April 8, 2013
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.
April 5, 2013
I’ve almost finished the big poster for the webmaster.
During the “choose the picture” session I ended up opening old folders of pictures.
Today, for the n-th time, an ignored shot that I simply hadn’t the time to consider become “somehow-wow shot”
maybe not the best shot ever, but it (as many other who share the same “destiny”) seems being able to say more…
or probably I’ve just grown old in the direction to hear more
Well…one thing i sure. I guess this can explain why I rarely have the courage to trash a picture and explains the fact that despite I’m a woman I’ve spent more money to buy HD and external HD than for buying clothes, shoes, bags and jeweleries or make-up
For the joy of the webmaster who doesn’t have to learn to buy “women” things to make me happy.
February 22, 2013
I swear, I even went to the department to avoid distraction in order to focus on my studies.
It’s the bird who came to sing exactly in front of the window close to where I was studying, it even started to sing!
How could I ignore it?!
November 6, 2012
That’s generally the message that nature, people, event and life itself seems sending most of the time.
No wonder: I’m always late.
The probability that I do something on schedule is close to the probability that a neutrino will interact with your brain in this precise moment. Pretty low.
In everything I do I’m late. It is a terrible aspect… a bad thing that probably wasted a good part of my life, but on the other hand it’s a characteristic that helps understanding who really cares to stay with you.
Friends might make you notice that being late is not a good thing, they might even make fun of you (in a sweet way), but they’ll smile pleased by surprise when, for some unknown reason, you are in time.
A friend who cares to stay with you, will keep inviting you despite this and some will also help to overcome the “being late” aspect of you….At times setting the appointment 30-40 minutes before he/she wants to actually meet you (but being ready for the neutrino-interacting-with-matter chance). Sometime they contact you 1 or 2 hours earlier and even if they don’t say it, it’s clear they mean t remind you to get ready.
At times they just patiently wait for you and, whenever you reach the meeting point, they welcome you with the biggest smile because they know:
you did your best to arrive in time but you couldn’t help that day… too.
Not that it’s good to be late to check if someone cares to stay with you, but I’m trying to read a positive aspect even in this defect
There are thing in life that doesn’t wait for you: if you are ready you get to see/live it, otherwise… it is something lost.
Easy to understand that the being-late-thing is a deficit for someone who takes pictures.
It’s true that with experience your brain learns to read reality and figure out what is going to happen in order to take the shot at the proper time, but likely there will be always something happening too fast.
Last Sunday it felt slightly different. Let’s call it coincidence (just call it).
Beyond the kind wind and clouds showing Mt.Etna for just the right amount of minutes to give me chances for a picture it happened something had never happened in all the 20years I go to that country house, as well as in the last 10-15 years I try taking pictures there, as well as in the last 7years I have owned a DSRL and brought it there.
A bird, soon after the clouds covered the volcano, went on a the branch of a tree singing.
They usually do it at the highest branch possible. This one was at about 3/4 of the tree height.
They usually hide behind the leaves, this one instead was showing up clearly.
They usually seems waiting the moment I don’t have the tele-lens on. This time the proper lens was on.
This time all was set properly, I didn’t wait a second more and pointed the camera to the bird.
Took some pictures, then removed the polarizing filter since clouds lowered light too much.
The bird was still there.
I have taken some other pictures.
I went to check them and the bird went away.
Clearly it wasn’t waiting for me, but at least I have been able to enjoy that moment and for the first time in my life I didn’t end yelling against my slowness.
It was another occasion to fully appreciated the upgrade from the Olympus E300 to the Olympus E30.
Cropped image with slightly changes light levels.
Both the images have been re-sized for the web, but the longest size of each image has the same amount of pixel, I guess it’s enough to get an idea of the proportions.
I’m not 100% sure (soon or later I’ll check it), but if I remember well a similar crop with the older camera would have lead to a too poor quality image.
I guess that despite I’m not a super fun of “just pixel”, this time the extra number of pixels helped.
January 8, 2012
This little funny guy spent several minutes repeating a strange sequence of actions
The seagull went on a rock and from there looked down at the waves.
When a bigger waves was about to reach the rock, the seagull took off.
I thought “it will fly away, on a bigger rock”.
No, the seagull waited for the wave to calm down and then the seagull got back on the rock.
These actions have been repeated at least 3-5 times per rock, for a total of 5 rocks (then I had to leave).
I wonder if the seagull was looking for a peaceful place or if he was playing or exercising his reflexes… or all the things together.
December 19, 2011
Not the best result, as always.
It could have get much more, in theory.
But I am not good enough.
Am I not properly wired for these studies?
Or I am just not enough for everything running on this earth?.
Family and Friends keep on saying “the important is to go ahead”…
and I keep asking “to where?”
and they keep silent
I am sorry to cause sadness
I go out.
It is soon after the exam.
They are there, as always, jumping and twittering around.
I could see 4 of them while I am walking toward the car parking
3 of them fly away 1 stays:
He/she allows me to get unusually close.
I turn around: there are students in a class following a lecture…
While I am wondering if what I was doing could be of any disturb I realized that:
Considering similar circumstances
for the first time
I was EXACTLY where I would have loved to be for years (since September 2006).
It’s not the answer I am looking for, but it’s much better than mere silence.
February 7, 2011
The time that passed between the day I took the picture and the day I realized it wasn’t the worse picture I have ever taken.
August 7, 2010
Update: i’ve been told that this might not be a seagull, actually I wasn’t sure too, thus till someone won’t tell me what is this bird I’ll just call it an UFO or UFB. ^_^
January 28, 2010
I love the way it moves and jumps like a dancer, just… I wish it came when there is more light on my balcony
January 24, 2010
today, after lunch, the following 2 guys allowed me to take at least a picture of them.
And this one, I’ve been told, should be a “capinera“: