Different life style

Hello everyone hope you are having a good weekend.

As some of you knows already I started a new different style of life.
I want to become a full time photographer. My two main photography are Landscape and Portrait. The last one are more personal projects as with them I like to collect the stories of people combined with their portraits.

As I am working full time in London I decided to live full time in a campervan to help me travel on the weekends and to save money.

So here I am. I started to do videos to share with you my journey because… well, why not?
Hope you enjoy it and if you have any question or advise feel free to contact me or leave a comment, even if you would like to say hi.

If you would like to enjoy the community as well I opened a FB group to interact to each other. Most on locations and photography. Feel free to enjoy it.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/fsmphotographersquad/

Click the link below to watch the first video of this saga.
https://youtu.be/IPUPyuK8tDM

Limone – Italy

Hello everyone, hope you are ok and had a nice weekend.
I haven’t posted for a while as I have been busy with my new van life but no worries you will soon get to see some of the adventures I have recorded for you. For this post I decided to write about a place I have been to in Italy. A journey that I had with my father to this little town that we used to go to when I was young. I totally forgot how beautiful it is.
So I hope you enjoy the reading and the photos I took for you.

Limone is a town on the West coast of Garda Lake.
I have been there lots of time with my family when I was a child. For this reason when I went back to Italy this year, I decided to go back there for a visit.

My father wanted to come also as he was curious to see the new “Pista Ciclabile” as it has recently been built. Which is a bridge along the shore, built above the lake for bicycles and walks only.
It starts in this town Limone, but I am not sure where it ends. Specially because seems it is not finished yet and it will be longer than what it is right now.

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It was in the beginning of February that we visited. Lucky as there aren’t too many tourists during this period cause it is too cold. On the other hand, unfortunately most of the town is closed. Shops, restaurants, market, etc.
It really depends when you prefer to visit places. In the summer time you will find everything open, rent bicycles and boats but be prepared for crowds.

The roads of the town are narrow. While walking across the town you will walk up and down big or little hills as of course it is built below mountains on the shore of the lake. Most of the houses are built in stones with colourful plants growing on them. While I was walking through these alleys and looking at the buildings, my thoughts went back to the past I imagined how this town was built and how people were living there.

Luckily for us while walking, we found a restaurant open, the Gemma restaurant. The service was really super friendly and the food was spectacular. We ordered spaghetti with seafood to share between the two of us. The portion was gigantic, served in a big ceramic tray. After this I ordered for my self, rabbit with white polenta. Yes, I love food and I love it more when is so amazingly tasty. We literally cleaned our plates. Even the waiter was impress.

Besides the nice food and the good service, there was another thing that was enjoyable. The view. The windows were a perfect frame for the lake and the mountains so I decided to take a photo and fortunately for me, two swans decided to pass by and get into the frame giving to the photo a more interesting look.

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After dinner we decided to go and walk on the famous “ciclopista”.
Unfortunately we did not manage to walk all the way till the end as my father gets tired after a while, specially after all the foods we had eaten. I think for him it was time for a nap. In his seventieth year, who can blame him? He was really happy with this day and he enjoyed posing for some photos. The sun was setting while walking back, leaving us with wonderful colours and views of the shore and the mountains on the other side of the coast.

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It was a magical place for me even if we didn’t spend a lot of time there. I will definitely go back to visit the famous buildings were the lemons grow and to spend more time taking photos and discover more about this little village.

 

 

Countdown

Hi to all of you that are part of this world. And if you are not part of this world well, hi to you too. Hope all of you are well.
I didn’t have a photo for this content so I picked this one cause I like it and I hope you as well.

I am super happy to let you know that I finally bought my super campervan. It’s a Renault Trafic, year 1993. I saw it and fell in love straight away. It doesn’t have all the comfortable things that new vehicles have. No automatic doors, no automatic windows, the steering wheel is hard to turn and to start it require a strong push on the gas pedal. I don’t know what it has exactly that I like, It seems it has its own personality I can say. Every time I am in it and drive it I just feel happy.

It require few works as well. There are some patches of rust that I have to take care and inside I want to change few things but I have to do everything step by step specially for the money. I will save every months some money so I can slowly “fix” it.

