Taking off… to take some pictures! ;D

May 2, 2009

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Busy days, fortunately.
I hate doing nothing that amaze me. Who would like?
Yesterday I went to my country house (800 mt above sea level)… a lot of people here have a country house somewhere on Mt Etna. Anyway, yesterday was a cloudy day, so I had the chance to take only a couple of  “on the average” shots. The taking off butterfly is one of those… I hope I can try to take a similar, but better, shots soon. I hope you will enjoy this.

I should be studying, but that’s a weird period of my life… anyway, I am fleeing to take some pictures around Catania, I want to picture Building in Liberty Style.
I will talk about it later.

Wish me luck! ;D

Have a wonderful day.

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Peeking cat

April 30, 2009

16th September 2008.

I went with my boyfriend to take some pictures to the ruins of a roman amphitheater that there is in Catania (hopefully pictures of this will be uploaded tomorrow night)… well, I guess that the first lesson of that day has been: “Taking pictures to monuments isn’t something you should keep doing”. Indeed, I enjoyed more to take pictures to some kittens that had their “house” there.
These little cats gave me the chance to take a lot of pictures and of different kind: from the happy to the gloomy type.
Today, I choose a picture, that, according to me, belongs to the second group… or at least, it seams so to me and I feel kinda of “represented” from this kitten.

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This little guy was peeking from its home to see if it was safe to get out, its siblings did alike but this one was probably the most prudent kitten… soon later, I set with my camera a little further and I started to watch and wait.
All the kittens came out 3 or 4 times, giving me the chance to take some nice shots. Later, alas, came a numerous group of tourists that scared the little cats a who run to their home.
After a few minuets my boyfriend showed me that there were grids on the floor, from these grids you could see parts of some tunnels… the cat of the picture was watching us, at a first moment I thought to take another picture of him staying below the grid… but, seemed like the cat was in prison, so I gave up the idea to take this picture and I went away in order to leave at peace the little cat.

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New Gallery online: “Animals”—>”Cats”. Hope you’ll enjoy it.

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In a hurry…to go to sleep.

April 28, 2009

30 minutes ago I fell asleep while I was uploading a couple of picture in the “Catania “close up”” gallery (“House in Liberty Style (?)” and “Catania Cathedral,HDR”).
They are online now, but I wanted to add more pictures (still missing some pictures taken in the Roman amphitheater) and I also wanted to created a new gallery.

But… the day has been busy, I have been listening from 8 to 10 (about) to a Quantum Mechanics lecture, from about 10 to 12 to a Structure of Matter lecture , and I have been in the laboratory from 3pm to past 7 pm “playing with laser light”. All this might be funny and/or interesting but it is pretty tiring. Beside, from 6.50pm to 7.15pm I took some pictures at the experiment apparatus too…again, fun but after 8hours you start being able to just think:”Go home, go home, I want my bed!” ;P

I guess that today I did enough, or at least, it’s what my body decided for me. It’s saying: “Ely, go to sleep”.

I am going to listen to it (if it gets “angry” it can be really painful ;D)…or at least, that’s my intention.

The site is growing up (slowly but growing up) and I am caring about physics too. I guess that I cannot complain.

In a month (May 28) will be my birthday, 22nd birthday. If it will be a “calm and well spent” day as today it might be a really nice birthday.

We’ll see.

Have a nice night.

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Taking off for a living…

April 28, 2009

Too many thoughts or just the desire to fly away.  To where? Dunno.

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Unplanned shot. Enough lucky shot.

“Escape for a living”, the title that I gave to this picture.
I do love this shot. I put this in my mp3 player as background, more than an year ago. It’s still there.

The birds take off if there is a suspicious noise or shadow getting too close, they survive this way.

My imagination or desire to smile “take off” when a too sad thought or situation is getting too close…but sometimes I cannot catch my own thoughts.

Little sparrows “work” best 😉

And it’s so weird to discover that this picture has been taken on March 30th 2008, just an year before I did the first part of an exam that is slowing down my studies a lot. Looks like someone is trying to mock me, or just to make me smile :).

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Hometown? Catania, Sicily.

April 26, 2009

[If you are just looking for some Catania’s picture you can take a look here, or click on the album column (on the right) to see more post related to “Catania”]

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I cannot change this answer for the rest of my life… I was born an grew up there.

I still live in Catania.

When I was 12 or so I was PROUD to be Sicilian I was so PROUD to live in Catania. I loved this little city, I tried to focus on learning the local language too.  [Italian (or English) is the language you use to study, Catanese (local Sicilian) is the “city” dialect.]
Few years later I started feeling in prison in Catania and started to describe it as a “little meaningless town”.
When I was 19 I almost hated the city, it couldn’t give me the chance to study photography or similar thing… but I was too weak to go away, to go to Rome or Milan to study what I wanted to study. Beside, in my family (as in many other ones), an artistic career is consider quite unsafe, too difficult and dangerous and… somehow I think they are right.

