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A frog with the white rabbit syndrome?

Still at the Forre laviche del Simeto

I was walking on the stones to get back to the car when a little frog jumped in front of me, I bended to take a picture of it

Little frog, Forre laviche del Simeto- 29th September 2013

Then I tried to take a shot from a better point of view : from side or front.

Clearly the little friend didn’t agree with the idea and jumped into the river.

Actually I felt sorry because we weren’t this far away from the waterfall and I tried to see where the frog went, but as soon as it entered the water I saw nothing.


The webmaster said they are used to swim in that water so there is no reason to get worried.

I hope so.

Or it is a toad?

Posted October 20th, 2013.

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A walk on Venus?

Sun hidden by thick clouds of CO2

Yellowish colors

Basalt (lava rocks) on the surface.

Ok, surface should be arid, but let’s play a little…who knows what kind of liquid is that!

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013

Or it’s just me enjoying a little walk on lava stones close to Simeto river in Sicily
(and playing with white balance)

Sometimes I like to let imagination fly far away

Posted October 18th, 2013.

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It’s too early to feel nostalgia!

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013

The last picture (I think) to be published of our trip at “Saraceni bridge” and “Forre laviche del Simeto”

I definitely fell in love with the look of lava stone shaped by water

they look great in b&w, in normal color and HDR.

Then I got “nostalgia” of Sicily… and felt super stupid because that’s exactly where I am, even if I can’t look at this show every day.

Point is, it makes sense if an old guy, or an emigrated guy feel homesickness


but…yellowish water running on stones with blueish reflex is

weird/funny and beautiful at the same time, no?

Definitely, it’s a nice reminder of how to get back Home.

Posted October 17th, 2013.

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Sssh! I know it’s a “lie”

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013

Well… almost a lie.

An HDR picture (or at least, what I tried to get).

For some funny reasons the lava stones in this set of pictures look blue

They weren’t blue!

We (me and the webmaster) have a theory about why I got blue stones as final result but we are not sure about it.
I’m trying to seriously figure out what happened. Who knows, I  might become able to intentionally reproduce this effect in other situation.
At the end, whatever I learn about taking pictures, so far, is the result of experiment and accidental “discoveries”.

Sure, I could have managed to avoid the blue and let stones to their (more or less) original grey… as well as to avoid the golden-yellow of lower stones… but I loved too much the effect!

Seems like a place where to set a fantasy story…or probably I’m reading too much fantasy stuff that I see such places everywhere.

I don’t know.

I just hope you can enjoy the image as well


Posted October 12th, 2013.

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One of my favorite lunch location

Enjoying the shadow of a tree

Looking at Simeto river

Aware that behind there is Mt. Etna

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013

I hate that I burnt light in the waterfall but I still “love” this picture.

Or probably it is just summer-time nostalgia speaking


Well, at the end I am not going to complain. I’m still in Sicily.
If I work well in the following weeks, who knows, I might decide to go back in Vendicari  in late November or December.

And who knows, I might gain a few hours trip on mt. Etna even earlier.

Now, I just hope the webmaster won’t turn homesick at finding this post tomorrow.

This is one of the first time that I’m seriously wondering if I’m going to delete all my pictures some day.
I mean, the day it will be my turn to move to a, most likely, much colder and uglier* place, what these picture will mean to me?
– Source of comfort, like a memorandum that Beauty is still intact, and who knows, a source of energy to find beauty even in the new place?
– or I’ll consider these shots as source of unbearable homesickness and just remove them from my computer?

I’m in no hurry to discover it.


*Sorry, a place where a 2°C winter day is considered “warm” and, above all, if to this it’s add the fact that you cannot see (daily) a mountain, the sea and/or color, this is an ugly place for me. You know, no place is like home 😛 
Worse if all you can see is buildings with no charm. (recall, I’m half serious! Everyplace has its beauty)
Sure I can’t daily see see the water fall, but mt Etna or the sea yes, I just have to leave home and walk for a few minutes. Going to print pictures would take longer


Posted October 11th, 2013.

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The smirking stone

Wondering if I have to worry I see a smirking stone in this picture.
Sure it looked perfect for my mood since tonight.

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013

Why taking pictures? I keep asking me this question. Sorry. I was taught to think well about what I choose to do.

I guess that pictures above proves that I just play with lights for my own pleasure.

