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Fotolibro Saal Digital – La mia recensione

Ho da poco usufruito di un buono di €40 per l’acquisto di un fotolibro da saal Digital. Che dire, non mi pareva vero… sapete perché? Perché già conoscevo questo sito. 

 

Saal Digital è un sito di stampa professionale on line. Questo vuol dire che si ha la possibilità di tramutare le proprie foto digitali in stampe fineart, fotolibri, fotoquadri, o semplicemente in foto quaderni.

 

Il buono mi permetteva un acquisto di un fotolibro ed ho sfruttato questa opportunità per stampare alcune delle mie foto più riuscite scattate a Roma questo inverno.

 

Ho scelto di raccoglierle in un fotolibro 28×19 con copertina rigida lucida e carta fotografica opaca per, un totale di una quarantina di pagine.

 

Beh che dire… il risultato è davvero stupefacente. Va da sé che bisogna avere un monitor calibrato per poter riscontrare una perfetta copia di quello che vedete a monitor con quello che troverete poi sulle stampe, ma se tutto questo coincide il risultato è veramente eccezionale. È davvero gratificante anche per un fotografo amatoriale.

 

A tutto questo si aggiunge che a mio modesto parere i prezzi non sono esagerati, e che potete creare o modificare qualsiasi articolo a vostro piacimento usando il software proprietario di Saal Digital che si scarica dal sito.

 

Saal Digital rimarrà un punto di riferimento per le mie stampe on-line e non vedo l’ora di poter provare loro famosi fotoquadri. Ma per questo dovrò attendere ancora qualche mesetto per il mio prossimo viaggio.

 

Come ho detto non posso fare altro che consigliare Saal Digital. È vero che ho ricevuto un buono per poi poter presentare questa mia recensione, ma è anche vero che avevo già acquistato con loro due fotolibri in precedenza ed ero rimasto decisamente soddisfatto.

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US Road Trip 2016 – Day 6, Aspen, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park 

Another day on the road, another day full of surprises and wonders. Stunning views everywhere I look all around me. 

This is the video of my day, including the ride a sweet elderly couple gave me on my way back to the camp, since I pushed it a little bit too far and pedaling back to the camp was turning into a nightmare… 

They saw me sweating my butt off under the rain,  and insisted I took the ride. They were so nice! 


Talk to you soon! 

Gianluca 


London Calling 

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I admit, I haven’t been much of a blogger lately. What can I say, I’ve just been busy. You might not even recognize me since I grew a beard. You know, just for a change. But I haven’t stopped traveling though. My summer trip is coming so I’m getting more and more excited. I’ll tell you more in the next future about that, I promise. And I’m sure I’ll post numerous updates once I’ll be on the road. But for the moment I thought I could share another one of my travel stories. Pretty fresh from the oven.

I guess The Clash got it right. London calls you. I honestly don’t know if the song means it this way, but that’s how I feel about the city I consider the most beautiful in Europe (Rome aside. You know that, don’t you?). I need to go back to London from time to time. So, five years after my last time, I felt it was the right moment and I planned my four days gateway in London.

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It would have been my fourth time in the UK’s Capital, but also my first time alone. So I was very excited to spend four days in one of the cities I love the most, wandering with no precise destination around the city, just living it, since I didn’t have to see anything particular because I had checked out all the touristic landmarks more than once before.

Then I did it, and got to the Generator Hostel the 2nd of June. The hostel was great, as I expected it to be, because Generator is a chain I tried before in Hamburg and Copenhagen. A very modern hostel, with pretty cool stuff, including a great pub,  which served an awesome hamburger by the way.

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And here’s the thing. As soon as I arrived, just after I made my bunk bed, I hurt my back.  I don’t even know how that happened. I just found myself standing in my room thinking about my next move, which would have been having a coffee in some bakery in the neighborhood, and all of a sudden I felt my back hurt. Like it already hurt before. I was like “wait a minute…what did I do?!”

See, it’s happened before. But usually it’s after a bad move, possibly at the gym. So I thought it wasn’t too dramatic. Probably some cold, since I came from my 25 degrees in Rome and in London was kind of freezing. I don’t wanna think it was because I bent to make my bed. Well, either way, turned out it actually was dramatic. I couldn’t even bend to put my shoes on, what do you call that?!

