Double rainbow over Lisciano and Mercatale

Shot with iPhone 6, panoramic mode, edited with Lightroom Mobile.

Poggio della Croce

Poggio della Croce is a small nondescript hill on which people hunt wild boars. But it’s also very conveniently located in between Lake Trasimeno, Val di Chiana and Val di Pierle, overlooking both Tuscany and Umbria. Surely it has a very bad lighting at dawn, so I went there at sunset… And I am pretty glad …

Ave Maria

Torino

Torino Guido Gozzano, 1911 Quante volte tra i fiori, in terre gaie, sul mare, tra il cordame dei velieri, sognavo le tue nevi, i tigli neri, le dritte vie corrusche di rotaie, l’arguta grazia delle tue crestaie, o città favorevole ai piaceri! E quante volte già, nelle mie notti d’esilio, resupino a cielo aperto, sognavo …

Trieste

Ho attraversato tutta la città. Poi ho salita un’erta, popolosa in principio, in là deserta, chiusa da un muricciolo: un cantuccio in cui solo siedo; e mi pare che dove esso termina termini la città. Trieste ha una scontrosa grazia. Se piace, è come un ragazzaccio aspro e vorace, con gli occhi azzurri e mani …

Jof di Montasio

It has been too long since I shared a picture and as a matter of fact it has been a long time since I actually took my camera out for a spin. So here comes a view from atop the Jof di Montasio, in the Julian Alps, taken at the summit of a rather adventurous …

After a long silence…

I am very happy to share that VSCO grid curated has selected also the above image! Thank you VSCO.

Je so’ pazzo

In 1978 in Italy a law was passed that abolished psychiatric hospitals. No big deal you might think, most countries no longer had asylums. The law though abolished all forms of residential facility for psychiatric health care, including hospital wards, and limited drastically the possibilities of involuntary hospitalisation. So much so that, criticised as it may be, …

Sforniamo sempre

Honestly, I am not sure about the message of this picture. It sounds eminently politically incorrect. However, there is something to it, maybe even a strong feminist undertone. You tell me (but do bear in mind I had no political intention whatsoever when I shot it!) PS: ‘Sfornare’ literally means ‘to take out of the …

My best one of 2015 so far

Snapped with an iPhone 5s and processed with VSCOcam Edit: I am very happy that the above image has been selected for the VSCO curated grid. Thanks!

Epic Ben Alligin

On the verge of leaving the Highlands to deal with their terrible weather forecast (sorry Skye, gotta go!) I thought I would share some ray of hope, since the forecast for the day we spent sunbathing/burning on Ben Alligin in Torridon was pretty bad. Chance of cloud free Munros 0%, cloud baseline less than 200m. …

My favourite spot in the world

Sitting on the saddle between Am Bàsteir and Brauch na Frithe and looking down while the clouds quickly lifted I realised this is probably my favourite spot in the world. I don’t mean Skye, the Highlands or Scotland—which I love, mark my words, and are most certainly among my favourite places in the world, if not my …

Spring is coming… against all odds

‘It’s a brutal lie that in the UK there is no spring. Last year for instance we had a gorgeous spring. Unfortunately I missed it because I was on the toilet’. (A joke I heard some time ago). So I won’t miss it this year. Off I go to the Lakes and the Highlands. (The …

Of Floaters and Fog

Third (overdue) and fourth (on time) chapter of my flash exploration of Skye! Yesterday evening I was too knackered to do anything but download the pictures (which, since they included close encounters with seals and deers, were insanely numerous) on the computer and wake up this morning with the clear feeling of having missed out …

Sgurr na Banachdich

Another fabulous day of hiking today, to the top of Sgurr na Banachdich in the central Cuillin. We took a very steep (like seriously steep) route to the top and descended scrambling on a gorgeous ridge (Sgurr nan Gobhar), with 1 final hour of hellish scree… It was kind-a like skiing, only worse. Let’s call …

One word: Skye

Just one word, because in fact no words can describe the beauty of this place. Unbelievable. I will let a couple of quickly uploaded and seriously resized pictures try to convey the breathtaking beauty of the Cuillin of Skye. These taken during a wonderful scramble on the South Cuillin (to Coir a Ghrunnda), guided by …

The one with the bear

When I first hit San Servolo (Socreb) and then Mount Taiano (Slavnik) last year I knew I had just discovered a gold mine! I lived so close to this area yet I come to discover it as an expatriate. Whatever works I guess. So I started to explore the Ciceria (Cicarjia), the highland area that goes from …

Of speedlights and stuff

When my passionobsession with photography started I had a Canon 1000d with a small pop up flash. I never fired it. The first thing I was quite rightly told by the ubiquitous photographer-friend whom every noobie pesters was: don’t fire your on camera flash. Ever. Full stop. The second thing was forget automatic modes, the most automatic …

Featured in VSCO Grid!

I am honoured and delighted that the image above (taken with Sony A7r + FE 16-35 in Perugia, and processed with VSCOCam on the iPad) has been featured in the VSCO Grid curated gallery. Thank you VSCO Team! (not only for selecting me but for developing such great presets and apps). Here is the link …

Lake Trasimeno

A couple of days ago, after about seven years of passionate amateur photography I finally decided to calibrate my monitor (with a Spyder4pro). Seriously? I would have preferred to live in the oblivion. Now I know why I hate printing my pictures. No seriously, there are some set of pictures that now look like they …

Mount Nanos on a gorgeous winter day (A7R+FE16-35)

The plateau where the Bora is born, a gorgeous hike in Slovenia, right after the border with Italy. We ascended on the ‘direttissima’ (just a very steep hike) and descended on the normal, relaxing traverse, on a hot and sunny winter day. On the summit, needless to say, we were met by the Bora, the wind …

Wide angle goes to Dungeness (A7r, FE 16-35 and more)

So finally I did it. I took the A7r and the FE 16-35 to my favourite location in Kent: Dungeness, the south-easternmost headland of the UK. I remember the first time I got there I was met by a typical steampunk setting. After a fifteen minute drive in what looks like barren wasteland (it’s actually …

This is not a test! The Zeiss FE 16-35 ZA on the Wye Downs

Finally there was a very lucky combination of me not having a bad cold and decent weather. I had the chance to take my new Sony Zeiss FE 16-35ZA f4 out for a spin twice, in what I consider the most photogenic locations of Kent: the Devil’s Kneading Though on the Wye Downs and the …