Jan 18

of Bobore Frau



A book of the Ortobene mountain Wildlife, wrote from the friend Salvatore Frau well-known as Bobore.

The book is a personal view, from the author, of the Wildlife in the Ortobene mountain,near Nuoro (Sardinia), a life characterez by raptors, mammals, reptils and amphibian, even if there aren't all the species that we can found in this mountain, as the author write. Bobore write about his personal view of that animals and how was be able to catch these beautiful photos and the effort, fatigue and costancy to obtain so much. In fact in the book we'll can see the Golden eagle, a raptor that in Sardinia is difficult to see, the fox, an other animal very shy and elusive, and many Others that I don't want remove the pleasure to discover youself.

Personally I found the book very well done, with a text that explain in some cases how the photo was taken and the personal consideration of Bobore about the situation of the animal, like the danger of extintion or the hunting. The reading is fast, smoth and always enjoyable, so if you love Nature and in particular mode Sardinia Nature, you have to buy this book 

The book is published from 13 Lab Edition for a cost of 25 euro.

Jan 18

For traveling a light tripod is essential if you don't need big load capacity, in fact this Rollei C5i Carbon is very ligth (only 1,34 Kg), compact and versatile.

The technical characteristics are:

Material: Carbon


  • Weight (excl. ball head): 1.03 kg
  • Weight (incl. ball head): 1.34 kg
  • Min height: 2.5 cm
  • Max height: 157.5 cm
  • Base width: 11 cm
  • Tripod load: 8 kg
  • Segments: 4


  • Weight (excl. ball head): 0.34 kg
  • Weight (incl. ball head): 0.65 kg
  • Max height: 164.5 cm
  • Min height: 34.3 cm
  • Load: 10 kg

Ball head

  • Controls: pan, tilt, lock
  • Height: 9 cm
  • Base width: 4.2 cm
  • Weight: 0.31 kg
  • Load: 8 kg


The tripod is sold with a bag for the transport and it's very useful:


 and it contains the tripod and some accessories:



a little bag for the monopod, two Keys for the head, spare rubber tips, a hook and an arca-swiss plate.


Opened the tripod is little but it's very sturdy and despite the dimension can load until 8kg of camera system. How you can see from the photo the head has the classic regoulations, like many other head balls. Two of the three legs have a neoprene cover, useful during utilization.


the central leg can be stopped with a screw to ensure a strong tightenig



For the opening of the legs there are a simple button, in every leg, that pushing down allow to change the inclination




until you can have the minimun distance from the ground



but if you want to take some photo near the ground you can invert the legs like this


An other very useful feature is that a leg can be converted a monopod simply unscrewing it

and attaching it the head ball: time for doing this operation is only about two minutes!!

 and after you'll be alble to use your camera easily during a trekking or a walking. The capacity load of the monopod is 10kg, so you'll can load also a light telephoto lens, like a 300mm f/2.8, without big problems. 

For the moment I have used in some photos and I have found the tripod very rigid and stable despite its lightness, and I can advise you to buy one: for the characterics is unique and on the net you can easily find many special price, like on Amazon.


Oct 17


By a good passion for birds of prey I can't not have this book in my personal bookstore. The author presents with his book a complete study, which lasted ten years in Devon Country (UK), but also with the support of other enthusiasts in Northern Europe, about the life of the buzzards. The book is divided into two parts, where in the first it highlights, throughout the year, the various aspects of the life of a buzz, such as for example the search for food:



or nest construction:



or indicates the stages of chicks growth by highlighting morphological changes:



In each case there are some beautiful photographs, and some graphics that help the reader to better understand the data provided by the author and this can understand us the great work done.


In the second part, instead, six aspects of the poan's life are thoroughly examined: territory, energy and food requirements, predation, nutrition and breeding, demography and population dynamics, and finally changes in 'abundance of poiana in the territory.



The book contains a lot of information, including techniques and statistics, and goes beyond the mere zoological description of the species described, so I consider it an essential guide for those who want to study and understand better this beautiful raptor .

