Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy new year

Looking forward to another year of great photography.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Sun and the Moon

This is what I call this image shot at the Queens Botanical Garden with the Canon EF 24mm F 2.8. I just love this image.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Can't wait / Nikon D1X

At the Brooklyn Botanic on a glorious May Saturday afternoon with the D1-X and the 17-55 F 2.8 Nikkor.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

More spring dreaming / Canon 5-D

The original 5-D has a charm that fascinates me. As my first FF camera, it has a special place in mt heart. I still have one and prefer it to the mark II version. These were shot on a winter day when I was also spring dreaming. I abhor winter.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It's never too early to think of spring / Nikon D1-X

It's never too early and it's always a great time to go to the Brooklyn Botanic where this photo was shot with the 17-55 F2.8 Nikkor.

Monday, December 26, 2011

A rainy day in Venice / Canon 5D

hard to believe but it also rains in sunny Italy. This was an unusually rainy day but in April it wasn't really that unusual. It was that it rained for the whole day. It did create nice atmospheric photos. The lens was the Canon FE 24-85 F 3.5-4.5. Cheap but a great lens for travel photos.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sicilian colors / E PL-2

These are the vivid colors of Sicily. I will be there next month and can hardly wait. Everything has more intensity in this glorious island. There was absolutely no manipulation. This is a JPEG out of camera. Only re sized for the post.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

This shot was taken at a Catholic Charities event. The Santa is a FDNY fireman. The toys and Santa arrived in a fire truck. A nice event where the children had a great time. The camera was the Nikon D1-X and the lens was the Tokina 19-35 F 3.5-4.5.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Color for the Season

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Buon natale carissimi conpaesani

I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all my dear

co paesani in Castellammrae or wherever they may reside.
Voglio augurare un Buon natale a tutti i miei cari conpaesani sia al paese o ovunque possano residere nel mondo

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Abandoned waterworks / Fuji S1 Pro

Shot at the old waterworks of Freeport, NY with the S1 Pro and the Tokina 20-35 mm F3.5-4.5. I always like the images that this 3.4 mega pixel camera could render.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A public service

Kudos to the US Postal Service for this set of stamps. I have done much in this area. Please adopt a pet/ Many animals are waiting for your love. They will give you back more love than you can ever imagine.

Manhattan views / Canon 5D

These were shot from Harbor Lights Restaurant in the Seaport. Looking north we see Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens on the right distant background. The lens was the Canon 16-35 F2.8 L.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Chilling out / E PL-2

Under the Rialto Bridge on a sunny morning. The lens was the standard zoom that cames with the camera. Nothing Fancy.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sleeping beauty

This is my Gioia, who continues to do well and is healthy. She has a serious health problem but with lots of care and love will be fine. A true beauty. Shot with the E PL-2.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

More great faces / Canon 1D III

Shot at an event, these portraits were shot with one light on a Stroboframe bracket. As simple as it gets. The lens was the superb Canon 24-105 F4 L.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Seasonal photo

Shot with the Canon 1D III and the Canon 24-105 F 4 L. Merry Christmas everybody.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Before Photoshop / Canon FT

This is a photo that was not doctored in any way. Shot in Agrigento, Sicily way back when one could visit the monuments at will, it was shot on Kodachrome X at a speed of 64 with the Canon 50mm F 1.5 FL. Today when people complain about ISO speeds I remind them that one could shoot at 64 instead of 64,000 as people want these days. Actually 64,000 is deemed too little. Give me a break and learn to take photos. A bunch of cry babies with their auto focus ans auto cameras. Good photos could always be taken no matter what the cameras or the technology. People take pictures not cameras.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Another Canon 5D shot,

There's something special about the original 5D. It was my first FF digital camera and still use it. I prefer it to the 5D II as the latter has files that are really too large, The Lens was the Canon 16-35 F 2.8 L.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Sicilian Cuisine Blog: Santa Lucia & the tradition: let's find out what when & why

The Sicilian Cuisine Blog: Santa Lucia & the tradition: let's find out what when & why

Merry Christmas / Canon 1D III

Yes Merry Christmas to all. These were shot this afternoon at at the Bishop's Christmas Luncheon for the foundation that gives scholarships for needy children so that they may attend Catholic schools. The lens was the Canon 16035 F 2.8 L.

