Friday, November 17, 2017

Have a beautiful weekend

A little manipulation

At times a little manipulation works. I am not a big fan of this practice because I am an old school photographer trained to take a photos that need no manipulation except the normal darkroom processes that were limited to cropping, burning in and dodging. What I call true images. Naturally with the advent of digital and Photoshop one doesn't know anymore "what's real and what's Memorex," as the old commercial used to say. But what can one do except to try to visit this post processing world and learn it in order to stay current. I use it very rarely but at times some images that may appear prosaic can be improved. This is my beloved Castellammare del Golfo and the image was shot with an iPhone and the manipulation was don in the phone using the Photo 360 aplet. As we say in New York "go figure." As a diverting aside the word "photoshoppare" has entered the Italiam lexicon.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Children candits

I was always shooting for social service agencies so I had plenty of occasions to photograph cute children. It was what I enjoyed doing the most.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I wish I were there

Well as the winter approaches Florida is calling. These images are from a very brief time we spent there last year. And   said, I wish I were there but for only a short time. New York and Sicily are always calling.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Night shot

Walking the dog at night, I came upon this scene. I liked how the street light made the leaves shine. Before the advent of smart phones such a scene would probably not be photographed. Who would take a big camera while walking the dog late at night. Now the images are really everywhere for the taking. It's really too easy. It's not fun anymore. But you must keep your eyes open. Occhio vivo.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Rainy fall day

This is the Delaware River on a rainy fall day. A very "moody" shot.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Have a delicious weekend

Candid portraits

During my assignments, I always tried to come away with candid portraits of people. I have always preferred photographing people above anything else. I was fortunate to have several social agencies as clients and that afforded me many favorable photo ops.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Street photography

Among many practitioners of this so called art, street photography is deemed the holy grail. I used to do  much of it in my younger days. This image is not too old and was shot in Coney Island. I called this man the philosopher of Coney Island. It was shot with a Nikon F 200 and a 35mm lens. I do not shoot from far away with long lenses. I find this offensive to the subject. I believe it to be a cowardly type of sniping. I like to get close and personal. Most people welcome having their picture taken. If they refuse, I just walk away. No big deal.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

NY in the seventies

A few images from my archives shot on East 28th Street, Manhattan, These all date from the early seventies and are all Kodachromes.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Room with a view

This was the vies from our hotel room in Assisi, Italy. This hilly town is full of history and religious significance. The food and wine are excellent and the photo ops are almost endless.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Have a beautiful weekend

I filatori

These "filatori" or string makers were exhibiting the art of making string before machinery. The image, an old archival one, was made in Siracusa, Sicily in an ancient cave used as a tourist attraction. I like the fluid composition. The camera was the canon FT with a Canon 28mm F 3.5 FL lens on Tri-X.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The new Coney Island

For a time, this famous beach and playground appeared doomed. After hurricane Sandy  the restoration to the beach and boardwalk led to a revitalization of the many rides and other trendy stores followed. Even Nathan's was refurbished. It is now a very nice place to go to

iPhone image

iPhone image


Wednesday, November 1, 2017


There's nothing better than a pasta dish for supper. It makes me feel totally sated. This is a basically simple dish of spaghetti with a condimento of pomodorini, toasted bread crumbs and zucchine. Very healthful and naturally, delicious. Buon appetito.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Trick or treat

This a  father and his daughter were the first trick or treaters this afternoon so I photographed them. Afterwards it became too hectic to take other photos. I like the expressions and the little girl is really cute. I'm glad that Halloween is over.

Happy Halloween

Monday, October 30, 2017

The seaport

The South Street Seaport is one on New York's greatest successes. It basically regenerated an entire area that was dominated by the Fulton Fish Market and surrounded by decrepit buildings. The fish market was moved to the Bronx and the area was renewed and rehabilitated. It is one of the best venues in New York. A vibrant area that is replete with restaurants, shops but the main  attraction are the tall ships that form the South Street Seaport Museum. A must place to visit.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Main strret

The difference in both architecture and the general goings on  between American main streets and those in Europe are great but I appreciate this diversity. I just love the old American buildings and the traditional stores but alas, they are slowly disappearing while being replaced by the malls that have become their  functional equivalents. Too bad.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Have a lovely weekend

Sometimes one shot is enough

  I took this shot of this beautiful courthouse in Erice, Sicily way back in 1972. Shot with a Canon FT and a 50mm F 1.4 Canon FL lens. The film was Kodachrome II. I just love this image.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sicilian Folk Group

This Folk Group from the Egadi Islands of Sicily performed during Castellammare del Golfo's feast to the Madonna del Soccorso. It's the main feast and the culmination of the many summer activities.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fall in the city

Two images shot a while back at Juniper Valley Park a block from my home in Queens, NYC. You do not have to go far at times to get the shot.