Alley in Enna

Alley in Enna, Sicily

Alley in Enna, Sicily, 5/07/2018

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What a grand entrance from the main drag in Enna (known as Castrogiovanni until 1926) to the houses behind. It took four visits to the alley to find the light and understand it. Here it is in all its High Dynamic Range splendor. Enjoy!

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Nikon D810 DSLRAF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, exposure:  f/10.0, 1/30 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: 4/30/2018, post processing: High Dynamic Range

 

Workstation for 2019

Workstation 2019

Workstation for 2019

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I loved my Mac Pro (early 2009). It really was a beautifully monolithic piece of aluminum. With holes running down the long slender front and a handle on top, it became affectionately known as the cheese grater. I work with image files up to 3 GB in size so it was slow as molasses which doesn’t help the creative process. It was time for my 2009 monstrosity to go. Enter the latest iteration of the MacBook Pro:

  • 2.9 GHz Intel Core i9 Six-Core
  • 32GB of 2400 MHz RAM | 1TB SSD
  • 15.4″ 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 560X GPU (4GB GDDR5)
  • True Tone Technology
  • Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) | Bluetooth 5.0
  • Touch Bar | Touch ID Sensor
  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • macOS Mojave

 

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Crack Epidemic in Palermo

Crack Epidemic in Palermo

Crack Epidemic in Palermo, 4/30/2018

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From the look on this ladies face, she knows from experience to never turn around at work.

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Nikon D810 DSLRNikon AS-F Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens, exposure:  f/6.3, 1/200 sec., ISO: 800, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, handheld, capture date and time: 4/29/2018, 9:30 am.

Wooden Barrel – Cefalù, Sicily

Wooden Barrel - Cefalù, Sicilia, 5/05/2018

Wooden Barrel – Cefalù, Sicilia, 5/05/2018

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An old wooden barrel, pedestal for a bouquet of daisies, next to an out-of-order MiniBall machine; these are the things I live for.

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Nikon D810 DSLR AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, exposure:  f/4.0, 1/400 sec., ISO: 160, handheld, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, capture date and time: 5/05/2018, 3:10 pm.

Isles of the Tyrrhenian

Isles of the Tyrrhenian - Cefalù, Sicily

Isles of the Tyrrhenian – Cefalù, Sicily, 5/04/2018

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Nikon D810 DSLR AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure:  f/6.3, 1/80 sec, ISO 64,  WB: Auto, Exposure program: Manual, shutter: M-up mode, Vello RS-N1II wired remote switch RS, Induro Stealth CLT203 carbon fiber tripod, Induro PHQ1 Panhead, capture date and time: 5/04/2018, 7:47 pm.

Merry Fish Mish To All!

Fruit of the Sea, Mercato Del Capo, Sicily

Fruit of the Sea, Mercato Del Capo, Sicily, 4/30/2018

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Nikon D810 DSLRNikon AS-F Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens, exposure:  f/7.1, 1/250 sec., ISO: 800, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, handheld, capture date and time: 4/29/2018, 1:03 pm.

Valerie

One Man Band

One Man Band, Venice, California

One Man Band, Venice, California, USA, 1994

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I can no longer remember the name of the One Man Band. In the early 90s, he was a fixture on the boardwalk at Venice Beach and that’s where I first talked to him. He played bass and bass drum with his feet, His right hand was his mike stand, his right arm performed lightning fast cymbal crashes, left hand played sax and left elbow triggered the snare drum (visible behind his right shoulder)…and he had da funk!

He disappeared for a while, then showed up at Bally’s gym in North Hollywood, a LA musician’s hang/workout place. When I asked him about his absence, he told me someone who caught his act on the boardwalk, booked him on the Tonight Show, then gave him a one year nightclub booking in Japan. When he returned, he bought a van and that was where he was living.

My next encounter with the One Man Band was when we we both wound up in the same piano class at LA Valley College. The photo above was in 1994. That was the last time I saw him.

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Nikon N6006 SLR AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens, Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, exposure not recorded, handheld, scanned on Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software 

Cattedrale di Palermo 2

Pescivendolo 2

Pescivendolo 2

Pescivendolo 2, Mercato del Capo, Palermo, 4/30/2018

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If this fishmonger was in the US, he would be using a band saw, but he is in Sicily so he makes perfect cuts with a very sharp knife.

The sign:

trigly e pomodorini (mullet and cherry tomatoes)

scampi  e cernia, (shrimp, prawn and grouper)

nero di seppia (black cuttlefish ink)

sarde e finocchietto (sardines and fennel)

…hungry yet?

Nikon D810 DSLR Nikon AS-F Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens, exposure:  f/4.0, 1/80 sec., ISO: 800, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, handheld, capture date and time: 4/29/2018, 8:48 am.

 

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