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Elia Locardi
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 || West World

Traveling and living abroad for the past series of years, I’ve had conversations with so many people who say that the National Parks in North America are some of the most spectacular in the world. Obviously, being that I’m American, everyone always assumes that I’ve visited them all.

Truth be told, after visiting more than 55 countries, I’m a bit ashamed to say that this is the first time I’ve ever explored this much of my own. And now, all of those conversations I’ve had with people all over the world are being proven true. The American West is absolutely spectacular and I can’t wait to see more!

Though easy to get to, this view of the famous Monument Valley was even more beautiful to see in person than I expected. It’s even bringing up memories of the classic Jon Wayne movies I loved when I was younger.

In this shot you see two cameras. On the right, the Fujifilm GFX 50s shooting a vertical composition in 3:4 aspect. On the left, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 shooting in 3:2 and slightly more zoomed in. Let’s see which one comes out the best! :)

#themomentsbetween #west #usa #fujifilm

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The Moments Between || City Views

Even though we had to cut our visit short to avoid the incoming blizzard, we still managed to have a blast in New York City, while capturing some phenomenal images in the process. And, I have to admit, changing our flights was a wise choice since the latest stats show nearly 8,000 flight cancellations in the region today!

It's also interesting that while I travel around 200,000 miles per year, I rarely have the pleasure of working on projects inside my own country. But this time—along with NYC and Las Vegas—we’ll be visiting and photographing some of the most beautiful national parks in the western United States. Add the fact that I'm using the new Fujifilm GFX 50s Medium Format Camera in the process, and the next two weeks are going to be exciting indeed!

Here you see the new GFX 50s and my Really Right Stuff TFA-01 tripod setup and ready to capture the iconic skyline view from the top of the rock. While stunning, it was also absolutely freezing up there on Sunday night! Shivering so much, it was a long wait for blue hour!

#themomentsbetween #nyc #fujifilm 

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I’m excited to announce our official partnership with DJI and the launch of the first ever, Worldwide Aerial Photography Workshop Series!

We designed these specialized aerial photography workshops to help students master drone photography and videography both in-the-field and in post-processing. Officially sponsored by DJI, these workshops also provide students with complimentary access to latest and most exciting drone and imaging technology available.

Right now we have three exciting locations announced, and more will be coming very soon!

#drone #aerial #workshop #tutorial #photography

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Well then, it looks like March is about to get much more interesting!

Next week, I’ll be starting an exciting new project that will give me the opportunity to shoot with the new Fujfilm GFX 50s in a variety of beautiful and unique destinations.

In the process, I’ll do my best to put together a ‘hands on’ style review, where I’ll share the results of what I capture, as well as the details about how this camera performs both in the field and in post-processing.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them in the weeks to come.

#Fujifilm #themomentsbetween #travelphotography

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The Moments Between || The Skies in Dubai

It’s great to be back in Dubai with this awesome cloudy weather and our sunrise shoot from the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La was the best sky yet!

I’m just about to wrap up filming this portion of Photographing The World 3 with Fstoppers and shift gears to Gulf Photo Plus. I’m really excited to be teaching 3 more workshops this year. It’s going to be fun! :)

Who’s going to be at GPP this coming week? We have more cloudy weather on the way!

#MeAndTheViewAt42 #themomentsbetween #dubai #pano #tutorial #photography

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The Moments Between || Sassi di Matera

After traveling through the Amalfi Coast and the little dolomites in the Basilicata region of Italy, we’ve already been enjoying and photographing incredible locations and views.

Matera however, is on a different level, especially considering the old city is completely empty during this time of year. It’s like standing in our own personal still life paining. It’s quiet, peaceful, and unbelievably beautiful. I’m excited that we have a few more days to explore this fascinating town. :)

All these location in Italy will be included in Photographing The World 3. If you’d like updates on when the videos will be available, follow the link below.

#tutorial #photography #themomentsbetween #ptw #photographingtheworld #travel #matera #italy


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Meanwhile, this is happening. :D

The Fstoppers crew and I have already started filming in Positano and we’ll spend two more weeks photographing and exploring more beautiful parts of Southern Italy.

After Italy, we’ll head to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, followed by a few weeks in South America.

If all goes as planned, many of these amazing locations will be part of a new series of in-depth photography lessons.

If you want to follow along in real time, I’ve been creating daily stories on both Instagram and Snapchat.

Let the adventure continue!

#photography #tutorial #video #photographingtheworld

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The Moments Between || A New Chapter

When I was a kid, one of my dreams was to some day fill an entire passport. Now, fast forward to today, and since 2009, it’s a wonderful feeling to share that I’ve already completely filled three of them!

My old passport on the left is actually 74 pages thick (triple density), since I’ve added pages two separate times. The new one on the right is a 52 page (double density) passport, since the US Passport office no longer allows the addition of pages at a later date.

Since I’m leaving the USA and flying to Rome today, I’m also excited that the first stamp in this shiny new passport will be from Italy. I’ll try to keep this passport in better shape though. Just Saying. ;)

#themomentsbetween #travel

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I’m honored and humbled to announce the release of the latest +SmugMug Film about our nomadic lifestyle. From the bottom of our hearts, a huge thanks to the entire SmugMug team for sharing our story in such a beautiful and inspiring way.

In 2012, +Naomi Locardi and I made one of the biggest decisions of our lives by selling nearly everything we owned and becoming 100% location independent, living on the road full-time and perpetually traveling the world. And while we expected this lifestyle to push us to the limits of our comfort zones and be full of challenges along the way, we knew in our hearts that it was the right decision. We were certain it was our path to take, and we haven’t looked back since.

Life is a series of actions, decisions. You grab hold of the things that catch your eye, the things you love, the things you want, need, and desire. But other times, it’s about letting go - pushing past the things you think you need to find the things you really need, so that you can be open to the opportunities that life puts before you. And I truly believe that in the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

#SmugMug #film #travel #photography #inspiration

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