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(Sweet) goodbye Vermont


Posted November 25th, 2015.

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Last from trip up on mt Etna

NKT_0196-8tmSITE - 14th March 2015

The little sunset show on Mt Etna (at around 1700 meters above sea level) of 14th March 2015.

It’s an HDR picture. I have to say it, even if I generally try not to oversaturate or push too much the effect.
Probably in this specific case it’s more a HDR-test picture since I have never taken pictures in similar situations before that day.

Why trying HDR on snow at sunset?
My goal is to get as close as possible to what I saw and sometimes,
especially when there is a huge difference of darks and lights,
eyes can see more than what can be recorded in a single shot.
At least, that’s what I experienced so far.

Am I saying that what I saw looked exactly that way?

No, especially some snow areas are not, I think I can guess what caused this anomaly, will try to fix another day.
Yet, for this frame or reality an HDR seemed to tell in a better way the Beauty I saw
At the end, I am not taking pictures to report a crime but to remember the wonder of that moment.

Why last shot?
I have too much to do to publish so I will keep editing in random moments while trying to achieve other life goals.
Yes,  during the little free time I have in the coming weeks/month I prefer taking new pictures or complete a picture editing work for a friend instead of posting most of the “old” ones.

Max 2-3 shots per trip goes online the rest can wait to be shared.

Posted March 23rd, 2015.

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Beauty happens, deal with it.

Yesterday I wanted to catch a snow covered Mt Etna hit by sunset light but I have not been lucky due to clouds stealing sun to Etna and maybe it’s also the wrong period of the year to catch sunset light on mt Etna south flank.

Yet, once again, what I thought was cause of “failure” became source of wonder

Sunset time - 4th march 2015, Catania

I originally wrote a longer post where I wrote about the fact that it often happens to deal with people who accused other people of super editing pictures since “sunsets cannot be that red”.

In a few minutes I realised those people are surrounded by darkness enough that they do not need a rant from this little pseudo-photographer.

Beauty happens.
It rarely happens in ways we can control.
Deal with it.

I just hope that whoever sees this image, despite maybe not that great, will see and enjoy the wonder I saw yesterday.

Posted March 5th, 2015.

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Visual cocktail

Etna, clouds, sunset.

Visual Cocktail - 16th Jan 2015

Shake well and…


I did.

Posted January 17th, 2015.

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The wrong way

along the wrong way - 26th October 2014

We were late and trying to leave the wood before it was totally dark

I took this picture but few minutes later we realised that we had been walking for 5-10 minutes along on the wrong path

Panic! Fear last for second but really, it had been an unpleasant feeling so confused about which is the path to get back to our cars, i knew direction but I couldn’t find the path

Ok, I was not alone, but walking in a wood when sun is gone is not a pleasant experience, it was getting a little too cold as well

Anyway, soon later we found the way back to our car and all was fine

Choosing the wrong path wasn’t a totally bad decision,
I mean, it’s thanks to the wrong decision that I found myself in the spot from where I took the above picture

but well, maybe next time giving up a picture chance and taking a wiser decision about “which is the path to follow” might be a nicer thing to do


Posted October 30th, 2014.

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A place where…

Castelmola (ME) - 16th July 2014

entertainment features are not necessary.

That’s Sicily,


You just have to choose a nice spot and contemplate Beauty shining at its best.

You can do it with friends and family or you can just sit alone and enjoy the show.

Or you need a broken laptop and closest place where you can have it fixed is 50km away from your hometown 🙂

Posted July 16th, 2014.

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A good reason to stop taking pictures?

NYC Jan 2013: ice on wood

Noticed, after more than 3 months, that there was ice (or something that really looks like ice) on a tree branch on Hudson river shore… (bottom left corner)
At least, I can’t remember I noticed that ice when I was there
I mean, if I had noticed it I’d have placed that piece of wood and ice as main subjects of the picture.

It might be silly but in Catania I can have water, buildings (even if smaller) and sunset, but no ice in the same scenario (at sea level)

Now I wonder what I have to do:

1. Take more pictures to improve. Most likely, but…

2. Considering that I bought my first DSLR 8 years ago (and that it wasn’t my first camera), maybe it’s time for me to quit “wasting” time with taking pictures.

3. Just laugh for my blindness and for the fact that NYC cold weather, in 8 days, changed my concept of cold.

One thing is sure, I’m going to put this image as desktop picture this summer…

Posted April 26th, 2013.


Waiting for the result


that’s why I’m trying to focus on the Beauty of that day (Friday).

I hope it won’t be necessary but, in case the result is bad, I wanted to drop here a note to remind me to

focus on Beauty

Posted April 16th, 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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The dead sorbo

At the country house, as soon as you get in you see the house structure and a few trees… you can park your car in a little area at the right side of the gate… there you can find this tree.

A sorb tree that has always been there, being the “dark” protagonist  in some of my first sunset pictures taken with my first DSLR.

It has died recently.

There are still leaves on it, offering the last show of beauty that I tried to show with the first picture of this post.

On Sept 30th I had tried to take a picture of that beauty, but there wasn’t the right light.

Sunday (Nov 3rd) there was finally the chance to take picture I had “seen”.

At time it’s you needing to wait for reality to take the form required to tell something

I wonder if, somehow, today I feel like those leaves…

but this is another story

Posted November 8th, 2012.

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Pozzillo lake and “the dead time”

During the “dead time” lapse running between the moment I dropped my physics paper and the moment I had to go to lunch, I have decided to create this new HDR picture taken at the Pozzillo Lake.

Again 5 pictures merged to get just one picture

I am happy because this is one of those lucky situation were there is no way I can be tempted to crop the image to the 2:3 printable format, or screensaver format…it is in its original 4:3 format.
I do love it.

Posted October 12th, 2012.

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