All this made me decide to study physics. Pretty far from art, I know… but it was the only thing that I found interesting and, actually, science is my “first love” (since I was 9, while I started to REALLY love photography only since I was 13 or so…).

Now, I quite failed physics studies, I will go ahead in order to get the degree as well as I can but, I am probably walking on the way that will make me dreaming for job I will never like but I will need as water in the desert because: “money are necessary to build up a family”.

That’s not a complain, or probably it is but… trust me, I don’t mean to complain, I just want to explain you WHY I rarely take picture of this city (beside the fact that I still don’t understand how to picture a building)… and this probably cause (at least in part) the pretty low quality of these picture… but I like some Catania details so I am going to show you up something:

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Just an example…

I remember when I was a child these patterns always fascinated me, and this particular one seems a “fountain” to me.

Seeking for details I might like… it’s probably the only good thing I can do when I don’t like something.

It’s probably the main way, for me, to understand things.

—> This mean there is a new gallery in the site: ” Cities—>Catania “Close Up” “

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No words…

April 25, 2009

…at the moment! 🙂

germoglio

germogli

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Seeking the “hidden” Light.

April 22, 2009

Going out carrying my camera means a lot of things for me.
One of these is: forcing myself to look at this world, to focus my mind on what is around me in order to avoid to lose a detail that might enrich my day or, if I am lucky, my life in general.

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This picture, that someone likes, that someone commented saying:”It looks lit from inside”… wasn’t shot in a studio (I have never been in a photography studio), I didn’t take it with “special” instruments. It’ just a picture of a (small) rose of a plant on my balcony in a little city on the East Sicilian cost. Nothing more.
That light isn’t a post production artifact, I just “helped” it with a little light level adjustment, it’s natural. It was the sun shining on it… the same sun that all of you know.

A simple detail, a definitely unnecessary picture… it reports nothing, nothing important.

It can just testify that someone, somewhere, a day of a certain year, has gone out on the balcony, just after lunch, holding a camera in the hope to be able to find a reason more to smile, to find a reason more to make someone smiling, to find a reason more to remember that even the smallest and simplest thing (or person) can shine with the Light that is necessary for our lives.

Taking pictures, for me, is a good exercise to practice my eyes to seek that Light, to learn to find it.

Next step?
Being able to understand why God created mosquitoes that keeps me awake at night ;D

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Love!

April 19, 2009

Too sweet? Naah!
Pure truth!

All the Sunday spent to talk with friends and to “work” on the site, I built a couple of galleries (“Sunflowers” in Flowers and “Sea” in Panoramas) added the 6th picture the People gallery, “created” the play button and wrote the sentence to write in the main page and at the end of the intro.

My boyfriend had built the intro some days ago, he completed it today and put what I told him to put before and after it…but I didn’t tell him how to do it.
Few minutes later I found the site completed. COOL! He has been able to choose where to write and to put things better than I ever could!
Today he has also changed the site structure in general… but there are too technical notes for my “little poor simple” mind 🙂

He is a genius, terrible at times but what I would do without him?! ;D
And… he can give unexpected amazing present, alike this one…

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that is his present for my 21st birthday.

So, it’s official, everything is done, I have just to complete galleries.

GREAT!

One wonderful week of work.

I have never felt this way (so well) since… I cannot remember when.
It doesn’t matter! What matter is that my boyfriend is still beside me (despite I am really terrible at times) and we can do a lot of nice (imho) things together! 🙂

Have a wonderful Monday!

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Pictures as zucchini

April 18, 2009

What does a 21yrs old girl do on Saturday?
Sleeps and works on her new site… should be studying? Yes, but not now.

I want to complete the site before my birthday (end of may) because I want to turn 22 knowing that I had completed something. Ok, I know the site is supposed to be in continuous evolution, but I hope to reach that day knowing that I have only too add NEWEST pictures (the ones I didn’t taken yet)… Yeah, maybe it’s not important but it’s the only thing I can do.

I could study, actually “I am doing it” (in these days)… but I love this “work” so it doesn’t matter if I have to give up a little of sleep or a little of fun. Well, actually it’s funny to run trough 14,600 files or so (more or less the amount of pictures in my computer) but sometimes it is extremely tiring (for eyes especially) and frustrating too: beside the usual problem with programs that work WHEN and HOW they decide to. One of the biggest “problem” today has been to decide in which gallery should go a specific picture. (E.g. where should I put a picture of a boat on the sea that I’ve taken on Catania port dock at sunset time? In the gallery “sunset”, in the gallery “sea” or in the gallery “Catania”?).

