Getting closer – A day in Venice – part 2

My day in Venice was completely devoted to explore some limits of my photographic skills. The first study was about the gear I should carry around and as I wrote previously, it’s much better to focus on what you have rather on what you could have, switching camera or lens. This is also true when you want to buy some new stuff. Are you sure you are limited by the lack of gear rather than by your lack of skills?

The second test I wanted to perform was about my confidence taking close-ups of perfect strangers on the street. This time the lens mattered a lot because the smaller the focal length, the closer you have to get. Let’s start with a 85mm lens. The easiest lens of the ones I had.

Fully manual close-ups

My challenge was pretty tough because I was taking head shots with a Nikkor 85mm f1.8 fully manual. No light metering and no AF. It means that to perform a proper shot you really need to be prepared. No time for metering, just focusing, therefore the metering has to be done before. It requires a bit of experience but it’s not so difficult. Manual focusing is a bit trickier but the D90 has a manual focus assistant and a green light turns on when the AF point is focused. Unfortunately it’s not so easy to rely on a very small assistant like that when your subject is not posing for you and you have to catch the moment. The key for success is practice, practice, practice.


Venezia
Nikon D90 - 85mm - ISO 400 - f2.8 - 1/250


Venezia
Nikon D90 - 85mm - ISO 400 - f2.8 - 1/250


Venezia
Nikon D90 - 85mm - ISO 400 - f2.8 - 1/125

In the next blogposts I’ll show you the same kind of experience but with shorter lenses: 50mm and 23mm. I will also tell about my rules of engament, stay tuned!

The full set of pictures is available on Flickr and your feedback is more than welcome!

Postcards from Italy

I’m spending two weeks of vacation back in Ravenna, Italy, my hometown. I decided to spend my holidays here because during the last few months I travelled a lot, and once I’ll be back in Vienna my non-stop-travelling will start again. The plan was to come here, relax and spend some days with my family that I hadn’t seen for a pretty long time.

Being here on holiday is giving me the opportunity to see this city with a new peace of mind and the same streets I used to walk on during my childhood are completely different now through the glass of my camera. I’m unexpectedly surprised by the beauty of this place.

These are the postcards about my new experience, enjoy.

A day at the races

cars

Last sunday i had the pleasure to be a guest visitor at the “8th Monza Rally Show” in Monza, near Milan. I was invited by eni that was presenting its new lubricant product line called “i-sint”.

I’ve never been a fan of cars, especially race cars. I always found tremendous boring to spend time staring at loud vehicles passing by at high speed. I always asked myself “where is the fun”? If we add that the day was rainy, i was happy to be invited, but not so interested, to be honest.

But then something happened, they allowed us to try race cars on a rally track, with instructors and… MUD. Wow, driving a Subaru Impreza for a real race was such a terrific experience! Something really difficult to explain but when i went out of the car i was so exited that i definitely wanted more. Yeah, the only disappointing part of the day was how quick the driving experience was but it’s totally understandable in that the situation.

There were about 20 of us in the short race and this is the final result:

As you can see i was 6th in the rank and as my very first rally, i’m very proud of myself. You can find the in-car video of my performance on youtube and you cans earch oll the content of the day on google and on twitter with the tag #Isintrally. Thanks to Nicola Mattina, Elastic and eni for the invitation

I really hope to have again soon the opportunity to drive a supercar on a race track, which is the only place where people should try this kind of experience. Never do that on a public street. Never.