Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hana Bay

Hana Bay, Hana, Maui, California

It takes few hours driving along the Road to Hana sprinkled with waterfalls to reach Hana and it's beautifully remote bay in the middle of the rain forest. This scene presented itself at sunset from the window: I only had to quickly grab camera and tripod and rush to the beach at the back of the hotel to capture it. The color of the ocean water right under the thick stormy clouds was captivating, strong winds blowing and the sun setting on the left. The drama of the storm, the beauty of the scene and the black lava that once flew into the ocean were closely intertwined for an image I still strongly remember.

This image is constructed to convey a dramatic effect to the viewer. I stitched two horizontal frames to capture both the beach on the left where the sun is setting and the lava on the right where the waves are breaking; I composed the image to give roughly equal size on the frame to the two semi circles: one smaller in front the camera that provides a leading line to a slightly larger one encompassing the Bay. The two horizontal halves of the sky have complementary dominant colors to, again, increase drama. As often, a shutter speed around 1s beautifully renders smooth waves to convey a sense of chaotic motion without being overbearing. Finally I set the aperture at f/11 to capture enough sharpness across the image, without hitting too much diffraction.

Hana Bay is available in Limited Edition Fine Art prints on Etsy.

SONY SLT-A99II, f/11 @ 20mm, 1s, ISO 50

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Etsy Shop

It took me exactly ten years from when I picked up my first DSLR with the ambition of learning as much as I possibly could about photography to today when I feel I have improved enough to be able to offer my work to you for collection. A proverbial journey that took me from Europe to California, taught me a great deal about esthetics and gave me ample chances to just sit somewhere peacefully to look at things.
I opened my Etsy Shop, where I sell Limited Edition prints of my journey. You can expect the highest level of technical quality from these prints that I can achieve today and the maniacal attention to details that often infuriates people around me. Each and every print is created by me: it's a unique piece. Once a Limited Edition is completed, I will not print that image anymore in that format.
For any piece that I sell on Etsy, I will devolve 10% of the full price to fight cancer, which will be matched by my employer.
If you are curious about any technical aspect of my photography work, don't hesitate to write me in private or here in the comments.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Red Valley: Limited Edition Print

I just completed my first Limited Edition print that will soon be on its way to the collector: it's an 8.5x11'' print matted for a final size of 11x14''. I'm very excited to show it, since I controlled every single step of the production of this piece, from shooting the image, to post processing it, to optimizing it for print and printing it.
I'm going to personally print only 9 more copies of this image at this size on this specific paper: Canon Premium FineArt Smooth is a beautiful matte paper, museum quality, that I chose specifically for this image because it gives it a painterly saturated look with very deep blacks.
Once all prints in these editions are gone, I will not print this image on this paper ever again!

Each print is delivered with a signed Certificate of Authenticity and a matching numbered hologram that is also registered on MyArtRegistry.

Red Valley is available for order on both Etsy and Facebook in three different sizes, each limited to 10 copies. I ship anywhere in the world.

Stay tuned for more images!