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Tina is my girlfriend and my muse. She was at the university of Rome, that day and I went to meet her for a coffee while she was having a break between her lessons (she studies literature and performance sciences at the Sapienza University of Rome) and to have a little "us time", so we went in a little caffee near the varsity and we were sitting one in front of the other. A huge window was behind my shoulders and she was having her eyes full of this spectacular light. Her eyes were so big, black and happy that day that I couldn't resist, so I took my camera and I took some pictures. The feeling was that I could fall in those big, black eyes. She was happy, that day and so was I...
Time
It was the early afternoon of a day at the end of summer. Around 2 or 3 p.m.
Lighting
As I said before, I had a huge window behind me, just in front of her. I usually shoot with natural light, because I am mostly inspired by the painters of the Renaissance. Caravaggio is my idol, among the others. Among photographers, my "heroes" are Albert Watson, Henry Cartier-Bresson, Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibowitz, Toledano for an instance, and many, many more...
Equipment
My faithful Canon 5D markII. The lens was a Canon 50mm f1.4
Inspiration
Just her eyes and her happiness. I think she is very inspiring. She has a face that is always different. A simple change of light or of her mood is enough to have a totally different person, in front of my camera.
Editing
Just the tone and some retouch for the vignetting, on Adobe Lr
In my camera bag
My Canon 5D markII, a Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM, a Canon 50mm f1.4 USM and an analog Yashika 124G Mat.
Feedback
Just be natural and play with the light. Natural light can give you the right mood, in the right moment. Try to pay more attention to the composition then the focus. Play with the subject. Try to know him instead of make him/her feel at ease. It's more important then him/her thinking about the camera. IMHO the story is important as much as the subject.

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