Lens-Artist Photo Challenge, Photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 – Magical

For this week challenge I picked some of my archive photos.

The first one is Gaia, I named this picture after the Greek word which means “Earth”. The technique I used to take this shot involved merging circa 30 pictures and using a special software to create a polar effect. I wasn’t familiar with it the first time so it took me 5 hours (shooting+editing). Still, I love it and even if it is an old picture I use it for my portfolio or as a flagship photo.

The second entry is a photo of a beautiful jellyfish sensitive to UV lights. A simple shot taken at the Bournemouth Oceanarium, but during the editing phase I started imagining more light coming out from the creature. So I played with settings until the whole scene took life.

The third entry is one of my first macro pictures. It was a misty morning in October 2015. My former company was renting a flat with a garden and I only had my full frame camera for a few months. I came out and I saw a spiderweb entirely covered by droplet. I fortunately had a tripod with me and also a Raynox 250 filter that transformed my zoom lens into a macro.


My last entry is a memory of my trip to Turkey last year. It was taken in Goreme, Cappadocia. The place itself is out of this world to say the least, and features a unique landscape. Cappadocia is still one of the few regions that is not too touristy (yet) and as such it is still very “traditional”. Some years ago a few companies started offering hot air ballon rides over the region to tourists. The activity grew so popular and expanded that many more company started the same business. So every day, if weather allows, hundreds of balloons fly over the skies of Goreme, starting at 5:30am.

The result? you wake up to this.


7 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 – Magical”

  1. Davide, all four of these went straight to my heart – amazing! Magical as much as Magic goes! Gaia is totally magnificent, and – so are the others…I have always dreamt of riding a hot air balloon over Cappadocia, but it never came to be. Did you? Your image is outstanding.

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