Saturday, March 19, 2016

Back to the past

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.

Friday, March 18, 2016

I love these images

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

Just a daisy

Yes Just a daisy to help make this a more enjoyable day

Irish eyes smiling

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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wedding parade

These images were shot in Saint Thomas, V.I. many years ago. Apparently it was customary for wedding parties to parade along the shore. These were just two of other convertibles cruising and accepting congratulations from pedestrians standing by. These are Kodachromes that were scanned.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The show goes on

This is another example why this city is wondrous. This street show dares from a Sunday afternoon in August of 1987 and the location was the South Street Seaport. The camera was a Rolleiflex and the film was   Tri-X Pan Professional 120.

Monday, March 14, 2016

You have to love this city

This city is full of life and energy that re energizes the soul. This is especially true at the onset of spring when there's on outbreak of street activities that transform the city into an immense street stage.