November 23, 2013
I fear I am working too much on 2014 calendars but… well… let’s see the fun aspect for once
I have created a set of about 4 “kids” calendar.
At the end they can work for adults too, these are just brighter and with more colors than traditional or plain calendar.
In the kids calendar, alike last year, I’m giving the option to change/insert a picture people can send me via mail.
So far parents and grandparents really enjoyed the idea
Point is that I didn’t like the idea to just insert an X or the message “your picture here”, it felt ugly and cold, especially after I had seen last year results
What to do?
A random picture of a kid, taken from web is not an option, as well a friend’s children picture.
So, let’s go in the past.
At the end, even if my mother’s grandpa was a professional photographer, I started taking picture at a way too early age because MY father has the same passion that he had to quit for hand shaking.
Despite dad no longer takes pictures, he sure took cool pictures of me and my brother when we were little children, so I surfed a little in the family archive of pictures taken during the pre-digital-era
Here it was, a picture of a 3-4 yo myself using a computer
The computer suggests it’s a 20+ years old picture, this makes me feeling way too old, but well it’s one of my favorite…
(well, I also love how some friends generally ask me if it’s really me in that picture)
Yeah, even if I might get nothing from this work, I’m having some big fun and appreciating what I have a bit more.
October 6, 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
September 30, 2013
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
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.
August 29, 2013
Today I have spent the day at Vendicari, with parents and webmaster
Aim: trying to take pictures of amazing birds
After a couple of hours: no nice bird picture.
First semi-decent shot displays
Nice sense of humor Boss…
not to bother…
it’s like one goes fishing and end up catching a chicken.
He won’t say no, but…after a thank you… why?
Maybe, as you laugh at physics books you enjoys zoology books as well?
August 26, 2013
Today I sent to print this stuff
Not all at the same size.
Sizes go from 4”x6” to 12”x18”
Reasons of this printing are several, mainly presents for different people and bookmarks for the webmaster and me
most of those are to finally complete an old project: fill the semi-free wall of my room.
That wall was once place for science posters.
Then came chaos followed by emptiness
Since January 2013 I’m trying to fill it with pictures, in order to turn it into a physical place to remind me when and where I found Beauty.
Several of those pictures won’t just recall where I found Beauty but the person(s) I was with when staring at that beauty, or the person I have to thank for being able to see that beauty.
Part of the wall should look like this way, more or lessActual area size is more or less: 92×64 cm
August 18, 2013
The following pictures have been helpful (for me) to keep in mind that
- it’s always a good idea to wear shoes (closed shoes) at country house. Not that this spider is dangerous (at least if it’s really a Hogna radiata) but a bite of its is no fun, at all.
- it’s always a good idea to keep taking pictures (for me)…not that I’m sure I’ll do something important with this activity, but otherwise I’d be still running away yelling like a silly girl.
I mean, I tend to run away from any spider-bee-wasp if I don’t have a camera with me.
Apparently camera turns off most of my fears… not completely but that bit to get close enough to take a picture of this creature (not dangerous but annoying for me)
of course, while taking pictures and editing those,I kept saying “I don’t like spider. Where is the beauty in those creatures?”.
Yeah, taking picture might be a way to see, or at least “feel” and remember, that there is more beauty that I can see.
Good thing: I hadn’t my camera with me when a little swarm of bees (or those were wasps?) almost attacked us while we were having lunch outside.
They hadn’t intention to go on us, fortunately, but you never know.
Better run away.
Oh well, I guess I can say it has been a peaceful adventurous day at my country house for me, family and the webmaster
I’ll keep wearing shoes… heavy shoes
(till I’ll own shoes)
August 6, 2013
In 2007 I went to the Alcantara park with parents. I took some pictures, mainly of dragonflies and some waterfalls.
During the following years I often said “Someday I want to go there again”
The day arrived yesterday.
This time parents and webmaster were my patient fellows.
Results are so so, I think (at least I like to think) that I could have done much better but definitely it had been a great day and results are still ok.
Sorry if I sound silly, but really, Sicily is amazing.
June 10, 2013
Here we go.
Time flies. I’m something like 1-2 (extra) months late in my studying schedule, bunch of reasons but the point is that I’m going to have very little time for the next week. I’m speaking of time to dedicate to my pictures.
Despite this yesterday I wanted to use a discount ticket that an Italian online printing service sent me for birthday (of course I already used this service in the past)
Good timing! I was thinking about doing some printing test.
Ok, the discount barely cover the shipping costs but since I was going to do this test anyway, at the end I got an extra picture to hang on my wall.
The test is: printing images on a magnet
Ok, I’m disappointed a little that magnets I find are square-circular or “hearth”-shape…I’d rather love more rectangular magnets (2:3 and 3:4 ratio at least) but ok, it’s all fine.
I think it’s almost a cliché (but a nice one) to bring at home a magnets showing famous spots of a visited city…magnets or any other souvenirs
No need to tell what happened to our home fridge when I came back from the NYC-Venice-Padua trip…(actually the number is rather high but just because those magnets will go away when I move)
Anyway…since there is this tradition why not trying to create a personal version?
Even considering that “made in China” products are the easiest to find (sometimes the only available)
That was rather frustrating especially in Venice. In NYC i had not time to look around much but in Italy I had more time and I was sad to see that, despite most Italians don’t lack of creativity for sure, it was difficult to find a local artisan (that sell things a student can afford).
I am not sure results will be exciting even because I intentionally picked average pictures for these tests
(one of my rules: never test something with the best of the best, the following time might be pretty disappointing)
If I’ll be happy of the result I might consider to create some more, at least for friends an relatives, in case of future travel or anything that makes sense printed on something that isn’t just photographic paper.
I hope they will enjoy the idea as well. At the end, this way they can know the story of the pictures and they would have something “made in Italy”.
Actually “made in south Italy” if you only consider the “author” hometown and where is located the printing service
[even if I wonder, now, where it's made the material on which they print the pictures, but let's not care]
And it’s funny to see smiling clouds on the upper left corner of the NYC picture.
I mean…I am noticing those clouds only NOW
June 1, 2013
Good friends (or boyfriend) and relatives tell you when you are doing something wrong or when you are abusing of their patience
So, they often tell me that I change profile pictures and covers too quickly
(forgetting that my website is thought to change header at every refresh-change of page)
Therefore, I thought that after a week it was time to change it again.
Or maybe not.
May 28, 2013
My turn for this year to have a birthday cake, at least I’ve enjoyed decorating it
Taste was amazing, of course.
Mathematicians are the best chef in the world
May 12, 2013
One of the things I thought during my first walk through Manhattan streets was an old joke told in my family.
It’s not sure if the one who used to tell the joke was my grandpa (a lawyer but definitely not a boring one) or his father in law (my great grandpa, the only one from north Italy, who was a professional photographer)…
The joke was about a guy who was starring at the skyscrapers and when asked what he was doing, he answered he was waiting for the buildings to activate. Activate what?. The motion to scratch the sky.
Well…actually some skyscrapers seemed placed there to comfort itchy skies.
And of course I wondered if grandpa or great grandpa or both laughed out loud when I took this picture thinking about all this.
It was amusing to think of them even if no one of the two has ever seen a skyscraper in his life (for what I know)