Sunday, 14 July 2019

Music in Zoali


We returned again this year to a small festival that is held every year down in Zoali in Liguria.


I had a chance to do some performing arts photography again, of Ethan Emerson a talented young pianist following in the footsteps of his famous grandfather and a group of musicians led by Paola Tagliaferro.


Paola was surrounded by a bigger group of musicians this year leaning more towards the World Music genre.


Here are the pictures.


Ethan Emerson




Paola Tagliaferro














































Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Bread and Circuses Architecture

It is election time soon, and time for our local authority to swing into bread and circuses ( panem et circenses) mode. 

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

A long neglected monastic complex, Chiostri di San Pietro was opened to the public last Saturday after a long and slow restoration. A new hyper modern conference block has been wedged into a corner of the site. Inside the obligatory multimedia light show was imposed over the Renaissance architecture.

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

The scene reminded me of those Architectural Autocad renderings that I see so often for my work, with lots of more than perfect trees and transparent people drifting though the shiny buildings. I tried to show this vibe in a couple of the shots in this set. 

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia


Putting people in the frame is a bit of a new departure for me when photographing architecture, the big problem is getting passers-by whose attire does not clash with the composition.  

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

My trusty EM5 shined as usual for the task of trying to get some interesting and “clean” architectural shots in an over crowded environment. 

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia


I used two bodies with a 12-35 2.8 and a 7-14 2.8 for this little Sunday morning diversion.


Every time I consider abandoning M43 for FF, my M43 set up performs in some way to convince me to stick with it.   
I intrude on a multimedia meal

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Carl Palmer In Bologna


My wife dragged me along to a concert in Bologna given by Carl Palmer.  I was not expecting much, but I was surprised by the loud energetic performance a long way from the dated Prog Rock that I expected. Carl certainly pounded those drums!

It turned out to be an enjoyable ear-splitting concert. 


I also took my camera along and managed to get some shots I liked from the badly placed seats we were given. I guess these side view shots are different to most concert shots. I remember when I shot jazz, I often would shoot from this angle backstage.  


Carl Palmer Drums, Paul Bielatowicz Guitar and Simon Fitzpatrick Bass

Carl Palmer 

Carl Palmer 

Carl Palmer Drums, Paul Bielatowicz Guitar 

Simon Fitzpatrick 

Carl Palmer 

Carl Palmer 

Carl Palmer 

Simon Fitzpatrick

Paul Bielatowicz 

Carl Palmer 

Paul Bielatowicz 

Carl Palmer 

Monday, 9 July 2018

Shadows and Light



In a moment of madness a few days ago I bought myself a rather old and venerable Nikon D700 full frame camera to use with a 28mm PC lens I picked up. It was cheaper than buying an adaptor for my current system! I also bought a rather nice 24-120 zoom for normal photographic use.
I love photographing architecture and I had been aiming to get a PC to get it right in camera without using post processing. I bought the camera to sit behind a lens. But I did not quite expect the other qualities of the D700 to be so marked.

To my surprise, when I started experimenting with this camera, I found it gave me files that had a certain magic that my current M43 system does not have. Lovely creamy files with subtle colour transitions.

I have been suffering a photographic block of late; I really felt I had run out ideas and that I was repeating myself. In a strange sort of way, I was stimulated to explore the magic that I have found with this new camera. 
I think it has also stimulated a new direction in my photography. Even though the D700 has a sort of cult following for its output, I think an up to date Nikon FX is a temptation that will be difficult to resist. The lager sensor does make a difference for some types of photography.

Here is a series of pictures that are just about shadow, light, texture and colour.

They were taken in Reggio Emilia and Sabbioneta near Mantua.

















Music in Zoali

We returned again this year to a small festival that is held every year down in Zoali in Liguria. I had a chance to do some performi...