A workshop hosted by Nikon School: the beauty of Cinque Terre

The universal ecstasy of things declares itself without noise; the very water seem to sleep. Quite unlike human celebrations, here is a silent orgy. An ever-increasing light seems to make objects increasingly sparkle. Aroused flowers burn with the desire to undo the sky’s azure by the energy of their colors, and the heat, turning scents visible, seems to make them rise to the sun like smoke.

C. Baudelarie, The Fool and the Venus

Italy, Manarola

My father used to be a professional photographer when photography meant photographic film, manually retouching of the negatives, silver salts and acidic solutions: when I was a child I used to spend some time looking around the photographic sets, the dark room and the tons of photos piled everywhere.

This year, for the first time ever (I do not know why it took me so long..), I borrowed his Nikon (a D300) and three different lenses.

I immediately felt in love with the camera and the bright, clear and intense photos it was able to make. I devoured the instructions and I watched many videos on YouTube to learn the basics before bringing it around during my travel across Japan. The fun I had exploring a new place through the lens and the quality of the pictures I got, greatly exceeded the burden to carry the camera around my neck every days and nights.

Even though I learnt how to use the main controls and settings, I am definitely a beginner.

This is the reason why I joined a workshop held by a professional photographer, Davide Marcesini, and hosted by Nikon School and Pixcube.it in collaboration with Federparchi (the Italian federation for Parks and Natural Reserves).

The workshop has been organized in the heart of one of the most beautiful places in Italy: the Cinque Terre National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, the smallest national park in Italy comprising the towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.

These are some of the photos I took trying to follow the suggested exercises: long exposures, low key, high key, biodiversity as a subject, HDR.

Above all, some words moved me and they are now imprinted in my mind:

When you take a photo you are an ambassador of the biodiversity of the territory for the present and future generations.

Sundown in Manarola
Sundown in Manarola
Manarola coast at night
Manarola coast at night
Marica 3
Sunset in Rio Maggiore
Rio Maggiore
Sunset in Rio Maggiore
Rio Maggiore
the Way of Love along the Blu Path

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