graze.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Focal lenght: 35mm
Shutter time: 1/60 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO200
 

 

Blue mirror

Blue mirror

“Blue mirror”. The blue hour fills the sky above Cagliari with vivid and deep colors, while the warm light of the set sun fades, disappearing behind the clouds and the horizon. The running clouds and the skyline of the city, in which the Sella del Diavolo can be recognized, as well as the many lights and street lamps of the Poetto seafront, are reflected on the shiny surface of the Molentargius pond.

This observation point, in addition to being appreciated by birdwatchers due to the proximity to the flamingos that feed and nest in the area, often offers beautiful views to those who love landscapes.
Thanks to the vastness of the salt pond, free from architectural visual impediments of the city, it is easy to enjoy spectacular sunsets, especially in the case of particular climatic conditions. In this case, immediately after a downpour, the clear sky has given great visibility (you can even glimpse the mountainous elevations of the Capoterra area, about 20km away as the crow flies). Moreover, the clouds still present have drawn soft and sinuous shapes in the sky (among which the one in the center of the frame could recall the silhouette of the Sella del Diavolo promontory).

To take this shot, I’ve used two filters. A 2-stop graduated ND filter helped to reduce the brightness of the sky on the horizon, and a 6-stop solid ND filter allowed the camera to extend the shutter speed to over 2 minutes. In this way, the global brightness of the scene is better balanced, while the surface of the water is free from even the smallest ripples, and the movement of the clouds is emphasized.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 125 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

 

Salar de Cagliari

Salar de Cagliari

“Salar de Cagliari”. A clear sky, studded with clouds that have recently brought a downpour, is mirrored on the shiny surface of the Molentargius salt ponds, during a sunset with vibrant colors. A scenery like this has many elements in common with the wonderful Salar de Uyuni, but in a smaller version, in beautiful Sardinia.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 1/4 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

 

Umbrian skies – Infinite layers of beauty

Umbrian skies: Infinite layers of beauty. Landscape of Umbria countryside, Italy.

Umbrian skies: Infinite layers of beauty. During my stay in Umbria, I’ve been amazed several times during spring by the clear skies and the pure white, foamy clouds. This scenery, for instance, immediately captured my attention, maybe because I’m not used to seeing so many clouds all together, but the thing that surely struck me was the pattern and the sense of deepness created by their repetition up to the horizon (the name “layers of beauty” takes inspiration from this). Everything, under a sky like this, appeared smaller to me, even the mountains which dominate the landscape.
To take this shot I took advantage of a circular polarizer, which deepened the intensity of the colors.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 50mm
Shutter time: 1/200 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Umbrian skies – Rolling hills

Umbrian skies: Rolling hills. Vast wheat fields in Umbria, Italy.

Umbrian skies: Rolling hills. A glimpse of italian countryside, Umbria, where vast wheat fields slowly grow, gently brushed by the wind. During my stay in this beautiful, as well as quite underestimated, region of Italy, more than once I’ve found myself lingering on this kind of vistas, almost mesmerized by the soothing waving of the ears of wheat. In the same way as when I sit on the beach and look at the sea, those moments slowed my perception of time, making me feel more in touch with nature and in peace with myself.
To capture this view, I’ve used a 10 stops ND filter to make the movement of the clouds more apparent, and a 2 stops graduated ND filter to darken the sky a bit, balancing the brightness of the scenery.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 105 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

The jade cove

The jade cove. Seascape of a rocky cove in Sardinia, Italy.

The jade cove, south western Sardinia, Italy. The bright light of the afternoon reveals the colors of a rocky cove, from the lush green of some small bushes, to the tones of jade and turquoise of a crystal clear sea.
To represent the movement of the clouds pushed gently by the wind, I’ve used a 10 stops ND filter, while to empasize the clearness of the water close to the rocks I’ve used a circular polarizer. The strong light coming from beyond the promontory has required the use of a graduated ND filter, so that the brightness of the upper part of the frame could be managed by the camera sensor, falling into its dynamic range capability.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm 3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 46 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Drizzly sunrise

Drizzly sunrise. Seascape of a rocky shoreline in Sardinia, Italy.

Drizzly sunrise, north western Sardinia, Italy. A windy morning, dominated by grey and heavy clouds, turned the idyllic sardinian sea into a cold and plumbeous vision. This is obviously not a negative thing, at least speaking of landscape photography; on the contrary, the bad weather turns out to be the ideal condition because there’s a more fascinating connection between the natural elements. I’ve used a 10 stops ND filter to make the movement of the clouds stronger and smooth the water; in addition to it, a graduated ND filter allowed to balance the light in the scene by darkening the sky a bit.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm 3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 30 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

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
 

This photograph has been awarded at the following international photography competition:
– Honorable Mention in the 2018 edition of the ND Awards: “The Lord of the valley” – Category Panoramic

 

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