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Performance in Florence historic setting.

Postpro: hdr + nik collection

Nothing is as it seems.

Piazza Tasso Firenze.

IPhone shot, post prod. nik collection & hdr.

Winter daylife at terrazza Mascagni, Livorno.

Postpro: hdr + nik collection.

Strong rain in city, iPhone shot in Florence, Italy, Piazza San Firenze

 

Postelab. Hdr + Nik Collection

A questa ora io non ho mai sonno.

La gente normale dorme, io inizio a vivere per poi sentirmi una mappina (cencio vecchio) tra sei ore.

È l'ora in cui tutti i pensieri si affollano, i momenti della giornata prendono posto nelle varie liste: ricordi, speranze, progetti, ansie, paure, gioie etc.

Poi scatta la mezza, chiudo tutto, non trovo il byte (eh si dormo con il byte....mastico ansia di notte), mi viene di nuovo sete, controllo di nuovo sia tutto chiuso e un ultimo pensiero che mette fine alla giornata è bello: io penso a mio padre, a lui che era come me sempre l'ultimo a chiudere tutto.

E allora che l'ultimo chiuda la porta.....

(ore 00.30 del 6 dicembre 2016)

Fake autumn, iPhone shot.

Postprocessing: hdr + nik coll.

Posted: 10/09/14 h. 15,30

Warm Evening in San Miniato (Pisa, Italy).

Postprocessing: hdr + nik collection.

Posted: 25set2014 h. 16,00

For 'Macro Mondays' theme of 'Safety'

 

Papers pinned to a board so that they don't get lost but are kept safely in a known place!

 

A very straight forward photograph with the pin lit with one side lamp. More time was spent securing the camera in a vertical position on the tripod than in taking the photograph!

 

Another KISS -'keep it simple stupid' situation. In this case a decision was made to photograph what was there rather than trying to 'improve' the situation by changing the paper or the pin.

 

Russian Industar 61 L/Z f2.8 50mm ....................... less than 2 inches

San Miniato (Pisa) climb to the cathedral.

Postprocessing: hdr + Nik Collection.

Posted: 10set2014 h. 15,30

"Pure feeling, which draws the heart of all things" (Heart Sutra).

Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno.

Postprocessing: hdr + Color Efex Pro 4.

 

Nulla è mutato nel «buen retiro» (D’Annunzio).

San Miniato (Pisa), Italia.

Postprocessing: hdr + Analog Efex Pro4.

Posted: 15ott2014 h. 13,00

Firenze meditazione a Ponte Vecchio

Mont Saint Michel France

Impressionist style

Meeting with a leaf

Iphone6 shoot

Postpro: nik collection + hdr

Siena, Duomo, Cupola.

Postprocessing: hdr + nik collection.

Posted: 5/9/14 h. 16,00

Instanbul, Turkey, Sufi Musicians

Applied 2 different texture

All rights reserved ©

 

For Macro Mondays: Nine theme

 

Over the wall of appearance, I have endless choices for my life.

iPhone shot, postprocessing: hdr+texture+nik collection

Posted: 20/06/14 h.22.00

Istanbul, Bosforo Channel

France, Cote D'Azur, Corniche De l'Esterel

Harbourage, La Rochelle, France

Firenze pastel colors.

Postpro: hdr + nik collection

Canal, Charente Marictime, France

Dome Pazzi's Chapel Santa Croce Firenze

Ex Seminario , San Miniato, (Pisa), Italia.

Postprocessing: hdr + color Efex Pro 4.

Posted: 22set2014 h. 20,25

Nature always win on man, the unique and beautiful Giardino Torrigiani, Firenze, Italia.

Made like Arcadia world.

 

(Applied Orton effect and two different textures)

iPhone shot in San Miniato.

Postpro: hdr + nik collection

Quintessence, accelerating the universe?

Ponte Vecchio, Firenze.

Postprocessing: hdr + nik collection.

Posted: 24ott2014 h. 19,00

Toiano, Toscana, Italia. Autumn colors in countryside.

Il bellissimo e inconsueto castello di Arques nella terra dei Catari

versione 1.2 Lomo effect + texture

Firenze Ponte Vecchio ovest view

Chianti moment in a gloomy day, Bagno Vignoni, Siena.

Postpro: hdr + nik collection

The Macro Mondays theme this week is 'In The Mirror'.

 

Pictured are four map pins, and one mirror.

 

No glue, or adhesives of any kind were used to capture this photo. Have you figured out how I did it?

 

HMM.

  

As Promised.

 

Confessions of a Macro Mondays Addict; or; How I Set Up And Took This Shot

 

This shot is exactly what I said it is, four map pins and one mirror. The pins intersect the mirror at the tips, and are not attached to one another or the mirror.

 

The reason the reflections are in clear focus has to do with two things. First, the depth of field was made as deep as possible by using a high fstop, in this case, f29. This meant that the aperture would be very small, necessitating a long exposure time. The second reason the reflections are so well focused, is because I used a first surface mirror. I made this first surface mirror after test shots proved that a second surface mirror had too much distortion in the reflections. This distortion is caused by the refractive properties of the glass between the subject and the reflective surface.

