Glass magician

August 16, 2015

Glass Artist - Venice 28th June 2015

Ok,  there is nothing of “magic” in what this man does, it was a  show for tourists and, it’s obvious that actual work is much more complex and long.

Yet…
it is really amazing to see
the elegance of those movements, sharp and delicate at the same time;
and to see how in few minute from a shape-less thing he can create such beauty.

It’s a wonderful experience to peek-in the window on glass art.

[Murano (Venice), Italy. June 2015]

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Seagull in Venice – Venice June2015

July 15, 2015

Venice Seagull - 26th June 2015

Yesterday was the turn of a baby seagull living on Lachea Island

Seemed logical to post the picture of an older seagull acting like a king in Venice.

Seagulls in Venice seem way more used to human presence, I can not say you can almost shake hands…well, hand-wing… with them, but close.

Few minutes after I took this picture I ate my lunch sitting under one of those arches you can see in the background.
Apparently The Webmaster has some appeal to seagulls, one of them thought well to come jumping around at about only 50 centimetres away from The Webmaster.

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Surprise few steps away – Venice 2015

July 6, 2015

Walking around around Venice might mean to pass through those little streets between buildings.
The first times I thought “wow, that’s so narrow and dark that  it’s almost disturbing”,
then I looked up in front of me and …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

BOOM!

Some “big” area and beauty is always shining few steps ahead.

Later I started looking for similar other situation

P.S. Feeling sorry for The Webmaster is right 🙂

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Venice June 2015

July 4, 2015

Venice - 27june2015

Some random post will appear following, randomly

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Venice Jan 2013: “Do you remember Indiana Jones?”

April 30, 2014

Venice (Last Crusade) - january 2013

Walking around Venice with the webmaster he stopped at a little square and said “do you remember ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ ?”
Me: Sure I do
Then the webmaster said: “Here is where they shot some of the scenes that takes place in Venice”
I was 2 and he was 6 when the film came out but somehow is one of the things we love alike.

This time it was me the one being unable to notice a nice “detail”, and I love how when it’s me blind there is always someone at my side to help.
So I tried to take a nice shot of this little place, just to make my webmaster a little happier

I can’t give much to people, but a bit of collected beauty is always “easy” to share.

Below a screen-shot from the movie-scene the webmaster was talking about.
I found the image in a lovely blog I discovered just few minutes ago

indy_library_campo_san_barnaba

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House fly liver

January 17, 2014

Venice - January 2013

In the periods when I cannot say “I only dedicate to taking pictures now”
I like to “force” myself opening folder pictures and if I don’t need clean-up I just surf through unedited files and work on those
Because, yes, even in the “I just take pictures now” period I have never been good enough to find the time to do a full selection.

So, yesterday I was surfing through folders pictures looking for something to hang on my wall
(printing on paper gives more than I’ve ever imagined)
and even if I gave with that project I got back editing Venice pictures and I ended up to the above result.

Ok…

I “confess”

I am abusing a little too much of post editing in these days

This and HDR and I post edited even the HDR final result
(even if, the sky, trust me, was really that cool)

I consider it as small editing practice because as people say in Sicily

Ogni ficateddu di musca fa sustanza

that literally means “Each fly liver is worth”

I think the meaning is clear, anyway, it is just to mean that everything, even the smallest, has it’s reason to be.

Creating the image relaxed me

Looking at this relax people I know, and who knows, even strangers.

A simple beauty that might not “enrich” your soul but definitely can push away for a little while side-effects of tiredness.

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Venice Jan2013

June 18, 2013

 

Venice Jan 2013

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Venice Jan2013: smoke on water

June 11, 2013

Venice Jan2013: smoke on water

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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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Venice Jan2013

June 6, 2013

Venice Jan2013

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Venice Jan2013 and listening to a friend’s suggestion

June 3, 2013

Surfing through Venice pictures folder I found 2 shots at different light exposure that  were interesting enough to make me try anyway to get an HDR (actually not enough data to even think).

The result wasn’t bad but if I wanted the water to look nice I wasn’t able to not make the sky grey (and it wasn’t grey that in Venice) as well as it gave a weird effect close to the building.

I was just going to go for a square format, that is the rude “crop away the sky”.

Then during a chat with a friend came up this little trouble and told me “why don’t you fix just the sky selecting it?”

I started my usual complain (each time I get an advice I have the bad habit to complain)… saying that “naaaah… it was too false…too boring… not worth too”.

Friend didn’t give up but neither forced to try, just mocked me for being this lazy… more then mocking he just said the truth. Too proud and lazy.

well…

Venice Jan 2013 and a friend's help

It’s not a super wow picture (even if webmaster seemed enjoying it like a child)…
but I should keep in mind that it is a really “experimental” picture for me… I just tried to see what was going to happen in both situations, that are the creating the HDR with just 2 pictures, and the attempt to “invent” a way to fix the sky following friend’s advice to select it and work on just it.

Not super wow but I’m glad of the result… especially because now I linked it with a friend.

Now I can say it’s friend’s fault if I am not studying!
He helped but at the same time he made me discovered a new path (or potentially several ones)
that means also he just gave me a new reason (as I didn’t have plenty of those) to play with pictures instead of…for example, studying maths of physics!!!

See? It’s not my fault!

Just kidding.

obviously

🙂

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