Saturday, August 24, 2013
The Egadi islands off Sicily are known for their beauty and lovely beaches. A few days ago durig the feast, they paid a visit singing and dancing to traditional Sicilian folk songs. We see them coming down Corso Garibaldi and stopping at the corner with Corso Mattarella , or the Quattro Canti, the four corners or the town's main square. They were lovely and danced ans sang splendidly.
Friday, August 23, 2013
La processione per la Madonna del Soccorso.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Canon Unveils a New EF-S 55-250mm IS STM Telephoto Zoom Lens
STM, or Stepping Motor, technology was introduced last year with the EOS Rebel T4i and, when combined with Canon's EOS Movie Servo AF (Auto Focus), virtually eliminates focus motor noise when recording HD video. Full time manual focus is available in AF mode. The front lens element does not rotate when focuses, which will be great for all polarizing filter fans. Finally, the new lens' minimum focusing distancs is 2.79 feet or 0.85 meters The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens will be available in late September with an MSRP of $349.99. Very affordable.
Bancarella is the name of a table of sorts or space used by street vendors. It is the site where they sell their wares at feasts or fairs. In the States you see them in Italian feasts in larger cities. This bancarella featured a maker of almond candy. Made with Sicilian almonds that are renowned for their intense flavor, they are placed in a large frying pan with sugar. Before the sugar hardens, they are placed on a platform mixed with a large flat knife, then flattened and finally cut up into rectangular pieces for vending. This man was totally involved in the finishing process. The Canon G-11 was used. Shot at ISO 800. Not bad. Much better than the G-9 in this respect.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
- This balcony practically around the corner from my house in Castellammare fascinates me. It's a in a rather beaten down building as it's apparent in the photo but it has a satellite dish and AC. Not too shabby as it has all the comforts needed for a modern existence these days.
These photos are of Scopello's tonnara or tuna fishery. Up until the seventies, large boats with intricate nets would go out in early summer to fish the schools of tuna that entered from the Atlantic Ocean. What is left today are the buildings that housed the boats and the anchors.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
A larger and more protracted fireworks show, accompanied by music, will take place at midnight of August 21, after the procession has ended. It marks the closing of the feast.
Located East of Palermo on Sicily's northern coast, this town is famous for it's Duomo with exquisite mosaics. It's very touristy and I tried to off the beaten track to shoot some photos of the real place not the theme park version that some street have sadly become.