Windows For the Soul - Photography

Wishes for 2014

These days, what can one wish for the new year? Well, that it is just as good (or bad) as the one that is finishing. I mean, we did manage through this one, didn’t we?
For what it’s worth, may the year that is coming be whatever we wish it to be.

Bird in the sunset
Nikon D7000, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @80mm, ISO 640, 1/400, f/16, Tripod.

Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW

This post is probably a one-off in this blog as I am posting on request of someone who asked me on the internet whether one could fit an iPad inside a Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW.
I bought this backpack last summer and I wrote a comment about it on Amazon which I will basically quote here.
What I was looking for:
- I wanted a light backpack to use frequently and over rather long periods;
- I was considering using it whilst cycling and hiking;
- I wanted it to be waterproof;
- I wanted it to fit my D7000 with my 80-200 f/2.8 attached, my 105mm f/2.8 micro and my 50mm f/1.8, my SB-28 and triggers, a couple of filters and my hi-tech filter holder and my iPad (first model);
- Finally, and crucial, I wanted it to be lightweight.

This backpack is everything I was looking for. I can fit all the gear mentioned and still has a little room left, for instance I can also carry my Kenko teleconverter and a hoodman loupe, as the 1st and 2nd photos below show, in two different setups: the first one with two lenses, the second with three lenses.

1st photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L gear capacity

2nd photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L gear capacity

In the 3rd and 4th photos (sorry for the flash gare, I used a simple point-and-shoot) one can see how the iPad (with a Macally suede cover) fits inside the bag. I added a few velcro straps across the inside of the bag to keep my gear from falling off should someone open the backpack in a rather reckless way. In these shots all the equipment in this list is inside the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW:

• iPad (original model, w/ McNally case)
• Nikon D7000
• AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED w/ reversed hood
• Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom w/ reversed hood
• Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
• Kenko Teleplus MC4 AF 1.4X DGX
• Nikon SB-28
• 2XPhottix triggers
• 85mm Filter holder
• 52mm PL Filter (in box)
• Hoodman Loupe (in case)
• Camera body & lens rear caps
• 3X85mm Hitech filters (in backpack’s opening flap zipped pocket)

3rd photo
iPad inside Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L

4th photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L gear capacity

UPDATE 2014/08/14: On the 5th and 6th photos below one can now see how I fit two camera bodies and 4 lenses inside the backpack. All the equipment in this list is inside the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW:

  • iPad (original model, w/ McNally case), on the 6th photo only
  • Nikon D300
  • Nikon D600
  • AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED w/ reversed hood
  • Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom w/ reversed BH-7 II hood (a knock-off, I believe)
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
  • Hoodman Loupe (in case)
  • Walimex Angle Finder
  • Camera body & lens rear caps
  • 2 extra Nikon batteries one for each camera
5th photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L gear capacity

6th photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L gear capacity

If I can mention something I wish it could be different it is the side pocket (where a water bladder is meant to be installed) that I use to stow my mobile, my documents and whatnots. This pocket could be just a little more spacious because, although it is quite deep, it is a bit too tight. But this is not a problem for me, since I can fit in this pocket all I usually want to carry and I already knew it was a bit tight when I bought the backpack.

7th photo

So, I can clearly say that I am extremely pleased with my purchase and that this is the bag that I use the most. I also considered buying the 10L version of this backpack but, wisely, I thought its capacity would be a bit short for my needs.
I hope this post can be of some use for those looking for some information on this backpack.

Son of the year

That’s it, I have just lost my shot at the title of son of the year (of course, in my case that’s just an expression to make a point...) after this one pulled by Lee Morris of

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Link: Photographer Surprises Father With...

Stork traffic lane

About thirty years ago, when I was a little more than 10, I remember that I once saw a small flock of storks flying over my neighbourhood and that I had never seen them around here before. Surely, their passage was no reason for amazement but it was by no means common. Nowadays, for different reasons, we have storks around here the whole year and, in some areas, it is almost easier to spot a stork than a common sparrow. One would dare suggesting that there should be some traffic signs for stork rush hour.

Stork Traffic Sign Roundabout
Nikon D7000, Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 @200mm, ISO 400, 1/1250, f/7.1.

Photo of the day - Grzegorz Leśniewski Wildlife Photographer

I came across the web site of Grzegorz Leśniewski (Poland) some time ago and I was quite impressed with his work and with the quality of his site, despite the extensive use of Flash. This photo is only one of the many on his site that IMHO are fantastic.

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Link: White-taile Eagle and Red Fox by Grzegorz Leśniewski.

Ikea's treat for you cat lovers

I must confess I am more of a dog person, though cats have their charisma. I am also more of a photo person, rather than a video one. However, this Ikea video (Youtube) manages to be appealing even for someone with my confessed preferences. You can see both the video and the amusing BTS video at

I can’t help wondering how much of that furniture was in conditions to be sold once the video was finished.

Reflex - Gonçalo Rosa Wildlife Photography

I put a considerable amount of my effort to improve my photography in learning from those who know what they do with their gear and I do this both by seeking to educate myself with podcasts and workshops, and by checking out the work of the pros. I thought it could be interesting if I could share some of the Profiles and Portfolios I stumble upon on the web. I decided to start by sharing the link to the blog of a good old friend whose work I follow and whose tips have been precious in my effort to improve my skills. I am sure that if you did not know Gonçalo Rosa’s work already, you will agree with me as to its quality. I bet that if you enjoy nature photography and follow the work of great nature photographers, you will come across his name often in the near future.

Link: Reflex - Gonçalo Rosa Wildlife Photography

Look over your shoulder

Quite often, when I am out and about to take a few shots of the sunset (or sunrise, for that matter) I end up missing great opportunities for some colourful photos because I forget to look behind my back. Facing west, obsessed with catching the full colour pallet of the sky, whilst trying to avoid burning part of the shot by the sun, I tend to forget to look around. This was not one of those cases, though.

Coloured skiy Dusk by the river
Nikon D7000, Nikon 50mm f/1.8, ISO 500, 1/60, f/9.0, Tripod.

Kick off

Today I am feeling bold. So... I am starting this web site and this blog as a way to share my passion for photography and, hopefully, to use it as a log for my evolution as a photographer. I have no idea whatsoever what this will turn out to be. So, bear with me...

Just after sunset on a late November day, facing NW, I mounted my tripod with the lowest point of view possible, just short of getting my shoes wet.

Boat on lagoon at dusk
Nikon D7000, Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 @120mm, ISO 500, 1/25, f/8.0, Tripod.