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Fantastiche foto del concorso NG..*_*

One of the best contests each year is the National Geographic Photography Contest. They always receive so many photographic entries that are simply amazing shot from locations all over the world. I picked out a few of my favorites to share here along with the links to go see more.

Photographers of all skill levels participate in the National Geographic Photo Contest each year submitting over 15,000 photos across three different categories, Nature, People and Places. The photographs are judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts. There is one first place winner in each category and a grand prize winner as well. You can go see all the entries right now on the National Geographic Photo Contest Website.


Nat Geo 1 Photo Contest 1 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography ContestPhoto and caption by Bjorn Olesen – It had been an unusually quiet morning in the montane pine and fern forest close to the Borneo Highland Resort in Sarawak, Malaysia. I was about to pack my bags I hear this juvenile Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster) calling chi-chit chi-chit trying to attract the attention of its parents above while flapping its wings. But the parents ignored it, and the it flew away – and I did not see it again.



Nat Geo 1 Photo Contest 2 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography ContestPhoto and caption by Money Sharma – Govinda players gather together under Dahi Handi to making a human pyramid to catch and then break an earthen pot high in the air with the help of a rope, in order to win the set prizes. — Janmashtami and Dahi Haandi was celebrated in Mumbai. Govindas (young men) form a human pyramid to reach the dahi handi and try to break it in a bid to win prizes.



Nat Geo Photo Contest 1 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography Contest
Photo and caption by John Peterson – After observing this turtle, I swam with him for a few minutes.


Nat Geo Photo Contest 2 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography Contest
Photo and caption by Mark Bridger –  This is Gandalf the Great Grey Owl and he gets scared flying out in the open so his owners have built his aviary inside a brick shed. He now loves spending his days watching the world go by out of his window.


Nat Geo Photo Contest 3 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography Contest
Photo and caption by Peng Jiang – The shoal is one of the most fascinating places in Xiapu, China. Fishermen farm fish, shrimp, and oysters and plant seaweed along this coast area.


Nat Geo Photo Contest 4 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography Contest
Photo and caption by Fabien BRAVIN – A tiny mantis larva in an american poppy flower.


Nat Geo Photo Contest 5 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography Contest
Photo and caption by Mandy Wilson – Beautiful Lucky Bay in Esperance, Western Australia is home to many kangaroos. Not only is the turquoise water and white sand a sight to see but at sunset the kangaroos bounce their way across the sand looking for dinner.


Nat Geo Photo Contest 6 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography Contest
 Photo and caption by Bill Thoet – This is the third shot with a flash, waking all of the bats up and having them all stare at the camera.


Nat Geo Photo Contest 8 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography Contest
Photo and caption by Janez Tolar – Jamnik, small village in Slovenia. One morning in in autumn, fog was just in the right height at the right time. The atmosphere was heavenly, unforgettable.


Nat Geo Photo Contest 9 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography Contest
Photo and caption by Mark Meyer – Hikers under the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska. When conditions are right, streams melt holes into the glacier. At times they are large and stable enough for exploration. The ice filters out most colors of light except for the blue wavelengths leaving a stunning blue glowing from the ice above.


Nat Geo Photo Contest 19 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography Contest
Photo and caption by Chang Ming Chih – The fishers catched fish in the night. They use the fire that made fish close the boat and got them.


Nat Geo Photo Contest 20 Spectacular Entries in National Geographic Photography ContestPhoto and caption by Agne Subelyte – I took this picture while I was in an aerial cableway going down from the Mt Pilatus in Central Switzerland. It was the end of a nice day spent hiking, including a stop by the beautiful little white chapel on Klimsenhorn on the way to the top.


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Night Photography: Finding The Extraordinary In The Ordinary

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Scatti dalla Sicilia!

da poco in rientro da questa splendida terra non posso non condividere le foto di questo posto meraviglioso….

Questa è la spiaggia nei pressi di San Vito, con le sue splendide formazioni rocciose..

San Vito lo Capo-11.jpg

San Vito lo Capo-7.jpg

Qui invece è la Tonnara di Scapello, dove il mare è completamente trasparente!San Vito lo Capo-13.jpg

San Vito lo Capo-12.jpgAvrei voluto immortalare altre zone meravigliose ma non avevo con me la camera…quindi bisogna accontentarsi! 😉



3 minute photoshop tutorial: Stars on Vimeo

Alla ricerca delle stelle,capitolo secondo.

milky way
Stesso posto, stessa ora, stesso bar… no,non è una canzone degli 883 ma bensì una nuova uscita fotografica alla ricerca di queste maledette stelle.

Sembra impossibile vederle nonostante si facciano 70km per allontanarsi dalla città…

Questa volta le condizioni sembravano ottimali, cielo senza una nuvola,luna nuova, poca foschia…

A 200mt di scarpinata sul colle sopra l’osservatorio di Sormano questa volta l’impresa è quasi riuscita.
search and destroy
Dico quasi perchè il risultato non mi soddisfa per niente,perchè le lontane città abbagliavano tantissimo il cielo che non voleva saperne di prendere il colore blu scuro….

ecco il risultato della serata

si salva poco degli scatti, e quelli che ho selezionato hanno tutti dei fortissimi dead pixel che devo ancora sistemare….

è comunque un inizio, senz’altro è molto divertente!

Digital Camera world: frozen flower

Frozen flower photography: the perfect photo idea for rainy days

Freezing flowers is a great way to give your flower photography a chilling and painterly look. It might seem a bit odd to encase a delicate flower in a heavy and harsh block of ice, but the cracks, bubbles and other imperfections created by many gradual layers of frozen water can actually give your subject a lovely impressionistic quality.

