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The Avisio River

November 18, 2010

Last spring, we moved from Trento to a small village in the Cembra Valley. Mainly the move was due to get a house with more space for our two dogs. The first part of the valley is heavily used for vineyards due to its gentle slopes. The more remote part of the valley gets very steep and in some spots is very narrow. The valley is run for its entire length by the Avisio river.

Near where I live now, there are several narrow roads leads to the river banks. The place where I took these two images below is near the village of Segonzano. I visit this place the first time because I was looking for a climbing wall near where I live. Some locals told me about this spot near the river. I managed to get to this place and after the climbing session I went around looking for possible shooting opportunities.

At the beginning of this autumn I went down there and I was not disappointed.

Autumn Dream

Autumn Dream - Canon 5D, 17-40f/4, 17mm@f/11, 240 sec ISO 240, with B+W ND 110 Filter. Single exposure double processed.

In the first image, Autumn Dream, I attached a B+W ND 110 filter to lengthen the exposure time. I also scattered some leaves on the rocks.


Rapids - Canon 5D, 17-40f/4, 37mm@f/11, manual blending of 3 exposures at 4 and 2 sec ISO 100 and a third exposure at 0.5 sec ISO 400 for retaining details in the water.

The second image was taken after the previous one. I removed the B+W ND 110 filter and concentrated on the rapids formed by the fast moving water. To retainĀ  details in the water, I took a third exposure at higher ISO setting and I manually blended it to reveal the texture in the rapids.




The Wolf Falls

November 10, 2010

Here is the last image that I made at the gorge of the Wolf Falls. And it is about the falls itself. The picture featured in this post was taken on a third visit (fortunately I live really close to this place). Again with my welly boots on I waded into the gorge. On a previous visit, I took some shots of the falls on the left bank of the stream. I was not that exited about them. So this time I decide to try to find a more balanced composition on the right bank of the stream. This required another cross of the stream to reach the opposite bank bank.

The Wolf Falls - Canon 5D, 17-40f/4, 17mm@f/11, manual blending of 3 exposures. I took two exposure at ISO 100 of 6 sec and 1.3 sec for the main image. To retain details in the moving water in the foreground I took a third shot at ISO 400 and 0.8 sec.


I found this nice boulder that was lighter in colour respect to the rest of the rocks. It was partially covered with water that was reflecting the blue of the sky. The dry patches didn’t look that good, so I used some leaves in the water to make the boulder wet and shining! I also picked one of the leaves around the bank and placed it on the boulder.

I think that I’m quite satisfied with this small portfolio. Now let’s wait for the real cold to come this winter and see if the falls will freeze. This would make an interesting subject.


Controlled Chaos

November 19, 2009

Last Tuesday I took the afternoon off and went back to Cauria to take some pictures of the oak and chestnut trees in full autumn colours. When I left home, the weather conditions were really good: overcast and no wind. However, by the time I reached my destination the clouds started to get thinner and finally a low sun was casting its warm light over the trees. I just kept going and found myself at the head of the trail. There was much less snow than the last time. “Hum! This does not look good” I said to myself, but I started the easy trek nonetheless.

I tried to get some pictures of the larch trees still with some pretty colours on them. But nothing really convincing. While I moved around, I saw a nice patch of snow covered with the larch needles and some other yellow leaves. It looked full of potential so I started playing around with lowering the tripod an trying to find a nice compositions. The result is the picture below.

All that is left - Canon 5D, 24-105L, 105mm@f/16, 8s.

I was mainly attracted by the big leaf at the top with the water beads. Only the bottom of the comp was empty. I decided to add anotherĀ  leaf but by letting it falling in the framing. So, somehow this is not that arranged by me…chaos took part on it as well.


Hello world!

October 27, 2009

Hi and welcome to this new blog.

I’d like t to talk (mostly I believe to myself) about photography and some related issues. But not just that. Maybe there will be times in which I want to talk about other stuff that happens to me during my photographic journey.