Segesta, lovely Segesta. This unique Doric temple is unique because it lacks a cella or an interior room. The word cell obviously comes from cella. This archaeological site contains the temple and an amphitheater that is still being used to stage plays and musical events. The city was actually an instigator that led to Athens' ill fated attempt to destroy Syracuse in 414 BC. It was the beginning of the end of Athens' Power. At any rate this is an important tourist site. I remember going there as a child. We went by train and walked up from the station. These images, from 1969, a less touristy era, are the first I ever made here as this was my first visit as a adult. Of course it was the first of many. This place offers great photo ops. To show the age of the images, it suffices to say that they were shot on Ansco Pan 100 with a Yashicamat 124 camera. The film was developed in FR 100 developer. I always tried different film and developer combinations. I'm pleasantly surprised at these scans that came out very well in terms of contrast and tonality.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
These two images were shot on Tri-X Pan Profesional with my original Yashicamat 124. The subject is my lovely wife when she was expecting our first child. I vividly remember taking the shot. I had the lens wide open at F 3.5 and was practically at minimum focusing distance. I did not push process the film because I did not believe in this trick. I pushed myself by holding the shutter at 1/15 th. of a second. When you push yourself and the equipment to the limit you usually get great results. I consider this my best portrait.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
I love the Irish, as A Sicilian I have much in common with them. We are both island people who have suffered grave injustices. This post is dedicated to them on this Saint Patrick Day. After all, we are all Irish today. This image was shot by my very talented daughter Jennifer. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.