Siamo tornati a Bologna un po’ abbronzati e con 1600 fotografie. Il viaggio è stato davvero comodo ed economico. Dato che non ci sono treni veloci che collegano Bologna a La Spezia, abbiamo preso due regionali che sono arrivati in perfetto orario. Come avevo anticipato nel precedente articolo il miglior modo per spostarsi è proprio in treno che da una Terra all’altra impiega circa 5 minuti, mentre in auto (risalendo la montagna per poi discendere) ci vuole più o meno mezz’ora. Le Cinque Terre sono un luogo unico al Mondo che sicuramente merita di essere visitato. E’ un paradiso per fotografi di viaggio tanto che ho potuto arricchire il mio portfolio con scatti nuovi davvero interessanti. La cosa che mi ha colpito di più è il fatto che si prestino ad ogni tipo vacanza: da quella più lussuosa e tranquilla a quella più all’avventura, a contatto con la natura. Ogni Terra ha una particolarità che sicuramente la farà preferire ad un viaggiatore piuttosto che un altro…….
This post has been stirring with me for a while. Reasons are multiple, but mainly it has been because of the timing of things. It’s no longer a secret that I have been testing the new Fujifilm X-T2 since mid april. As part of my testing I took the camera with me to Iceland on a trip that was planned for a while. I did a story for Fujifilm-x.com about using the X-T2 in this setting. You can read it here. But my intention with the Iceland trip had always been about something else than the X-T2. Being a HUGE fan of monochrome photography, and its strengths and weaknesses I really wanted to do a monochrome representation of my trip. I have seen images from Iceland done in monochrome from the likes of Jan Grarup and Ragner Axelsson when testing the Leica Monochrom……
During Memorial day weekend, a US national holiday, I had a few days off by surprise(believe me, Nurse’s schedule are weird,) excited, because it was an opportunity to travel solo. First option was to hike in Banff, Canada, but found out that the weather during my travel dates wont be ideal for hiking. So I opened Google flights and checked the world map on where I could go. With very few options to travel abroad, because I’m holding a Filipino passport, it was tough. Found out, Morocco was one of the places I could go without a visa. TL;DR I booked a flight to Marrakech, that will leave 72hrs after(yeah, I’m all about that spontaneous life…….
Source: Lost in Marrakech Pt. 1
I think it’s fair to say that we are all guilty of not using all of the features on our cameras. We prefer to stick to what we know or what we think we need. One of those features that I had dismissed as a bit gimmicky was the Advanced Filters. Sure I had looked at them and fired off a few shots but they weren’t for me, I preferred to produce my creative images in Lightroom or Photoshop. However that was all to change on my recent trip to Lisbon. Now I wouldn’t quite describe Lisbon as beautiful, it’s certainly not a Venice, Paris or Prague. But it is definitely characterful. Very hilly, lots of little streets and alleyways, buildings that have seen better days contrasting with some stunning architecture, oh and of course there are the trams. These trams have been part of Lisbon’s travel network for almost 150 years and are one of the city’s major tourist attractions….
My friends and I decided to have our buddy’s bachelor party in Iceland. We took Iceland Air to fly into Reykjavik and I couldn’t help but notice the flight attendant closest to us. Now, I know what you’re thinking, yes flight attendants are generally good looking and there’s selection bias when hiring one. However, this was different. It’s wasn’t the uniform or all the cliche stuff, it was her eyes, big and bright blue, contrasted by the fairest skin I had ever seen and hair so blonde it was almost grey. Wait, here comes another one, with bigger and bluer eyes, and fairer skin, and blonder hair!!! And another one!!! This time he was a man!!! And yes, I am comfortable enough with my sexuality to say he was one good looking mother*^%#. I started wondering, “is everyone from Iceland this beautiful?” ……
Source: Iceland | Eyesland – Waleed Shah
I have always dreamed about visiting Mongolia. Ever since I was young boy and I first time read stories about Genghis Khan. I watched every documentary about this remote exotic country. With eyes glued to the screen I promised myself that one day, I definitely make the trip. My time came in fall 2015 and I visited the country twice! During my first trip I climbed Khüiten, the highest peak in Mongolia. I also attended the annual Eagle Hunting Festivall in Bayan-Ölgii province. Couple of weeks later, I had to unexpectedly relocate to different part of the world for work and with few months to spare in between the jobs, I decided to travel. Mongolia was the obvious choice again since I was so impressed first time. As before any trip, I usually do my research about destination, people, customs etc. Still to this day, more than half of Mongolian population lives nomadic lifestyle. Country is the 19th largest and distances are vast. There is so much to see and good planning is essential………
Last November, my good friend, Dylan, invited me to travel to LA for the Adobe Max conference and am I glad he did! Not only was the conference amazing (I’m already registered to go back in 2016)! At the and of the opening session, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Photoshop, they announced that everyone in attendance would go home with a brand new Fujifilm X-T10 and 24-55 lens kit! As a Canon shooter, my initial thought was “That’s cool. Maybe I’ll sell it on Ebay and pay myself back for some of the conference.” But once I opened the box, I knew I was in love. It was built like a tank. The classic style, small size, a lens felt better than any Canon lens I own, and the dials—oh, the dials. It was such a departure from my Canon DSLRs where everything is on a screen. It was tactile, and although new, felt very familiar. I was smitten…I was in deep smit……
You know when you see or hear about a place that sounds utterly beautiful and special, and just sticks in your mind, bugging you relentlessly until you give in and book a flight there? Well the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway was just such a place for me and my father Alan. My father had a special birthday this year and so what better thing as a gift than to get him an experience that neither he or I would forget. A road trip in Lofoten. Planning commenced a few months prior, going old school and using a paper map! So nice to ditch the sat nav for a change! A total of 4 flights and 1000km of driving awaited. There is pretty much one main road that links these string of islands that curl out into the Norwegian Sea, the E10, and is in itself a miracle of engineering. Long (up to 6km) tunnels cut through the mountains and stunning bridges that all sit well in the landscape. There was always a sense of excitement exiting each tunnel as undoubtably a stunning vista would await that would cue stopping the car and getting the cameras out…….
After twelve hours of travel by car and plane, I now find myself on a Freciarossa high speed train tearing its way through the Tuscan countryside at 300km per hour. The Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino airport in Rome is now a distant memory. My airplane window view of puffy clouds has been replaced with a train window view of lush green hills and beautiful Tuscan villages. I try my best to counteract the impending jet lag by pulling out my camera. Eventually the view transitions into a blurry mixture of tall trees, soundproofing walls and continuous pitch-black tunnels. Announcements in Italian blare over the speakers – their English translations come soon after. In what seems like only minutes after leaving Rome, we’re pulling into Florence…….
Source: Florence: A Timeless City
With any new country we visit we try to find some point of reference while planning a trip. Such was the case during our first visit to Scotland, four years ago, when we decided to visit Glenfinan, a place of birth of a fictional character Connor MacLeod, from the movie „Highlander“ (the original, not the re-makes.. ;D). This time around, I have managed to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, where some of the scenes from the movie were filmed. And what a place it is! My first stop over, was on our way to Skye, during early evening. It was overcast, and the light wasn’t fantastic but, I think, I have managed to capture some nice shots, all things considered. So, without further delay, here they are, my memories from the chase, after the fictional character from one of my all time favorite movies. Enjoy!……