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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  • Not your ordinary camera bag: Rhake waterproof pack with Camera Capsule insert review

    The Rhake Weatherproof Bag + Camera Capsule
    $365 (bag) + $130 (insert) | MissionWorkshop.com

    The Rhake pack has a roll top giving it a decent degree of expansion.

    The Rhake waterproof backpack by Mission Workshops doesn’t look like an ordinary camera bag – instead it looks a lot more like a high quality bike messenger pack or something you might take on a weekend trip when packing light. And that’s the point. The bag’s 22L main compartment is designed to be multi-functional. Once you slide the Capsule Camera insert ($130) into the Rhake you have a camera bag with a utilitarian design, albeit with a very high price tag.

    The Capsule Camera insert that slides into the Rhake pack.

    Though this pack is not designed specifically with photographers in mind, I was intrigued to find out just how functional it could be.


    • Exterior: 21 x 13 x 5 in / 53 x 33 x 13cm
    • Interior Volume: 22L
    • Capsule Insert: 9.75 x 17.75 x 4.25in / 25 x 45 x 11cm
    • Laptop Compartment: Dedicated 17in Exterior Pocket
    • Weight: 3.1lbs / 1.4kg

    Design & construction

    The first thing I noticed about the Rhake was the high quality construction – Mission Design guarantees their products for life – which makes me believe that this thing was built to last. The bag is made of weatherproof nylon fabric called HT500 that is apparently exclusive to the company. It gives the pack an understated look and a good degree of water and stain resistance.

    The Rhake pack's laptop compartment can fit up to a 17" computer. The pack also has a dedicated tablet compartment.

    The second thing I noticed about this bag was the amount of organizational pockets. There are technically two zippered compartments that are large enough to fit a laptop (a dedicated exterior pocket, shown above left, and a second one within the 22L main compartment). On the back of the bag, opposite the exterior laptop pocket, there is a mesh water bottle pocket that tucks away when not in use.

    There are numerous options for organization within this bag to suit your tastes

    The front of the Rhake features a dedicated 10” tablet pocket and two accessory pouches (one at the top of the bag and one at the bottom) for stashing chargers, spare batteries or other items that need to be accessed quickly.

    There are two zippered front pockets with plenty of room to organize smaller odds and ends. There are also two accessory pouches, one at the top (accessible via the roll top) - and one at the bottom (accessible via zipper).

    There are also two larger zippered front pockets, one of which is filled with three smaller interior zippered mesh pockets. In short, there are numerous options for organization within this bag to suit your tastes.

    The straps are well-padded and a horizontal strap offers added stability.

    The back of the Rhake is made of perforated foam and there is a luggage handle pass-through for use with roller bags. The straps have a nice amount of padding and feature an additional horizontal buckled strap.

    The camera insert can be accessed from the top of the bag. A look inside the Rhake pack once the camera insert has been removed.

    The Camera Capsule insert is accessed from the top of the Rhake pack. The inside can be customized to your taste using the padded partitions. There’s also a back pocket in the insert where you can slide in an 11" laptop or tablet.

    A close-up look inside the Camera Capsule insert. I was able to fit two bodies, several lenses and a flash.

    In the field

    All of my photographer friends who saw the Rhake in action immediately complimented the style of this bag. It looks good, and it can comfortably hold a large amount of gear. I loved the many organizational pockets and those tiny mesh interiors were a great place for all of my miscellaneous items that I end up with at a shoot.

    Once it’s packed, the front is snapped together and the top rolled shut, the Rhake pack is a surprisingly compact gear bag with the ability to expand to hold a large amount of equipment.

    Its compact silhouette made it a good for riding the subway (even during rush hour) and hauling it around didn’t make me feel like I was in danger of destroying a shoulder.

    There's no way to access most of the gear stored within the Camera Capsule insert unless you completely remove it from the bag

    Unfortunately, there is one glaring design flaw with the Rhake: there's no way to access most of the gear stored within the Camera Capsule insert unless you completely remove it from the bag. For some photographers, this might seem like a minor oversight; after all the Rhake is a multi-functional bag, but I found this design element to be really inconvenient. It was easy enough to access my main camera body through the top zipper, but if I wanted to switch lenses I needed to totally unpack the 22L compartment – which is kind of a pain when working in the cramped quarters of a dark music venue.

    When the bag is fully packed it also takes a little bit of elbow grease to remove the Camera Capsule from the main compartment. I imagine that with more use the bag’s structure will become less tight, but on the shoots I took the Rhake to I found myself having to spend a few extra moments safely removing the capsule from the bag. The Camera Capsule essentially fills the 22L compartment, making it difficult to stash anything else in there (a jacket, supplies for an overnight trip, etc.). I’d be curious to see how the Rhake would function with smaller camera inserts like the Topo Camera Cubes.

    What’s the bottom line?

    The Rhake’s construction is high quality, the design is aesthetically pleasing and it can hold a good deal of gear without looking bulky, making it great for everyday use. But the bag is pricey and the multi-functionality aspects make certain elements of the design inconvenient for photographers. Ultimately, if you're looking for a dedicated camera bag, there are other more cost-friendly and functional options out there. However, if you want a pack that can pull double duty as a bike bag or a weekend travel pack, the Rhake might be for you.

    What We Like:

    • Utilitarian design
    • Durable construction
    • Slim profile
    • Ample organizational pockets
    • Holds a lot of equipment
    • Multi-functional bag, could be used as a camera bag or for something else

    What We Don’t Like:

    • High price tag
    • Inability to access lenses in Camera Capsule without unpacking


(C) 2017 Giuseppe Gessa