Hallo and welcome to pietro pazzi photography blog. I have been asked many times to share my knowledge and experiences with fellow photographers and followers of my work. Well, I finally got the time and a platform that can help me do so.
My intention is to share with you current projects, images, photography and lighting techniques, photoshop and lightroom tips and much more. In fact, whatever you ask for I will share. At times I may also revert to shoots previously undertaken to share some practices. So, if you would like to know anything about any images, feel free to email me your questions and I will do my best in answering them in a blog.
The transition or expansion of my photographic skills from Studio, Fashion, Fine Art and Commercial photography to Landscape has been one filled with experimentation.
This has been an affair that has now lasted just over three years. Although I have always taken pictures when traveling, I never really considered it a genre as one to invest much time enhancing my skills. I much preferred working in studio with tricky objects or beautiful people maneuvering up to 7 lights to get just the right amount of light and shadow to give the exact look or mode I was looking for.
Then I started to explore world and visited places where few people have been. Remote islands in the South Pacific with people very rarely receiving visitors and where there are no safety rules or staff holding one back from a full experience. Even when you climb to the top of an active volcano.
The pure beauty of virgin scenes, with the occasional local so friendly and welcoming (... no, no, not because they wanna eat us :-))), no more cannibalism around ... I hope), got me wanting to take and develop pictures to share my experiences with others.
I wanted others to feel, as close as possible, what I felt when I first witnessed these scenes. Using my technology to get the right exposure and composition was not much of a challenge. Naturally I had to add a couple of sharp wide angle lenses to get greater compositions.
My challenge was in post processing. I just struggled to get the mode with my pictures I was after. I seem to go through almost amateur post production phases of over exposing, or over contrast or killer HDR with way too much detail. It is only now that I am starting to get the softer yet detailed look with no over bright or too dark areas in the pics.
This is a love affair with promise of some awesome things to come.
One can see the path I have taken with the improving my landscape photography on my 500px profile.
One can also few my pic history on the following sights:
Kia Orana is how Cook islanders greet.
So, since I know live in the middle of the pacific on a little island called Rarotonga, which has a circumference of 32 kilometers, surrounded by so much water, I thought it makes perfect sense to take my photography underwater.
I wanted to do it properly, and the only way is to get an underwater housing for my beloved Nikon D810. I shopped around and settled for the Ikelite system … housing, dome, lights.
Underwater certainly has its own challenges. I dis this one snorkeling and not diving. Which meant I had to constantly, dive down, get close to the fish, set the camera and snap. Wow this was exhausting. Next time will be diving!
Hi fellow image makers,
It has been a while since I posted. One major reason is all the changes that have been taking place in my life the past few month, actually almost two years.
Once again my life has gone in a whole new direction. My partner and I opted out the corporate world and settled in paradise, Cook islands, where we took over a dive and surf shop. You can follow our story at www.peaniesutra.com and learn more about our shop at www.diveandsurf-cookislands.com.
The other major change is a move into travel, adventure and landscape photography. Trust me going from fashion and fine art nude to Landscape is like giving up plumping to become a chef ... doable, but much to learn.
Apart from the many landscape and travel images I have now posted on my website, I thought I'd start creating short slide shows of some recent shoots.
You can view them on Youtube.com and search for Pietro Pazzi Photography.
Here are links to the last two:
1. Sunrise, Sunset & Moonrise in Paradise
2. 40,000 ft above Baffin Island. This one was rater tricky as they were shot through a less than perfect commercial planes window.
Hi dear visitor,
The last three monthly my partner and I traveled the South pacific - Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji - in search of finding unusual and awesome images.
Carrying a load of photography equipment on-board so many flights, with aeroplanes of all sizes, certainly posed a challenges. Especially when one of the two photography bags weighed 15 kg. It does not seize to amaze me how intolerant and unhelpful some airlines can be when it comes to transporting such sensitive equipment. Anyway, we got through it, even though at times we unpacked some heavy lenses, only to pack it pack again once we turned the corner :-)
This was the first trip we took along GoPro, two of them in fact. They certainly are not professional video cameras but they are lightweight and compact and help give followers a sense of what we were up to.
We ran a blog during trip on which you can can view our GoPro videos and some initial images we processed on the move.
As some of you may have noticed, I have been rather busy with updating my website with images I have taken in the past.
Some fond memories and chuckles. It is interesting to see the different styles post-processing styles I experimented with in the past. For example, HDR. In some cases all I can say is "thank god that I shot all my images in RAW" this makes it easier for me to go back to the original file to reprocess with new learning. Something I will certainly do when time permits at a future date.
I also found it of interesting to note the various cameras I used, From a Sony Cybershot G10, a Nikon D70, D7000, D700, D2X and D800. Except for the D70, all the remaining are still in use today ... awesome!
I will continue to dive through my archive and upload new pictures in the coming week, so keep returning to see what is new.
BTW - feel free to leave some comments on my images .... I am always open to feedback :-)
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