We are excited to share our conversation with ViewBug community member peppetorre. Peppe is an italian photographer and image editor, specialized in landscapes and portraits.

Tell us a bit about yourself, how do you describe your photography style?

My approach is always closely tied to the result that I want to give at subject in front on me during the shooting; I often try the symmetry or the perfect composition following the golden spiral.

With human subjects is different, you cannot plan shooting without understanding who stand before you and what it can give to the final work; you need so much empathy to be able to enrich the picture, not just with the image of the subject but also with his soul .

In one sentence what has photography done for you in your life?

Photography has enriched my life.

When I travel but also when I just leave from my home, I look the world around me analytically, I explore it and live it.
Beyond that, when I shoot for me and not for work, maybe at night in the city or during a sunset by the sea, I relax myself in a unique way and I feel a feeling of almost union with the environment around me.

When did you start taking photos and what inspired you to get started?

I started when I was 12 years old; my father passed me this passion, and helped to cultivate it by printing the first black and white negatives.

Do you have a favorite shot and why?

This was my more exciting photo, a scene never seen in my life and maybe never will repeat; my volcano, the mountain near which I was born and raised, who wakes up in the morning and decide to be seen and heard as he never did.

Do you remember a difficult photo shoot session? What happened?

I remember one evening in Sicily, after finishing a reportage with a colleague in a country hinterland, a lightning storm near a beach passed. We took the opportunity and we placed with tripods in the sand to make long exposures with a storm approaching from the sea. But within minutes, the storm came to us with his strength and his lightning putting us at serious risk, and just before they started to hit us close we remember that it is not healthy to use a tripod in such situations.

What do you carry in your camera bag?
Usually I travel light, with my 6d, the 14 lens and It depends on the situation, 2 other lens (zoom,fixed), filters (nd1000 and CPL + nd2 and nd16 for the 14) and my favored tripod, the Manfrotto Befree.
I use magic lantern for bulb shots

Do you have a favorite location and time of the day to shoot?
Here in London I really love the scenery near the Millennium bridge and.. my favorite time of the day is the sunrise.
Obviously between work commitments and various is always easier to appreciate the easier alternative, the sunset.

Can you share three tips with your fellow photographers?

1-think about the final result when you compose the shot.
2-before you lose yourself in the camera menus, in search of the perfect exposure in manual mode, use an automatic program and take care of most important thing, the composition.
3-have fun and take your time as you can, when when you finish to have fun, your shots will no longer be so beautiful.

Please share one of your favorite photos with us with a short tutorial

This is the Tulip staircase in the Queen’s House of Greenwich, London.
I planned for months this photo loving a lot geometries and knowing the similarity between this and the Fibonacci golden spiral. I took this picture around noon with my Canon 6d with Samyang 14 2.8 closed at f8.
The post processing was an B&W Hi key of the picture to to emphasize the railing and path of the scale as a center of interest with no other distractions; obviously after a robust perspective correction.

Please share some thoughts on your ViewBug experience as a photographer!
It is great to share your shots with a community so active and at the same time take part in so many contests having the satisfaction even to place themselves having the judges' comments. It never stops improving and a healthy debate is the basis for growth.

What is your favorite photo on ViewBug and why?

This is a masterpiece, colors, compo, light…
Avery time I see it, I can hear the sound of the sea.. 
One of those shots difficult to do but once made it live its own life.

What photo was the most difficult to shoot form the ones in your ViewBug profile?

This photo wasn’t the most difficult to shoot technically, but the most difficult to catch.
I had this image in my head for years, and one afternoon, for 3 minutes, I had a similar sunset in front of my camera with the wrong lens mounted. Only then I took the courage to change lens throwing everything on the ground between the crowd and,with the tele, I caught the last moments of life of the sun with its crimson light.