Saturday, October 1, 2016

One for real photo cowards

SNAPCHAT has introduced a camera as part of spectacles. All the cowards who unlike snipers use long lenses to do street photography will now beable to get close and snipe away. I'm old school. I like to be close and personal after getting permission from the subject. Anything else is aggressive, intrusive and cowardly. But progress marches on.

Snapchat has introducd its first hardware product. It's a pair of sunglasses with a built-in camera called 'Spectacles.' With the new product  new company name is born: Snap Inc. The name change, Snap explains, is directly tied to the launch of Spectacles. With the product, Snap has become more than a company centered around the Snapchat app, and the new name reflects this new and expanded focus.
The "sunglasses" feature a built-in wireless video camera that records circular videos with a 115 -degree ‘human perspective’ field of view. The glasses also include an integrated battery able to sustain a day’s worth of recording on a charge, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for shuttling content from the device to the user's smartphone and, specifically, the Snapchat app.
 The Wall Street Journal reports that the sunglasses feature a button near the hinge to initiate recording, which happens for up to 10-second duration. The publication also states the glasses will   sell for $129.99 with limited distribution and a slow introduction because the company wants to tests the waters.
Spectacles will be offered in teal, black and coral, but no other official details have been provided at this time. Snap says Spectacles will be available ‘soon.'

Have a beautiful weekend

Saturday in the park.

Of course the year was 1969 and I'm still wondering where the time  went.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Archival travel shot

This image was shot a "few" years ago in Spain. Actually in June of 1974.  I like the composition so I want to share it with you. Ektachrome-X and the Nikon Ftn with the 35mm F2.8 Nikkor lens. I can still remember these things.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Before the tourists

These images of Scopello, Sicily,  date from 1972. The place was almost free of tourists and had one restaurant only. To day it's almost overrun with visitors. Nevertheless, the hamlet has retained some of it's flavor and it's still a great place to visit. The view, the water and the food are still unbeatable. These images are from scanned slides.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Archival macro images

Since it's raining outside, I decided to look at my scanned slides and found these two images that take me back to a spring day long ago. What can I do other than share these two images shot in the seventies with a Nikon FTn, the Nikkor 55 mm f 3.5 Micro lens on Kodachrome II film.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The pleasures of 120 black and white

I loved shooting 120 film. There was something almost magic in working with medium format. As soon as I got the first 120 camera i fell in love. I still love to look and scan them. Here are two old images datinf from the eraly eighties shot with a Mamyia C 220 and Tri-X Pan.

Monday, September 26, 2016

San Gennaro

The San Gennaro feast in  Manhattan's so called Little Italy is a New York tradition. It hardly matters that San Gennaro is not actually a real saint. Being the patron Saint of Naples was sufficient in itself to rescind the Vatican's demotion of this so called saint. All hell would have broken lose. This ambiguity maters not neither in New York or Naples because the saint is necessary for the feast. So be it. These are archival slide scans of the 1991 feast. They show the incredible crowds. Throngs of people making moving and walking close to impossible. The crowds get even bigger at night. We can also see the smoke from the plethora of sausage and pepper stands along with the ever present frying of zeppole. Today the fare includes foods congruent with the changing ethnic interest in the feast. It has become a New York feast so it must include New York foods. It is a fun place to visit and alas it's  about to close for this year.

Have a beautiful week

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Have a tranquil Sunday

Erice, Italy, Sicily, Cortile, Rocco Galatioto