Friday, October 13, 2017

Sunset in Mirca

As the days are getting shorter and daylight is dimming, I'm looking more and more often into the pictures of the just gone summer.




Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tall City

I have kept for too long this image of the latest skyline of Milan stowed away in a folder with all my other pictures "ready" for publishing. Still, for I don't know which reason, I always waited for a right time. It must have my a sense of retention to show the clumsy attempt of some Italian cities to mimic other bigger towns around the World, having much less history, architecture and Art to show off. At last, today, I came across an award-winning picture of Milan, featuring the same modern background, standing upright behind the arch of Garibaldi, in Piazza XXV Aprile.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Survivors - I

I'm looking into the "photographic" material that I produced last summer in Croatia, wishing to find few pictures good enough for publishing. The folder counts more or less nine hundreds pictures: which is about thirty rolls of the old film cameras, two rolls per day. An impressive rate, I'd say. Lots of doubles, or triplets with different settings or exposition. I would have run into trouble if I hadn't had a wireless connection through which storing them on my piece of cloud. I wonder how many pictures I would have taken if I had to pay fro the rolls, the film development and the prints. Four?

Now, looking at the crop, I'm not able to declare myself disappointed: I decided deliberately to leave my reflex at home and spend those two weeks with only my mobile at reach. I thought it would and been easier to me to move around an unexplored land and express myself in a place with plenty of unknown opportunities. And I also thought it wouldn't have been worst than my last point-and-shoot. Still, after sitting at the post-processing tool, the result is very bad, unmanageable, sometimes unrecoverable and I can't blame anyone else but me. These pictures are good for a mobile, for Instagram look-like-and-go-by approach, not for memory.





Donji Humac (Croatia)

(Made with my mobile)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Findings

I'm back to Graz, after two weeks spent on the Croatian coastline, with plenty of images on my mobile: some of which I already posted almost "live" on my Instagram page (there must be a link  to it somewhere on the right column of this page).
This summer I had to take an important decision: whether taking with me the whole DSLR gears or relying on my currently best point-and-shoot device, the mobile phone camera. So, just few minutes before leaving my apartment (some of which spent sitting on my bed with the bulky package in my hands), I opted for the second option. And I have to admit I'm not completely disappointed. I could have certainly taken better pictures but the result are not that bad and the easiness of having a good crop at your reach any time has paid back all the initial regrets.







(Made and sent from my Mobile)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Stranded on a Rocky Island

I'm spending my first week of vacation on the island of Brac, not far from the Dalmatian coast of Split. I was often told about the "rockiness" of the Kroatian coast but I couldn't figure out how much rocky they could actually be. Along the hundreds kilometers of coastline, there are just few points where the modern-life comfort-addicted humans can afford a safe dive into the sea. Still the entire border of the island can be walked along with a pair of good shoes on.
This gives me the chance to get away from the crowd and spend a little time with myself.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

A solitary walk in the garden

I'm in constant search for places where to stop and think: thinking spots that suites my personal, peculiar needs. Looks like that, once again, the moment for taking important decisions has come. A long theory of open points that need to be closed very quickly, with no hesitation. I've already taken important decisions and stepped on in my recent past. I'm trying to understand now it they made all sense and whether I can continue on the same way. This stands for the most important aspects of my life, as well as for more trivial ones.

After lingering for long, I decided to start trying a different stage where to show a part of my pictures. During the last week I opened my window on the pictures' instant gratification platform, needless to say which one it is, a place where your images are put on display in a matter of seconds, with either no post-processing or ready-made filters that inevitably (and miserably) align your long-time elaborated way of watching and interpreting the world with that of millions of other aspiring instant photographers. The ultimate wish is to "fish" more audience for this stage, the most preferred of mine, which (my fault) I always failed to let it take off. I know I can't expect much from the crowd, from the mass of "likes-hunters" out there. A trial is anyway worth giving.

I could continue walking alone in my garden. No one would ever know it is there.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fake but True

Along the main walking street of Salzburg, every single shop has its own fanciful, traditional advertising sign: even the most unexpected.
I haven't been much around for tourism, recently. So I can't say if this is simply the sign of a voluntary respect of local traditions or rather a general trend of stylistic appropriation, perpetrated by the modern globally distributed commercial brands, that is affecting other cities with peculiar, unique traits (I'm thinking to Venice, Paris or London for name a few) or the effect of a kind of forced integration to which everything must undergo when entering the Austrian territory.
Still, I prefer much more a sober - even if fake - sign of presence like these to many horrible and intrusive colored billboards seen elsewhere. Is it really so complicate and expensive to prefer a discrete sign to glittering neon and flashing LED?



Racing 'round The World

Some do it holding tight the helm of a sailing boat in the hands, many others with a camera stick. I've seen people actually running between one selfie in the Mirabelle Park and the following one a the feet of the Festung (the Castle). Taking samples of passage, rather than being there, without stopping a minute to look around.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Music for all ages

Some pay attention, some others pay tips ...


(Made and sent from my mobile)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What else?

When all the desirable elements are in the right place, in the right moment, with the right light ... and you don't have any other gears with you than your mobile.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hurry up!

I consider this one a marvel, regardless of its quality. Notwithstanding the coming storm and a tire getting flatter and flatter because of a thorn, in the time lapse of no more than ten seconds, I've been able to pull the mobile out of the pocket under the saddle and shoot three or four times before passing this lady by. I couldn't ask for more. Or?



(Made and sent from my mobile)
(while riding)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

To go or not to go

So, yesterday morning we decided to challenge the bad weather forecasts again and, with no other "equipment" than our bikes, we went riding along the Mur again. The sky was overcast enough not to burn under the sun but the air was dump, full of humidity as if we were in the flatland of the Italian Pianura Padana.
Everything went right, until we got close to the town again and the lightnings announced something ... bad. In a quarter of hour a flooding storm came over us. We could only recover under a passageway of the river bank and wait. At some point, the water started coming in as well and a quick decision had to be taken. Which is not our best!


(Made and sent from my mobile)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

On the Mur Radweg

Riding back home as fast as I could, before a new shower came down. The R2 is desert: no one dares to challenge the "waterbombs" coming down in these last days of June. The picture is a bit skaken and unbalanced, I know. I'm more and more impatient: it seems that I don't even have the time to stop a while and take a picture in the way it should. This one was taken while riding. Take it a a simple report.


(Made and sent from my mobile)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May Flowers - I

Last winter I have definitely worked too much. I devoted myself to the new professional experience, leaving no time to anything else but work and, of course, the family. Surpisingly, notwithstanding the opportunities offered by the surrounding countryside, I have even disdained my beloved mountain bike and now I'm asking how was it possible that I took back exactly the same body shape that I had just before moving to Austria.
So, in the attempt to regain control of my health, beside sitting again on the saddle, I committed myself to a daily walk along the Murrad: a narrow cycling path that goes along the banks of the Mur river, quietly flowing just behind the buildings of my company. In these days, on the sides of this country road, beside the sandwich that I'm used to buy to the Imbiss-Bus parking in front of the company's main gate, I can also find enough "bread for my photographic theet". A good reason for taking this solitary walk every noon.
The quality of the pictures is what I can afford with my mobile. I decided not to turn them to Black and White as usual. It would be a crime. And, if possible, I would like to keep the pace of one picture a day for the whole month of June.  Let's see. 



(Made and sent from my mobile)

Friday, May 12, 2017

50!



I'm taking a day off. I couldn't spend it in office. It doesn't happen every day to pass a milestone like this.