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Aug 18

The Lofoten, in this travel in Norway, has been the most beautiful part. With the own islands, the Lofoten create an amazing place where you can relax watching a superb beach or the midnight sun, or, if you are a photographer as me, goes around and discover hundreds of fantastic landscapes. How always I study the place before to leave reading some web site with advise and Review, so I knew, more or less, what I'd have found or what I'd have seen. Our trip begins from Oslo, where we've been some days, to go to Bodø with the first airplane, than we've taken a second airplain (a very little airplane foot-in-mouth) for Svolvær, the capital of the Lofoten. During the fly we could see  spectacular landscapes under us.

and this anticipated us what we'd have seen, a beautiful land. During the tour we slept in Kabelvåg, a very little village near Svolvær, but really nice. The window of our room was near a little port that every morning it gave us a nice gift of light and birds sounds, infact there were some young seagull, and one time a bird like a cormorant, but I haden't understood what he was. But we return to the Lofoten. The first place that we've seen is the Storholmen, a little isle with a road the across the sea and where I've taken a pano photo:

 

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here I Always had a sensation of calm and relax, also because of the soft light. Along the main road it was easy find beautiful places where to have a rest, like this:

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an angle of view of the Lofoten where admire mountains and sea. But a special place that I wanted see was Hamnøy and his characteristics red fishermen's houses:

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and the following pano:

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Hamnøy is very small but well known from the tourists, infact there were them a lot, me too laughing, but I couldn't not see this fantastic village, surely one of the most famous.

During the drive we saw some beaches, and one in particular attracted us, the Uttakleiv Beach:

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very interesting for the numerous rounded stones in the water, that wasn't so cold, because there were some pleople having a bath.

Here a panorama of the beach from a different, and more inside, point of view:

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and here another long exposure:

Uttakleiv beach, long exposure 

Following the main road it was easy find many other beaches, like this that, unfortunately, I don't remember the name:

One of the many beaches on the Lofoten 

And with this last photo our trip in this beautiful land end. The emotions has been many and now I'd like to go it again, to see more and more of the Lofoten.

See you soon.

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Aug 17

 

This is the first timelapse video made with Miops Pro trigger. It's only a test to see how to the trigger works, infact the video is too fast (I set up a too fast time).

The next time I hope to make better smile

 

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Mar 17

How to recognize a young buzzard than an adult.

Guide of Birds Svensson, highlights several distinguishing characteristics between adults and young people; specifically indicates:

  • Young
    • in the tail end the bar it is not clear
    • lower parts streaked with dark, especially the chest
    • "Hand" narrow and airfoil S
    • clear iris
  • Adult
    • tail black bar
    • lower body crossed and not dripped or striatum
    • wings with a straight profile and "hand" wide
    • short tail

On the net than I found other information:

  • Young
    • whitish feathers on the head when they are very young and are still carrying out the suit
    • the lower edge of the wings (underside) is pale and blurred
    • thin light band, on the back of the wings, formed from the apex of the upper coverts

In time I will try to update this list, especially with direct studies of the subject.
As always I accept criticism, suggestions and more information.

 

Come riconoscere una poina giovane rispetto ad un adulto.

 

La Guida degli Uccelli di Svensson, mette in evidenza diversi caratteri distintivi tra adulti e giovani; nello specifico indica:

  • Giovani
    • nella coda la barra terminale non è netta
    • parti inferiori striate di scuro, soprattutto il petto
    • "mano" stretta e profilo alare a S
    • iride chiara
  • Adulti
    • barra terminale nera nella coda
    • corpo inferiore barrato e non gocciolato o striato
    • ali con profilo rettilineo e "mano" ampia
    • coda più corta

In rete poi ho trovato altre indicazioni:

  • Giovani
    • penne biancastre sulla testa quando sono molto giovani e stanno ancora effettuando la muta
    • il margine inferiore delle ali (parte sottostante) è pallido e sfumato
    • sottile banda chiara, sul dorso delle ali, formata dall'apice delle copritrici superiori

Col tempo cercherò di aggiornare questa lista, soprattutto con studi diretti dei soggetti.
Come sempre accetto critiche, suggerimenti e maggiori informazioni.

