Massimiliano is a friend who was born in the same city as me, Trieste. Massimiliano has lived for eight years in Amsterdam. It's funny 'cause we not know each other from our own city but we've met during an evening organized by the group "Italians abroad" in The Netherlands. By now it was for so many years that we haven't seen each other, and the occasion for our "reunion" was my recent trip to Holland.

This is the second part of the photo shoot I did, working with actor, Kerim Troeller in Florence (you can read the first part here). The set was a bit challenging since Kerim wanted to shoot some pictures with a dark environment on the Giotto’s Tower in Florence at night. The location is quite spectacular but it was a lot of extra effort since we only wanted to use the available light. In our chase for solutions, we used the new LED lighting system of the Duomo coming from outside that gave us just enough light to be able to shoot these images the way I wanted.

I was happy to have been contacted by actor, Kerim Troeller for a photo shoot in Florence. Kerim is an up and coming actor in Hollywood and can be recently seen in director Michael Bay’s; “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”. He also has a film coming out this year called “We Will Part” and is set to star in a few big movies in 2016 that he can’t yet discuss.

These photos published in this article unfortunately arrive with the sad news of the accident yesterday occurred right in the same place I visited just over a week ago in Massa Carrara’s marbe quarries. In the accident that happened, a wall of marble came off sweeping two workers. At the moment the workers are still missing under the rubble. We pray in god that some good news could arrive… [Update on 15/4/16: unlucky the sad news that we didn't want to hear has arrived. The fireman found the bodies lifeless under the stones]

A photo session with Alexa in the studio in Florence. For this pictures I've used only natural light that was coming inside the studio through the huge window we have. It's so nice to work in natural light and I love the shadows and contrasts I can get. It's funny to point that, this kind of direct light entering from the window I can achieve only in the winter months since during the spring and summer the sun is rising on the horizon and the light is coming more perpendicular.

Well, this was a decision I was thinking about from last year. Since I've bought and start to use the Fuji X100T (you can see many post on this site with the tag on the left) I start to love the Fuji philosophy of modern camera with a retro look that mixing the best of the two world: the analogue one with all knobs/gears/settings and the digital one with amazing sensors and a unique look especially with the colors. So after many months of thinking what to do, I've decide to do my switch from Canon: I've bouth the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 as my main camera and the Fujifilm X-T1 as a second one. I've added then all the main Fujion prime lens and the wide lens zoom 10-24mm + the excellent 50-140mm.

It was from a long time that I promise myself to visit Perugia. I've heard quite interesting story from this ancient city. After I've visited it, I can only confirm the positive feedback. Perugia is fabulous: there's many old streets where you can walk and feel the old medieval town. In some way, with the up and down hills and the panoramic view above the city, it reminds me Orvieto, another place that I love.

Ryoki is a Japanese organist. During his staying in Florence he has contact me to take some portrait that he may use for the next theatrical season in Japan. We had great time walking around the city. Ryoki asked me to take photos on the iconic places around the city, so my idea was to start from Piazzale Michelangelo, then to walk to San Miniato in Monte and then down to the old town, stopping in front of ponte Vecchio and in the iconic - fashionable Via de' Tornabuoni street. We ended our photo session in Santo Spirito and in front of Palazzo Pitti. I had great time with Ryoki: Japanese people are always very friendly and very nice to talk with!

I want to share with you this portrait session i took with Natalie in my studio in Florence. I used just one big soft light coming from the up right corner and a black backdrop: in this situations I want to concentrate more about the subject and want to try to "get it out" from the background in a nice contrast of lights and shadows. The photos have been retouched only on the contrast and color side but not any extensive retouching in Photoshop has been done.

Photographers are lot of the times not only obsessed about the quality of the pictures but also about the tools they are using. We’re considering the cameras as our tool to get the job done, but it’s not a mystery that lot of the time, we’re looking to an item that can give us satisfaction and not frustration when we are shooting.

I remember my first class of photography I took around 14 years ago: at the time (the year 2002) the digital reflex where kind of expensive and limited in the quality of images recorded. There was the big debate about analogue vs digital and who was the best one. In those years there was no mach: analogue photography was still an edge over the digital world.

I think the evolution of smartphone photography is quite amazing. In just some year we had phones with better and better camera. We can capture images with a quality that until some years ago only a professional reflex could achieve. LG in this years pushed so much with their smartphone and it seams that the new device that will be presented next week (the LG G5) will be even better with dedicated external photography module (a sort of hand grip for photography and a 360º camera). So here's my test using the LG G4 a smartphone that is worth to get in consideration even now that the new one will be out to the market in some weeks. The reason is that in this moment the price is quite low compared to the new version and the device is very capable.

Recently in October I had the big satisfaction to be invited in Canada from my friend Igor, co-founder of MiniMax company. They are one of the sponsors for the Calgary Film Festival. I was in charge to take some photos during the closing ceremony (you can see the photos of the event at this link here). Well, my trip there was off course a great moment to travel a bit around and discover the beautiful nature of Canada. So my main visit during those days was at Banff National park: it's a very wide area that offers some amazing views over lakes (like Lake Louise) and unique ski resort places for winter sports.

Pitti Uomo in Firenze is always a great occasion to meet some interesting people and get back home with some nice and colorful pictures! In this post there's lot of colorful pictures from the fair days! ...

I’ve been so lucky and proud to be invited from my friends Igor&Igor of MiniMax Group at the Calgary Film Festival. In this way I had the opportunity to take some pictures of the special guests from the last gala’s evening.

I loved the night. First of all there was shown the best ten short movies selected by the festival jury: each of them had something unique, going from drama to irony, psychological introspection to sweet stories of everyday life. The dress code and style of the night was thinking about the ’30ies years. I’ve to say that no one had disappointed with that: every guest had a particular and unique touch in the style of the evening that made the atmosphere inside the theatre so special.

I want from long time to write a post analyzing the photographs taken with the smartphone. I think we're in a really big change talking about the photography. We are now inside the real revolution of the digital image time: we now have the chance to put in our pockets a device often less thick than a centimeter that not only allows us to take great photographs in terms of exposure and colors but also gives us the ability to edit the shots working on the postproduction with powerful Apps. Even more, today we can share our pictures immediately with the world and we could have millions of users ready to "receive" and see our works.

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