Why I love take photos and How I become a self-taught photographer



Since boy I had fun taking every photos so everything comes simple,grow up I keep this “spirit”




KODAK 66-X Instamatic Specs:
– Produced between 1973-1977
– Lens : f/11
– Shutter 1/60
– Film type : 126 cartridge
– Picture size – 28mm x 28mm
– FIXED APERTURE Probably F 11 Shutter 1/40-1/80 126Cartridge
 -35-70 mm f/3.9-7.4 35mm
-28-70mm motorized zoom. Four elements in four groups. Max. aperture f/3.5-8.4
-Auto-exposure with shutter speeds from 2-1/500s at 28mm and 8-1/350s at 70mm
-Automatic Film speeds: ISO 25-3200






American Cinematographer‘s subscribers since 1997 here my first Issue, this is still unique and unbelivable source of informations for cinematography lovers a pleasure each month.Cinematography comes from photography and painting so that’s could help compose/framing.

-Manual of the Warrior of Light Paulo Coelho’s 1997 ,nice reading for feed the soul

-La direzione della fotografia nel cinema  M.Gatti- R.Guglielmin 1999, I loved this book dedicated to one of greatest old school italian cinematographer Marcello Gatti.

-MEG by Steve Alten 1999 Great story just about a big prehistoric shark Megalodon,I read this book in one week and was a real TRIP…

-Trier on Von Trier  by Stig Stig Björkman 2001 ,everything about Lars Von Trier 

-MAGRITTE  by Macel Paquet 2001This book by Taschen is great for, artists, art fanactics, or anyone interested in Magritte or Surrealist art

-Fotografia by Carlo delle Cese 1996 but Found on 2010 ,just on a bookstall at 1/3 of its original price this book speak about analog photography and was so useful lighting reading expecially after used for some years digital tools.

-MICHAEL MANN By Paul Duncan and F. X. Feeney (Taschen) 2006 A pandora vase for me one of greatest book of cinema for learn about the language of image.period.


(What I would mean,except for tv series,I Watch these movies at least 10 times each and watch films help observe and compose)




SPACE 1999 (1976-1980TV series) Frank Watts Bsc


STAR WARS (1978)

THE FOG (1979)

SHINING (1980)


THIEF (1981)


THE KEEP(1983)







The Cell(2000)



Memoirs of a Geisha(2005)



 Last but not the least , listen some kind of music can help to transform that music in images and viceversa , that could be a great skill

So, Enjoy this post and build your way to look ! BELOW MY TOOLS

Pentax K-01

Panasonic FZ200 25-600 f2.8


Pentax K30

RARE Music on the films of Michael Mann

I spent some times writing a short Sample named MANN OF SCORES so what you’re reading now is COLLATERAL.

Here on CDR a selections of RARE ,HARD TO FIND,UNRELEASED track from Michael’s Films.

1 SHOWDOWN GLAEKEN VANISHES [Walking in the Air] Tangerine Dream,comes for the end sequence of Michael Mann’s THE KEEP and was recorded straight from my laserdisc on analog mode to my Teac or Philips cd recorder.Great tune ,full of innocence and dread, is a shame that for rights problem the soundtrack , the Movie itself (in some format different by VHS and Laserdisc) and this track composed by Howard Blake for the Snowman isn’t yet released,Producers,Paramount wake up found a deal god###…however enjoy the recording is pretty good!”
2 THRU METAMORPHIC ROCKS – CONFRONTATION I had mixed this two tracks because the style of both is similar,first comes from Tangerine Dream Force Majeure’s album one of most pinkfloydish 80’s album of the krautrock band from berlin,the second  track here on a rare unreleased edit version despite Thief’s elektra album track is a great cover of Pink Floyd Confrontably Numb named CONFRONTATION composed by the patient and fond Craig Safan(however You can read the story of this song arund my blog,just search thief) performed by the great bassist Alan Davey(look on wikipedia who is)..the track was just found on net after long research thank you to who posted it.
3 FREEZE aka Red dragon reprise,this track was sent to me by Stephan Piter a man from France very fond of The Keep(vainly he’s trying to sensibilize the head of this movie for a decent release on dvd) anyway I really loved this track because is a short survolted version of Klaus Schultze’s Freeze used on the great one MANHUNTER with Seiun by Kitaro totally missed from the Mca and last one released album.
4 THE HOUSE IN ROSE VALLEY come from THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS and was used for some beautiful seconds during Lacorsse scene in the beginning of this Historical gem.The composer Phil Cunningham is a talented scottish folk celtic musician and composer; 
he really deserve more attentions in what he does till now.

