Behind the Lens with Street Photographer Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

Milanese photographer Gianmaria Veronese is not a pro, not that you’d know that by looking at his work, which is composed of carefully observed moments and rich, evocative tones.

He began photographing in 2009, when he was given a Nikon D70 as a gift. As his passion for the medium and his knowledge of it grew, so did his camera collection! Here, he shares the stories behind a couple of hand picked images as well as a selection of some of his favorite black and white work.

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

She [the subject] is a friend of mine. It was autumn and we were looking for some cool shots in the evening with warm lights. I live not so far from San Pellegrino (yes, where the famous water comes from), a really cool town where you can find many locations. I thought that the bench, leaves and background lights on this avenue were cool so I set up a speedlight with a warm gel (in order to balance the cooler light from the flash) and a little umbrella in front of her. I also wanted to keep as much of the ambient light as possible and blur the background, so I chose a very fast lens, an 85mm 1.4, and shot wide open. In this case my light meter, a Sekonic L-558 (discontinued: see L-758), had been very helpful, saving time in measuring both the environment’s and the speedlight’s light precisely.

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

This one is from my hometown, Foppolo, where I spend the most of my free time. During the winter, I love to go out in the night with a snowmobile to take pictures of the mountains. Mountains at night are silent and you feel very small facing the power of nature. In this case, we (me and my cousin in the picture) were out because there was an amazing full moon, and we wanted to take some pictures with this particular light. We found this terrific scene with clouds over the town down in the valley, lit up with a warm tone. The snow was lit only by the moon, producing a very unusual effect. In this case, the light meter was essential. I wanted to keep as much detail as possible, both in the shadows and in the clouds. I used the zone system, taking multiple readings to set my exposure. I also wanted to avoid taking a conventional picture of my cousin, so I decided to stay a few steps back to capture this nice silhouette of him.

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

© Gianmaria Veronese

You can keep up with Gianmaria on his website and on flickr.

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