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I’m trying to study for an exam.
Didn’t leave home since October 4th except to go to the university a couple of time and going to the mass.
Today it was a sunny day, we didn’t make in time to organize a long trip, as well as weather forecast weren’t encourauging.
It’s Saturday, why not going out?
Plan was to go to a book store and take pictures at Duomo square.
We ended up to Ursino Castle (not that far away)
Not bad. At least I see it at least 30 days every year and I still have no picture of it in my archive.
Problem is: I spent there about 1hr
Why such a long time?
I had decided I wanted to take pictures from different points of view, so I started walking around and when the “trip” was almost over I found the answer to my question: Why camera isn’t allowing me to set short shooting time?
It was super sunny and with an f 2.8 I couldn’t go beyond 1/60, outside, even if with polarizing filter on it’s weird.
I have been shooting for about 30 minutes worrying that camera was about to die. Sure it was a creative way to day for a camera, a kind of depression before definitive blindness of the sensor… when I realized that it was just me… not depressed, but definitely and essentially: DUMB.
I took picture with the polarizing filter and the darkening filter on.
I restarted the little walk around the castle taking pictures only from those spots I liked more and then got back home.
I tend to be a little, just a little, absent minded, but I “swear”, I’m doing my best to keep an eye on reality.
Posted October 19th, 2013. Add a comment
A “silly” picture to tell something that happens often.
I “love” to ask to my friends “Guess when was founded Catania university”
No one goes back 1700′s
No, sorry. 1434*
Yeah, before Galileo was born.
Yep, even before Colombo discovered the Americas.
Ok, this is not an important information, I don’t know when were founded other universities and, funny, most people I know studied at Catania university for years and have no idea of when the university was founded (despite it’s written in the logo that can be seen everywhere)
but I fear answers to my question are the fruit of the unconscious thought “It must be recent” (in Italy something made/born in 1700′s is not that old), since the stereotype wants the Sicilian to be uneducated and rude.
And who gave me that answer is not a “racists” I’m sure they respect me and most Sicilians, but we are all victims of common sense in a way or another.
So, no blame for them, just a bitter smile even because, being this “old” doesn’t mean that university should, needs and wants to improve.
Going back to work on my pictures archive.
*If I’m not wrong it’s the 19th university to be founded in whole Italy
“better I stop”
the more I notice interesting things
Well played, Boss.
wait for something to happen under your nose
(e.g. without leaving home)
Not a great technique, though
early January 2013 – Sicily
Symmetries in town – ©photonmessage.com -
It’s taken with a smartphone (Galaxy Samsung Nexus), but sometimes I get nice results with just that too.
I can’t enjoy Instagram filters (not using any of them) but it’s still a good way to publish a shot quickly.
I keep on thinking “no, I’ll never give up my DSLR”.
As well as I keep wondering if the temptation to over edit the pictures is directly proportional to the lack of “pleasure” for taking a picture with a smartphone…
it’s fun, it can be even pleasant sometime, but not THAT soul-feeding.
The size of the poster that the webmaster will hang to his bedroom wall in a few days (hopefully).
His only request was “Just things from Sicily”.
Attempt to overcome homesickness a little
What does it shows?
From upper left cornerMt Etna, a sunflower after a rain of July.
A rose of last May. Water of Pantalica. Java, you know her.
A detail of a Catania fountain, a blackbird, a sunset seen from Catania port. Soap bubble
Ponte dei Saraceni, a garofano,
webmaster’s favorite cat living close to my bro’s house, this cat has just one long tooth and an incredible acting ability, despite it’s clearly properly feed he always asks you for something.
And, of course, a picture of the shadow of his girlfriend taken during our trip to Pantalica.
Dedicated to those people that yesterday (march 19th) with 20°C and a wonderful sun had the courage to say
“Spring is late this year, I’m tired of rain and cold”.
Ok, the picture showing the lovely temperature of -7°C (yes, it’s a minus not a decorative symbol) is taken in NYC in January, but…
Catania is not in Central Africa. 20°C,sun, and unstable weather other days is exactly how winter ends and spring time starts over here.
With so many things to complain about Catania and Sicily (some) people complain about weather unreal problems.
Double post today.
Today in Catania is a big day. People celbrate their patron saint.
This year I have to stay home but my thoughts goes to those ones who will spend the night outside today.
Back in 2010 I spent a few hours following the saint with my camera, hope that someday I’ll get the chance to do it again even if my pictures aren’t great enough
Posted February 5th, 2013. Add a comment
Catania is not a large city.
For 300k people living in it, and a total of 1million considering the surrounding towns, I guess Catania can be defined as a “little city”?
For sure we have building of all era, but a lot of the last century, and I live in area with building not older than 40 years (not much if you consider that this part of the world is in what it was called “Magna Graecia”).
Therefore is rather unusual to find old walls made up of nude stones… but… it happens somewhere, in little “corners”
and unusual for even a little, you can find funny goats having lunch in a little green area close to a relatively big street.
Posted December 23rd, 2012. 2 comments