5 PROMENTORY is the famous Gael by Dougie Mac Lean adapted , performed ,composed by Trevor Jones for the end sequence of LAST OF THE MOHICANS,but here is not what you found on the original cd soundtrack is what you heard on the Movie and that’s amazing different great arragements longer beautiful,magnificated, eased,beated, ok just listen and you will understand.

6 DEATH LETTER by Johnny Farmer is here remixed by Organized Noise and used on ALI during the meditative Hey Champ’s METRO/Subway sequence , I loved this track,my sister love this , I was lucky to found on net but you can found it on outstanding New Beats From The Delta (2000) Fat Possum Records  amazing album,another lesson by Michael.
7 ROUND 8 STRING is an outstanding additional orchestral track by the great Bill Brown used during the final ALI’s Fight,check BILL website and you will be amazed… this tune really enter in ur mind!
8 DRIFTEN is an a great tune used on COLLATERAL composed by a genius named Thomas Schobel talented austrian born composer producer and very fond of sound engineering(listen and you will be charmed),keep an eye and hear over him!
9 LAX is a unreleased Collateral’s track by the great Tom Rothrock international producer(James Blunt , Beck) and composer,he really has do amazing things in Collateral.
10 A RODA The Wheel by the bravo Brazilian Composer Antonio Pinto, come from Walter Selles’s Abril Despedaçado a movie based on the book by the same name (original Albanian title: Prill i Thyer) written by the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, about the honor culture in the North of Albania.This track was on Collateral and really brings some feelings of despair and hope.Pinto has great skills on use of electronic ambient orchestral and traditional sounds,quite unique,straight to heart.
11 THE LAST LAGOON was composed by english musician and producer William Orbit and you can found on STRANGE CARGO II album, this electronic ambient track edited over HEAT ‘s run uphill scene bring mood in to a special way.The beauty of HEAT beside on the story,images and music all your senses are catch by this factors, this flick change my life.
12 PRECURSOR MELTDOWN,I had a chat by Pieter Bourke composer with Lisa Gerrard of THE INSIDER and he told me the name PRECURSOR..is the ambient electronic music recored by the DVD audio track(remind me some synth by Faithless) just when Jeffrey Wingand having Lunch discover the bad campaign against him…I mixed MELTDOWN with it because is its dead.Enjoy!
13 ON THE NATURE OF DAYLIGHT by Max Ritcher was sent me by Danny Miguel ,director freelance friend of mine based on L.A. he told me this touching tune was used during a Horse Race on Michael Mann tv Series LUCK..Scorsese used on Shutter Island,but I know they are friends so nothing of weird…
14 FUJIMA 15 DEATH THEME #3 are unreleased track from Miami Vice and sent by John Murphy himself on cdr,so we had start a great corrispondence and Friendship;I was delighted how great he is.Cant’ believe to meet talk ship with one of my mith since The Snatch.Thanks John God Bless you and Liverpool!
16 BEAM by John Powell was inspired by one of great Francesco Lupica’s compositions ( Beam Sweeps) and used on Malick’s Thin red line soundtrack,Michael Mann used on PUBLIC ENEMIES and It was outstanding,I mixed this with the end sequence of HEAT recorded directly from the movie, where the track  GOD MOVING OVER THE FACE OF THE WATERS by Moby found it’s real shape(ok just add some echo)..I think both mixed created something of quite amazing.
17 SET ME FREE by Dungeon East and Wild[Whild] Peach here on extended version (longer than The version appeared on ALI II soundtrack) is produced by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke and is a soulish song pretty great used on the end sequence of ALI..I don’t know more is just an amazing piece of music.
I hope you will found intresting my research,enjoy and comment if u want