Bottles and Jars

Bottles and Jars - Mercato del Capo

Bottles and Jars – Mercato del Capo, Palermo, Sicily 2018

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Whoever set this up this display, is an artist in his own right.

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Nikon D810 DSLR Nikon AS-F Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens, exposure:  f/5.0, 1/80 sec., ISO: 800, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, handheld, capture date and time: 4/29/2018, 8:48 am, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017.

 

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Tyrrhenian View, Cefalù

Tyrrenian View, Cefalù, Sicily

Tyrrhenian View, Cefalù, Sicliy, 5/04/2018

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When looking at this scene, my first thought were those antique Stereoscope viewers that were the rage of the late 1800s. Stereograph cards with two similar images side by side were inserted into the Stereoscope for a 3D effect, and each image had an arch shaped top. Most of the images on Stereographs were photographs from around the globe, and there I was, far from home, standing in front of two similar arch topped views of the Tyrrhenian Sea side by side!

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La Tempesta

La Tempesta, 5/02/2018

La Tempesta (The Storm), Sicily, 5/02/2018

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 I arrived early at Villa Daphne, an agriturismo outside the town of Alia, Sicily so my room wasn’t ready. While the maids were rushing to clean it, I made this capture of a storm closing in quickly. Half the sky was black, yet I was still in sunshine. Later, I borrowed the title La Tempesta from the painting by the great Italian Renaissance Master Giorgione. Art scholars have been in controversy over the years about why Giorgione named his painting La Tempesta. It’s far more obvious in my photograph above.

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Nikon D810 DSLR AF Nikkor 24m f/2.8D, exposure:  f/9.0, 1/400 sec, ISO 64,  WB: Auto, exposure program: Manual, shutter: Mup mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Induro Stealth CLT203 carbon fiber tripod, Induro PHQ1 Panhead, capture date and time: 5/02/2018, 3:53 pm, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017

 

The Sheep of Ciminna 2

The Sheep of Ciminna 2

The Sheep of Ciminna 2

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From the Belice valley in Sicily, this is one of the most productive Italian sheep. The breed is a triple-cross of the Pinzirita, Comisana and Sarda breeds, and its milk is perfectly suited to cheesemaking, being fatty and full of protein. Many say this breed’s milk is the only milk worth stretching. In fact, the only Italian stretched sheep cheese, Belice Vastedda is made from its milk. Belice is one of the seventeen native Italian sheep breeds listed by the National Association of Pastoralists. It is bred in the provinces of Agrigento, Palermo and Trapani in Sicily.

I knew nothing about this breed of sheep at the time of capture. I simply admired their stately, regal bearing. I had never seen sheep that looked anything like them before. They are truly majestic animals.

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Nikon D810 DSLR Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, focal length: 200mm, exposure:  f/8.0, 1/640 sec., ISO: 400, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, handheld, capture date and time: 5/03/2018, 11:53 pm, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017.

 

Macellaio, Mercato del Capo

Macellaio, Palermo, Sicily

Macellaio, Mercato del Capo, Palermo, Sicily

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Out of all the butcher’s at Mercato del Capo street market, this one stood out because he was missing 4 digits on his left hand. No wonder he wears a red apron! I wonder if it was an accident or maybe he couldn’t come up with protection money. If he missed a payment, I’ll bet he had the money next month.

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Nikon D810 DSLR Nikon AS-F Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens, exposure:  f/6.3, 1/320 sec., ISO: 800, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, handheld, capture date and time: 4/30/2018, 8:28 am, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017.

 

Cefalù on the Sea

Cefalù on the Sea, Sicily

Cefalù on the Sea, Sicily, 5/06/2018

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Leaving Palermo traveling east along the Tyrrhenian Sea, this was the first pull off with a view of my destination, the city of Cefalù.

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Nikon D810 DSLR AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure:  f/10.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 64,  WB: Auto, exposure program: Manual, shutter: Mup mode, Vello RS-N1II wired remote switch RS, Induro Stealth CLT203 carbon fiber tripod, Induro PHQ1 Panhead, capture date and time: 5/06/2018, 10:05 am, post processing: 32-bit HDR, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017

Garlic Hanging in Palermo Alleyway

Garlic Hanging in Palermo Alleyway, Sicily

Garlic Hanging in Palermo Alleyway, Sicily, 4/28/2018

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Garlic is considered good luck, good health and guards against evil spirits, especially when worn around the neck. Ask any Italian grandma and they will tell you it’s true. I found this garlic hanging on the wall in an alleyway in Palermo, Sicily…so add garlic as an art object to the list.

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Nikon D810 DSLR Nikon AS-F Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G, exposure:  f/8.0, 1/6 sec., ISO 64,  WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, shutter: Mup modeVello RS-N1II wired remote switch, Induro Stealth CLT203 carbon fiber tripod, Induro PHQ1 Panhead, capture date and time: 4/28/2018, 6:41 am, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017

 

 

Famous Poet Quote #0400

W. B. Yeats

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

William Butler Yeats

Cattedrale di Palermo-1

Cattedrale di Palermo-1, Sicily

Cattedrale di Palermo-1, Sicily, 4/30/2018

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This image is a small portion of Cattedrale di Palermo erected in 1185 by the archbishop of Palermo. I liked the turrets from this angle, and the unusual cloud formation was pure serendipity. It’s too bad there was no photography allowed in the interior. It was very ornate with sarcophagi on either side of the pews and the crypt of Roger ll, the first King of Sicily and his daughter Constance giving it a wonderful creep factor.

Nikon D810 DSLR AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure:  f/6.3, 1/160 sec., ISO 64,  WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, shutter: Mup modeVello RS-N1II wired remote switch, Induro Stealth CLT203 carbon fiber tripod, Induro PHQ1 Panhead, capture date and time: 4/30/2018, 7:09 am, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017

Cannabis Palermo Style

Cannabis Palermo Style

Cannabis Palermo Style – Sicily, 4/30/2018

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I couldn’t resist this sign for the shop, I Love Cannabis on the main street in the city center (il Centro) of Palermo, Sicily. It is located right next door to a pizzeria where the pizzas are flying off the shelf. It’s sheer genius!

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iPhone 6+, hand held, capture date and time: 4/30/2018, 3:07 pm, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017

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