Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The preparation of the cuccuddati, the traditional Sicilian St. Joseph bread. These are highly intricately decorated breads in various shapes that after being baked are blessed and then given out. In Sicily, St. Joseph Day was a very important holy day. Here in Queens, NYC, the traditions are still being observed.
The D700 with the 24-85 F2.8-4 Nikkor.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
No photo shop tricks, just a scan from a Kodachrome-X slide, Shot at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily in August 1972. on a night when there happened to be a full moon raising. This is the old Siciliot city of Agrakas whose temples are perhaps the best preserved of all those in Magna Grecia. Siciliots was the name that Greeks used to call Sicilians. The Greeks came to settle and became Sicilians. They were not conquerors as Sicilian cities like Syracuse and Agrakas rivaled in power and culture any city in Greece. It was in 414 BC when they tried to conquer and were beaten by the Syracusans that their decline began. It was sad that following the Punic wars, the Romans took possession of Sicily making it their first Province. The excesses of Verres and other Romans led to a pillage of the Island. Contrary to what is thought, the Romans were really barbarians compared to the Hellenized world. But that was what happened. The Romans were really very nasty and ruthless. They still are in the way the govern Italy. The canon Ft had the fabulous Canon 50mm F1.4 FL lens. A truly wonderful lens. The ASA was a mere 64! Today we are not happy even as ISO reaches ridiculous levels. Go figure.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Paulie Gee's new artiginal pizzeria has just opened in Greenpoint. [60 Greenpoint Ave.] He makes the pizzas himself. Here ke is at work. The pizza is superb, made with authentic ingredients and baked in a wood oven made in Naples. This is not your usual pizzeria pizza. Check it out, you will be gratified.
The D700 with the 28-105 F3.5-4,5 Nikkor.