Photo of the day #57

Photo of the day today comes from a cold and foggy morning in Poznan, Poland. The author is Erik Witsoe, and his Solemn is a great shot: I think the mood and the atmosphere are perfect, as the composition. It seems to be a sort of dream, a little bit melancholic but beautiful. Love the colors of the buildings and the position of the character in the middle. Great picture!

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“Now isn’t here for long” by Steve Dierkens

Do you remember when Henri Cartier Bresson talked about the decisive moment? Well, belgian photographer Steve Dierkens seems to have learnt his lesson. He realized an interesting project of street photography, Now isn’t here for long, and, about it, he says: “A moment. A place in time. Something is happening. Something unexpected. Spontaneus. Happenstantial. Something that will never occur the same way ever again. Look! There! Quick! Then, just as suddenly as it materialized, it’s passed. Over. Done. Gone for good. Did you miss it? There’s magic in the mundane, extraordinary in the ordinary. New in the old, unexpected in the expected. Stop! Look! Now isn’t here for long”.

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Photo of the day #56

Photo of the day today it’s a beautiful sunset on the streets of Utrecht, in Netherlands. I absolutely love the light, the silhouette of the girl in the middle, the mood of this street scene. I really would to walk inside this photo. It’s relaxing, it’s really great. And then I see an italian flag on the left (or maybe it’s irish, mmm). Just kidding. Well, by the way, the photographer is Florencia Jadia, and this is her Perfect 5′.

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Making of “Traffic Jam”

Sometimes I read comments or emails where people ask me: “How do you realize your Urban Melodies?”. Well, I wrote something about it in The Art Of Superimposition, but this time I want to show you step by step how I have realized one of my most appreciated pictures, Traffic Jam. Usually I use four or five pictures of the same subject, but in this case I worked with only three images, these:

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First step: I’ve superimposed the second image on the first and I took down opacity. In this way:

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Then I did the same thing with the third image:

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Finally I’ve fixed luminosity, contrasts and tones in order to have the final image:

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Photo of the day #55

Photo of the day today comes from Philippine photographer Nico Francisco, and it’s a great shot of street life. Here in Italy is almost lunch time and I’m very hungry: I’m going to cook pasta, but after this picture I want a burger. I want it so bad! Anyway… I love the use of black and white in this picture, the neon light and the position of the character. It’s a great shot and, sorry, now I have to eat. It’s the power of photography!

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World Press Photo 2016

The results from the 59th Annual World Press Photo Contest have been announced! After considering over 80,000 images submitted by nearly 6,000 photographers hailing from 128 countries, this year’s jury decided that the winner of the coveted “World Press Photo of the Year” went to the Australian freelance photographer Warren Richardson for his haunting black and white picture of migrants trying to cross the border into Hungary. Richardson, currently based in Budapest, Hungary, says: “I camped with the refugees for five days on the border. A group of about 200 people arrived, and they moved under the trees along the fence line. They sent women and children, then fathers and elderly men first. I must have been with this crew for about five hours and we played cat and mouse with the police the whole night. I was exhausted by the time I took the picture. It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone”.

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