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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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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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Hidden Village || Italy

After traversing 10 countries and flying about 120,000 miles, this year has been jam-packed with projects, events, workshops, and activities. But by keeping so busy, I also feel that I’ve been neglecting my social media a bit too much lately.

The truth is that I’ve shot a massive amount of new photos over the past few years and—aside from filling contractual and project agreements—I’ve barely scratched the surface on new photos that need to be post-processed. And while being incredibly busy in this industry is something I’m extremely thankful for, I really want to make sure I continue to create and share new work and new ideas, and more importantly, maintain a connection with my friends and community here on social. I think that posting new work is a big part of that. :)

So I’m going to drown the jet lag with espresso and attempt to do better. Starting now.

This is a location that I’ve been wanting to share here for quite some time now, and anyone who has seen Photographing The World 3 will recognize this as Pietrapertosa in Southern Italy. What’s different is that this photo is an alternate version than the tutorial, captured with the Fujifilm GFX-50s Medium Format Camera.

http://bit.ly/FSPTW3

#italy #sunset #tutorial #photography
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The new issue of Light and Shadow Magazine by +Really Right Stuff is now available! :)

I was really excited to contribute an article to the latest edition of this stunning magazine. In this issue, I discus how the evolution of my photography style has evolved as technology has developed exponentially around us. I also speak from the heart about how I always strive to create an emotional response with the viewers of my photography.

I highly recommend requesting a physical copy of the magazine, and you can also access the entire library of issues online by visiting:

http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/magazine
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The Moments Between || That’s a Wrap

After an incredible three weeks of shooting in Southern Chile and Argentina, I’m excited to say that we’ve wrapped up filming the on-location portions for season 4 of Photographing The World!

From the unique landscapes to the wonderful people we’ve met along the way, our entire adventure in South America has been am amazing experience from start to finish. A huge thanks to everyone at the NatPhoto Team who helped make our visit so special. We’re looking forward to seeing you guys again soon. :)

Now, it’s time for a quick nap before prepping for the next phase of production.

#Themomentsbetween #patagonia #chile
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The Moments Between || The End of the World

Well, I’m very excited to say that we finally made it to Patagonia - one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet! And of course, we couldn’t resist the chance for a photo next to the road to the end of the world. ;)

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be traveling in good company with +Naomi Locardi and the +Fstoppers crew Lee and Patrick, along with our friend and guide Constanza from the NatPhoto Team. They’ve done an amazing job putting together a stellar itinerary for us to follow, as we begin our adventure in Patagonia as well as production on the next edition of Photographing The World.

Our internet connection is limited here, but I’ll do my best to keep Instagram stories updated as much as possible.

#themomentsbetween #patagonia #chile #PhotographingTheWorld

www.elialocardi.com
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The Moments Between || A Beautiful Spring

It’s hard not to fall in love with the Cherry Blossom season in Japan, and this season—though blooming nine days ahead of schedule—has been truly incredible. Not only were the trees blooming full, vibrant, and healthy, the weather was nearly perfect for the entire viewing period. This is the first time in six years that I’ve experienced nearly all the locations with almost no rain or wind at all.

It has also been awesome to spend the past two weeks with a group of such wonderful people on this photo tour. We laughed, we cried (from laughing so hard), and over all, we’ve had the incredible opportunity to experience one of the best Sakura seasons yet.

Pictured here is Himeji Castle with more fully blooming cherry blossom trees than I’ve ever seen. I decided to shoot at 85mm and test out the Focus Bracketing feature of the Nikon D850. Shooting at telephoto, while also being so close to my foreground subject required 18 focus steps that will then need to be merged in Photoshop to create a 100% sharp image from back to front. (Hint*Hint: This is a feature that I’ll be covering in the next edition of Photographing The World :)

www.dreamphototours.com
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