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.

BE PART OF THE JOURNEY

Here we are again. Hello everyone and how are you? Another month of 2019 is gone and we have just started the third one. Let me know how has been for you February. Did you take some nice photos? Did you explore a new place you haven’t been before?
Anyway without keeping you too much in front of the screen… Did you manage to practice the rule of third? If this is the first post you read no worries, just have a look on the previous post so you get an idea of what the question is about…
Are you back?

Super great because I decided to create for you a group. Yes you understood well. For you. A group. Keep reading and you will know how this photo/learning/game works (I just made up the name).
So this is what you will have to do.
Follow this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/fsmphotographersquad/ and join the group. No worries if it won’t happened right away. I will do it as soon as I can.
Once you have enjoyed the group you’ll see a post, the only one at the moment as it’s the first one so for sure you won’t miss it.
From here just read how it works the game and you are all done. Trust me you won’t regret it. No matter if you have just started or you are a pro. Sharing your personal work is always constructive, for you and for others too. Hope you will like and enjoy your new group.

What’s coming next? Let me think… Ok I have something in mind. I would like you to go through your photos. If you don’t have too many maybe because you have just started no worries, they are going to work perfectly fine. Then choose the one that you like most. One that does mean something for you. It does no matter when you took it.
Now I am pretty sure you are asking yourself why you are supposed to do that… follow me on my next post that will be out the beginning of April and you will discover it.

In the meantime I leave you with some photos I took on my walk from Brighton to Rottingdean.
For who likes the sea and the coast it is definitely a nice walk to do and you can have a nice break next to the mill in Rottingdean with the view of the sea. If you stay till sunset even if you are not a photographer, you are going to enjoy it for sure.
If you like a photo and you would like to support this blog feel free to contact me to have a print. 

By the way, I am thinking to share with you as well my trips of where I am going and how I shoot the photos that I take. By sharing my experiences I hope to help you to learn from my achievement and from my mistakes also. Let me know what do you think about it.

That’s all for this post. Don’t forget to follow me to keep you update with new content and if you would like to drop a comment you are more than welcome, plus it’s free so nothing to worry about. Hope you enjoyed the reading. I’ll see you next. Have fun and don’t forget… never give up, always forward.

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Play a game to learn photography?

Hello everyone
Here I am again with the second blog. First of all, how are you and how was your first month of 2019? I hope you had a good January and if you didn’t… well February has just started so don’t you worry. Every day is a different day where you can make things better.
I want to thank you to have read my first blog and to have started to follow me. You have no idea how much I appreciate your support.

So let’s start this second blog.
How January has been for me…

As I want to become a travel/landscape photographer and I am building my van to do so I decided until the van is not finish to go ones every month out of the city. Somewhere new to discover and of course to take photos of. Not only the ones that I like but photos that can be sold. I did lots of researching and looked to different pictures to see which one sell and which one doesn’t. Of course I have a rough idea of it but I am not sure 100% , the only way to really learn is trying myself.

The location I picked for January has been Rottingdean. I choose it because I saw on Instagram a photo of a Mill Hill that attract me. Before to go I researched if there was a nice walk to get there from Brighton as my train from London was stopping here. I checked through Google maps if there was something interesting and it came out “the walk under the cliff” which I recommend cause it is a really nice walk by the sea and as the name says, it is under the cliffs. I stayed there the whole day and ones I was back home I picked some photos that I think might sell. I am writing a “presentation” of this photos to try to pitch agencies that might be interested in buy them. So let’s see.

Last year I started as well stock photography through some websites like Shutterstock. I don’t have lots of photos uploaded yet but I am working on it. As you might know it is better to have different incomes, specially when you just started. Not only for money but also to discover your self, your photography, your niche, your style. Trying different things does help you to grow as a photographer and as a person as well. I think.

A photographer that I am following on Youtube ones said “your success depends on what success means to you, if it’s money either £5 or 1000£, to have followers on Instagram or FB either 2 or 1000. You decide what success is”.
I just wanted to sell one photo through stock photography. Just one. To proof my self that with patience, perseverance and hard work I can make it. And guess what? Well… I sold two. Yeah I know It’s not a lot of money. I mean… literally nothing but who cares. I feel like the most rich person in the world. So trust me, never give up, you can do it and I am not talking only about photography.

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About the van… I am researching how much will cost me, roughly. Insulation, kitchen, windows, etc… What I need to buy and how I would like to build it. So nothing concrete yet but I will start to build it in March so I will keep you update.

As last… I would like to start a photography game with you.
As you know already to be a better photographer you need to practice, practice, practice and then practice again. Everyone does. Pro photographer included. So I decided every month to pick a theme and practice it. As it’s the first time I think it should be good to start with the first rule that every photographer learn, “the rule of thirds”. At the link below is explain what it is in case you don’t know it. I choose this link cause is one of the websites that helped me to understand photography and no, I am not sponsored from them.

https://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds/

Now that you know what the rule of third is, you will have to take photos with this technique. No matter what you decide to photograph and which camera you are going to use, even your phone is fine. You will have to take photos base on the rule of thirds for the whole month of February. As I said, I would like to do this game as I believe the best way to learn photography is going out and practice it your self.

What’s happening after this? At the end of the month you will have to choose only one image that you shoot, the one you think is the best. Only one and then… well, if you want to know what you have to do next follow me on the third blog I will post. It’s going to be in the beginning of March. So follow me on my website to have new updates.

For now go out there and start to take photos. Remember it does no matter if you are a professional or a beginner, practicing is something everyone does.

Looking forward to see you on the third blog. In the meantime have a happy February. Remember… never give up, always forward.