A beautiful place to visit: Bellagio and it’s surroundings. Lake Como Italy

The town of Bellagio is located on the tip of the inverted Y shape that’s characteristic of the Southern part of Lake Como.

Landscapes of Bellagio Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy
Como – Landscape of Bellagio Lake Como Lombardia Italy – Lecco                                                              © Fabrizio Malisan Photography

Looking North from Bellagio, you’ll see a stunning view of the lake with it’s surrounding mountains and, on the left side you have the “”Como side of the lake, on the right side the “Lecco side” of it.

Emma Bellagio Lago di Como Lake Italy-8898

Behind Bellagio there’s a winding road that climbs it’s way up to the Madonna de Ghisallo, very popular for it’s Church and for the cycling museum.

Cycing Ghisallo Sormano Lago di Como Giro d'Italia-8776

The road is known also for being part of the cycling Giro di Lombardia and this year’s Giro d’Italia 2019. Proceeding along past the Madonna del Ghisallo, the road descends into a beautiful valley that meanders it’s way to Erba (Como) or, with a sharp right turn, climbs up towards the town of Sormano.

Paola Gianotti 2019 Ricognizione Tappa 15 Ceresole Ghisallo Sormano Lago di Como Giro d'Italia-8786

Popular in the cycling world for it’s very steep climb “Il Muro di Sormano“, a 1.6 Km climb with gradients ranging from 17% to 25%, a love/hate challenge for cyclists.

Paola Gianotti 2019 Ricognizione Tappa 15 Ceresole Ghisallo Sormano Lago di Como Giro d'Italia-8803

At the top of the climb you’ll get to the “Colma di Sormano”, a popular lookout, famous for it’s Sormano Astronomical Observatory

Descending back down towards Como, the road is quite steep and winding, with great views over the lake and coming back down before reaching Como, the characteristic town  of Torno is worth a visit as it merges into the lake giving you a great point of view.

The town of Torno on Lake Como
The town of Torno on Lake Como – Fabulous Outdoors

A great way to discover this part of Lake Como is by ferry, a daily ticket allows you to get on and off the boat to go visit all the beautiful town and villages surrounding the lake, stunning gardens and villas open to the public.

Landscapes of Bellagio Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy

In Bellagio and pretty much all around the lake you’ll find great hospitality, delicious food and drink to compliment your stay, making sure that your Italian travel experience, to explore and discover Lake Como won’t disappoint your expectations.

Restaurant Terrace in Bellagio over Lake Como
Restaurant Terrace in Bellagio over Lake Como

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Landscapes of Bellagio Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy

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Canon EOS R first thoughts. Is it worth buying? Are you disappointed? Mirrorless 4K Full Frame Digital Camera 2018 Photography Talk

After all the rumours and the long wait, Canon has finally released the first
Mirrorless Full-Frame Camera joining the party with Sony and now also Nikon

Canon EOS R Nikon Sony Mirrorless 4K Digital camera review 2018

however, here I will talk mainly about Canon, particularly because I am a Canon shooter. Therefore the question is……is it worth buying that camera?  Let me give you my thoughts about it. As you probably know I like to shoot landscapes, outdoor lifestyles and activities, such as seen in the video you see below.  In this video I’m on a hike where the problem is the haze, and as the clouds come and go, I thought I would take the opportunity to give you my thoughts about this new camera release.

Canon EOS R Mirrorless 4K Digital camera review 2018
This long-awaited camera, has been quite a talking point for quite some time now, such as “when are Canon going to come out with a mirrorless full-frame?” and I think people started to get impatient, especially when you don’t want to have to switch brands, such as Sony, who had already updated their models.   Once you have a set of lenses and accessories compatible to a certain brand it’s quite difficult to make a switch and you know of course, whether you are an amateur or a professional photograher it is always good to be up on the game with the latest model of camera to come out, but I feel that sometimes, these manufacturers take us for a bit of a ride, because when you spend the sort of money we need to spend, they give you something, but certainly don’t give you everything, so then you always have to come up with compromises. I am very practical and when I want to upgrade or change camera and equipment I look at what that new equipment is going give me that it doesn’t let me do now.

Digital Camera Mirrorless Sensor Size Full Frame Aps-C Micro 4-3 1inch sensors photography

Yes, they have finally put a full-frame sensor into a mirrorless body, but what would you expect?
Why would you get a mirrorless rather than a DSLR?
Maybe you don’t want to have the mirror flicking up, or you would expect the camera to be of a smaller compact body or faster shutter speed (only 7 frames per second that goes down only to 5 frames per second, if you don’t use servo focus)? Not great, if you know you can buy one of those Micro Four Thirds cameras that can go up to 15 frames per second.