Dec 17
In nature photography, an often crucial aspect in the success of a photographic session is silence.
Many times we focus on what is the best focal length to use or how to hide, inside a shed, with a camouflage net or behind some bush, or to stand upwind, but often we forget not to make noise and our equipment produces noise !!
In fact, many times the subject ran away as soon as he heard the sound of the shot, nullifying the efforts of the setting.
So not being able to buy the latest technology, the fantastic Sony A9 with the electronic shutter that allows 20 silent shots per second, I studied to reduce the shooting noise of my A99II, which will not be a nail gun in terms of noise, but it isn't even a feather that falls.
So what to do if not a nice silencer box to be applied to the camera body !!
At the moment I have two versions, one with a rigid box and one with a soft self-built box.
Rigid box
This box is nothing more than an Amazon Basic version, and therefore low-cost, one of the many sealed boxes for the transport of sensitive equipment, as they can be our cameras and that we can buy on many internet sites at costs not really content. On average, a box the size of what I got is around 60/70 euros, but the Amazon is about 30 euros and with the same technical characteristics: watertight up to 1 meter depth for 30 minutes (IP67), impact protection and falls and interior customizable to accommodate various types of instruments (in practice, the foam is precut, then easily shaped).
In order to use it as a silent box, I first had to drill two holes, one for the telephoto insertion (with a diameter of 10 cm) and one for inserting the remote control, essential to shoot when you close the box.
Then I slowly removed the foam blocks to form the shape of my camera to be able to easily insert and use.

In this photo you can see how it all turns out once mounted and put on a tripod
Soft box
This box instead has been self-built using mainly two components: a camouflage sheet in neoprene of about 2mm thick and two different types of panels adhesive sound-absorbing: one of the two panels being shaped in the non-adhesive part I put it as the last layer, as you can see from the picture.

It too has a hole to pass the lens and closes around the camera with velcro, which were glued with hot glue, and always with hot glue junctions were made to make the small camera housing pocket. In this box it was not necessary to make a hole for the remote control because you can easily pass it between the various moving parts, while instead I made a small hole for the electronic viewfinder, so once closed with the Velcro the set can always look from the viewfinder unlike instead of the rigid box that, once closed, does not allow any type of control.
Soundproofing sheet
As a part of the shooting vibrations are transmitted to the lens, I realized, with what remained of the camouflage neoprene and the sound-absorbing panels, a cover to be blocked always with the velcro and to wrap on the telephoto lens, which also offers some protection from the rain (even if I have to work on it, being at the moment too big...)
Both boxes reduce the noise of the shot of at least a 40/45%, and given the costs I would say that is not bad.
I made 4 videos, two with the rigid box and two with the soft box, and for both a test was done with the soundproofing sheet and one without.
Here you can see the difference:
test 1 (without soundproofing sheet)

test 2

test 3 (without soundproofing sheet)

test 4

Beyond the results obtained that I find are quite similar in terms of noise, especially when the boxes are used in conjunction with the unsuspecting towel, I can definitely say that the soft box offers a slightly better soundproofing than the rigid one, as perhaps it wasn't predictable, and also on the front of the practicality wins, both for the greater lightness and then for the possibility to use at least the viewfinder, which instead in the box is not possible (and that I did not to increase too much  channels" of escape for the noise). Furthermore, the rigid box increases much the weight of the system making it difficult to balance it on the head to balance (perhaps with a sledge ark longer than the one I own on could do, but it is to try), but against in real conditions of use the rigid box, which I also tested in the field, is really very quiet, thanks to the presence of ambient noise, while the soft box I still have it test, even if I believe that I will get performances not much different from the rigid one. A final consideration on the soft box is that I think it can be improved, both as performance and as practicality of use, maybe creating a rigid box, but light, which contains the sound-absorbing material and that I think I'll just have time.
As always if you have some comments and / or suggestions are welcome. Thank you
See you soon.
Oct 17


A book edited by Reed New Holland Publishers Pty Ltd on 2016, where the author, a famous Finnish ornithologist, show us the life of the birds of prey.

Forsman is known for being a scholar of birds, and specifically of the birds of prey, even as an artist, in fact on his site you can admire some of his works, such as aquarels or other paintings.
This book, Raptors in focus, is a very good book with a beautiful photos. Every section is accompanied by an introduction where it often indicates how photos were obtained, and every photos
has a short caption but alway useful.
The photos taken by Forsman highlight the behavior of birds of prey in their daily lives and at particular moments such as the period of mating or during predation. As he himself writes, the most
photos are taken in nature, trying to approach as much as possible to the subject or by accepting it in time, but sometimes he has the necessity to use some hides for a particular species very shy
like golden eagles.
The book is very well done, with a good paper and well done bindig; the cover is stiff and has a overlayof the book, so I think the price is very honest and I recommend without reservation.

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