A-photo-a-day #4 – Fireworks

Fireworks – The Ligurian coast off Bergeggi, Liguria, Italy

A mighty thunderstorm off the Ligurian coast near Bergeggi, Italy. This is a multiple exposure consisting of 5 shots of 15″, each with at least a bolt in it. Taken from a vertical cliff about 100 meters above the sea level, on a evening of November, a few minutes after sunset. Notes about the technique: I initially took a single exposure of 90″ of the same scene, with more or less the same number of lightning bolts in it. Unfortunately with 75″ of exposure the clouds were badly blurred, and that’s the reason why I opted for taking a number of faster exposures to be combined together. I noticed that the lightnings had quite a regular pace – more or less one every 10″ – so I simply realized that by keeping the shutter open for 15″, I would have easily recorded at least one bolt on each exposure. I did this for about 12 times, and then I chose the best 5 images to be stacked together. With this “trick”, I’ve been able to produce an image with more or less the same number of bolts as the one exposed by 75″, but with the clouds far less blurred.



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A-photo-a-day #3 – Etherscape

Etherscape РEtang de Vaccar̩s, Camargue, France

Three wooden poles, probably the remains of an old wharf, emerging from the still waters of Etang de Vaccarés, the largest lake in Camargue, France. Taken on a rainy evening of mid April.

The ethereal effect comes from a very long exposure – about 4 minutes – combined with the rain: the long exposure has made the water perfectly smooth and blurred the clouds in the sky, whilst the rain provided a sort of natural flou filter to the entire image.

A-photo-a-day #2 – San Quirico’s Cypress trees

San Quirico’s cypress trees

The most photographed bunch of cypress tress in the world is atop a hill not far from San Quirico d’Orcia, a nice medieval town in Orcia Valley, Tuscany. Taken at dawn at the end of April. I had noticed the clouds were travelling fast in the sky, so I decided to record this motion with a very long exposure, using a 10 stops ND filter.