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Elia Locardi
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Pro travel photographer, videographer, writer, public speaker & educator who spends his life shooting the most beautiful places in the world
Pro travel photographer, videographer, writer, public speaker & educator who spends his life shooting the most beautiful places in the world

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The Moments Between || Castles in The Sky

Setting up my camera early on the castle wall, enjoying the view, and waiting for the blue hour is definitely a great way to spend an evening in San Marino. It’s quiet up here too, which is no surprise considering that this enclaved micro state surrounded by Italy is considered to be one of the least visited countries in the world. Needless to say, I certainly don’t mind having this view all to myself. My only regret is not bringing a bottle of wine. 🍷📷

The Setup: Fujifilm GFX 50s - Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Tripod.

#sanmarino #themomentsbetween
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I’m excited to be giving a few presentations on the Fujifilm stage next week during Photokina. There are a lot of amazing presenters this year, so If you’re at the show, definitely try to stop by and say hello! :)

My schedule:

September 26th: 12:00pm - Main Stage
September 28th: 10:20am - Studio Demo (post-processing)
September 28th: 17:50pm - Main Stage
September 29th: 12:00pm - Main Stage

#fujifilm #photokina #photography
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Under a Western Sky || Arizona

There’s something special about sitting under the stars, especially when the landscape is softly illuminated by the moon, revealing colors and shapes that are typically hidden under the canopy of night. Even the busiest locations in the world can become quiet and serene as the clock creeps closer to midnight. The casual visitors depart, leaving the landscape to the stargazers, the night owls, or in my case, the overly caffeinated photographer.

I just left the Fstoppers Studio in Charleston where we wrapped up the post-processing for the next season of Photographing The World, and this was the result of a fun lesson where I shot, stitched, and edited a vertical panoramic star trail image. Hopefully we’ll have it available for download soon!

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#astrophotography #travel
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A total solar eclipse in Chile followed by a winter trip to Patagonia. I’m extremely excited about this photo tour!

If you would like to join me and +Albert Dros on this unique adventure, just follow the link for the complete details.

#patagonia #photography #chile #eclipse #solareclipse

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Exciting News! NASA has chosen me to be the next photographer to travel to space!! :D

Just kidding, of course. Apparently my art school degree doesn’t qualify me for the astronaut program.

On a more serious note, I had the honor of touring and photographing the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and I was able to get a look at the the manufacturing process behind the next rockets that will carry humans into deep space exploration. Obviously, I couldn’t help but shoot a selfie next to the Orion Probe where the brave astronauts will leave earth orbit for destinations of the moon, Mars, and beyond. And as you can see, I also tried to camouflage myself with the same colors so I could attempt to stow away inside until launch. Unfortunately, they easily saw through my disguise. ;)

A huge thanks to +NASA , NASA Orion, and the NASA Social team for making this all possible.
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From the top of Montparnasse Tower, the sky above Paris France explodes with vivid color and light.


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#paris #france #photography
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A huge thanks to everyone for all of the kind words and birthday wishes! It really means a lot! ❤️

Naomi and I have been having an amazing time in Japan and of course no birthday would be complete without an epic sushi dinner fresh from Tsukiji Fish Market. Sometimes it’s important to put down the camera for a few moments and simply enjoy life. 😊📷🇯🇵
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Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends!

Naomi and I will be enjoying the holiday in-transit on a 14 hour flight from Atlanta to Tokyo, where we’re excited to be taking part in the 2018 Global Photo Contest with +pashadelic Landscape Photography this weekend. But first—and perhaps most importantly before my flight—I need to finish this coffee. ;)
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The Sentinel || Menorca

As we arrived at this beautiful location and began to scout the many unique vantage points, there are many things that I could’ve been thinking about. For example, the sounds of the seagulls as they circled above, or the infinite patterns of sharp rocks that made for perfect leading lines throughout the frame. As amazing as this place was, I just couldn’t help but wonder… Are lighthouses even necessary these days?

Sure, they can make great selfie spots and tourist attractions, but with modern technology and GPS, does anyone actually rely on them anymore? Or are they just there for show - a visual attraction only? I decided to consult the all-knowing Google.

As it turns out, the answer is a bit mixed. While most ships and boats have GPS of some sorts, the on-board computers can potentially fail. It doesn’t hurt to have an actual, physical reference to confirm your position to the shore. It’s also a bit like double-checking street signs while you’re driving with GPS. It’s useful to see a tangible representation of where you are.

Still, many lighthouses around the world have been defunded or decommissioned since they are only sparsely relied upon. Some countries are even phasing them out completely. Thankfully, many remain in operation due to their cultural or historical significance and governments and organizations continue to fund them while “keeping the lights on.” This makes us photographers very happy because lighthouses like Favaritx on Menorca Island are extremely fun to capture. And, of course, take selfies. ;)

#photography #spain #menorca
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Written in Stone || Matera

Years ago, while researching the region of Basilicata in Southern Italy, I remember finding a quote by Carlo Levi claiming that, “Anyone who sees Matera cannot help but be awe-struck, so expressive and touching is its sorrowful beauty.” And finally having the opportunity to visit Matera last year, that quote has proven itself to be absolutely true.

The history of these stones is extraordinary as the area that is now Matera has been settled since the Paleolithic, and these dwellings are also thought to be among the first ever human settlements in Italy. Even today, we can still visit parts of the historic city are more than two thousand years old. Standing there, you cannot help but feel the immense sense of time and the magnitude of historical significance this city contains.

From a photography standpoint, it’s absolutely superb and—surprisingly enough—as of today, still relatively quiet and under appreciated - passing under the mass tourism radar because of other Southern Italian attractions that are easier to access. That makes it the perfect location to spend a few days wondering around and photographing the old streets while having the city almost all to yourself.

#italy #matera #photography
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