my relationship with phography

Hey everyone!

Today I’m here to share with you my relationship with Photography and why I love it so much!

My story has begun long time ago, I fell in love with photography when I was 12 and I first started taking photos. I was using just a Kodak Single Use camera back then, I know the quality wasn’t very good but it was enough to catch the best memories and it’s very fun and emotional to see those pictures today.

I used to snap photos everywhere, all the hike with my friends, holiday at the beach, animals, plants and flowers. Pretty much everything.

As I grew older, I began to take photography more seriously so I started studying, doing advanced courses, improving my knowledge with lot of daily practise, doing a lot of photographs on my travels.

You can’t imagine how many mistakes I had to do before achieving what I had in my mind. I’m very picky on composition of the pictures, which requires a lot of technical skills, especially on close up shots.

Today I’m still practicing new techniques and new styles, you never stop learning new stuff!!

Few tips I can give you to start learning photography for real are:

  • If your camera have the manual setting, please use it and never change it!
  • Manual settings will force you to learn the main rules of photography.
  • Play with the shutter speed for blurry effects!
  • Also play with the shutter aperture for lighting effects!
  • Try to check your white balance, which is another great setting to play with for colour effects.
  • There are plenty of free courses online for basic photography, check them out!

… Telling stories through images…


Through the years, my camera has become the best way to show my perspective, my feelings. With photography I can tell a story, mine, yours and whoever has one. I love capturing the little details of the world around me, focusing on the beauty of nature.

Plants, flowers, trees and woodlands are my favourites subjects. I’m fascinated by the natural light, changes of seasons and all the magic vibes they get. I could photograph this enchanting moments all day long, every day!

Photography has become a big part of my life and is very much linked with my other passion which is walking. I mostly love doing long walks in the woods, mountains and British countryside and every time I get in these places, my mind gets lost. Photography helps me to capture those feelings, I’m always trying to create a unique, dreamy and delicate moment which, one day, will be a fantastic memory to watch and watch again.. and again.

My gear

Just wanted to let you know my gear so I can help all the new photographers out there. Listing here all my lenses and cameras:

  • Canon 750D, my very first professional camera.
  • Canon 80D, my current camera. Next one will be Full Frame.
  • Canon 10-18mm lens. I use this one for landscapes and amazing video.
  • Canon 50mm 1.4 lens. I use this one for closeups and portraits.
  • Samyang 14mm 2.4 lens. This one is for night photography, mostly milky way and stars.
  • Canon 18-135mm. A general lens so I can change the focal length without changing the lens.
  • Canon 70-300mm. Very long lens for close ups and distant animals.

Here I have all my other gear which is as important the the above:

  • Tripod, very VERY important. A stable and portable tripod will be your best friend.
  • Photography bag. You will need one for your many expensive lenses and cameras.
  • Lens cleaner. Also very important, you don’t want your lenses to be dirty during a shoot.
  • Filters. ND filters are my fav but coloured ones are cool too for some unexpected results!
  • Rain cover. I know that professional cameras like Canon are waterproof but.. better cover them!
  • Drone DJI Spark. Arial shooting sorted with this drone!
  • Multi charger for many batteries!

That’s pretty much My relationship with Photography. Are you a storyteller too? Well, I can’t wait to hear what photography means for you and what is your Relationship with Photography! Feel free to subscribe and share your story with me, I’m very interested on hearing what photography means to you!

My new Photography Shop and other links!

My best photo portfolio is here and if you want you can even buy the photos as prints, canvas and framed pictures!!! Many sizes are available and you can preview them as well!

At the moment the shop will be available just in US, this is because of Covid. This means that if you live anywhere else, the shipping will be more expensive than usual. Sorry for the inconvenience, this should be resolved by September/October. Feel free to order anyway if you don’t have problems with that! The prints will arrive anywhere you order them from!

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Horses & Ponies in New Forest

Hey you! Are you planning to visit New Forest? If you do , you don’t want to miss the Horses & Ponies you will find there on those beautiful landscapes!

I’ve been there quite a few times now and I will tell you when it’s the perfect moment to go and how to get a lovely and unique memory of it!

Also if you want to see more pictures of New Forest and nature in general, don’t forget to visit my instagram!

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But for now, let’s keep reading!

NEW FOREST?! WHAT IS IT?!

First of all, New Forest is an attractive large British land, located in the South of England and famous for its ponies, deer and wildlife and popular with walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.

The New Forest national Park is one of the most important areas in the country for lichens, beetles, bats and fungi. Many of which dependent on very old trees, including some rare species.

