#NoFilter Milan

London City Airport has a very interesting project in which travellers and bloggers are invited to share up to 5 images with #NoFilter, all in order to show the true essence of a designated place. They have previously focused on the wonderful Madrid, Switzerland and Dublin, this time Milan is in the spotlight and I am honoured to be taking part on the #NoFilter Milan project, which will be judged by Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy.

I love the idea behind London City Airport‘s campaign, as most of the pictures found here on Packing my Suitcase have #NoFilter. This is mainly because at first I had no idea how to work with photo editors or anything like that, so I just made sure I had a great picture when I first took it. This habit of mine still goes on, I like to have pictures with the moment’s natural light, as I believe that it makes the image even more special and original.

As some of you might recall, last year I have been to Milan and shared with you a little bit of my impressionsย of the Italian city. Now I would like to show you 5 #NoFilter shots I took in Milan when I was there in September 2014, all taken with my Canon EOS 1200D and all without flash. Please, enjoy…

ย  Street at downtown Milan

Street at downtown Milan

When I first saw this street with the old tram passing by and the stunning Milan’s architecture, I had to stop and take this photo. It somehow gave me the impression that this is how Milan looks like, this is how I will remember this city.

Statue up in the Duomo di Milano and the city from above

Statue up in the Duomo di Milano and the city from above

Previous to my visit to the top of the Duomo di Milano, I had never seen how the city looks like from above. I must say I was impressed by the breathtaking view, and by how different Milan looks from above. Hard to stop staring.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele seen from the Duomo di Milano

Corso Vittorio Emanuele seen from the Duomo di Milano

It instantly caught my eye to see the popular and very busy Vittorio Emanuele Avenue from the Duomo di Milano. It was a Saturday afternoon and everyone seemed to be shopping or sitting at a cafe enjoying the September sun. My idea for this photo was not only to register the people on the street, but mainly to combine it with the Duomo, making both share the same image.

An empty street at downtown on a Saturday afternoon

An empty street at downtown on a Saturday afternoon

I passed by this street while I was wandering around Milan’s downtown, and I was impressed by the fact that it was so empty on a Saturday afternoon while other nearby streets were so packed. I really appreciate when I find places like this in a big city, so I had to capture the moment.

The Duomo di Milano under a stormy sky

The Duomo di Milano under a stormy sky

I could not just write about Milan without showing a picture of the most famous place in the city, the Duomo. At the specific time when the shot was taken, the sky was getting darker and darker as the rain was preparing to happen. When I saw how amazing the Duomo looked under the stormy sky I had to take the shot, even though at the moment I thought the picture wouldn’t look so good because of the light.

Why #NoFilter?

I have never been an expert in photography or photography editing for that matter, so I have always appreciated photos with #NoFilter and any type of edit that even so look naturally stunning. For many years I took amazing pictures with only the natural light and colours of the moment, and the result sometimes even surprised me.

The secret? If you don’t naturally have the eyes for photography, simply look around, observe and find the right moment. Light and colour, they will help… a lot. Also, don’t be afraid to try different angles and take as many shots as you can, you never know which one will look better.

*Disclaimer: this post was a campaign promoted by London City Airport in which I was chosen to take part.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Beautiful pictures, Allane! I agree, Instagram filters usually ruin photos (not to mention the compression the image goes through when it’s uploaded to Instagram of Facebook, blah). However, some minor touches here and there can really bring a photo to life. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Vlad, nothing like yours, but well, I try ๐Ÿ˜€
      Yes, of course editing can really change a photo a lot, and I have been discovering that! ๐Ÿ˜€ though Im still not good with it, need to improve!!

  • I love this! Unfortunately I dont have any photos from the places they’ve already done, but OMG they should do Moscow!!! or Prague or Budapest or London! That’s where I had my new fancy-cam with me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜€ stay tuned, maybe they will!!! They do it every year, I guess twice.

  • I love your #noFilter pictures from Milan. Gives me back some nice memories from the city! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The photos are beautiful and really catches the feeling of the places!

