Saturday, February 7, 2015

Le saline

These two images were shot in Mozia [Motya] in north western Sicily and not in the Low Countries. Here the very shallow sea affords the making of sea salt that is really sun dried. The wind mills used to used to mill the coarse salt. They have remained only as quaint tourist attractions because modern machinery is now used. They do make nice pictures. BTW, only Sicilian sea salt should be used for any serious cooking. It is that good.
This site is close to Marsala [of veal Marsala fame] and the area reaches more north to Trapani.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Have a delicious weekend

New resolution leaders

Canon Unveils Two Amazing New EOS DSLRs, the 5DS and 5DS R

Canon_5DS_R_EF24-70_front_angles_1200.jpgCanon has just unveiled it's two new 5D-series EOS cameras. These which boast the world's highest resolution from any 35mm format DSLR. The 5DS and  3D R share the same 50-megapixel full frame CMOS image sensor that outputs  to two DIGIC 6 processors. The chief difference between the two models, other than the price, is that the 5DS R doesn't have a low-pass filter, for increased detail.
I still have and enjoy my original 12 megapixel 5D that suits me very well.

Sicilian country folk

These two images are of a couple who lives in the country, the Pilato area, part of Castellammare del Golfo's territory. They were shot a few years ago with the Canon G-9 "point and shoot" camera.
As you may gather. I love to photograph people in their regular habitat. I call it shooting in situ.
Once an anthropologist always an anthropologist, I suppose.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Old Quebec Ville shot

This photo dates from the spring of 1973 and was shot in old Quebec Ville with the Nikon Ftn and the 35mm F 2.8 Nikkor on Kodachrome II. I just love the  dandelions in the foreground.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It's always the light

This shot was made just as the sun was setting on the Arno in Florence. One must capture unusual light in order to get memorable shots.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Now this is real resolution

If you thought that your  50 MP MF sensor was high res, what do you think of this. A 3200 mega pixels sensor?

Meet the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, commonly known as the LSST, will take ultra-high-resolution images of the universe around us in the relatively at hand because it just got   construction approval from the US Department of Energy. This will make it possible the telescope's completion for its scheduled 2022 launch date. Vow. it takes this long?


At the  core of the LSST is a 3.2 gigapixel (3200 megapixels) digital camera,  the largest in the world so far. It will be the size of a small car. The focal plane uses 189 individual 16MP CCD sensors, arranged into 3x3 groups called 'rafts'. Each raft is a complete camera itself, but acts as a slave to the unit as a whole. Each pixel measures 10┬Ám - for comparison, if pixels that size were used on a full frame sensor, it would give an 8.6MP chip, or a 0.25MP sensor in a compact camera.

I wish I were sailing

The weather is so miserable that I think of summer. This is from a visit to Greenport, NY on the North Fork of Long Island.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Penne rigate con carciofini

What do you do after a morning of fighting snow and ice? You cook, naturally. This simple  pasta with baby artichokes hit the spot. I was fortunate to find  baby artichokes  at my local  frutta e verdura store so I could make this very simple dish. Needless to say, it was delicious especially with a small glass of Sangiovese wine.

Cute children

A few more from an event at the Walter K Hoerning Fund event. I love to shoot children as you all know by now.