Jump in the sea

Jump in the sea

“Jump in the sea”. On the west coast of Sardinia, among all the wonders that nature offers in this beautiful island, there is something truly special: the only one of its kind in Italy, is the Capo Nieddu waterfall. The thing that makes this waterfall unique is the vertical jump of about 40 meters that the small Riu Salighes makes directly on the small pebbly cove, right in front of the sea.
The view is fascinating, due to the majestic wall of basalt from which the brook flows, and the warm light of the sunset that saturates the colors makes the scenery even more spectacular.

To capture the magnificence of this sight, including the setting sun, I’ve decided to compose a panorama made of 4 vertical shots. As a result, the view is much wider if compared to a single horizontal shot, and it stretches from the cliff and its waterfall to the horizon. Moreover, in order to balance the brightness of the scene, I’ve used a 2 stop graduated ND filter to darken the sky a bit.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 14mm
Shutter time: 1/13 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

Great Horn

Great Horn

“Great Horn”. Abruzzo, central Italy. Corno Grande, that means Great Horn, is the highest peak of the Gran Sasso massif and of the whole Apennine Mountains. Its unique shape stands out against the skyline and is visible from a great distance. Moreover, the clear sky helped to capture even the smallest details, otherwise invisible in different weather conditions. At the same time, the warm light of the sunset revealed the mountainside’s crags, emphasizing at the same time the three-dimensionality and the textures of the massif, through a contrast of light and color.
A fascinating spectacle, being in the presence of such an imposing peak, while looking at it from a distance and from a high altitude.

This photograph has been taken from Rocca Calascio, about 20 Km far from the subject as the crow flies, during the sunset. This is actually a panorama made of 10 vertical frames, stitched together to form a 109 MPixel image. Another detail about this shot is that I’ve used a vintage lens, specifically a Pentax SMC 200mm F2.5, built almost 40 years ago and made of steel and glass (no traces of plastic, except for the focus ring), as a sort of technical challenge and to discover if it makes out well against the high tech modern lenses. On paper, it could not seem the best companion for natural landscape. I have to say I’m quite satisfied, even if it’s heavy and not weather sealed.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax SMC K 200mm f/2.5
Focal lenght: 200mm
Shutter time: 1/20 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

This photograph has been awarded at the following international photography competition:
– Honorable Mention in the 2020 edition of the ND Awards: “Great Horn” – Category Panoramic

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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