Napoli and its old town: a short photo-essay

For my two-days trip in Napoli (Naples: I somehow dislike using the Anglo-Saxon name for this Italian town), the photographic gear choice was quite easy:  I wanted light and unobtrusive. I went for an iPhone 5 and a Fuji X-T1 fitted with a Nikkor 50/1.2 lens. Although normally I like …

Cars parked in the street

They may have travelled for miles, they may have come from the most disparate places, often very different from the ones where we see them: cars, parked in the streets, tell interesting stories when they are framed in their environment: stories made of contrasts, surprises, colours and cultural clashes. I …

Dramatic light for somebody sitting in a room

Aside some editing, this effect was obtained with a large Elinchrom Rotalux softbox 90x110cm with its (Rota)grid placed just in front of Francesco S., very low and throwing light parallel to the floor. A little bit of filling was give by a reflector illuminating a far white wall behind him.

Shooting wide open: fad vs technical necessity

Sometimes, I believe it is just a fad: wide-open lens to shoot creamy blurred background. I like it but I am not too much into it. As it has been said, often a blurred background compensates for the lack of composition skills: what to do with what is behind the …