The Burning Sands
Cayo Guillermo Pier
Grand Canyon Sunset
White Sands National Monument
Life or Death
Baia Santa Margherita
The Blue Lake
Etretat Golden Hour
The Early Birds
The Road to Hell
Morning GloryThe shoot of an Iconic photo of the Mesa Arch during the sunrise for my personal portfolio has been a big challenge to me. The photo was in my mind since my departure from Italy. Such day I was worried, nervous, thrilled and deadly late. After an early morning 60km reckless car drive, and a final rush on stones, sand, and plants, running, with my whole gear on my back, I've found the spot completely overcrowded, I had to sit down between two other kind photographers and shoot freehand because there wasn't place for my tripod. Failure wasn't an option. Hope I've got my picture.
Hallowed GroundWaiting for the night sitting in the sands of the Monument Valley is priceless. I just hope to not have profaned some sacred place, even if this one is undoubtedly one of the most spiritual places I've ever visited. The mittens under a pink cloudy sky are preparing to their nightly show.
"One night wandering in the Everglades..." since I heard this strophe from "Dance Of Death" by Iron Maiden I always desired to visit such magical place. When the road, casually, brought us in Everglades City (200 souls) we had the luck to assist to a incredible, unforgettable, terrific sunset like this. A thunderstorm was incoming, the clouds were getting heavier and heavier, a flock of birds was flying far from it, toward the setting sun. And we were there, wandering in the Everglades. Pure magic.
Havana SkyIf you are a landscape photographer and you find yourself in front of a stunning sunset like this over the Malecon of the Havana it is not possible to stop shooting. You will continue more and more, click by click, achieving several shot like this one. And the only thing you can regret is to not having shot more...
The Burning SandsI was assisting to one of the most dramatic and unique sunsets of my life, sitting on a top of sand dune in the Sahara. Once the sun crossed the line of the horizon and disappeared behind the tallest dune, the sky took fire. Or better, the sands, began to burn.
Cayo Guillermo PierA Wooden Pier leads to some Huts on the sea in the enchanted blue waters of Cayo Guillermo in Cuba
Grand Canyon Sunset
LonelyA lonely mangrove tree on a small solitary island in a stunning emerald sea, on a sand bank in Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
MogotesThe sun rises over the Valley of Vinales in Cuba, the first rays illuminate the tops of the mogotes while the early morning fog begins to thin, uncovering the top of the palm trees. The valley of the tobacco wakes up for a work day. The detail of the photo, taken at 36 megapixels, is impressive: if printed on a large surface, palms, cows and farms can be clearly spotted.
Sahara riseAn image I will never forget? The sun rising in the Sahara desert. I know, it is a simple sunrise, but where I was, and those small clouds which were generating such incredible effect. Once more, the God of photographers or some Djinn of the sands, has decided to make a huge gift to me. Isn't incredible?
Tenaya RainbowOk after my "selfie" over the Tenaya Lake, I want to show this one, not a long exposition, not a selfie, just a shot with the polarizing filter to remove the reflections of the water and obtain a fantastic rainbow of colors.
Leh SunsetA sunset in Leh, Ladakh, India, with the roayal palace and the town hit by the last rays of light of the day and the typical ladakhian sky over them.
White Sands National MonumentThe Sands of the White Sands National monutment are really white.
Horseshoe BendsShooting the Horseshoe Bend, in Arizona, is always thrilling and scary because you're there, on the edge of the chasm, without any protection, and looking through the lens distorts greatly the perception of your position, worst if you do it through a fisheye lens. To have an idea it is enough to check the small canoas on the bank of the river. But, I think, it definitely worths the risk, this is what happens when shooting the iconic place with a fisheye: an incredible number of bends.
Climate ChangeWas trying to do some photos about the climate change theme. Ok I admit, in the Death Valley is easier, and this is one. Sun or Moon?
Life or DeathObserving this scene while I was searching the right point of view to take my photo, the idea of "life or death" came to my mind immediately. The arid ground, the shrubs that stubbornly were trying to grasping the few life juices from the earth and the water-promising clouds on the far distance, while a dead tree was standing there, as a warning about the risks of growing too much in the a desert land. This is the hard survival in the extreme lands.
When the sunset is over and the lights begins to change, and the mist start to raise from the vales, from the top of a mountain everything assumes a mystic halo. The Appennine mountains seem islands in the sea, and the Alps a far cliff. Can you imagine that several ages ago the situation was exactly this one, but with water instead of mist?
