Threshold of Earth – The sun rises through the Torii

Threshold of Earth.

Threshold of Earth. A part of the study of the connection between the Torii and the natural elements which surround it. The Torii is an iconic japanese structure belonging to Shinto shrines, in other words it’s a gate that represents the passage from the secular world to a sacred one. In this photograph I’ve aligned the rising sun and the Torii with the intent of representing this one as a threshold of a passage that connects our world with the sun, one of the most sacred natural elements, that gives life to our planet and venerated by human being since the dawn of history.
This photograph required some of planning. I wanted to align the rising sun with the Torii, positioning the latter at the same time at an angle of 45 degrees. As a result, the two opposite pillars of the gate would have pointed directly the sun. In order to obtain this “construction”, I made use of a useful smartphone’s app which keeps track of the ephemeris and the relative position of the stars in relation to the photographer’s point of shooting. The app has simplified this planning significantly, reducing at the same time the chance of failure. After that, the shoot and the subsequent post processing have been fairly straighforward: essentially, it’s a simple silhouette which required some adjustments in contrast and color, plus a crop to my taste to modify the aspect ratio of the image, making it appear wider.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Pentax HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
Focal lenght: 36mm
Shutter time: 1/1000 s
Aperture: F/9
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

This photograph has been awarded with a nomination in the 2017 edition of the Fine Art Photography Awards: Crossing the threshold of Earth” – Category Open Theme

 

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
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