more about #NOFILTER...
#NoFilter is an ingenious project born of London City Airport and this Milan edition will be judged by the fabulous Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy The previous editions have been: #NoFilterMadrid , #NoFilterSwitzerland, and the last location was #NoFilterDublin. As mentioned above, this is a showcase of photographs taken in Milan that are not altered in any way. Each blogger will also share tips and tricks for taking photos, you can find mine below.
how I PHOTOGRAPH...
First I have to say that I'm an Auto-Focus, point-and-shoot kind of gal. I'm usually too busy checking out the gelato selection to worry about changing lenses, settings etc and I definitely don't have space in my purse for any fancy accessories. These photographs are from throughout my trips to Milan in the past six years and encompass a variety of seasons there. They were taken with either a Nikon 1 J4 (the 'Everyday' model) or a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II (which is my current go-to camera since it is very compact for it's capabilities and purse-friendly) and are of course shown here with #NoFilter.
musings on MILAN...
Milan can be hard on the eye at times, depending on where in the city you are, and Italians often complain about how un-pretty it is. But as all travellers will tell you, the beauty of exploration and photography is to discover the pretty wherever you are. It may take some hunting is all. Milan is a metropolis, a mess of history and ambition all rolled into one and that is perhaps it's greatest vice- people (tourists especially) come with the expectation of finding a classic Italian city and forget that this is also THE city for business and commerce in Italy. Alot of the time, it's a sea of suits, women decked to the nines and yappy dogs with Prada leashes. Some of the time it's students chasing the departing trams, tourists chasing the Italian dream, and everyone else chasing a better life in Europe. But on the rare occasion, you round a corner, get lost, and find yourself in a picture perfect Milan moment so naturally beautiful, adding any post-editing tweaks would be a crying shame. Now if only that same concept could be applied to certain Italian celebrities.
Tip #1: Focus on something unexpected; when everyone else is taking the typical tourist photo of the building itself, try taking the sign or entrance instead, or even another architectural detail.
Tip #2: Don't be afraid to be a creep; I often take photos of unsuspecting subjects. The natural ease of people who don't they are being photographed is something that no filter can mimic.
Tip #3: Take advantage of settings; experiment with your camera and use those nighttime settings, they are provided for a reason (to make things easier for us amateurs).
Tip #4: Find a surface perch for night shots; I'm not one to carry around a tri-pod but you NEED to keep your camera steady for photos like these. I've been known to use my fiancé's shoulder...
Tip #5: Look up; sometimes the best photo opportunities can be right above your head.
Tip #6: Capture moments first; a statue or monument will always be there, if you see something fun in action, snap that instead! You can always return to the statue later.
Tip #7: Photograph like a "boss"; take a thousand of them if it means one turns out. Kneel, lay on your back, don't be ashamed to become a contortionist with your camera in hand.
Tip # 8: Incorporate nature; a touch of greenery or sky can actually enhance a scene.
Tip #9: Get off the beaten path; the shot above was taken on top of the Duomo in Milan. There's quite a set of stairs to get to it but once you do, you'll have photos that not everyone else has.
I gotta admit it Milan, you're growing on me (although my heart will always belong to Bergamo).
Grazie mille to Ms. Adventures in Italy and London City Airport for this collaboration.