The second big mistake or should I say lack of specs, is just the one SD card slot which for any photographer that has some responsibility whether it be a wedding or any sort of shoot, two card slots are of great importance.  Whether to back up your work or if you want to shoot in RAW or JPEG, video etc.

Image courtesy of CameraMemorySpeed.com
Single SD card slot canon – Image courtesy of CameraMemorySpeed.com

The third problem is the lack of in-body in-built sensor stabilisation.  I have a little camera, that I think, is one of the most underrated cameras out there, and it’s got five axes image stabilization with an aps-c sensor.
You really see good image quality when you are using aps-c and full frame sensor cameras.  If the light is good, then you could go down to micro four-thirds, to a 1-inch sensor or even a mobile phone sometimes produces good photos.  It’s then, depending on what you evaluate as being a good photo. I love the Micro Four Thirds cameras as they have a multitude of specifications that you might need, but unfortunately, they can lose image quality, particularly in certain light conditions, like the atmospheric day today, you start to see more noise in the image and lack of details in the clouds. This is where you can see the quality from the Aps-C sensor or the Full-frame.  Maybe it just requires a bit more post-processing, but if I can do less of that, the better. That’s why I like Canon, because I like the colours that come straight out of the camera, there’s very little post-processing to do and the files are beautiful and ready to go.

Hiking mountains at sunset - Fabulous Outdoors
Hiking mountains at sunset – Fabulous Outdoors

Another problem of this new camera, is that Canon has now decided after so many years, to change the lens mount, so you now need an adapter to be able to fit on the camera all the lenses that you’ve collected over the years.  Whether it is an EF lens or an EF-s lens, it is an extra piece of kit that you need to buy and to carry along with you.  Less is always more.

Canon EOS R Lens Mount Adapter Mirrorless Digital Camera 4K 2018 Photography Thoughts Review

Another thing they’ve given the illusion of is having a good 4k, but this 4k gets so cropped that you either have to use a big wide-angle lens to compensate that, but then that gets cropped anyway so.. what’s the point? A good thing about 4k is to be able to extract some good still images from each frame of your video footage, whilst retaining all of the details in your images.  Some issues with using 4k is that all the technology is not quite up to the game and so the files become really heavy.  If you try to upload a video on YouTube in 4k, it can take quite an age and everything slows down.

One good thing people have been asking for, is the fully-articulated screen in a full frame body camera, as this was only seen in the 70d and then the 80d.

If you want to move to a mirrorless camera, and spend half the money, then take a look at the Canon EOS M5.  It’s got a compact body (that’s one of the reasons why you want a mirrorless camera), it’s got a flippable screen and 5-axes in-body image stabilisation.  This means that I can shoot using lenses that are not stabilised, as the camera automatically stabilise them and if the lens is stabilised, then you get a double stabilisation effect. That means that you can really shoot at a much slower shutter speed and still get sharp images.
The EOS M5 has got a very good touch screen (the touch screen of Canon is second to none), it’s fantastic and really responsive. It’s got Wi-Fi connectivity and has everything that you need to shoot good photography with 24.5 megapixel images, RAW files and it costs less than half of the price of the new EOS R!
So let me let me hear in the comments below your thoughts, if you think this new camera EOS R from Canon is worth buying.  I personally don’t think so, but I want to hear your thoughts.
Until next time this is Fabo from Fabulous Outdoors ..see you next time!
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Hiker's Landscape View

A Cyclist’s Journey – Fabulous Outdoors @fabulousport

People often ask why we ride ..what is it about cycling that at a first look, it seems just a painful long term agony on a bicycle to get nowhere..or something like that. The fact is, it’s hard to explain. At first, it can feel quite daunting, but with patience, it becomes easier and you feel satisfied and proud of what you’ve achieved so far. After your ride, a refreshing shower, a cool drink and a bite to eat and you suddenly feel invigorated and alive, as long as you haven’t done too much of course.

Little by little, your body will do all the adjustments needed to make you perform better, stay out for longer rides and be willing to do more of it. In this short clip, I wanted to pass on some of the feelings, the sounds and the landscapes of a cyclist’s journey. It’s a short clip, part of a bigger documentary project, coming out in future episodes.

