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February 1, 2018 by Lindsay Silverman

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Vatican City and bridge from the banks of the Tiber

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So it was late and I was restless. I had been out all day sightseeing, eating the local food, meeting some really interesting people and getting acquainted with Rome.  It was my first full day and I wanted to explore more and learn about this great city and its history.

Just a few blocks from my hotel was the Tiber River and beautiful and historic bridges throughout the city. I took a walk with my Nikon D7500, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, WR-R10 wireless controller and WR-T10 wireless transmitter (trigger) and my Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod with quick release plate.

I wandered up and down the Tiber for a while and stopped when I saw this view ( among others I snapped along the way). For me it was the bridge, the reflections, the architecture and the basilica in the distance that made this all work. I shot a bracketed series of 5 shots - all in Nikon's NEF (RAW) file format at 1 EV intervals between each shot. The idea was to merge all of them together in Aurora HDR software when I returned home so that I would be able to create a natural looking image with a wider dynamic range then what the cameras DX-format sensor saw in just a single shot. In essence - more information equals wider tones throughout the image.  

I merged the shots, did some fine adjusting in the processing and cropped to get a rough 16:9 aspect ratio for a panorama feel. 

ISO 100 / f/8 / 5 seconds / 25mm\

It was right out of the DaVinci Code

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It was Easter Sunday and I was in Florence with my wife.  We read that every year, Florence celebrates the holiday in a very special way with the  "Explosion of the Cart" which dates back over 350 years. It seems this elaborate wagon built in 1622 -  standing two to three stories high is pulled by a pair of oxen decorated in garlands through the streets of Florence to the square between the Baptistry and Cathedral of the Piazza del Duomo.

We arrived 2 hours early and stood in a crowd of what seemed like several thousand people and waited. When we picked out our spot I was looking for a view with the Duomo in the background, and hopefully a view of the Cart as the fireworks went off.  The sun was peaking through the clouds and was off to our left - literally on the opposite side of this magnificent church. 

As the celebration began, I could see that the sun was moving ever so gradually in my direction. As I am a believer in the old adage "luck favors the prepared", I just waited and hoped that sun would peak out from somewhere  behind the dome at a critical moment. As the fireworks began to explode from this immense wooden cart... church, tower, fireworks, suns rays, backlighting...it was right out of the DaVinci Code! 

I had to hold my camera over my head and use the tiling/touch LCD screen to compose and shoot because there were so many people in my way. Its such a fundamental way that people use their smartphones and I'm so happy that my D7500 had this great feature.

Nikon D7500 / AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED / ISO 800 / 10mm / f/8 / 1/2000 sec / Rear Touch LCD used at high angle overhead

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February 5, 2018 by Lindsay Silverman

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Sunset in Grand Teton

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This past year I was fortunate to have one of my photographs featured in an AFAR magazine placement for "The Travelers Choice Awards" sponsored by Nikon. The image was of the Moulton Barn (Grand Teton National Park ) at sunset. Located on Antelope Flats, this could be the most photographed barn in Wyoming, if not the world.

I made the picture using the D7500 DSLR and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens.  I shot NEF and JPEG and processed the RAW shot using Capture NX-D and tweaked in Luminar software.

Throughout the month, AFAR ran several different versions to highlight the contest online so I had my photo representing different aspects of the contest. According to the AFAR website, "AFAR is the multi-platform travel media brand that inspires and guides those who travel the world to connect with its people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives". If you are not familiar with the magazine, I recommend that you should be. Especially if you are interested in improving your travel photography or just need to do some research, check it out - it's online and in print.

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February 15, 2018 by Lindsay Silverman

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Enduring Masterpiece

I read an article about Michelangelo's David, it said; "This astonishing Renaissance sculpture was created between 1501 and 1504. It is a 14.0 ft marble statue depicting the Biblical hero David."  Michelangelo was only in his mid twenties when he sculpted it. 

When I was an adolescent, I saw the movie " The Agony and The Ecstasy" with Charleton Heston as Michelangelo and it left a lasting impression on me.  Although not about "David", his backstory as an artist and sculptor intrigued me enough to look at his works in books and it guided me to look at other types of art with great appreciation. I would spend the next 40 or so years visiting art museums to see great art first hand. Looking at light, color , composition, shape and form in the arts helps me see better when I'm taking pictures.

I didn't know how I would react to seeing this incredible work when I visited the Academia Gallery in March of 2017. Seeing "David" up close left me in awe, it took my breath away.  The result of this emotional experience was a series of photos I made by walking around "David". I took many photos, each step I took I noticed something different. I knew I had to be different so I incorporated the elements of the museum itself with each shot and realized that I couldn't tell his story with just a single photo. It took Michelangelo three years to sculpt, the least I could do was to stay a while and marvel at his masterpiece. 

All images of Michelangelo's statue of David: Nikon D7500 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm F3.5-4.5G ED

All images © 2018 Lindsay Silverman

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