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Mar 17

In the South of Sardinia there is a very beatuful waterfall near a country, Villacidro, where you can relax seeing the landscape and taking some photo of the waterfall and water flowing downstream. Get to the waterfall is very easy beacause from Villacidro there are some signs that help you... But if you were to serve these are the coordinates:

39.467842N  8.725247E (Google Maps)

 

The waterfall, set among the rocks, creates three jumps and two little lake one of wich is deep enough (you need boots with overalls), but making attention you can try to go on right side of the lake, near the rock and go over the first lake with normal rubber boots. The environment is well clean because the local administration make a periodic maintenance to preserve the beauty of the place, but without taking out charm to the waterfall that seem natural and wild always. From the car park you can follow a paved path very beautiful, but arrived to the waterfall the human element disappear to leave space for Nature and water, a lot of water. The best moment to see the waterfall is end winter and spring, when the vegetations is green and there is the maximun flow rate of water.

 

Nel sud della Sardegna c'è una cascata veramente molto bella vicino a un paese, Villacidro, dove vi potete rilassare vedendo il paesaggio e facendo qualche foto alla cascata e all'acqua che scorre a valle. Arrivare alla cascata è veramente facile perché da Villacidro ci sono alcuni cartelli che vi aiutano... Ma se proprio vi dovesse servire ecco le coordinate:

39.467842N  8.725247E (Google Maps)

 

La cascata, incastonata tra le rocce, formata da tre salti crea due piccoli laghetti di cui uno abbastanza profondo (ci vogliono degli stivali con la salopette), ma con un po' di attenzione passando sul lato destro, rasenti la roccia, è possibile andare sul laghetto superiore anche con dei normali stivali di gomma. Tutto l'ambiente è ben pulito e curato, segno che l'amministrazione comunale esegue una manutenzione periodica per preservare la bellezza del luogo, ma senza togliere fascino alla cascata che sembra sempre naturale e selvaggia. Dal parcheggio si arriva alla cascata seguendo un percorso lastricato molto carino, ma arrivati alla cascata stessa gli elementi dell'uomo spariscono per lasciare spazio alla Natura e all'acqua, tanta acqua. Il periodo migliore è sicuramente sul finire dell'inverno, inizio primavera, in modo da avere la vegetazione verde e rigogliosa e la massima portata d'acqua data dalle piogge invernali.

 

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Feb 17

To the south-west of Sedini there is a small but beautiful waterfall surrounded by greenery that forms a small stream. The waterfall has a jump of a few meters in a pool below, and all is enclosed by rocks, trees and shrubs. Definitely a good cool place to take some shoot in the summer, but to have a nice stream of water should go in winter or early spring when nature is awakening.
To reach Sedini you can follow the State Route 134 coming from Nulvi / Tergu, or from the opposite direction from Perfugas / Bulzi (see map). Anyway arrived in the village from the main road you have to go in Via Margherita di Savoia and then turn in Via Pancrazio (see map), where you continue until you leave the town and continue straight on to P parking (see map). The car can be left on the roadside so is not very busy. To get to the waterfall you will have to enter the field indicated by the map and go down into the creek approximately following the path indicated as it is possible because the vegetation maybe covered some steps. However it will not be difficult to get to the waterfall because you can hear the sound of water.

Waterfull coordinates 40.841894N 8.802268E (Google Maps)

A sud-ovest di Sedini c'è una piccola ma bella cascata immersa nel verde che forma un piccolo torrente. La cascata presenta un salto di qualche metro in una piscina sottostante, il tutto racchiuso da rocce, alberi e arbusti. Sicuramente un buon luogo fresco per fare qualche scatto in estate, ma per avere un bel getto d'acqua conviene andare in inverno oppure all'inizio della primavera quando la natura si sta risvegliando.

Per arrivare a Sedini potete seguire la Strada Statale 134 arrivando da Nulvi/Tergu, oppure dalla direzione opposta da Perfugas/Bulzi (vedere mappa). In ogni caso arrivati in paese dalla strada principale bisogna andare in Via Margherita di Savoia e poi girare in Via Pancrazio (vedi mappa), dove proseguirete sino ad uscire dal paese e proseguendo sempre dritti sino al parcheggio P (vedi mappa). L'auto è possibile lasciarla sul ciglio della strada tanto non è molto trafficata. Per arrivare alla cascata dovrete entrare nel campo indicato dalla mappa e scendere nel torrente seguendo approssimativamente il sentiero indicato in quanto è possibile che la vegetazione abbia coperto alcuni passaggi. Comunque non sarà difficile arrivare alla cascata perché potrete sentire il rumore dell'acqua.

