Michele Borgarelli  

Walking to another dimension by Michele Borgarelli

March 2023 - Walking to another dimension

March 2023 - Michele Borgarelli


About the Image(s)

Description: sometimes we need a break from our usual stuff and experiment something new, and here it is. The image was taken in the Galleria Grande of the Reggia di Venaria (Royal Palace of Venaria) next to Turin. The Palace was one of the hunting residencies of the Savoy family and it is now UNESCO Heritage. It was built in the 17th century. I visited the location with my nephew Edoardo recently. We got an early entrance ticket in the morning as we wanted to take advantage of a mid of the week, low season day visit to get some images without the usual crowd. The Galleria Grande is almost at the end of the visit, but you can go back if you want so we just went there first to take advantage of not having too many people around. Indeed, we were able to photograph this amazing architectonic structure without anyone and with a great side light. However, once we have done the “usual” photography, we saw the opportunity for experimenting with the zoom technique. I thought that the geometry of the location with the diagonal of the pave would help to create an image that could give the illusion of Edoardo walking to another dimension. I have tried this technique other times, so I had some experience, but I am not an expert by any mean. Since you can’t use tripod inside the palace, I knew the most challenge aspect would have been keeping the camera movement to the minimum during the zooming. I asked Edoardo to walk in front of me in the middle of the location. My zoom lens was the Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 and I choose f/22 to have as much as DOF possible. Considering I wanted to create the illusion for the main subject to walk in another dimension/time, I also thought that a wide angle was the ideal lens to create some converging lines. I focused on Edoardo and set originally the shutter speed at 1/10sec. However, this was not slow enough to create the effect I wanted. So I tried others shutter speed and at the end the 1/5 sec was the one that worked better for me.
I was also lucky to have other two visitors on the right side of the alley at the time I got the right setting. At first I thought to wait they walked away, but after reviewing the first attempt, I liked to have two faint figures on the side because in my opinion this element contributes to create the story. Indeed, I have other images without those figures, but they are not as strong as this one.

Post process of the image included a little cropping and opening the shadow. I also selectively pick up the red color of the jacket to create a colorful area to guide the eye on the subject and have sharpened a little Edoardo figure.

I am pleased by the final effect and curios to learn what the other members of the group think about.

Nikon Z-7ii, Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8, 1/5 sec, f/22, ISO 64. The technique I used include starting zoom in before push on the shutter button.

12 comments posted

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Hi Michele, I have seen this image sans the person in red and blue many times. I found it to be a very static but beautiful hallway. I like the zoom technique giving it motion and almost an abstract beauty. People on the right don't bother me at all but I do have a question. Did you paste Edoardo in? He is in fairly good focus. Very nicely done.   Posted: 03/02/2023 11:44:41
Michele Borgarelli   Michele Borgarelli
Hi Tom, thank you for your comment. As you mentioned I wanted to provide a different image of a well known and photographed location. About your question, I did not paste the figure. He was staying static. The Nikon Z camera have a very effective stabilization system. I also use all tricks I know trying of not moving too much. I had few attempts and this one is the one that worked better.

Best wishes

Michele   Posted: 03/02/2023 14:30:23

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
Good job! I think this is an eye-catching and interesting photograph. I agree about keeping in the people on the right.

Edoardo is a little fuzzy along the edges, making it look like he's already being pulled into the other dimension. It would be interesting to see how it would look if he were completely sharp.   Posted: 03/04/2023 09:40:47
Michele Borgarelli   Michele Borgarelli
I Theresa, thank you for taking the time to look and comment on my image. I agree that having Edoardo more sharp could have provide something to compare. Unfortunately, I have only images with him still but no zoom effect. However, considering my original intention, having him a little fuzzy along the edges can contribute to the story.

Best wishes

Michele   Posted: 03/04/2023 11:30:52
Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
I agree. If he were completely sharp, the story would change.   Posted: 03/04/2023 12:03:18
Michele Borgarelli   Michele Borgarelli
Thank you Theresa


Michele   Posted: 03/05/2023 03:42:04

John Zhu   John Zhu
It's a great story. This country has so much culture. I love your image. This hallway is a perfect spot. But I prefer a clean image and remove the two persons. The hallway already provides the scale you need.   Posted: 03/05/2023 10:31:01
Michele Borgarelli   Michele Borgarelli
Hi John,

thank you for commenting on my image. Unfortunately, I don't have a sharp image of the main subject without the two people. However, as mentioned in my description, they are not there for adding a sense of scale, but in my humble because they add to the story.

Best wishes
Michel   Posted: 03/07/2023 01:29:55

Nigel Dalton   Nigel Dalton
I have an image quite similar to this in overall effect but my subject is right at the end of the corridor. I feel as though I want to look past him and can't. However, this is a great style of photography and I think it is well balanced and thought out. The man, for me, adds scale and interest. I'll post my image next month just for interest.   Posted: 03/06/2023 07:04:04
Michele Borgarelli   Michele Borgarelli
Thank you Nigel for taking the time to look and comment my image. I am looking forward to see your image.

Best wishes   Posted: 03/07/2023 01:30:50

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I think this is a great shot. Love how you put everything together. Even makes me dizzy to look at!   Posted: 03/06/2023 17:47:00
Michele Borgarelli   Michele Borgarelli
Thank you Mike, for your kind words. Hopefully, you did not get sick for it (-:

Best wishes

Michele   Posted: 03/07/2023 01:31:50


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