The shooting session for a photo book with Veronica was a great occasion to test the Sigma 50mm f/1.4.

There's lot of buzz around the web about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Someone say it's quite better than the Canon f/1.4, someone says it's even comparable to the superb Canon 50 f/1.2 Well with those consideration in mind I had the chance to do a test with those three lens.

Florence, a very crowded city during the day and a calm city in the night. I would not sing as a "city that never sleep". Florence in the night sleeps well, so it's a great occasion to go out and do some unique photos. Florence by night in my opinion is more beautiful than in the day: you can really walk on the roads, looking at all the world's most famous monuments and sculpture without having thousand of people all around. There's a magic silence and you can breethe the best of the art and let the time pass over the night.

In this situation i did a nice walk in the city with the brand new Fuji X100s. I want to try the performance of the camera with photos at very Iso level. Well, I should say that

On the roads of Florence, doing some portrait photographs with Mary. With this photo shoot I could use the Leica M9 camera with 75mm Summicron. I found the Leica 75mm f/2 Summicron lens very great. In the morning I tested also the Leica 35mm Summilux and whao!, that lens was amazing sharp already at f/1.4. Leica camera is an unique universe starting from

Some clean portrait photography shoot for fashion blogger Fotini: www.fashion-sauce.com For this photosession I've tried the Samsung 60mm Macro lens with the mirrorless Samsung Nx-20: great combination! All macro lens are usually very sharp, and this Samsung 60mm Macro follows the tradition!) Almost all the picture were shot at maximum aperture of f/2.8. I've used a big softbank light (1m x 80cm) in the studio mainly on the right of the object. There was no bouncing light on the right cause I want to get a good contrast in the picture. The photographs were taken in my studio in Florence. Book and appointment for a shooting in the studio!

Here are my photos from the day with fashion photographer Michael David Adams from New York. The location of the workshop was the beautiful and unique Hotel Lone in Rovinj in Croatia. The Lone Hotel is very particular: its interior design reminds a lot the famous Guggenheim Museum in New York....

Here are some of my photos of backstage from the Photodays 2013 in Rovinj. I had the chance to be selected for the workshop held by the photographer Michael David Adams from New York. The day was spend taking fashion photos in the beautiful design hotel "Lone" in Rovinj. Was great to work with such nice team, and there were a great atmosphere and creativity in the air! During the day we could shoot with two Croatian model and we had the possibility to change twice the clothes following our idea of the style we preferred. Thanks to everyone and especially to Michael and his wife Victoria that did the beautiful makeup of the models! In the next post you can see the pictures that I made during the day with Michael David Adams in Rovinj.

Here are some photos taken with the black model Honey in Florence. I used a " Vintage" lens of the '60s, the excellent Pentax 50mm f/1.4 Super Takumar on a mirrorless body, the ì Samsung Nx -20 . To mount the lens Pentax Super Takumar you need two adapters: the first is a small ring produced by Pentax that converts the attack of the original M42 screw of the lens in a full functional K-Mount .

Here are the photos of the new fashion photo shoot that I did in Croatia. For the location of the shots we chose a former Yugoslav abandoned military base that is located in Pula. It 'really a extremely fascinating location with plenty of space available. We have thus taken advantage of the combination of the old walls with the apertures of light in order to create the right images. For the photo session we used an external flash, one Metz flash controlled via wireless trigger from the camera, in this case a mirrorless camera systema from Samsung, the NX-20.

I had the lucky chance to be part of a day-workshop with the master "Franco Fontana" during Fotoincontri 2013 in San Felice sul Panaro. Fontana is one of the greatest photographer/artist we have in Italy. I admire from long time his work that I find perfect in composition and vibrant...

New photo session in which we produced also the brand new cinemagraph that you can see below. For this session I want to obtain a nice black and white contrast, so I've used one big soft bank light in the studio. I really love this kind of contrast that get out from the images. For the shooting I've used an old vintage lens: the Pentax Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4. I've found this lens quite amazing for it's age and it's performing extraordinary on the Samsung Nx-20 mirrorless camera.
Cinemagraph photo session with Daniela. In this session we got some cinemagraph and some photograph aimed to publication.
For this session we want to get a colorful make up for beauty shot to show how the cinemagraph technique works here as well. Cinemagraph is a new technique that combines together video and photograhy: at the end a cinemagraph is a still photo this inside some movement. A cinemagraph start usually with a well recorded Video and then we work in post production to freeze or move the selected part we want.
Varenna is one of the villages facing the Como’s Lake. I think in this period this village become more interesting than in the summer when it’s populated by many tourists. On these cold winter months, you can enjoy a peace and tranquility that are essential ingredients in order to photograph at the best one place and not be disturbed by curious people around.
A beautiful holiday's break spend in Como. In a cold Italian winter day, there was some foggy clouds: everything became magic when we went on the top of Como's mountain and the clouds was just hiding the landscape creating a sort of mystical landscape. On the second day we spent our morning in the beautiful village of Bellagio.

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