The Sheep of Ciminna

The sheep of Ciminna, Sicily, 5/03/2018

The sheep of Ciminna, Sicily, 5/03/2018

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I was finally close to my destination, Ciminna, Sicily to find my roots, where my maternal grandparents and great-grandparents were born and raised. I wanted to know what shaped them into the wonderful human beings that they were, surrounding us with nothing other than love and warmth as children…not to mention the food they cooked was to die for!

The dirt road was winding up into the wildflower covered hills, and now mountains above Palermo and it was raining. It seemed unreal when a sheepherder leading his sheep down from higher ground appeared out of the mist. I was told this was the case at the turn of the 20th century, but this is 2018 and it’s reality, no tourists, no tour busses, no one hawking Italy t-shirts made in China, no hotels in Ciminna.

The sheep were crossing the road so I pulled over and made this capture.

Nikon D810 DSLR Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, focal length: 200mm, exposure:  f/6.3, 1/1250 sec., ISO: 400, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, capture date and time: 5/03/2018, 11:55 am, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017.

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Mari Tirrenu

Mari Tirrenu

Mari Tirrenu, Cefalù, Sicily, 5/05/2018

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How does one capture Mari Tirrenu (Sicilian dialect for Tyrrhenian Sea)? My approach began with gazing at it from the rooftop of Al Saraceno Gardens for a few evenings. It was a gentle body of water during my stay in Cefalù so that’s how I see it. It’s hard to imagine storms, or the ships of invaders appearing on the horizon every few hundred years or so. My feelings were more tranquil so I finalized my vision of calm and serenity by opening my shutter for 42.3 minutes, eliminating all motion…not even one diner at the outdoor tables.

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Nikon D810 DSLR AF Nikkor 24m f/1.8D, exposure:  f/11.0, Bulb (42.3 minutes), ISO 64,  WB: Auto, filter: B+W 52mm SC 110 ND 3.0 10BL 100X E, exposure program: Manual Priority, shutter: Mup modeVello RS-N1II wired remote switch, Induro Stealth CLT203 carbon fiber tripod, Induro PHQ1 Panhead, capture date and time: 5/05/2018, 7:20 pm, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017

Palermo Street Lamp

Palermo Street Lamp, Sicily

Palermo Street Lamp, Quatro Canti, Palermo, Sicily, 4/30/2018

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Quattro Canti (four corners) is the center of the City Center in Palermo. It is where four cobblestone streets meet with an eighteenth-century Baroque palace on each corner. That is where I made this early morning capture of one of the street lamps in the square. Like everything else in Palermo, it is a passionate work of art.

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Nikon D810 DSLR Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, focal length: 80mm, exposure:  f/4.0, 1/80 sec., ISO: 400, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, capture date and time: 4/30/2018, 6:29 am, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017.

 

Rooftop Garden View of Vatican City

Rooftop Garden View of Vatican City

Rooftop Garden View of Vatican City, Rome, Italy, 4/23/2018

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The Atlante Star Hotel is the perfect launching pad for photography in the City Center of Rome. This is a view from the rooftop garden looking out on Vatican City. Two days were spent exploring City Center and eating at Mamma Venerina Ristorante. The food was excellent and waiters Stefano and Anna made eating like the Romans even more fun.

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Nikon D810 DSLR AF Nikkor 24m f/2.8D, exposure:  f/8.0, 1/60 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: 4/23/2018, 6:56 am, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017

 

Dickhead

Dickhead

Dickhead, Rome, Italy, 5/09/2018

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I was walking down the street just outside the walls of the Vatican in Rome when I spotted this carved tree trunk between the sidewalk and street. I was admiring the carving so at first I didn’t notice Rome’s Metro newspaper headline which translates as IRAN, TRUMP REIGNITES THE NUCLEAR FUSE. Wow, I thought. This was meant to be. I have to have it, and of course I will name it Dickhead. Perhaps someday this image will be chosen by the United States Mint for the Donald J. Trump commemorative penny…affectionately dubbed “The Dickhead”.

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Nikon D810 DSLR Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, exposure:  f/5.6, 1/640 sec., ISO 400, exposure program: Aperture Priority, capture date and time: 5/09/2018, 11:00 am, post processing: Photoshop CC 2017, Adobe Camera RAW, Adobe Bridge.

Canadian Clouds

Canadian Clouds-Inside Passage

Canadian Clouds-Inside Passage, Canada, July, 1985

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I wanted to make the storm clouds over the Inside Passage the subject, but felt the need to show a little terra firma as reference. That is how this composition came about. The storm never materialized, but it made itself known in a most beautiful way before the sun went down.

Tip: Never use a tripod or mono pod on a boat. The engines send vibrations through the deck so you will have sharper images handheld.

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Minolta SR-T 101 SLR, Minolta 50mm lens, Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, scanned on Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software , handheld.

Canadian Canyon – Inside Passage

Canadian Canyon - Inside Passage

Canadian Canyon – Inside Passage, July 1985

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Captured on the deck of the Canadian ferry, Queen of the North, Victoria on the way to Alaska. This boat was an ideal photography  platform while going up the Inside Passage. Another cool feature was the top deck where you could claim a spot for your sleeping bag on the astroturf to sleep under the stars at night.

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Minolta SR-T 101 SLR, Minolta 50mm lens, Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, scanned on Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software , Velbon tripod.

Boat of Light

Boat of Light

Boat of Light, Seoul, South Korea, June 1994

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This is one of ten nighttime light installations on water in Seoul, S. Korea. One was more beautiful than the next so I ended up capturing them all. It was a fruitful night!

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Nikon N90 SLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, filter: Nikon L1 37C, Kodak Lumiere 100x 35mm reversal film, exposure: f/5.6 1/60 sec., ISO 100, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio headNikon SB-24 Speedlight, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software, handheld.

Autumn – As Far As The Eye Can See

Autumn-As Far As The Eye Can See

Autumn – As Far As The Eye Can See, North Carolina, November, 1994

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In October and early November, the Great Smoky Mountains is one of the best places to be in the east for autumn leaves. Every overlook looks like it’s in 3D.

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Nikon N90S SLRAF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D,  Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, exposure not recorded, Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio headNikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner

 

Famous Photographer Quote #0398

Edward Weston

“The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh.”

Edward Weston

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