Saturday, January 18, 2014

Two more bridges from this wonderful city

While the East River bridges along with the Verrazano  [Verrazzano] Bridge are  the more famous ones, these two bridges, the Whitestone Bridge and the Throgs Neck  Bbridge that connect The Bronx with Queens are usually overlooked. They are indeed superb structures that with the proper light make for nice shots. I was working an event  in The Bronx's  shore  in a locale situated between the two bridges. Looking south  I could see the Withestone while looking north I  could see the Throgs Neck. It was late evening in the middle of June back in 2006 and the camera at that time was the Canon 30-D.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Have a beautiful weekend

Bocce player

This photo of a bocce player during a city wide competition was shot  way back in 2002, with the Fuji S2-Pro and the Nikkor 70-210 F2.8 zoom lens.

Misty flower

This misty flower was shot after the lens on my Canon 30 D became fogged the moment I entered the green house at the NY Botanical Garden. The lens was cold so condensation developed. The resulting image as an interesting mystical quality.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Weeping willow

This weeping willow was photographed back in 2001 with the Fuji S1-Pro a great image maker whose 3.4 mega pixels  are by today standards puny. <nevertheless the images created were stunning with colors reminiscent of Kodachrome II.

The feast

The tradition of the feasts in urban areas is a continuation of an old world tradition dating back to the medieval period when fairs were very important.  Then, as religious institutions became stronger the patron saint and other "protector saints" got celebrated with appropriate feasts. It was the only entertainment available for the masses. Italian immigrants carried this tradition over and these  feasts are still celebrated with great vigor. In an era where there's too much entertainment these outdoor events still draw great crowds.  These photos were shot at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel feast. The neighborhood has become hipsterized but these newcomers find the feast  very charming.  Soon there will probably be vegan food outlets. So far, the sausage and pepper stands still hold on to their primary position but this may change soon.

Canon D-20

Canon D-20
Fuji S1-Pro

Fuji S1-Pro

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Another gem by Marcy

Here's a lovely photo, taken at at dusk, of the Arno just before it reaches Florence shot by my very talented wife, Marcy.

Is it too early to dream?

It's never too early to dream about spring.  As the say goes, with winter here can spring be far behind? All of these were shot at my favorite New York location, the  Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I never tire of this gem of a garden and I hope you do not tire of looking at these many posts.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A town of archways

Castellammare del Golfo, my beloved home, has many archways in congruence with it's age and traditional architecture of the period.  There were many more once but, alas, many have been eliminated because of traffic needs. Here are a few that have survived,

Monday, January 13, 2014

Some of my best friends

Charlie my Catahoula


Taking photos of dogs is not as easy as it seems. Occasionally one hits the nail on the head. These photos were  shot at Forest Park in Queens in my favorite dog park.

Have a peaceful week

Siena, Tuscany, at  dusk

Sunday, January 12, 2014

What a wonderful city

Shot at the Highline on the lower west side of Manhattan on  a warm afternoon in October. New Yorkers do not need any excuse to take time out of their hectic day and relax a bit

Have a beautiful Sunday

The Flat Iron Building, one of the most beautiful building in New York    
This photo dates back from 1974 and was shot with on Tr-X with the Nikon FTn and the 105mm  F2.5 Nikkor lens that still works on Nikon digital SLR's