Path to the forbidden forest

Path to the forbidden forest.

Path to the forbidden forest. Japan. A stairway of stones, plentifully bestrewn with the last leaves of autumn, leads to the heart of the sacred forbidden forest.
With this work I wanted to convey a sense of mysticism, which can be felt during this particular moment of autumn, when the flaming red leaves of the Momiji trees (japanese maple trees) adorn the ancient stairway of stones that leads to the temple into the forest. This scene represented for me the perfect bond between nature and the work of man to approach the divine.

To capture this image I used my Pentax K-3 camera with the Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM lens, mounted on a tripod, and the Lee Polariser filter. To reach the highest possible resolving power of the sensor, I’ve set the aperture to the lens’ sweet spot of f/5.6, then I shot using the Mirror Up function and the wireless trigger, avoiding any unwanted micro-movement. This is actually a composite image of seven different shots, blended together to remove some tourists from the scene.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM
Focal lenght: 58mm
Shutter time: 1/2 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

This photograph has been awarded with an Honorable Mention in the 2018 edition of the ipa int’l Photography Awards: “The Path to The Forbidden Forest” – Category Nature/Seasons

 

 

Minoh Taki vertorama – Waterfall in the heart of the forest

Minoh Taki waterfall vertorama.

Minoh Taki vertorama. At the end of the gorge that runs between the mountains of Meiji-no-mori natural park, this 33m tall waterfall makes for an enchanting view. The luxuriant forest embraces this pond, hiding it from the outside.
To compose this vertical panorama I’ve taken 9 landscape-oriented shots, obtaining as a result a final image whith an unusual aspect ratio, similar to a scroll, with a resolution of about 98 MPixels. Moreover, every shot is a long exposure, thanks to the use of a 6 stops ND filter.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 65mm
Shutter time: 1/20 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

Note that this photographed has been awarded with a Bronze Medal at the 2017 edition of EPSON International Pano Award.
 

 

Green lake reflections – Panoramic view of Lake Tovel

Green lake reflections. Lake Tovel, northern Italy.

A panoramic view of the lake Tovel and the surrounding mountains, in northern Italy. This image is a panorama made of 4 shots in portrait orientation. since the overcast caused quite some high contrast in the scene, every piece of the panorama has been captured overexposed and then underexposed, to be blended in order to recover the entire dynamic range.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 1/160 s
Aperture: F/6.3
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Menotre waterfalls – Umbrian mountain range

Menotre waterfalls. Italy.

Just above the small town of Pale, in Umbria, the river Menotre canalizes into narrow fissures in the rocks, generating many waterfalls. This is one of the jumps which can be found in the wood.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 4 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Deep into the forest of Mount Cucco, Appenines of Umbria

Deep into the forest of Mount Cucco in Umbria, Italy.

A path in the deep of the forest of Mount Cucco in Umbria, Italy. The natural park of Mount Cucco is a protected natural environment, as well as one of the most beautiful places in the mountain range of central Italy.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
Focal lenght: 40mm
Shutter time: 0,6 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Waterfhole – Sinkhole waterfall in Sardinia forested inland

Waterfhole. Sinkhole waterfall in Sardinia forested inland. Italy.

Sardinia, Italy. In a narrow canyon surrounded by limestone cliffs, a unique place forged by nature and by time is hidden in the deep of the forest: it’s a sinkhole with resurgence, whose waterfall feeds a pond. Depending on the time of the year and the weather, the waterfall can grow from a feeble stream to a roaring gush.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 4,5 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Daimon-zaka the ancient pilgrimage path in the Kii peninsula

Daimon-zaka, the ancient pilgrimage path. Japan.

The Daimon-zaka is part of the Sankeimichi pilgrimage path in south-eastern area of the Kii peninsula; it is a monumental staircase made with cobblestones that climbs a slope of about 600 meters to reach the Kumano Nachi Taisha. The quiet atmosphere and the almost physical sensation of being embraced by the ancient forest establish some sort of spiritual bond with that natural place, arousing a pleasant peaceful feeling.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 50mm
Shutter time: 1/50 s
Aperture: F/3.2
Sensitivity: ISO400
 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: Kii peninsula: discovering the ancient natural and sacred heart of Japan

 

Into the mist

Into the mist

Walking into the mist of Mount Amiata forest is like entering a magical realm where everything is quiet and still.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 1/2 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

If you want to read the entire article about the forest of Mount Amiata, just click HERE

 

 

The realm of the ancients

The realm of the ancients

The realm of the ancients. The undergrowth of the ancient forest of Mount Amiata is covered with a mantle of brown leaves and the stones are populated by lush moss.
The thin trunks of the Beech trees stretch out to the sky, capturing as much light as they can, making the undergrowth a realm of dim light.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 1/2 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

If you want to read the entire article about the forest of Mount Amiata, just click HERE

 

 

Road to the misty forest

Road to the misty forest

The road that leads up to Mount Amiata passes through the ancient and misty forest made of Beech and Chestnut trees. To take this shot I had my back covered by my sweet Sara, who was checking on the road. Luckily there were no other cars passing in that moment of the day and I had the opportunity to capture this view taking all the time I desired.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 0,8 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

If you want to read the entire article about the forest of Mount Amiata, just click HERE

 

 

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