Coordinate cascata 40.841894N 8.802268E (Google Maps)

 

  

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  • Shooting live music with the Panasonic Lumix GX9

    Introduction

    85mm | ISO 200 | 1/2000 sec | F2.8

    The South Lake Union Block Party is pretty standard as far as block parties go these days; loud music and expensive beer in a vacant lot in the heart of Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Over the course of putting the finishing touches on our full review of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9, I wanted to get some real-world autofocus experience to put our more formal testing into better context.

    So, on a hot and hazy Seattle afternoon, I took the GX9 and Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F2.8 lens down to see the band Acid Tongue, and exclusively used Touchpad AF and Tracking the entire time. Here's what I found.

    All images in this article were shot with the GX9 and Lumix 35-100mm F2.8 and are processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

    Tracking technique

    47mm | F2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/4000 sec | F2.8

    Touchpad AF on the GX9 allows you to drag your finger around the screen to move your AF point while the camera's viewfinder is up to your eye. This is great for quickly moving around a single area, but I also found it's a great way to take advantage of the sticky AF tracking that the GX9 is capable of.

    Firing off single shots, I was really impressed at how consistently in-focus my images were

    If you're using tracking while composing via the rear LCD, you simply tap on what you want to track; to disengage tracking, you have to hit the 'Menu / Set' button, or you can tap elsewhere on the screen to track another subject instead.

    When you use tracking with the electronic viewfinder, you can use Touchpad AF to move the area over the subject you want to track, and half-press to initiate autofocus. You can then re-compose at will, with an AF box tenaciously tracking your chosen subject. Firing off single shots, I was really impressed at how consistently in-focus my images were.

    100mm | ISO 200 | 1/4000 sec | F2.8

    Since you can't simply tap the screen to change subjects when using the electronic viewfinder, I found another way of working: dragging on the rear screen automatically disengages tracking, and once you place the area over a new subject and release your thumb, it begins tracking that new subject. Pretty neat.

    While you may be able to get similar results by just moving a single area around with the Touchpad and ignoring tracking altogether, I tend to like using tracking in these scenarios to allow me more compositional freedom - and if the subject moves erratically to another point in the frame, the camera will help me keep up and get more images that I wouldn't have been able to get otherwise.

    It's not perfect

    51mm | ISO 200 | 1/1300 sec | F2.8

    As always with autofocus tracking, there are times when it doesn't quite work. When subjects move from bright light to shadow, the tracking algorithm can sometimes get tripped up and shoot off to the background, or simply fail to focus on anything at all. Additionally, there is some shot-to-shot lag in the GX9 that can make it difficult to follow your subjects.

    The GX9's keeper rate is significantly higher if you shoot single images as opposed to bursts

    So why not simply shoot bursts then? Well, we've found in our testing that the GX9's keeper rate is significantly higher if you shoot single images compared to bursts (stay tuned for the autofocus page in our full review for the details). So I made a call to take the shot-to-shot lag and impressive focus accuracy over shooting bursts with a lower hit rate.

    The wrap

    100mm | ISO 200 | 1/1600 sec | F2.8

    The GX9 was a really good companion for this type of event. Paired with the Lumix 35-100mm F2.8, I had a compact, responsive package that wasn't all that conspicuous, but I had plenty of reach and ended up with far better image quality than, say, a 1"-type superzoom. Of course, this combo can't quite match up to a full-frame DSLR and a 70-200mm F2.8 lens, but that's not really the point here.

    Sure, the GX9 wouldn't be my first choice for critical, action-oriented work (and Panasonic makes higher-end models for that sort of purpose anyway). But for the casual user who wants a small, stylish camera and wants to occasionally photograph a concert or sporting event for fun, the GX9 is easily up to the task.

(C) 2018 Giuseppe Gessa