Despite all, these days of work on the site are being amazing because “playing” with pictures  made me discover some  shots that I previously marked as “bad shots”, but that at later look they were nice.

I don’t know the reason, but happens often: I take a set of picture, I pick the ones I like more and leave all the originals shots in  a folder somewhere in the computer (yep, my room, my computer and my life in general is as messy as my mind).

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I find it amazing! I mean, it’s amazing to put a picture away, and later discover its “previously hidden” beauty.

I know, it seems crazy but I think it happens to everyone of us in a lot of different situations, we just don’t notice it so often. I mean, when I was a child I didn’t like zucchini and potatoes. It was a torture for me when mom cooked zucchini and potatoes. Now I like them, and a lot too (well, I like chocolate more of course!;D) .

When I (or my brother) start eating fruits or vegetable that we previously disliked, my parents says: “You are getting old!”. And smile.

Yeah, they are probably right. I start thinking that sometimes, we have just to wait to be able to appreciate what is being in front of us (or in our dishes).

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Other technical notes about the site:

– the site has been modified in its general structure in order to make the visit more pleasant (less clicking). Thanks to a friend suggestion and a special thanks to M1L (my boyfriend) work! ;D

– In the “About” site section have been added the names (and site links when available) of the “comment” authors

– I changed the gallery structure (just put the thumbnails pictures below instead of on the left) because I am crazy and a little lazy at the same time. Crazy because I always change what I do. I am lazy because I never study how a program works before using it, I just open it and start clicking what makes sense in order to learn how it works… so sometimes I learn after WEEKS even the simplest actions ;D.

– I added 2 new pictures in the “Orchids”[Flowers->Orchids] set and another  in the”Sparrows” [ Animals->Sparrows] set.

– I added the new gallery “Sunset” (Panorama->Sunset).

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Still a lot to do…but let’s take a look to Pantalica!

April 17, 2009

The site, as I said it’s still under construction, but my  (official) main activity is to study physics so I have very little free time.
Yesterday I uploaded a new gallery: Pantalica.

Take a look if you wish.

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What about these pictures?
We could start knowing something about the place.

The pictures I am showing up, have been taken in May 2006. At that time I was 18, I knew about the place but I have never been there even if it’s Sicily.

Before that day I thought it was impossible to see such an amazing place with so much water in Sicily! I remember I spent most of my time taking pictures and  saying: “Wow that’s wonderful!”.  That day I had the quickest lunch I ever had because I wanted to keep on taking pictures.

As you can see: I have a wonderful memory of that place!
Since May 2006 I have always planned to come back there, but each time there has been a problem or a more important thing to do that I had to give up; I hope this summer i will be able to go there ;D

Ok… I don’t want to drown pictures with too many words. In future I hope to have the chance  to talk about each of them (more or less), because I like to remember (and share) each aspect of the Beauty that made me take each shot.

Gotta go,

I hope you will enjoy Pantalica as much as I did! 😉

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Let’s start a new adventure

April 16, 2009

This is official my first post on this “new” blog that is related to my new website: photonmessage.com.

There is still a lot of mess, intro to complete, galleries to complete… but I have been able, with the help of my boyfriend (what will we do without people who loves us?), to create the general structure of my new website.

I could bother you trying to tell you about all the other sites I’ve created. I think I created my first website when I was 12. It was of course a simple stupid site about me… now, the new site, it’s a site about my pictures, or better, about those pictures I think are good enough to be shown.

What do I want from this site?
A lot of things, but essentially I still want what I have always want when I show my pictures: I want to show up to this world that there is Beauty out there, and that is a wonderful present for us…

Why am I a beauty-seeker? Because I need it as every human needs air, I need it to live (that is different to “just survive), I need it to appreciate life even if sometimes it’s too hard and difficult.

Do I think my pictures are the best all over the world?
No, not at all… It is clear I still have a lot to do, a lot to learn and a lot to decide.
The only thing I know is that at the moment I want to go ahead because I know to be Loved by that one Who created everything, me and you included.

I wish you will enjoy my pictures “fellowship”, as well as I enjoy them.
I wish you will see the Beauty and Love that I have seen “reflected” on the subjects of my shot…

So… let’s start with this little adventure that will bring me to I don’t know where, but that it must be somewhere… like when I shot this picture less than 48hrs ago. I turned back, saw something that was somehow interesting and I tried to capture it. My boyfriend said:”You see thing that I cannot, I didn’t notice this frame of this place”. It’s probably a too simple picture, but it meant something…

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Fortunately not all the picture are such a mistery for me. You’ll see it.

A special thanks to my friends that wrote (or are writing) the “about her” (About the author) lines. I didn’t wrote the name of most of them yet, because I didn’t know if they want to appear on this site.

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