  • Some lovely pics here – I really love the one of the empty street and, of course, The Duomo – stunning!

    • Thank you Suzanne, I am glad you like them. The one of the Duomo is my favourite ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Nice pictures and I hope you will win.

    Having been doing photography from analog (film), digital and once a while with smartphone, one thing I learn is the challenge of photography actually being able to use camera manually and its full utilities with available lights surrounding of the subject.

    This manual option usually not available in smartphone cameras – which majority all automatic – at least my two smartphones have only automatic cameras and to be honest I don’t like my smartphone cameras because I can’t take control of my own images.

    So now with #nofilter movement I hope more people realize that photography is not just clicking to take picture but to understand the function of camera and surroundings like lighting etc in order to produce great pictures..and very often we don’t need expensive camera for that ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are so right Indah, you said everything!
      Once we know how to work with the lights and manual option, every camera is good for awesome photos. It doesnt really matter if you have a very expensive and fancy camera if you dont know how to work with it!
      And well, you are the professional one here, so I need to learn from you ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Ohh I am not a professional at all – I just like photography challenges and learn bit here and there. I am sure you already know a lot too ๐Ÿ™‚ I think we learn from each other ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Oh well, you are an inspiration to me <3
          And Im sure we will learn a lot from each other… even more ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Does #NoFilter also mean no photoshop? Beautiful pictures BTW

    • Yes, no photoshop, or any other kind of editing ๐Ÿ™‚ all natural.
      Thank you! Happy that you liked them!

  • Great to see your Milan shots!I myself visited the city only for a day, but was intrigued by it too.Wrote a Nofilter post two days ago on my blog:)

    • Thank you! Happy that you liked them ๐Ÿ˜€
      Ohh awesome! I was there for 3 days last year.
      Cool, I will check your post then ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Gorgeous pictures! I agree with your strategy. If you take dozens of pictures and experiment with angles, lighting, etc, chances are you’ll get at least a few great ones ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Holly ๐Ÿ˜€ happy to know you like them!

      hahaha exactly! I always try to take many shots, just to make sure at least one works hahaha! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Gorgeous photos. I agree that Milan is just naturally beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beautiful photos of Milano!!! BRAVISSIMA!

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    There’s something so special about taking pics without fancy filters and all this modern day editing that we do these days so I love the idea of this campaign and Milan, although I have never visited, looks just splendid even without any filters ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Very true Shikha! I also love this campaign, it is a way of reminding us that pictures without editing and filters can also look amazing!
      Happy that you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Hi Allane! Good to know about this campaign – I find it ironic that we now have to incentivize people not to touch up or modify their photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey ๐Ÿ˜€ its a different campaign. I liked it… editing photos is awesome, but once in a while its good to remember that we can also take cool pictures naturally ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Sha

    You’ve picked a beautiful place! And the photos are beautiful as always…:)

  • If somebody had shown me the Duomo’s picture I would have said it was taken in Siena.
    Wow, what a resemblance – the same ‘wedding-cake’ style – loved it!

    • ๐Ÿ˜€ I didnt know they looked so similar Gi!! How cool ๐Ÿ˜€ I also love this wedding cake style, sooo beautiful!

  • I love the second one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gorgeous photos! I lived in Milan for two years and while Italians aren’t always fans of the city (my husband was born there and really dislikes it), I fell in love with it. The architecture is stunning and there’s always lots to do. Great post.

    • Thank you Sascha, Im happy that you liked it ๐Ÿ˜€ Milan is very beautiful, especially because of the architecture!! <3 thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Amazing photos without editing or filter. You must be very good with your camera settings! Most of the photos on my blog ate edited in some way or cropped, I am really not that good at photography

    • Thank you Mabel ๐Ÿ˜€
      Your photos are awesomel!! I am still trying to learn a lot about the settings, it isn’t so easy ๐Ÿ™ but trials and errors help on the long run I guess hahaha

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