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It’s Spring your favourite season to shoot landscapes? Fabulous Outdoors

It’s been a very temperamental winter over the European Alps, lots of snow has fallen, followed by rapid temperature change. Suddenly Spring arrives with it’s beautiful clear skies, white clouds blown by the wind over the mountains, stunning sunrises and sunsets to be photographed.
It’s definitely my favourite season to shoot landscapes, but I also love Spring for the awakening of nature. Birds happily singing and busy flying to feed their little ones calling for food from their nest and other animals running around with their new borns. Sunrises and sunsets are pretty good to be captured all year round indeed, but in the Alps or in their proximity, you can still get the snow on the peaks in contrast with the green landscape at a lower altitude. At the same time, you don’t have to freeze yourself as you do in wintertime going up before the sunrise to set your gear for the shoot.

Snow over mountain peaks Spring landscape - Fabulous Outdoors
Snow over mountain peaks Spring landscape – Fabulous Outdoors

For this particular shoot, we were out for one of my photo-walks around the lakes as the sun was about to set creating these beautiful reflections in the water.

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Sunset over the lake = landscape photography Fabulous Outdoors

Fresh snow on the mountain peaks time lapse Fabulous Outdoors Photography & filmmaking tutorials

A 1 minute time lapse with the wind blowing clouds and snow over the mountains Fresh snow on the mountain peaks by Fabulous Outdoors @fabulousport


Music Credits: “Fresh Fallen Snow” by Chris Haugen
Film recorded with Canon 6D
Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens
Manfrotto Tripod
Filmed in 1080p HD at 25fps then speeded up in post production, which is the simpler way to film and to record a time lapse video.
Time lapse is amongst the coolest filmmaking techniques, speeding up things that we are used to see going slow, giving a visually interesting and pleasant viewing experience. Adding a nice relaxing music and atmospheric sounds implements the power of the video footage.

Snow on the mountain peaks
Another way to create a time lapse video, for better quality and definition, is to capture multiple images a few seconds apart, then upload them all to the computer and adjust all the exposures and settings. After all that’s done, upload the images in windows movie maker, adobe premiere pro or other filmaking programs, and play them at the desired speed.

Champagny le Haut, Mountains Landscape France
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Winter Wonderland Photography Walk – Fabulous Outdoors

It’s a very cold winter in the alps, lots of snow and temperatures of -15C / -20C and more. As a lover of the outdoors and a photographer, these are great conditions for capturing beautiful natural landscapes with the fresh snow making it a real winter wonderland. In this video, I went for a walk in the beautiful Champagny Le Haut in France, which is part of the Parc National de la Vanoise.

Here’s a video of the photo walk in this beautiful location: https://youtu.be/DecTDeUgWaY

It’s a great place to visit and to be surrounded by nature and to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and all the fabulous outdoor activities possible in this location.

Champagny le Haut, Mountains Landscape France

I’ve been using canon cameras and equipment, plus a wide angle lens from Tokina.
For better audio capture I’ve mounted the external microphone video-mic pro which it performs much better than the inbuilt one.
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Champagny le Haut, Mountains Landscape France

Zermatt Matterhorn Plateau Rosa glacier skiing November 2017 snow report

With it’s 4478 metres of height, the Matterhorn is the most famous mountain in Europe. The Matterhorn so called from the Swiss side, is called Cervino over the Italian side. Straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy, it is a large, near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, and is one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe. The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points and are split by the Hörnli, Furggen, Leone, and Zmutt ridges. The mountain overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt, in the canton of Valais, to the north-east and the Italian town of Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south. Just east of the Matterhorn is Theodul Pass, the main passage between the two valleys on its north and south sides, and a trade route since the Roman Era. Although it’s been a very warm summer, the glacier is holding pretty well considering, here below is our video showing the ski and snow conditions in mid-November 2017.

The skiing on the glacier is quite vaste and extensive, with good conditions all the way down to the Furgg cablecar.

Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, mountain hiker, or a landscape lover, it’s definitely worth a visit! You can get all the way up to the top of the lifts, at 3883 meters above sea level, to enjoy the breathtaking views over the whole surrounding alps.

The Matterhorn Mountain Peak Zematt Plateau Rosa Glacier Switzerland
The Matterhorn Mountain Peak Zematt Plateau Rosa Glacier Switzerland

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Skiing by the Matterhorn mountain peak in Zermatt Switzerland - Fabulous Outdoors blog by @fabulouSport
Skiing by the Matterhorn mountain peak in Zermatt Switzerland – Fabulous Outdoors blog by @fabulouSport

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