So what do you do when something like that happens?! Well, nothing. You just keep going. I mean, I was in London, what was I supposed to do?! Spend three days lying in bed?! No way. Besides, at first it seemed I could walk pretty well, it didn’t hurt that much. So I got out and walked to Camden Town, a good 2 km from Russell Square, where my hostel was.

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As a result, the next morning it took me like an hour just to get off the bed. I was completely beaten. So I needed to reschedule my itinerary. Priority number one was now stopping by the pharmacy, which I did first thing in the morning. There, the doctor opted for a mix of two different painkillers, considering I was barely standing, and begging for something very strong.

I took them right away, and decided to head towards Saint Paul’s, a 4 km walk. At least it would have been a walk if I wasn’t literally dragging my body around. But I made it, and I decided to sit a while inside the cathedral trying to regain some strength.

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Gotta say, seated in there, feeling stuck, in pain and having given up every hope of feeling a bit better, wasn’t one of my finest moments. Since I was inside a church though, it had something mystic in it. Not to sound profane.

But after a good half an hour, I did start to feel better and I knew that probably I might have been able to manage to get through it with the aid of the painkillers.

And that’s exactly what I did. I got through it. And once again I walked a lot. I took the metro too, but mostly I walked, because I think walking gets you a better sense of the cities you’re visiting. And I got to hang out in places I hadn’t been before, like the far East End for instance. Of course I couldn’t avoid passing by some of the main spots. Matter of fact I love them. Isn’t Trafalgar Square what you can really call a square?

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So I’m happy to share some nice shots I took, which apparently have some success among my friends. Everybody wonders how I am able to take those kind of shots since they all know I travel always alone, and now it’s not much of a secret anymore. Still, it seems I’m the only one crazy enough to wander around the world, placing my tripod wherever I like, acting unaware while I shoot my remote control.

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Crazy right?! Good results though.

Talk to you in a while, take it easy guys.

Gianluca


Coney Island (Sunset Edition)

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I gotta say, despite my pretty good experience as a traveler, catching a sunset is something I’ve never actually thought of doing along my trips. Unbelievable. How come, is something I can’t wholly comprehend.

That’s why the sunset I told you about in one of my posts from NYC, a week or so ago, was actually the first I caught purposely. But I’m sure the idea came from the oneI caught by chance a couple of days before, during my visit to Coney Island.image

I’ve already said before I love New York since I was a kid and hadn’t even been there yet. That’s because I grew up watching American movies, and still do for that matter. This is also why I knew pretty well the Manhattan map even before my first time in NYC, since I used to study it and admire it, dreaming of the day I eventually could make it to the city.

Anyway, one of the first movie that gave me some glimpses of the city I was starting to dream of, was “The Warriors“. For all of you guys that might not know this movie, well…my first suggestion is go see it immediately. Even if the image it makes you see of New York isn’t one of the best. Yet, the movie is a cult.

Just to be clear, the film doesn’t show you the New York of the wonderful lights, beautiful landscapes, skyscrapers and skylines. Rather the New York of the gangs in the 70s and the war they used to fight. If this isn’t enough, the movie is all shot at night along, say, not the most recommendable parts of the city, at least at that time.

Cutting to the chase, the Warriors of the movie is a gang from Coney Island that after a huge gangs meeting in the Bronx gone wrong, has to make it back home. It’s a long travel if you have in mind the NYC map. Anyway, that’s where the myth of Coney comes from. Eventually they made it, and Coney Island is the set of the last scenes of the movie.image

The thing is, I don’t know exactly why, but you can still breath the retro style decadence I came to know seeing  those glimpses of the Coney Island of the Warriors.

That being said, it was a damn coincidence I was there two weeks ago, at the exact moment the sun was setting. I just wanted to get back see one of the places I like the most in New York, which for some reason isn’t so beaten. Plus, I wanted to go see Brighton Beach, which is, say, the Russian part of Brooklyn. Nothing really particular to see there, except for a lot of Russian shops, but again… I read too many books. So if John Corey hangs out in Brighton Beach to whack his Russian pals, I gotta go get an idea of what we’re talking about. Anyway, it happened I was right there at the right time, and the light was great. So is the camera of my Note 5. These pictures are the result.image

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Gianluca


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