Spring 2017: Polychromatic encounters

Yeah, I know… I skipped last Autumn report, shame on me. But Spring pictures can’t really be left out for no reason! It’s definitely my favourite season for photography.
One could be led to think that it’s an easy street: with all these macro subjects and colors you just have to point your lens against your subject in the right way and you’ll likely end with plenty of good shots.

But that’s not really the case: there are very few hours of “good” light and usually, during this time, you have to struggle against the wind and the ever changing light… or  weather conditions!

But sometimes you can turn these conditions to your advantage… like in this case:

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There aren’t are many animals in my photography. The fact is they usually need to be attracted with baits and I don’t like this, I prefer to bump into my subject and take time to compose the photo the way I want. But anyway finally I was so lucky to take a picture of a frog of which I’m quite happy with:

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Flowers

This Spring I’ve had the chance to photograph some flowers which I hadn’t already photgraphed, at least not in the way that i wanted to, for example, daffodils which were (strangely?) among the first flowers that started to pop out on March:

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Then it was time for crocuses, snowdrops and two-leaf squill (Scilla bifolia) which celebrate the passage from Winter to Spring:

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I don’t forget to pay attention to common species like anemones and muscari:

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Unfortunaly the Hepatica nobilis, another main character of Spring, is not present over the Aurunci mountains so I had to take a trip to the Apennine mountains to meet these beauties for the first time in my life:

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Insects

I haven’t taken so many insect shots during this season. But I’m quite happy with these cricket, owly sulphur (Libelloides sp.) and six-spot burnet (Zygaena sp.) shots:

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Wild orchids

This year I’ve chosen to focus a little bit more on wild orchids. Luckily the Aurunci mountains are filled with different species of wild orchids.  In addition to Orchis purpurea, Orchis italica, Anacamptis morio, Anacamptis pyramidalis, Ophrys apifera and Ophrys holosericea, this year I’ve also taken photos of the Orchis mascula and Ophrys crabronifera:

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It’s also the first time that I saw and photographed a Lady’s-slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus). Although I prefer to build a deep knowledge relationship with the usual rather than go hunting for rare subjects, this year I’ve been thrilled to get acquainted with this discreet lady of the woods and this is the result of a first approach.

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I think there are more than one personal favourite among these shots and some of them will become part of my homepage portfolio

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Awards, exhibitions and lectures

I’d like to say goodbye to 2016 remembering some important events which took place during this year. One of my photos has been finalist in #POSTIDALUPI photographic concourse organized by the LIFE WolfAlps project and it has exhibited at the MUSE (Natural Sciences Museum of Trento, Italy).

Another photo earned a medal offered by the Photographic Society of America at 9th edition of the international contest of photography Narava. If you’re curious about my awarded photos, please take a look at the “Awards” page in this website.

Plus this summer I had my first personal exhibition called “Vision of Nature” which took place in the Historical and Naturalistic Museum “Real Ferdinando” within the Monte Orlando natural reserve in Gaeta (Lazio, Italy).

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I think exhibitions are a unique chance for diving more deeply into photography, taking more time to look at a photo and sharing opinions between authors and viewers. In this time of hasty and compulsive timeline scrolling, exhibitions are the perfect way to get out of the virtual world and get in touch with people, their thoughts and their feelings.

Last week I’ve also gave a lecture about the relationship between Photography and Music @ Image Studio, a photography studio in my hometown. Having been trained as a musician/composer, I’ve learned photography by applying music composition techniques to images. I’ve tried to share my point of view on this subject and I had really enjoyed sharing opinions with other people.

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Spring: a kaleidoscope of colors

Spring has come to an end… unfortunately! Spring is maybe my favourite season. I was born in this season and I must admit I have a particular relationship with it. Being my photography mainly focused on the macro genre nowadays, you can easily realize why i wait all year for this season. All the colors of flowers and insects are perfect subjects awaiting nothing but being caputered by my camera. Spring seems to have started earlier than usual this years… and earlier seems to be ended. Below you can find a selection of the best shots from the last 3 months or thereabout…

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It all started with this butterfly. i decided to try a special technique and take a more creative shot compared to the other butterfly photos that I’ve taken last year.