Playing with lights the way I do often leads to a result that is a mixture of mistakes and interesting “things”.
Like above, it’s my nth attempt to get an HDR.
Flat perspective.
I forgot to try the HDR from a better point of view, or probably a just black-background picture looked like a better choice.
I can’t recall. I was too busy to no fall down (i’m definitely not athletic)
This picture has burnt lights. Darn!
I probably did a bad use of the HDR…and so on.

Nonetheless I like the result. The water, the general impression.

The more the time passes, the more I see taking pictures as the only (always) available way I know to find that Beauty that kick me out of bed.

I wish could be more a “poet” in taking photographs, but this is not something I’m allowed to. Someone said because I have a scientific mind, but I have no idea of what means having a scientific mind.
.. and probably at least 20 people among physics and maths teachers in Catania would disagree with that definition of my mind. Even the webmaster, I guess.
Indeed, this group of people tend to use of the word “chaos” when attempting to describe my mind.

I already said have no interest in capture the “moment” that speak of the moment. I prefer stuff that speak of eternity.
I’m greedy. Sorry.

At the end, I’ve always been the idiot that to a life of fun, always chosen the way that was difficult but looked like the only available to get closer to the eternal beauty.

Sharing results because: you never know someone might enjoy the results of my chats with Beauty.

Exusatio non petita, accusatio manifesta?
yes and no.
I just need to often write down why I keep wasting so much time on photography… and especially on publishing the results.

Posted October 7th, 2013.

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I wish this picture could tell

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013
The webmaster’s fear at holding me because: “Ely! You are crazy! You are getting too close to the edge!!!”

My mother’s later complaint “you got too close to the edge, you risk too much for a picture! You made all of us worry!”

My father’s silent complaint, for the same reason.

My thought and frustration because “Darn! Why the tripod had to definitely break now? If I only could get on that edge in a safe way!”

I need a new tripod and I need to find a safe way to take the pictures I want to take

Posted October 6th, 2013.

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Can it be considered a self-portrait picture?

Forre Laviche del Simeto: My concept of self-portrait

Probably not, it’s not a meaningful shot.

Ok, I rarely make sense but a not-meaningful picture might still not be a good self-portrait image
Not sure.

Well…I have to admit it, I love how in the picture “feels” like I’m hunting for Beauty.
Not sure I’m a good hunter
Trying to for sure!

Wow, this picture is reminding me of the n-th thing to do:
Collect, print and/or publish all the “shadow” pictures of me and the webmaster.

I realized I have quite a few of those, especially since our travel in NYC

What am I talking about?

We both have very few pictures of the kind “me in front of the place I have visited”.
Just consider: we have been in NYC for 8 days, been tourist for 3.5 days, I took something like 1-2 thousands pictures, but the pictures of me or him with a NYC background are not more than 5, total.

We are not superior to the “mass of idiots”, we just have a peculiar self-esteem: we think we shouldn’t waste a wonderful view with our faces.

As a consequence I decide that we will build an album of “tourist-like” pictures: mine and his shadow projected on a more or less random spot of the place we visited.
Just for fun.

The webmaster at first thought it was just another of my not dangerous delirium, last Sunday he almost asked me to create this album.

Is he liking the idea?
We’ll find out.

Sure is that often the most bizarre  shadow is mine, not his.


Ah, it’s Saturday.


Posted October 5th, 2013.

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Looking for a way to cross the river

The webmaster and I were considering which was the best way to cross the river

He was checking an area, I went to check behind the closest river bend

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013

I didn’t find a way to cross the river but I called the webmaster to take a look at what I discovered

Posted October 1st, 2013.

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Forre Laviche del Simeto (*) – Sept2013 : The kind of picture I tend to ignore

I often look for places where there is at least a waterfall.
I love the “unusual” water-veil effect one can get with a long exposure shot.

A day I asked to my father (who often come to photographic trips) if he wanted a picture of waterfall and he answered:
“They look nice but, do you have any still pictures of those?”

At first I thought my father was being just a boring man but, well…why not “getting back” to fast shots ?

Yesterday, after taking my long exposure shots I wanted to try an as short as possible exposure of the water fall

I got results looking more or less like this

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013

Well, I guess that even if it takes longer to shot both kind of pictures, it’s worth taking this extra time

(*) Forre Laviche del Simeto click on the link to know more
In short the Simeto is a river who carved a way through lava rocks, close to Ponte dei Saraceni (Saraceni bridge)
That’s where I took the pictures I’ll show in the coming soon posts.

Posted September 30th, 2013.

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50x70cm to overcome homesickness

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 🙂

PosterPerEmaWhat 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.

Posted April 8th, 2013.

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