The countdown to go and live in it, it started. Five weeks from when the contract of my flat end. From there my van life will begin. I feel excited and scared if I have to be honest with you. Would you not feel the same way?

I will still have my full time job for now. During the weekends go and travel and take photos and try to have some income in photography. This is the plan for now. So let’s see how it goes.
I started as well to make some videos about photography and places where I am going with the van. I didn’t upload anything yet but I will. Honestly I am still not comfortable in seeing my self on the screen and hearing my voice and talking to the camera while there are people around… let’s say I need more time and more practice.

Anyway I’m hoping by sharing my experiences from the start to show you that it does no matter if you make right or wrong decisions. I mean, look at me. I am 36 years old and I am deciding to live in a van and trying to make it as a photographer. Lots of people in my age are thinking to get a house and have a “good” job and not to do this kind of life style. The truth is that there is not right or wrong, for me at list. The only thing that is important and I learn on my path is that there is no failure, there is no victory. Whatever you choose to do, try your best. If it doesn’t work, find another way.

I hope you enjoy the reading and if you did enjoy it then feel free to follow the website, Facebook and Instagram. And if you wish I opened a group on Facebook to have some fun with photography and travelling. It’s still a bit “raw” but with time and with your help will grow.

I will keep you update with more content about photography and van life.
I will see you next. Ciao.

A bit struggle with the wind…

An advise… check the wind.

As a photographer, specially landscape photographer I often check the forecast. Clouds, rain, sun, … well I learnt last month that is best to check the wind as well.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do check these things but true as well that if I don’t have good conditions I go out and shoot anyway. One because I like it, two because more you shoot more you learn and three because by scouting the place in person you will know better the location and you are more luckily to find different spots and angles to shoot. Plus even if you have been in a place thousands of time, there is always something that you miss or you didn’t notice or something new, like I don’t know… a deer passing by.

I went to Eastbourne in the beginning of March as I wanted to do the Seven Sister Walk. I knew the weather would not be as I was hoping but I didn’t mind. Discover a new place and taking photos it’s the only thing I wanted and want to do. Just so you know, the Seven Sister Walk is a walk in the South East of England on top of some amazing cliffs. If you are familiar with the cliffs in England you know already what kind of spectacular views they can offer.
There are few paths you can do. The one I wanted to do was from Eastbourne till a B&B call Belle Tout Lighthouse, which I can say is half way of this walk toward Seaford. The main place I wanted to photograph on this walk was the Beachy Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse is below the cliffs, which I saw some photos online where you can reach it when the tide is low. But I am not sure if you can go on your own or you need a guide for it.

Anyway ones I was on the top of the cliffs to start the walk I knew already I would have had a problem, something I didn’t think of. The wind. It was so windy that all the shapes of the trees were bend it. Luckily it wasn’t rain and there were some nice clouds which were making the sky more interesting and sometimes the sun was coming out, giving a really nice look to the cliffs, trees and to the lighthouse. I have been lucky. It was amazing.

How did I deal with the wind? Well… I couldn’t put my tripod out. It was really too windy to even think I could have a sharp image with it plus I have to be honest, I don’t have a solid tripod, not yet. So I knew I couldn’t count on that. The only two things I could count were my camera and myself. I decided to work then with high shutter speed and I used continuous shooting mode to increase the possibilities to have at list one sharp image.

So this is my advise, check the wind as well. Of course even if it’s not working in your favour just go out and shoot. It is always best to do it than don’t do it right?
And if the wind is that strong to blow you away, work with high shutter speed and continuous shooting mode. It worked for me.
Now If you have ever been in a similar situation, where something you didn’t think of put you a bit in trouble with your shooting and in somehow you sorted it, feel free to share it by leaving a comment below.

I hope by writing this posts, I can help you and learn from my mistakes and show you that with hard work and determination you can do anything.
Hope you enjoyed the reading. I will post some photos of this trip in the next post so follow me and subscribe if you are curious to see them.

Before I forget. I have also opened a group on Facebook to share tips, experiences, places to go and have some challenges to improve and to have fun with photography. I just opened it so don’t be shy if we are not that many. So just click the link below and welcome to the group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fsmphotographersquad/

Thanks a lot to have pass by. I’ll see you next. Ciao.

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland