Paradise sunset

Paradise sunset: vivid colors in a rocky stretch of coast, Sardinia, Italy

Paradise sunset. The warm light of the setting sun has painted the running clouds with vivid colors, balancing the harshness of the windswept rocks. This is one of my favourite conditions in Sardinian seascape and landscapes, where the opposites meet one another: soft and hard, bright and gloomy, vivid and muted. This kind of complementarity is one of the things I often search for.
Taking this photo didn’t require any specific technique; in fact, as for other similar cases, I’ve used a 10 stops ND filter to extend the exposure time, making the clouds movement more visible, plus a 2 stops graduated ND filter to darken the sky a bit. However, the thing that complicated the shooting has been the strong wind coming from the sea: this caused an intermittent spraying of seawater droplets on the filter, forcing me to clean-shoot-check-clean-shoot-checkagain. To make things worse, a 30 seconds exposure is a lot of time in a situation like this. As a result, due to the unsuccessful attempts and the time needed to clean and mount the filter again, just a couple of shots turned out to be really usable.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 30 s
Aperture: F/4
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

 

Ancient paradise

Ancient paradise: sunset over a rocky stretch of coast, Sardinia, Italy

Ancient paradise. One of the peculiarities of Sardinia is the greatly varied coastlines: every part of the island has some unique features which, in addition, change within a few kilometers. It’s easy, for example, to find a beautiful stretch of fine-grained sandy beach followed by a cliff or a rugged cove. In this case, with this photograph I’ve wanted to show a place which has a “prehistoric” look, made of many scattered and weatherworn rocks, some of which have become islets. The roughness of the coast is enveloped by the warm and pleasant colors of sunset, mirrored on the surface of the sea. Thus, I looked for a sense of wonderment conveied by the imposing, wild and, at the same time, beautiful appearance of this stretch of coast.
To capture this image I’ve used a 10 stops ND filter, which extended the exposure time to 30 seconds, and a 2 stops graduated ND filter to darken further the sky. As a result, they’ve emphasized the movement of the clouds and balanced the global brigthness.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 30 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

 

Watching the horizon

Watching the horizon: twilight colors in a rocky cove, Sardinia, Italy

Watching the horizon in south western Sardinia, Italy. The harsh and serrated outlines of a rocky cove stand out against the polished and clear surface of the sea, during a vivid twilight.
In winter, finding heavenly coves to capture the beauty of sardinian sunsets is an amazing experience. Every stretch of coast hides a treasure, giving endless possibilities.
To capture this view, I’ve used an ultra wide angle lens with just one filter attached: a 2 stops gruaduated ND, aligned with the horizon, which darkened it and balanced the overall brightness of the scene. Differently to what it could seem, it was very dark: infact, the sun was set more than half an hour before. Therefore, there’s been no need to use a full ND filter to reach 30 seconds of exposure time.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 11mm
Shutter time: 30 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

 

Softness

Softness: twilight over the island of Serpentara, southern Sardinia, Italy.

Before the arrival of the night, twilight gives brief moments of absolute quietness, embraced by a light which colors everything with softness and delicate hues.
The opportunity to witness ephemeral wonders like this is one of the most precious gifts we could receive; this makes me appreciate with great joy the moments I have, to stay in close contact with a nature that’s as beautiful as fragile.
To capture this fleeting moment, I’ve used a medium tele lens and a 4 stops ND filter, that extended the exposure time just enough to smooth out the surface of the sea.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Focal lenght: 35mm
Shutter time: 15 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

 

Guarding the pool

Guarding the pool. Sunset over an ancient quarry in Sardinia, Italy.

Guarding the pool. South western Sardinia, Italy. Sunset over a unique place on the coast: where, during the punic age (about 8th century BC) there was a quarry, now there’s a pool, whose water mirrors the colors of the sky and gives a glimpse of the submerged stones. The thin line of eroded rocks divides the the perfectly still pool from the rough sea, making this scenery even more fascinating. Further on, a watchtower built in a more recent era, dominates the promontory and guards the entire coastline.
To make this photograph I’ve used a 4 stops ND filters and a 2 stops graduated ND filter: the first one helped to extend the exposure time, emphasizing the movement of the waves, while the second one darkened the sky, balancing the light in the scene.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 1,6 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Illusion of time – Long exposure of a Japanese Torii at dusk

The illusion of time.

The illusion of time. Another 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, it’s a gate that represents the passage from the secular world to a sacred one. In this photograph I’ve took advantage of the soft light of a cloudy day and, by capturing the scene after the sunset using a long exposure, I tried to convey a sense of stillness: the boundaries between the water and the sky almost disappear, leaving the Torii and the distant mountains in an undefined space, untied from the flow of time.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 111 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

Note that this photograph has been awarded with a Nominee at the 2018 edition of FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards

 

 

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

The punic pool – Reflections on an ancient punic quarry at sunset

The punic pool. Sunset over the south western coast of Sardinia, Italy.

Sunset over the south western coast of Sardinia. Where once was a quarry of the Punic age, now the perfectly still water reflects the sky and the colors of the sunset.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 3 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Corsair’s mirror – Sunset over the western coast of Sardinia

Corsair’s mirror. Sunset over the western coast of Sardinia, Italy.

Corsair’s mirror. Sunset over the western coast of Sardinia. In this photograph I’ve played with the opposites: the emptiness of the sky with the richness of the foreground; the intersection between the harshness of the rocks and the clean stillness of the water of the puddle within.

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

 

 

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