Film Days, Ep. 1

Like many people of my generation, when I was young I used to shoot film. There was no digital back then, after all. In the last 15 years and more, and especially since I started seriously taking up photography, first as an enthusiastic amateur and then as a professional, I have used digital exclusively. I don’t think I will ever …

Fall Colors in the Dolomites

I believe the Dolomites are the most beautiful mountains in the world. Convince me otherwise. To be honest, I haven’t see the Canadian Rockies or the New Zealand Alps in person, so I might change my mind when I get there, but until I do I’ll stick to my judgment. I will still come back to the Dolomites more often, …

The Best of Italy in Two Weeks, Part II

I recently had the pleasure of taking part as a guest pro in M&M Photography Tours’ Best of Italy photo tour. In the past two weeks this has led me, together with M&M’s founder Mike Gulbraa and some wonderful guests, to some of my favorite locations around my home country. We visited Venice, Burano, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, the Cinque Terre, the …

The Best of Italy in Two Weeks

I recently had the pleasure of taking part as a guest pro in M&M Photography Tours’ Best of Italy photo tour. In the past two weeks this has led me, together with M&M’s founder Mike Gulbraa and some wonderful guests, to some of my favorite locations around my home country. We visited Venice, Burano, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, the Cinque Terre, …

Lavender fields, Valensole Plateau, France

In The Lavender Fields Of Southern France

Provence, France. Even though I live relatively close to that part of the world and I’ve seen parts of it on numerous occasions, I never went there when the lavender is blooming and with the specific intent of photographing it. It’s one of those experiences that you know you can easily make, so you keep postponing it, thinking there will …

Photographing Western Crete: Rethymno

“The rain has stopped, the clouds have broken; the vault of blue spreads out like a fan, the blue decomposing into that ultimate violet light which makes everything Greek seem holy, natural and familiar. in Greece one has the desire to bathe in the sky. You want to rid yourself of your clothes, take a running leap and vault into …

Nuremberg, Dealing With an Uncomfortable Past

by Pia Parolin Nuremberg and Nice have been twin cities for 65 years, even though the majority of citizens of either city probably ignore this fact. I have been living near Nice for 15 years now, and those to whom I spoke about my upcoming trip were rather surprised: “Really? Nuremberg? That’s the city where Hitler…” and that’s where their …

Scotland With the Fujifilm GFX 50S

I recently returned from my third trip to Scotland, leading a group of enthusiastic photographers, and I have to say that the more I visit that beautiful country, the more I want to return. For this tour I had decided to revisit some of the locations I had touched during my previous foray, hoping to get better weather and better …

Manarola, Cinque Terre, italy

When To Use Manual Mode

I have to tell you a secret: on my cameras I use aperture priority about 90% of the time. I sometimes use manual mode and very rarely shutter priority. If I feel a photo might be over- or under-exposed, I use exposure compensation (I love the fact that my Fuji cameras have a dedicated exposure compensation dial). There’s a piece …