There’s an art to getting good results with this method, and it’s not quite as simple as throwing a flower into a tub of water and bunging it in the freezer. To take control of how the final image looks, it’s best to freeze your flowers in stages, building up the layers of ice.

Frozen flower photography

This way you’ll be able to control where the flower settles and how much ice there is in front of the subject. Ideally, you want just a thin sliver of ice in front of the flower so you can still see some detail and easily recognise what it is.

Getting the lighting for your shot right is also vital, because it’s best to capture the inherent qualities of the ice but still maintain a light and airy translucent feeling.

Getting good results can take time, and you’ll need to experiment a bit, but here we’ll show you the basic techniques you’ll need to get started.

Frozen Flower Photography: step 1

Step 1: Get chilly
To position the flower, add the ice in layers. First, create a thin layer, without the flower, in a small tray. Once that’s frozen, add the flower and splash on a little water to make it stick, then top up with more water. Repeat until the flower’s totally encased.

Frozen Flower Photography: step 2

Step 2: Set up strong lights
A lightbox creates a strong backlight that accentuates bubbles and cracks in the ice and gives the image an overall light and chilly tonality. An off-camera flash placed to the side and slightly above the subject helps to fill in and accentuate fine details.

Frozen Flower Photography: step 3

Step 3: Refine the raw effects
Use your SLR’s histogram to establish a balanced exposure between the flash and lightbox. Switch to manual and experiment with settings. Shoot raw so you can tweak the Contrast, Clarity and Vibrance sliders in Adobe Camera Raw to make the shot pop.


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Creative shoots

20 minuti, una teglia di vetro, un pannello di acetato con un foglio di carta velina incollato, una Canon 5d con un Tamron 90mm macro e un flash posto sul retro a 1/32…

un po’ di pazienza qualche tentativo a vuoto e 2 minuti su lightroom per croppare la zona interessata…questa è la ricetta per degli scatti creativi e anche se blasonati,sempre accattivanti!!!

In una serata torrida ho deciso di provare il set-up per fare drop photography come suggeriva ieri DigitalCameraworld e devo ammettere che è relativamente semplice.

Non contento ho provato anche a fare degli scatti con il 50ino scollegato dalla fotocamera per creare degli sfocati creativi che devo ammettere mi hanno veramente colpito!!2 suns

flown lens
flown lens

Digital Camera World insegna a fotografare le gocce…

Questo non potevo non re-bloggarlo!

Great photo ideas for more creative water drop photography

Although it’s unlikely that Cartier-Bresson had water drop photography in mind when he talked about the decisive moment, his words ring true when trying to capture the split-second moment a water drop hits the surface below it.

There are several high-tech and costly techniques you can use to get consistent and repeatable water drop shots, such as using electronically activated valves to produce accurately timed drops, and movement triggers that will fire your flash, but it’s surprising just what you can achieve using much simpler techniques and kit that costs just a few pounds.

First, think about how you will create the drops themselves. There are a number of ways to do this, including creating a tiny hole in a suspended plastic bag or using an eyedropper. The most important thing is to ensure that the drops fall in the same place each time, and that the frequency is reasonably predictable. We used a syringe and a small piece of tubing attached to a stand.

You’ll also need a container for the drops to fall into. Any dish or tray will do, but the depth will affect the shape of the droplet, and if you want to capture the reflection of the splash it needs to be large enough to avoid including the edge in your shot.

You can also try changing the viscosity and surface tension of the water. A small amount of washing-up liquid or rinse-aid will lower the surface tension, while adding glucose or glycerine liquid will produce a thicker solution.

It’s easy to get a little hooked on water drop photography, so once you’ve got the basic set-up right be prepared to spend hours pursuing the perfect shot. Here are five techniques you can use to capture very different water-drop images.

5 photo ideas for creative water drop photography

Improve your water drop photography: change your viewpoint

Change your viewpoint
Positioning the camera almost level with the surface of the liquid allows you to capture more of the drop’s reflection for an arty look.

Improve your water drop photography technique: before the splash

Before the splash
You don’t have to capture the splash to create stunning images. Capturing the water droplets mid-flight can also result in beautiful images.

Improve your water drop photography: add some color

Inject some colour
Adding a food dye to the liquid is an easy way to add striking colour. You can also try adding different colours to the drop and static liquids.

Improve your water drop photography: create multiple water drops

Create multiple drops
Once you’ve mastered single drops you can try to capture images of the collision between two drops, with amazing results.

Improve your water drop photography: try using milk

Try milk instead
Due to the very different viscosity and characteristics of the liquid, using milk instead of water will produce softer shapes.

A simple water drop photography set-up

And finally, for those wanting quick results, here is our simple guide to capturing water drops in action. You don’t need costly kit to get impressive results:

A simple water drop photography technique: step 1

Step 1: Create the drops
We used a syringe and some plastic tubing attached to a simple clamp-stand to produce our drops. It’s important that the drop falls in the same place each time, and a small 1ml syringe allowed us to control the droplets accurately.

A simple water drop photography technique: step 2

Step 2: Think about lighting
Placing a piece of frosted glass behind the water, then lighting it with the off-camera flash, proved to be the easiest way to light our drops. The flash was fired using a radio trigger, and was set to 1/32 power manually.

A simple water drop photography technique: step 3

Step 3: Camera settings
With the camera on a tripod we used manual focus and exposure. Some test drops were used to set the focus by placing a ruler in the position where the droplets fell, then carefully pre-focusing on this point.


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