For those who have never heard of him, Santiago Calatrava is a renown Spanish architect, considered among the best. His work is usually distinguishable thanks to smooth and sweeping lines that give a sense of movement to static objects and the use of white materials and glass.

In my hometown, Reggio Emilia, he built three cable-stayed bridges, generally called “ponti di Calatrava” (aka Calatrava’s bridges) that have become a distinguishable feature of a town otherwise known for… hmm… well, not much to be honest. At least now when you go on the Autostrada A1 (motorway A1) and you see the bigger, central bridge crossing over it, you’ll know that you’re passing Reggio Emilia.

Anyway since for the photography course I’m doing, we were assigned an homework: take some photographs of geometries. Since I had few original ideas and failed at taking pictures at them, plus I have a fascination for architecture, the Calatrava’s bridges were my obvious choice as a subject.

Saturday afternoon I spent some time taking pictures at them, just in time, since the weather was already getting worse. I obviously did some very bad mistakes, like forgetting to switch from manual focus to autofocus at the beginning (had to use manual for some of those failed “test shots” at home) and managed to get dark pictures by spot focusing on the wrong subjects… but anyway managed to get some decent pics overall. Used again the in-camera HDR for some last pictures taken against the descending sun and I must say it’s very good even if probably I’m not using it properly yet.

Managed to get my hands on a HAMA adapter ring for 58 mm filters on 52 mm objectives and since I recently found out that Hoya HD filters could very well be the best at the moment (plus they’re easily available through Amazon.it), ordered one circular polarizer (costs around 80€, less than the Nikon). I’ll try it next saturday and on the photography trip we’ll have for the course on sunday morning as well.

I’m kinda sick of the greyish tone of the sky around here… especially since the memory of the clear, bright and incredibly blue sky over Tokyo is still fresh in my mind. Let’s see if the CIR-PL can help with that!
I know, I know… most of the time in Tokyo there’s a lot of smog and/or haze too, but I’ve probably been extremly lucky on my last vacation, since the sky was amazing… perfect period of time for someone with a new camera and eager to take loads of pictures. Yeah, except for the damn cold wind, of course.  :)

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