Signal & Noise

I should ask myself whether this blog and all that I do on Google+ is signal or noise, but at the moment I think it’s more signal than noise. The noise starts to build when I start to think too hard. Start with the video below: Then proceed to read this page. Finally read this blog post. Read it twice, …

The Rules Of Composition

… or how composition rules. Or not. Didn’t feel much like shooting this week, the Muse wasn’t visiting much or at all, so I asked her why and she told me she was feeling the burden of me having to think so hard about all those rules and that I should just let go and play! If you set out …

“Vertoramas” Can Be Fun

Here’s a simple tip: When shooting a panorama, do not limit yourself to swinging your camera horizontally. Sometimes, subjects lend themselves to taking a vertical series of images that can be stitched together in PhotoMerge or other kinds of stitching software. The image below—taken last December in Naples’ Galleria Umberto I—is composed from eight different photographs and assembled using Photoshop’s …

Foggy Morning

I love those winter mornings when the fog clings to the valleys and the low sun gives the whole landscape an almost magical look that reminds me a bit of Chinese landscape painting. I like them even more when I am out shooting with a borrowed Nikon D800 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens 😉

Found Light, Made Light

A photographer once mused that he only shoots with available light, meaning “any damn light that’s available”. I was reminded once more of this when the week started with more of the usual dose of fog and grey skies. Not one to be easily deterred, I took my speedlights out of the closet, set up some props with objects I …

Into The World Of Long Exposures

My new column for Fuel Your Photography is now online. If you want hints and tips about long exposures, especially related to fine art landscapes, check it out.

What It Takes To Make A Great Photo

Or Why You And Me Will Never Be Steve McCurry Yesterday I did something that my wife thought was completely crazy: I drove 200km to Bologna and back, just to meet Steve McCurry, listen to him talk and get one of his books signed. Luckily, we had a break in a long series of foggy days and the journey was …

My First Column For Fuel Your Photography

I have recently started contributing to the Fuel Your Photography collective blog with an article titled How to Capture Splashes with High Speed Flash which is based on a previous blog post here and adds new content and new images. Be sure to check it out if you would like to learn how to take images like the one below …

The Green Beam

This is a cool place to take pictures from: The hill at the center of the Greenwich Park, right by the Royal Observatory. From there, you get a wide view over the eastern part of London, from Saint Paul to the O2. The view is especially conductive to spectacular pictures, especially at dusk, when the sky turns a deep blue …

Standing on the Tripod Holes of Giants

A couple days ago, I noticed the following picture by Elia Locardi on Google+: I was stunned by the similarity with this other image I shot in May: I was even more stunned when I noticed how the boats in the harbor and even the plants in the foreground looked almost identical. Figuring the two pictures had to have been …