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Playing aldama in Doha

Shooting a few photos at dusk to Doha’s stunning technicolor skyline. Seen from the top of a small hill of this pretty public garden, distant downtown Doha looks like a large expanse of shining and colorful skyscrapers packed against the horizon. Under a dramatic red orange sky all this vertical architectural splendor in front of me symbolises the Qatar’s fast growth and massive investments.

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Photographing snow

As winter is definitely a magical season for shooting here are a few practical and technical tips about how photographing snow. First of all, in order to get some great photos of snow and mountain landscapes during the cold weather, you have to take great care about your camera and yourself.

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Photographing a religious building

The first thing every photographer should keep in mind when photographing a religious building is to fully respect the sacred function of the temple and not causing offence while worshippers are praying. A bad behavior held inside a religious building, like a church, a mosque or a buddhist temple, just for shooting photos, is morally unacceptable and it can even put yourself in danger in several countries.

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Ramadan for travel photographers

In 2021, Ramadan will start on Monday, April 12 and end on Tuesday, May 11.

If you plan to visit a Muslim country here are a few tips and explanations about Ramadan for travel photographers. Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims around the world. The word Ramadan comes directly from the Arabic root ramiḍa which means dryness. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Quran was revealed.

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Shooting at Park Guell

Worldwide famous Park Güell was Gaudi’s most ambitious project after the yet unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica church. At the begin of last century, Count Eusebi Güell purchased a tree­-covered hillside of El Carmel and hired Gaudí to create a garden city of the type popular at the time in England. The ambitious project turned up to be a commercial flop and was then abandoned but Gaudí was able to leave his tremendous architectural genius in the project.

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Photographing Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Photographing Sheikh Zayed Mosque is really a pleasure for your eyes. The lavish and bright white Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a perfect place for shooting photos if you visit the United Arab Emirates. Located in Abu Dhabi but easily reachable also from Dubai being just one hour and half drive away, this modern mosque is one of the biggest in the world

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Rome photo gallery

Rome is the most fascinating city in the world. I have no doubt. Its astonishing artistic heritage can not rival with any other place on earth. The Italian capital is an incredible urban result of 3,000 years made up of layers of history and artistic development. Epicenter of the Roman Empire and then home of papacy, Rome is a city awash with priceless and wonderful artistic treasures under your eyes at every street corner.

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Barcelona in times of COVID-19: a portfolio

Barcelona covid-19Since the over three-month Spanish-led state of alarm to fight against the covid-19 pandemic officially ended today, June 21, life is slightly returning to something near normality in Barcelona. A new normality how someone ironically called it. Many bars and shops already reopened while others affected by the covid outbreak will never unfortunately. Soon, the first landed tourists will stroll again along the iconic Rambla pedestrian mall. For about 100 days, the pandemic outbreak gave Barcelona a frightening but somehow beautiful picture of a deserted and soulless city without life and tourism.

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Creative workflow in photography: a few tips

Taking a photo should be the final fruit of various technical and creative decisions that bring us to shoot the image we have in mind and not just the classical point and shoot. The creative workflow in photography is made of several important steps related to technical and creative decision every time you want to shoot a new subject with your camera. 

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Stefano Politi Markovina