NYC Jan 2013: Staten Island Station

October 4, 2013

(if I’m not wrong)

NYC Jan 2013: Staten Island Station
I already know some friends reaction that would be something like: Do you still have NYC pictures to publish?
Sure, even some unedited pictures too.

I wonder if I should force myself to the 10 pictures limit.
Well, ok, 100.
I might be forced to rise quality this way.
Or maybe not.
No, maybe this is not a good idea.

I’ll keep my “let’s do your best and full stop”.

Today has been a crappy day.
Leg and head pain and the say goodbye to the webmaster moment…
I decided I had to work on picture taken on Sunday at the Forre Laviche del Simeto, where my camera displayed the warning message of “it’s too hot to work”.
At recalling my camera complaint i thought it would have made sense publishing a picture taken in NYC, a picture showing people in winter clothes.

It’s logical!

and it’s getting cold too quickly

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NYC Jan2013: People in transit

August 13, 2013

NYC Jan2013:People in transit
These days are again days of attempt to clean up everything in my room, computer and studies

So I had a little time to go ahead  with my work on NYC pictures, even if it’s not over yet.

Today i wanted to post the above picture but I didn’t know what to write so I asked to the webmaster if he has any idea

His answer:
“Staten Island ferry station: people in transit”

How I love physicists and mathematicians: ask them to comment something, they go straight to the definition of that thing.
No useless words or concept, no extra data that allow misunderstanding


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NYC Jan 2013: Mallard

July 29, 2013

NYC Jan 2013: duck



it’s first sea-day.


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NYC Jan 2013: shades of gray

June 28, 2013

NYC Jan2013: shades of gray

Sorry, I couldn’t resist, but I already explained what people told me about NYC colors and what I found instead

Being slightly more serious, would be nice to find out the stories of those buildings.
Especially of the building on the left with the yellow parts… I also wonder how people in the city reacted to that.

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Printing test #1

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]

Printing test #1

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


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NYC Jan2013: cliché a go-go

June 5, 2013

So what?

Sometimes even pseudo-photographers like me want to take picture as any other tourist would…

most of them just won’t admit it!


NYC 18th Jan 2013

Few notes about the picture

First day, ever, for me and the webmaster in Manhattan… the wall you can see in the reflection will be subject of a next post.

The picture was taken few hours before the NYE opening evening, during that hour and something of random, unexpected, tour around the area close to the Manhattan Center

I guess we were lucky the sky was super clean and super blue, unaware it meant super cold but who cares? I am sure both me and the webmaster would repeat the experience.

Well, he tends to say “sure I’d love to go back there but, what about a warmer period of the year?”.

I guess he is right

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Good friends and relatives

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.

T-rex paw.



Or maybe not.

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NYC Jan 2013: the old joke

May 12, 2013

NYC Jan2013: the old joke

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)

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A good reason to stop taking pictures?

April 26, 2013

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…

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NYE-NYC Jan 2013: look at the Empire

April 25, 2013

NYC 20th Jan 2013: look at the Empire

The Encounter was just over and I took this picture at the Empire because an usher, an old Afro-American man, with whom I had a short but interesting chat a couple of hours earlier told me “When you leave the Manhattan Center look at the Empire”.

I had already noticed “they light it with different colors” (as the man said) but when leaving that theater for the last time I wanted to take a simple picture just to have something that reminded me of the kindness of this man.

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NYC Jan 2013: the very first picture

April 20, 2013

NYC Jan 2013: the very first shot

Forgive me but I wanted to share something that is clearly “not good” but that still has a meaning (at least for me).

I mean, this picture yells that I had never taken before then a picture in a place where buildings have more than 10-15 floors…

but I do love this, at least it’s sincere

(despite it is a little edited,
I have a bit dignity to protect

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