In these ancient, unclosed woodlands you can enjoy the beauty of nature, tranquillity, the magic vibes of the forest, stunning British lands but also entertainment and fun at the same time!

New Forest offers challenging hikes, also short distance walks for family in charming villages, lowland heaths, ancient woodlands and coastline, peaceful countryside with rolling hills and panoramic views.

I really encourage you to visit this area for a lovely weekend trip or wild camping, have a picnic and spend the day exploring, you will never get bored trust me.


I didn’t know how many beautiful horses there are in New Forest before I went there, I was literally taking hundred of photos, they where everywhere and I can’t wait to get back there for more!

Horses & Ponies in New Forest AT SUNRISE!!

Sunrise is a magic phenomenon that make me astonished every time I see one. Makes me feel like I’m in a fairy tale and I love to stop everything I’m doing, clear out my mind, enjoy the moment and just listen the sounds from the nature and only then, taking as many pictures as possible with that beautiful lighting scenario which will last for 1 hour or so.

So get up early! It’s time to photograph during this special moment!


It’s very moist and muddy early in the morning in New Forest, so get something warm to put on and don’t forget your wellies of course, if you don’t want to end up with freezing feet!


Remember to take some snacks, a huge cup of coffee and water with you, you don’t want to find yourself without food or drinks in the middle of the land, miles away from the shops and restaurants!

A good place to see ponies and horses is at Beachern Wood near Brockenhurst. They are bay, white or chestnut colour. Please remember not to feed them, not to leave your dog off the lead and not to scare them! Other than that, just enjoy their beauty!

There are lots of them and they seem to be very happy to pose for you, as you will see on my photos!!

MY PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

I will try to give you as many tips as possible to take a beautiful picture to the Horses & Ponies in New Forest, but remember that every situation is different depending on the light, weather and time of the day!

What I personally love is playing with the natural light, especially with sunrays filtering around the subject. It’s very easy to get a wonderful vibe and warm colours at sunrise in New Forest because of the usual fog they get there, that makes everything magical and vibrant!

General tips:

Usually I don’t have to change much in post-production, I try and like to keep the natural light as realistic as possible during the shooting, so don’t forget the following if you don’t want to spend too much time in front of your computer to fix your photos:

  • Clean up your lenses!! You don’t really want to clean the spots out in Post!
  • Make sure you bring a tripod with you, you will need it for early morning photos and many sunrays effects! ( Will explain later)
  • Check your White balance!!! This is quite important if you want to avoid post production colour grading!
  • Manual focus on the details you want to catch. (Eyes, etc etc). Be precise, you don’t want to find out all your photos are out of focus when you get back home!!
  • Check you have enough space on your card!
  • Bring enough batteries with you!
  • Make sure you bring the lenses you need, don’t bring them all. Just bring what you really need. My suggestion would be a prime 35mm, prime 50mm and a 18-130mm. Don’t bring 2000 lenses for no reason or you will end up with a lot of back pain at the end of the day!
Horses & Ponies in New Forest

Some Camera settings tips on early morning photography:

  • Use your tripod to be able to drop the shutter speed to 1/50, so you don’t have your hand shaking.
  • Remember, 1/50 shutter speed is meant to be used when your subject doesn’t move much.
  • ISO, try to stay as low as possible, depending on your camera. On the 80D you can go as high as 400-1200 to be able to denoise in post.
  • Aperture must be open to the max level. in my case I was using a 50mm lens with 1.8 aperture, this way you get in focus subject and bokeh and defocused background. The lower the aperture the blurred the background!
  • Having the aperture that way will allow you to lower the ISO values cause more light will come into your lens, giving you a cleaner picture at the end!

Have fun taking pictures of Horses & Ponies in New Forest!!!

What if it’s cloudy!!??

Well, we are not always the luckiest here in UK, aren’t we. It’s not uncommon to find a rainy or/and foggy day so be prepared, because rain ain’t stop us!!

What tips for foggy photography? Here’s mine:

  • Try to catch the minimal effect of the fog, leaving the background blank and focus on the subject.
  • Take advantage of the contrast the fog gives. Fog being white/grey-ish and subject being darker creates a very nice effect where your subject pops on the viewer’s eyes.
  • Less is more! Try not to include a lot of elements in your photo, try to focus on a single subject and try not having your background too busy! The lighting is not helping you, being so ambient and not directional so yeah, keep it simple!! You won’t regret it!
  • Remember the white balance, very important! Don’t get too warm or too cold, just, you know, white!
  • White horses and white fog? No worries! Find something dark to have the horse pop with the same contrast concept I explained above, like the woods in the background, some trees, a bush.. Anything!

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