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Then colors began shyly to pop out over the meadows

Wild orchids

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I’m lucky enough to live in the region of the Aurunci Mountains where wild orchids are widespread in a great variety. During this spring i’ve got the chance to photograph some species that haven’t even ever found before like the Anacamptis laxiflora.

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There have been days when the light wasn’t that great so i decided to concentrate my sight over details in search of abstract compositions.

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Not only rare flowers like orchids but also common flowers like buttercups (Ranunculus) and poppies. I coulnd’t keep myself from wanting to photograph poppies this year because I realized that i didn’t have good photos of them. In the beginning of Spring it seemed I was able to find those flowers only by the roadside… but I didn’t want a small patch of them, I need a big meadow! Then, suddenly…

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During a road trip with my girlfriend i’ve been so lucky to face what I called “the Castelluccio on the Aurunci Mountains”. As you might know, Castelluccio di Norcia is an italian locality renowed for its colorful meadow which are the aim of photographers from all around the world. This meadow was so small compared to the ones in Castelluccio but it offered a true kaleidoscope of colors ranging from the red of poppies to the purple of wild gladiolus. It was a complete joy for the eyes!

Insects

This year i feel like i wanted to experiment more chaotic composition in bugs shots. Something a little beyond than isolating the subject and have a clear separation between subject and background/foreground.

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My personal favourite is perhaps this last shot. I had to compose it really quickly because that bug was alive and constantly moving. Plus it was so small and i struggled to keep him completely on focus. I chose this dramatic composition because i want to exaggerate the dynamic tension on this image by having the two main elements on opposite sides. The result is very dramatic and narrative in my opinion. It’s a real pity that this photo isn’t showing up correctly in the squared thumbnail preview.

Finally i also had the chance to dust off my wide angle lens and take this photograph of the falls of this creek on the natural reserve of Zompo lo Schioppo (Abruzzo, Italy) where I’ve been in daytrip with my friends Enzo and Enzo. I love landscape photography too and i hope i’ll have more chance to travel and take pictures like this one below.

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I really hope you enjoyed my report and my pictures. I’m really satisfied with some of them and I think some of these will end up on my personal selection on the main page of this website. There are a lot more photos I took than just these which I take during this season. You can find them by visiting my facebook page (follow the link on the right side of the page).

Into an Elvish realm

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It was by the end of September when my friend photographer Francesco and I decided to go by the banks of  river Garigliano (Southern Lazio, Italy) to try to take pictures of birds.

Unfortunately, as often happens with these kind of subject, we were not so lucky to take good pictures of birds.

Despite this, we really had a good time listening to the sound of the water and bird songs and also took some pictures of dragonflies. There was really a soothing atmosphere.

On our way back, as the sun began to set behind the poplar groves, that atmosphere turned from soothing into something magical.

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I tried to capture that particular sensation focusing more on what I was feeling rather than on what I was seeing then i started to experiment with the so-called ICM (Intentional Camera Movements).

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As the leaves started to become more and more yellow and bright I decided to step onto the grove to capture a more intimate feeling.

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Later on I had to decided for a title for the picture that I thought it was the best of the set, the one which represent best what i felt and what i wanted to communicate. I came up with “Lothlorien” which is the name of the fairest forest realm of the Elves in J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium, because i really had the impression to have stepped onto a fairy kingdom.

But what I didn’t know and that really amazed me was to find out that in Tolkien books the name “Lothlorien” refers to the golden leaves trees which are distinctive of this land. Moreover, Tolkien placed Lothlorien at the joint of two rivers and the place where i took these pictures is just situated where two rivers join to give birth to the Garigliano. This fact made the first photo on this post even more mysterious and magical to my eyes.