10 Oct '13
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Day 3 & 4: Elafonisi

In theory we supposed to spend day 3 going to Balos and the following day at Elafonisi, but at the end we went first to Elafonisi, and the day after to Elafonisi again, as we really, really like the place.
It is possibly the most beautiful place I ever been to. It turned all the cool beaches I've been in the past to puddles. Crystal clear sea, amazing panorama, chea prices, and a reasonable number of tourists. I'm sorry Sirolo, I'm sorry Bondi Beach, I'm sorry any other beaches, but this one rules. The only downside is that you need to drive almost two hours from Chania on insane and extremely dangerous roads, which are fun for me as I love to drive, but not that fun to who doesn't.
To be honest I didn't take to many photos, and so far I wasn't really prolific as usual, but hopefully I'll publish them next week if I have some spare time :-)

09 Oct '13
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Day 2: Heraklion, Rethymno & Chania

Heraklion
The only good things I can say about this city is the cheap food, and some cool bars in city centre. That's it. I know, I saw the city only a few hours, but what I saw was just chaos. No urban plan, it's just a mess of bad roads and a mix of modern buildings in between ruins of old buildings. This city it also introduced me to how cretan drive, which is bad, really really bad. It's essentially the far west of driving. To get to the airport to get the car I rent, we went to the Bus station, we got the ticket, and then they told us that the bus for the airport doesn't leave from there, but we had to walk half km on a not very safe road with insane sidewalks, and then get the bus there. 
Why one of the main bus lines, that supposedly should serve to all the tourist coming to this city, is hidden in an industrial area, it's mystery, and a non-sense.

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08 Oct '13
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Day 1: flying to Heraklion

Rule number one when you have to do at least one stop when you fly somewhere. Always give you plenty of time in between two flights, I would say at least three hours. Probably a couple of friends of mine would say I'm exaggerating, but if today I didn't give me enough time, this post it would be probably different, like raging against Aerlingus or the airport or some sort of unknown divinity who has something to with fog, as my flight was delayed by a hour. Thankfully I had almost four hours in between the flights, so even with the delay we still had plenty of time. 

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06 Oct '13
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Time to travel and what's in my backpack

Finally, after months of hard work, it's time for some holidays, and I'll spend next week in Crete, Greece, and the following one back at home in Italy. I'll try to make a post with a photo per day while I'm down there, obviously if the wi-fi of the hotels we book will work. For now I can only show what's in my backpack:

  • Lee Big Stopper
  • Lee ND Hard Grad 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9ND
  • Canon 6D
  • Canon 135mm f/2 L USM
  • Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM
  • Canon 35mm f/1.4 L USM
  • Hoya Circular PL Pro1 Digital
  • Hahnel Giga T Pro II Wireless Timer Remote
  • Battery Charger
  • Western Digital Passport 500GB
  • A pair of socks (you never know)
  • A couple of USB Cables (for tablet and phones)
  • 2 additional batteries
  • Various SD cards
  • 2 Manfrotto quick release plate
  • Macbook Pro

Plus in my luggage I've my Manfrotto BeFree tripod, which hopefully I'll do a detailed review when I'll come back from my holidays.
So hopefully I'll post tomorrow night, or at least I'll do my best.

05 Oct '13
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The 1975 @ The Academy

Some bands sometimes they sound a bit too perfect to be real, especially if they come out of nowhere, and when you go to their gig  you feel like you have rotten vegetables on your backpack ready to be thrown to the stage, as part of your brain is already saying "don't worry, they are going to be another crap band", and when you discover you and your brain were wrong, you feel a bit confused. You start to look around the stage to see if someone is playing a cd, but it's not, and they are actually good. Well, the 1975, they sound really good in studio, and they sound even better on stage. I was actually surprised by their performance, and thankfully, I was really glad to find out they brought their lights, a lot of lights, for their show. They have a frame made by neon lights in the center of the stage, and an insane amounts of lights on the back of the stage, or at least insane for the venue, which from the past two years has been quite dark, and for me was a pure pleausure to shoot this band, especially if you consider that I was expecting a not that good show with not that good lights, but as I said, I was extremely wrong!

So, the 1975 are a great band to see live and to photograph. Anyway, I hope you like these pictures and as usual you can find the full set on my flickr page.

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