 

Now I know it sounds like it would be a lot of work to make a first surface mirror, but it is quite easy. Modern mirrors are manufactured by depositing a thin film of aluminum on the glass surface. This is done via a process called vacuum deposition. Once the reflective surface is on the glass, the aluminum is painted over to protect it. Since glass is clear, if you turn the newly painted mirror over, you have the mirror we are all familiar with. This is a second surface mirror.

 

So the way this normal mirror works, is light passes through the glass, is reflected off of the shiny aluminum, then passes back through the glass, and you see this light. The reflected light is distorted by refraction errors along this path. You can see this in some of the other pictures posted in the group, where it appears that there are multiple images in the reflection. This is more apparent in the very close shots, and less apparent the farther the camera is from the mirror. Many posters did an outstanding job reducing this problem using good technique, such as changing the viewing and lighting angles.

 

Now to make a modern second surface mirror into a first surface mirror, you only need to remove the protective paint from the back, and use the back of the mirror that has the reflective coating on it. Light does not have to pass through any glass, and distortions go away. The big drawback to this is that the aluminum surface is very soft and thin, and nearly everything will scratch it. So I took a mirror square, the kind you use as a wall tile, and covered the back of it with paint remover overnight. In the morning, I lightly scraped the goo off the mirror with a very soft piece of plastic, and cleaned the mirror thoroughly. Even being as delicate as possible, and not using anything coarse or abrasive, the aluminum surface had many scratches on it. Of the one square foot of area, there was a two by three inch area that was very usable, and that is what you see in the image.

 

Now for the physical setup of this pic.

 

Congratulations to those who deduced or guessed that magnetism was involved. But it was not as simple as placing a magnet under a mirror and taking pictures.

 

In order for the pins to be contacting the mirror only at the tips, there had to be some balance between gravity, the weight of the pins, and how the magnet interacted with the pins. If the magnet was setup under the mirror, the pins would have lain on the mirror on their sides, exposing the largest area to the magnets attractive force, and would no have been able to stand up.

 

To correct for this, I simply flipped the mirror upside-down, held at head height off of the floor by a clamp on a tripod, and placed the magnet on top of the mirror. By adjusting the spacing of the magnet from the mirror, I was able to balance the weight of the pins, with the pull of gravity, and the magnetic attraction, so that they hung from the mirror, by their tips. To make this adjustment, trial and error showed that if I stacked three pennies on the mirror, and set my magnet on them, the magnetic attraction was such that the pins would hang from the mirror below, by their tips. Once properly lit, the photos were taken and simply rotated in post so that the pins would be on top, and the reflection would be on the bottom.

 

It was that simple. Now this may sound like a lot of work to some people, but the total amount of time invested in this picture is around 45 minutes. I don’t feel this is unreasonable given the results. It took me longer to type out this explanation.

 

HMM

 

Edd M.

Beautiful tone red palace in Lungarno, Florence

Masonic Temple, Giardino Torrigiani Firenze

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

Omaggio a Franco Battiato.

Postprocessing: hdr + Analog Efex Pro 2.

Posted: 30set2014 h. 19,00

iPhone shot in Lisbona

Postpro: nik collection + hdr

A Pin Explosion on the Edge

Francia Mont Saint Michel

Mia madre chiede a tutti quelli che telefonano o rincasano se fa freddo (se siamo in inverno)o se fa caldo (se siamo in estate)

È come se il tempo della vita negli anziani si trasformasse in tempo metereologico. Infatti lei non stacca mai le pagine dei calendari, esce poco eppure le interessa sapere se dobbiamo indossare un cappotto più pesante oppure una giacca più leggera.

Il tempo è una convenzione. A volte vorrei tornare indietro di qualche anno ma non già per vedermi più giovane, quanto per poter rientrare a casa ed invece di sentire mia madre che mi chiede fa freddo? piuttosto trovare mio figlio, di cinque anni seduto per terra con tutti i suoi giochi intorno, che chiede ad una mamma stanca morta per un andirivieni quotidiano da un ufficio di tribunale lontano km da casa: "mamma iochiamo?" Ecco proprio "iochiamo"?

Altro che giovinezza comincerebbe a scorrere nelle vene....."mamma iochiamo?" invece del ritornello: "olga ma fa freddo?"

(divagazioni di una mente stanca per dire ai genitori che rientrano stasera in "mappina mood" a casa: gioite se vi chiedono mamma, papà iochiamo....? È tutto grasso di tempo che cola...) 😁

Napoli, 6 dicembre 2017

This weeks Macro Mondays theme is Orange and Blue.

 

This map pin in this foam ball is a subtle reminder that wherever your at, then there you are.

 

HMM.

Lisbona una città bellissima dove la luce inonda il cuore e l'anima.

(Praça do Comércio)

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