A little Retrica love story

Hello, my dear friends!

Long time no see. My bad, as always… I haven’t felt like blogging in so long, and I can’t promise I’ll be back posting a lot. But I feel I’m a having a photography phase right now, so you’ll never know…

Anyway.

I saw a little Retrica logo on a lot of teenager’s selfies, but I never thought I could actually like that little app myself. But when it comes to photography, I’m always a little curious so I decided to try it out anyway, without great expectations.

I’m a little ashamed about this, but I ended up falling in love with Iris, one of their filters. It’s an overexposed black and white filter, with a little of a sepia tone (or some kind of tone I can’t really decode), and a central focus.

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I know, I know. Why use a shitty filter on my phone when I own a really nice camera (my beloved Canon G16)? Well… except for the fact that I don’t always bring my Canon with me wherever I go, I must say that this particular shitty filter is not that bad, in my opinion. It gave the picture a retro and nostalgic look that I personally really like and that made me fall in love once again with black and white photography.

I don’t know if I’ll keep using this filter for a long time. Maybe it’s just a short love story. For a matter of facts, I started once again to bring my Canon on my purse everywhere I go. But some of my recent black and white pictures I took with it are almost too neat for my personal taste. I don’t know if there’s anything wrong with me, but I just like myself some imperfection, way more than perfect and defined things.

Iris 100%

Iris 100%

Iris 100%

Iris 100%

 

The 5 Things I Like To Photograph The Most

You all know how much I love photography. I always did, since I was a child, even if I’m still not an expert. Today I decided to share with you the five things I like to shoot the most.

1. People

I love to immortalize people’s expressions. I think everyone is unique in all of their parts. I always hope to be able to capture not only their expressions, but their emotions as well. Everybody is beautiful in their really special way (yes, even you reading!) and I like to make them feel that way.

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2. Animals

Seriously, who doesn’t love animals? A few years ago I was dreaming of becoming a National Geographic photographer, or any way to go into the wild with some big big lens and shoot all animals I could find. But even if that dream will never come true, I still enjoy taking pictures of the little creatures I have around. My cat Blackie is almost impossible to shoot since whenever she sees a camera, she runs directly into it and starts to cuddle with it, but I still don’t give up!

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3. Details

I think that details are what makes everything special. Sometimes we are surrounded by so many things, that a lot of little tiny details slip out of our sight. Whenever I see something particular, I like to capture it. It can be anything, big or small, but it has to be just a piece of the whole picture.

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4. Nature

Living in a city, even if just a small one, I really love to take a breath from all the cement sometimes. I’m lucky enough that where I live there are still some green spots. From a tree to a landscape, I think nature is always a great subject to shoot. Simple and magic.

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5.  Little things

A little thing, for me, doesn’t have to be physically little. Yes, I love to shoot tiny things and experiment with macro photography, even if I don’t have the right lens for it. But sometimes little things can be just simple things. Things that most people pass across without even looking at them. And I love them, so I shoot them to try to make them special – and that doesn’t mean I always succeed.

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What are the things you like to shoot the most? Leave a comment below!

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Zurich train station | Bambie

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Ho ritrovato qualche scatto che avevo fatto alla stazione di Zurigo qualche tempo fa, di ritorno da Friborgo. Avevo scelto il bianco e nero perché trovo che aiuti a mettere in risalto le varie linee e intersezioni tipiche delle stazioni.

Per quanto mi piaccia fotografare le stazioni, ammetto che non mi manca più di quel tanto fare il lungo viaggio fra Locarno e Friborgo. Per fortuna per il momento posso restarmene tranquilla in Ticino, almeno fino alla fine di agosto. Poi sarò costretta a tornare a viaggiare in treno per fare gli ultimi due esami dell’anno scolastico.

separatoreI found some pictures I shoot at Zurich’s train station sometime ago, when I was travelling back from Fribourg. I chose black and white because I think that it helps showing the typical lines and intersections of train stations.

Even if I love taking photographs of train stations, I admit that I don’t really miss to travel with the train between Locarno and Fribourg. Fortunately for the moment I can stay in Ticino, at least until the end of August. Then I will have to go back taking the train to do my last two exams of the school year.

 

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All pictures are taken with a Canon Powershot G16