Mono LakeI was on the mono lake in California during a trip, and wanted to try something different for a more than famous location. Then I mounted my "big stopper" filter my lens and tried some long expositions with a trigger. The wind and the clouds did the rest. This is the result.
Baia Santa MargheritaThe small beach of Baia Santa Margherita in Sicily is a little hidden treasure along its western coast. During a sunny day it is possible to admire the sea with amazing colors.
Raging cloudsWhen clouds are moving fast, due to the strong winds of incoming winter, it is easy to obtain similar shot with long exposures.
DreamThe day I was sure I would shot in the Sahara desert, I started to hope in something really impossible, like some clouds on the horizon over the dunes. Usually deserts are dry zones and clouds are unfrequent and rare, but hope is free. Can you imagine my surprise when I saw this scene in front of me? The sun was hiding behind a bank of clouds! In the Sahara desert! Its rays like spears to the sky, I was stunned from so much majesty, and I was afraid, totally scared to not being able to capture that moment I dreamed so long in the way it was deserving. Did I?
The Blue LakeClose to Cervinia, in Italy, in the middle of the Alps, there's a small blue lake. In its waters, the mount Cervino, reflects its image like in a mirror. Here it is... But you need to see it at night....
Etretat Golden HourImagine a cloudy day, Imagine an heavy sky and imagine a tiny line on the horizon, from where the sun can peep only during the golden hour. Imagine to be over the white Etretat Cliffs in Normandy. This is what you get. An ingot of pure gold on the dark sea.
The sun rays behind some red clouds, in a dramatic color explosion, over the white cliffs of Etretat, in Upper Normandy. Coming back from the shooting of a golden sunset scene over the small town the sky gifted us this stunning show. An really exclusive spectacle for us and for someone else who is enjoying it on the top of the cliffs.
Some people, casting long shadows on the road, are waiting the sunset from one of the highest panoramic points in Formentera, from here it is possible to see the whole Island. On the right the small village of Es Calò.
The tibetan flags were praying so intensively into the wind of this sunset that was impossible to me not to dedicate a shot to them. So, just exposing a little longer than needed and I captured even the wind itself, and I hope, their prayers.
A particularly luminous sunset breaks the clouds in front of Playa Norte.
Malecon StormA Storm is approaching from the sea to the Havana in Cuba, big waves are leaping the wall of the famous Malecon, covering and jumping over it while the sun is breaking from some clouds to illuminate the city.
MonumentalIn this shoot there is all that I wanted there was in my “blow-up photo of the West”: The Mittens, the red desert, the dirt track, the sun rising on the horizon, the sky flooded with warm tones, a couple of small pink clouds, the morning haze and the dust of the desert and finally, a lucky break, a person, small, alone, down there in the middle of the road, which helps to strengthen the feeling of how much everything is huge and majestic.
Two hammocks hanging under the shadows of some palms in Layton, one of the Florida Keys, the sky is blue, the sand is white and the sea is green, anything I miss?
If a name has ever been more suited, Sunset Key, in front of Key West, FL, got the perfect one. The sun sets perfectly in the middle of the Island subdividing the sky and the sea in two perfectly separated parts. Therefore I cannot find a better title to the photo.
The Early BirdsA fisherman, me, and some seagulls were living this sunrise in a cloudy early morning at Cayo Guillermo in Cuba. Anyway I guess that we all caught our fishes.
May be they are just a giant swamp, or technically just a giant river, but I think they are a mystical place, somewhat magical at every hour of the day and night. So equipped my beloved Nikon 24-70, from the deck of one of the everglades typical and famous Airboats I've tried to shot the panorama even though in fast movement.
The Road to HellSometimes happens to see a dramatic stunning sunset, something unique, something unbelievable, astounding, but, when you drive through the south west region of the USA, this thing happens pretty often. This time I was close to the Mono Lake, looking for an access to the Tufa when I saw this, an heavy red sunset in the Yosemite Park direction. I just had the time to halt the car, place the tripod, mount the polarizing filter and do some shots and the show was over, but what the hell of a show!
Western SkyThe road crosses the desert under a stunning sky full of clouds and light streaks on the land. In the American deserts is easy to view this kind of spectacular scenarios, and it is not possible to get bored photographing them.
The night falls over the Appennines and the Alps, the mist is rising, the Mount Monviso is well visible on the horizon and the first lights of some villages are beginning to be visible.
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