Category Archives: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

4130 – Mountain of the Dead IV

OK, that’s the last one. “Abuse” did I say. Why? Well, look at the “graves”:

Soldato / Manzi / Luigi / 30°Fanteria

A title, a surname, a name and a regiment. No date. That’s not a grave! They didn’t care where and when Luigi Manzi was born or when he died. For them, he was nothing more than a function. That’s what I mean by “Abuse”.

4129 – Mountain of the Dead III

Crosses are a Christian symbol and, regardless of how you see Christianity or generally religion, the original meaning was not one of decoration on a memorial for the glory of warfare.

Nothing else is this hill: it’s a symbol for the glory of Mussolini’s legions. It fascinates me (I’m always fascinated by fascist architecture) and at the same time it disgusts me. Well, we’ll see a lot more this year.

4127 – Mountain of the Dead I

This is the Sacrario militare di Redipuglia, a war memorial built under Mussolini. It houses the remains of 100,187 Italian soldiers killed between 1915 and 1917 in the eleven battles fought on the Karst and Isonzo front.

Pretty incredible, huh? Interestingly enough it looks much steeper and somehow more impressive when seen from the highway.

When you’re there, it’s big, but it is just a gentle slope. A strange effect. Maybe it’s because from the highway I had never more time than for a fleeting glance?

4121 – The Gulf of Trieste

Would be pretty foolish to be in such a place and not to make a panorama, right?

Stitching in Lightroom left me a big hole in the lower right corner. I took care of it in Photoshop. I didn’t try to hide the problem altogether (using gradients and overlaying textures would have been possible), I just wanted to get rid of the distraction. You can download the whole 16979×5632 image from Flickr, if you want to see all the details. I admit this blog is not a good context for big panoramas 😀

4119 – The Triangles of Montegrisa III

F8, 1/15s, ISO 200, thr range as dynamic as it gets and … this camera is good enough. If there had been a basketball game going on under these conditions, I’d very likely sing a different tune, but as it is – and as what I take pictures of – the OM-D E-M1 Mk II is a perfect camera.

What if I’d frequently went to basketball games? Well, I’d buy a second camera with one long zoom. Nothing else.