Tuesday, 22 November 2016

November's camelia

Is November and is raining for three days and will continue for more few days, but in our garden many flower are still warming my soul. The vase in reality is a cup for sake from Fukui, Japan.
Photo taken in my studio with Micro Nikkor 105 mm. fully opened at f 3,2 wth a small strobe bounced in an umbrella.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Nadeshiko, the book!








Today arrived my book Nadeshiko, I uploaded the files on Monday and I was very surprised to receive it so fast (Thursday morning). The printer is SAAL digital from Germany. They have web site in Italian and German, don't know about other languages.
The book is printed on photographic paper, the quality is great and the finishing too, the paper is very thick. Thanks to the color profile downloadable from the web site, the photo are exactely as I intended, the intensity and definition are great, I printed only black and white photos, I think the color would be fine as well. 
I was a bit worry about uploading jpg files, but the result is fine, no "steps" on large gray surfaces.
The thick "filled" cover I choosed is nice, on the site they discourage the choice of matt surface for the cover, but I'm really happy with the feeling.
The uploading process is not so easy, from the web site or with the free Saal software, it needs improving, several times i had errors. I wrote asking assistance, and the reply to my mail arrived after the book itself, not usefull indeed.

Nadeshiko, the subtle allure of Japanese women.

Portraits and sensual details of Japanese women I had the pleasure of taking photograph of, is not erotic photography, but is about sensuality and elegance.
The text is compose by quotation from Japanese authors I love, like Kawabata, Tanizaki, Kenko,Shonagon,Setouchi, Yasushi.

This book is a limited edition photo book, if you are interested, please contact me for more details.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Sokō Yamaga






I found this interesting site in the city of AizuWakamatsu a headstone in rememberance of samurai Sokō Yamaga, standing in the place of his birth site. Photos taken with 85 mm. lens f 1,4, it was a very hot, sunny day 1st September 2016.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Chabana

Chabana is a flower compositio for the tea ceremony, much simpler and clean than ikebana, made with just on type of flower or even just one flower. Sunlight from a window, 105mm. lens at f 2.8.

Haircut

I like my wife's new haircut, is not the first time she cut hair short, but was long time since the last time had the neck nicely exposed. Nikon 105 mm. macro lens at f 3.3, maximum aperture on close-up.

Matsuri


Two instagram pictures of the Suwa Jinja matsuri. I love high quality photo and I use professional equipment to achieve great results, but somethimes a smartphone photo is nice. To get this result, anyway, I had to invest in some hardware, a tele lens for smartphone, not the very expensive Zeiss, an affordable one, of course the quality is bad, but I like the bokeh effect.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Monuaeshi





Tsubouchi Saburou is a monuaeshi, a painter of mon, the Japanese family emblem, he paint them on silk or cotton to be dyed to make kimono or accessory. The mon have to placed on both shoulder or in the middle of the back, just under the collar. A kimono with crest is very precious, it means had made expressely for a family, from the fabric decoration, dyng and tailoring. Ready made kimono don't have mon. Photographed in Kyoto in Summer 2016, with 105mm. f 2.8 lens in natural light from a window and a table lamp on the desk.

Matsuri at Sugawara Jinja








Matsuri at Sugawara jinja, music, dance and partecipation by local people. For night photography I used my 85mm. f 1.4 at 500 iso.





A game for a hot afternoon at Sugawara Jinja, Kitakata, Japan. All photos taken with 180 mm. at f 2.8 in sunlight.

Matsuri in the park












An afternoon playng in the park at Sugawara Jinja, waiting for the evening matsuri, the local festival, in Kitakata, August 2016.
All photos taken with 180 mm at f 2.8, some passing cloud softened the light at some point.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Rain in the evening




The eavy rain is not spoiling the matsuri completely, I just stepped on the veranda to take some photos. I hope better weather for tomorrow. All photos take with 180 mm. at f 2.8.




Scenes from the matsuri at Suwa jinja: priests and miko.