Monday, December 12, 2011

All is not glitter / Canon 5D

This place in Venice has always fascinated me. It is not in use but it was and it must have attracted an interesting crowd. The lens was the 25-85 F 3.5-4.5 Canon SE. Not a fancy lens but a very competent one for travel.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Old digital images / Fuji S1-Pro

I have raved many times about the IQ of the Fuji S1. These are basically out of the camera JPEG images. These were takes at a back to school event by Keyspan, an old client. The lens was the Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

More summer dreams / Nikon D1-X

These gorgeous peonies are no longer part of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as some building program caused their demise. A terrible move. I have only the images and great memories.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Dreams of springs past / Nikon D1 X

Shot at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with the Nikkor 60mm F 2.8 micro. Out of the camera JPEG from the D1 X.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Another archival scan / Nikon Ftn

This shot was made at the small park in front of the old Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. The lens was the Nikkor 105mm F 2.5. The film was T-Max 400 developed in T-Max Developer.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New American / Leica M-4

Shot an a swearing in ceremony for persons who had sworn in to become new American citizens at Battery Park in NYC. The lens was the 50mm F2 Summicron and the film was Tri-X developed

in D-76 full strength.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Meet and greet shot / Nikon FTn

An archival shot from the NYC mayoral campaign of Mario Cuomo. He lost but eventually became a three term Governor of New York State. The lens was the superlative Nikkor 105 F 2.5 that I still use on my digital cameras. Shot on Tri-X developed in D-76 full strength.

Monday, December 5, 2011

An early Christmas shot from the archives. / Fuji S2-Pro

Shot at a Christmas party for a costumer that ram many social programs on Long Island, this shot proves the great ability of Fuji sensors.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Archival photo / Mamyia 645

Shot for a Nursing home brochure, this photo captures the vitality of the subject along with her dignity. The lens was the Mamyia 80mm F 2.8. The film was Trix Professional 120 developed in D-76 full strength.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sicilian mountains / E PL-2

This range is in Scopello, a section of Castellammare. The mountains in this area are very rocky and appear to be very "serious and mean looking."

Friday, December 2, 2011

Silly abstractions / Canon D 30

Looking out from my balcony window in Sicily on a sunny day through the curtain. It makes for interesting if silly photos; but I do like the design.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Archival shot / Nikon Ftn

This is a very sad shot as the woman in bed died a day later. The photo was for a home care brochure. The lens wax the Nikkor 50mm F 1.4. Shot on Tri-X developed in D-76 full strength.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More archival shots / Fuji S2-Pro

The S2 was my second camera that I used professionally. It's 6 mega pixel sensor continued the excellence of the S1 and it had a much better body. These shots from a Saturday afternoon in the summer of 2002 were shot in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with the Nikkor 60mm F2.8 micro lens.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Sicilian Cuisine Blog: Oregano and lemon zest, two things I cannot live without!

The Sicilian Cuisine Blog: Oregano and lemon zest, two things I cannot live without!

Historical archival photo

I have posted this before but it bears re posting because of it's "historical" importance on my development as a photographer. It was shot on a borrowed camera, a Kodak retina on Kodachrome II and upon seeing it, I realized that I had the photographer's eye. The capture of the "light" so essential to a photograph still awes me. I know that I'm raving about my abilities but this is a really good photo; it's one that I'm very proud of. The scan came out well and this is attributed to Kodachrome's ability to keep it's colors for a long time. It was a great film and one that I miss very much. Kodak stopped making this several years ago. Too bad. The II was very special, the Kodachrome 25 that came out in 1974 was great but not as great as the II version that it replaced.