"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.
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.
A thunderstorm surprised me just few seconds after I finished to shooting the sunset in the Everglades, close to Everglades City. The lightnings were were so frequent, that I captured one of them freehand, no long exposition, no triggered shot. The event brought to my memory a sentence: "the concept of one shot, one photo."
This photo has been awarded as Photo of the day on Yahoo on 2 Feb 2014 and as Photo of the day on ViewBug on 21 Feb 2014.
Broadway, the 5th and the 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) illuminated, like the arteries of a giant living being, and shot from the top of the Empire State Building after the sunset, during the blue hour, when the City begins to switch on his lights. The cars draw long trails on the camera film, the gold of the pinnacles shimmers as the sky turns to dark purple.. I can say I've traveled to NY to obtain exactly this photo for my collection.. The picture is composed of 5 long exposition HDR (from till 30secs) printed on a big surface reveals an incredible number of invisible small particulars. The native resolution is 34.1Mp (7148x4764) and can be printed without loosing details up to huge dimensions.
From the top of the Empire State Building, challenging the usual pressing crowd and the wind chill; while waiting for the night to frame the NY lights, the sky took fire with this stunning sunset. This is another shoot for which I travelled to NY. Got it! As usual I've tried to obtain an high level of detail, it is possible to see the most famous bridges, like the Brooklin Bridge and the Verrazzano Bridge then Ellis Island and Liberty Island with the silhouette of Lady Liberty against the red reflection in the water. The golden domes were reflecting the last rays of light and the first artificial lamps like mirrors interrupting the monotone colors of the buildings. I had to export in Adobe RGB to preserve the red gradient however as usual the original image (36,5 Megapixels) has more and more hues and better colors and if printed in large format can reach a maniacal level of detail.
A sailboat floats alone in front of a huge incoming tropical storm after the sunset in the blue hour in front of Isla Mujeres in Mexico. Everything assumes a magical light, the sensation of calm of this caribbean paradise lets the worries go away and nothing bad can happen today, even a storm will pass by.
Almost all of these old acacias have more than one hundred year each, if summed all ages the Avenue counts more than 5000 years. The light of the sunset during the fall season, coming from the right gives to the place a magic mood.
The Island of a famous '80 videogame? No! It is Isla Contoy taken from the observation tower, close to Cancun in the Mexican Caribbean Sea, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The path in the jungle leads to a small sweet water pond where seabirds go to rest in a safe place well protected by palms and mangroves.
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.
It is not easy to get something original from something really really famous. I've tried to achieve the result in shooting the world famous Mont Saint Michel through my personal style; so great clouds, a high sky, and warm and rich colors. Sincerely I hope I have got the result of doing something "mine". If not, Mont Saint Babel it is mine anyway!