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 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.

Stay tuned for more images!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Review: Sony A99II

The alpha mount is dead, long live the Alpha mount!

When Sony announced the A99ii, the new Alpha flasgship camera, at Photokina 2016 in September, it sent a powerful message to the photographic world: the Alpha mount is here to stay. With a 42.4 MP full-frame sensor that represents the state of the art of current imaging technology, 79 phase-detection AF points on dedicated sensor plus 399 phase detection AF points on the main sensor, this powerhouse of photographic equipment can shoot continuously at 12 fps with AF and AE tracking. A beast.

I received the A99II at the beginning of November in exchange of 3200$ and immediately put it through its paces in two different fields: an assignment shooting along Lina at an event in extremely low light and my usual landscape work shooting in the Big Sur. In both situations the Sony flagship performed admirably.

... read the rest of the review here.