I woke up.
No home, no house, windows, walls.
Not a bed I am lying
but a cold field of thin grass.
Livid blue trees out of a land of dreams
in front of my eyes, multiplying
the more I looked at them to find a way
Sigma SDQH + SIGAM 28 mm Art
(f/16, 8 sec., iso 100, intentional camera movement, foveon blue mode)
Into the trees thin and infinite I roamed
towards the sound of flowing water.
Until I met her softness
like hair of this immaterial wood
"hair of the wood river"
Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm Art
(f/10, 0,5 sec., iso 100, foveon blue mode)
the stream was leading my footsteps
into a glooming chaos
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm Art, f/16, 10 sec., foveon blue mode
manually defocusing in the last part of the exposition)
it flew like a siren's call,
unveiling shapes under my sight,
ancient elements nearly forgotten
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm Art, f/7.1, 1/2 sec., iso 100)
As I went on, I began feeling,
Little eyes from the dark underwood
(Sigma SDQH, Sigma 28 mm art, f/1.4, 1/400 sec., iso 100)
I followed those little phantoms
like light bulbs
till I saw more brightness in the far distance.
Strange feelings accompanied me
a part of my life which has flowed away long ago
knocked at my remembrance
into the dim light of that underwood,
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/1.4, 1/500sec., iso 100, handhold)
Things went better with the appearance of what seemed a new day,
hoping I was going to the right direction
"deepness of wood"
(Sigma sd1 Merrill, Sigma 28 mm art, f/11, 1.6 sec., iso 100, forest green mode)
anyhow, soon I found out that a lot of
were still looking at my every single step,
they seemed about to speak
but no sound came out
from those mouthless creatures
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/1.4, 1/5 sec.)
on the other way,
I was talking loud to myself
to achieve more courage,
till I realized that the very sound of my voice
made some of those presences cry,
not accustomed to sounds
in the suspended dimension I was through
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/1.4, 1/40 sec., iso 125)
...some looked at me disturbed
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/1.4, 1/80 sec., iso 100)
and some with regret
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/1.8, 1/8 sec., iso 100)
but before the air became too oppressive
I reached, at least,
behind the last tree, the end of the valley
"end of the valley"
(Sigma sd1 Merrill + Sigma 28 mm art, f/11, 15 sec., shoot in jpeg)
hoping for more light up there, and air to breath
"from the valley"
(Sigma sd1 Merrill + Sigma 28 mm art, f/11, 2.5 sec., iso 100, shoot in jpeg)
Once climbed the wall of green
instead of the full light
I found another, stangely dark
with the sensation to have reached
a sacred place
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/7.1, 1 sec., iso 100)
following a call, I went towards the water
through the wall of drops
"wall of drops"
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 24 mm art, f/11, 1/3 sec., iso 100)
to reach, on the other side of the waterfall,
a peaceful wood
pervaded by a sort of immaterial light.
Here the magnetic call was deeper
and I met them.
Souls of the old trees
true guardians of this place.
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/1.4, 1/8 sec., iso 100)
proud yet somehow sad
they stood on their own tree.
In what seemed to be the centre
the light was stronger,
the season greener.
I was admired and contemplated them in
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/1, 15 sec., iso 100)
Until I saw him
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/1, 5 sec., iso 100)
He was suffering.
Carried all the suffering of the ones of his kind.
I felt guilty
Something instinctive, coming from the inside.
Full of grief I was a creep
hiding from a god.
I turned to the sound of water,
on heavy legs
tried to crawl over to search solace.
(Sigma sd1 Merrill + Sigma 28 mm Art)
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/11, 1. sec.)
but so suddenly
the season has definitely turned
in front of my eyes
into a deep Autumn,
as can only happen under a spell
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/14, 1/2 sec., iso 100)
And the centre of that spell was ME,
my legs could not move further
I began losing the sight of distant things,
seeing first only the last yellow leaves surrounding me
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/1.4, 1/2 sec.,iso 100)
then the musk in front of my tree
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/1.4, 1/160 sec., iso 100)
in a vertigo towards the ground
this last leaf,
a tragic actor remained on the scene
long after the last curtain
"after the curtain"
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/11, 0.8 sec., iso 100)
then I lost the sense of myself.
I had gone too far,
into one of them.
from now on,
I will look YOU with my worried eyes,
and You could not catch my silent yell
between dream and reality
You'll be that brave to cross
"one in a million"
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 28 mm art, f/4, 1/20 sec., iso 125)
this lens is a wide angle: incredibly good for distant yet very close subjects.
Lots of images were taken with the lens wide open at f1.4, the bokeh is out of this world, more typical of longer lenses, or macro ones.
The capacity of focusing very close to the target makes it the best companion to shoot little particulars, as well as wide angle scenes.
The images come out clean, professional, with wonderful fine details all over the frame. The ideal pass to the "other words" of my tales.
LINKS TO SIGMA (click on the names to open web pages):
in Italy: MTrading s.r.l. - Sigma Foto Italia -
English or Japanese: Sigma main site
LINK TO THE SIGMA 28 mm ART
in Italy: Sigma 28 mm Art from MTrading srl
on Sigma main site: SIGMA 28 mm Art on Sigma Global Vision
for me, the 28 mm f1.4 DG HSM is the best Sigma lens ever tried,
together with the 40 mm Art but more versatile.
Super Higly Recommended
from all the mushrooms with cute eyes up here.
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All the images were shoot in the Natural Park of Marguareis (CN, Piemonte, Italy) during Autumn 2019, including the beautiful works of land art realized in the woods.