Laura

Laura

In August 2020 Hurricane Laura brought death and mayhem to the Gulf. Unfortunately over 30 people were killed through its deadly path till the landfall in Cameron, Louisiana and over 70 deaths will be the final count. The forecast models predicted the correct landing point just a few hours before the actual touch-down (something around […]

A Special 2020 Texan Summer – Part 2

A Special 2020 Texan Summer – Part 2

Independence Day in 2020 was… well, just like any other celebration during COVID: a pale image of what it could have been under more normal circumstances. This didn’t prevent us from wandering around the Harris County looking for signs of the event to come. So ‘Big Daddy’ with his Texas Outlaw and Red Rhino Fireworks […]

A Special 2020 Texan Summer – Part 1

A Special 2020 Texan Summer – Part 1

OK, May 2020: another Summer is approaching and my Winter theory that the COVID would not stand the Texan heat is not supported by the numbers. For several reasons, none of which is of interest to this blog, my workload during the rest of the year ramped up exponentially. Add to this, the constant concern […]

365 Days Later

365 Days Later

Exactly 365 days since my last post. We were eating Blue Bell ice cream like there was no tomorrow, no idea of what the next days, weeks and months had prepared for us. At that time, it was 19 May 2020, there was not a vaccine for COVID yet, travelling to Europe was possible but […]

Texanized

Texanized

It was early 2015 in a Saudi westerner compound, when we heard about Blue Bell ice cream for the first time. Our friend was so in love with this Texan brand that, according to her words, there was just nothing like it. We could not check out ourselves, though, but the curiosity grew. We still […]

CoronaHero

CoronaHero

It takes a Hero, sometimes, just to walk the line…. This picture taken while in line at HEB. Houston Strong! For mum: I was wearing a respirator and using a zoom lens (>> 6ft distance). Be safe!

CoronaConcept

CoronaConcept

Moving to a more abstract type of photography, playing with the depth of field, with  shadows and some light. Manual focus. And remember: always pick a fast lens.  

CoronaVoid

CoronaVoid

How things change under the effect of an adverse situation: usual urban landscapes transformed under the uncontrolled thrust of anxiety due to CoronaVirus.

Ordinary Weird: the Remake!

Ordinary Weird: the Remake!

This is another amazing photo remake of the original comic from Marta! Soon after landing in the US, we’ve immediately noticed how easy you meet people dressed up weirdly. I don’t mean when you put on the first shirt at hand just to go out 5 minutes and buy the milk, no. I mean: really […]

And the 2019 Winner Is….

And the 2019 Winner Is….

Awesome: this year my favorite picture is also the one that YOU have clicked the most. Cool: we have common tastes when it comes to photography! I chose ONE to close the 2019, a year that I will remember for several positive personal experiences and, photographically, for some longer term projects. Those projects will require […]

Meaningful Critical Street Shots (MCSS)

Meaningful Critical Street Shots (MCSS)

It’s quite some time I don’t write about street photography so it’s time now for me to go into something more theoretical than usual. In the past couple of years a photographic concept captured my attention. After shooting thousands of street pictures (many thousands, actually) either in small towns, villages or big cities and metropolis […]

Thanks for Thanksgiving 2019

Thanks for Thanksgiving 2019

We arrived exhausted at the end of November: Thanksgiving 2019! The year has been extremely intense, lot of work and less space for us compared to the years in the Middle East. We’ve been delighted by our friends and former neighbors who invited us for dinner: they’ve been travelling the world for work, with all […]

Fantasy in Texas…

Fantasy in Texas…

Thanks to Dave for suggesting us the Renaissance Festival: a huge event in Todd Mission, about 1 hour and a half from home. According to the organizers, each year over six hundred thousand people attend to the fest: my first concern when I hear these numbers is always: ‘how about the parking?’. Followed by other […]

Closing Time: the Remake!

Closing Time: the Remake!

This is a photo remake with some additional background of the famous comic ‘Closing Time’. In Marta’s original, the protagonist finds herself obstructing the closing activities of our preferred breakfast bar: her coffee mug is almost full however, too hot to drink. As the bar employees begin to send acoustic and visual signals such as […]

No fishing, only photos

No fishing, only photos

Kelby’s photowalk 2019 in Galveston gifted us a great sunset in a pleasant Texan evening well worth the few miles. We met with the guys from BAPC (Bay Area Photo Club) and joined the stroll: Galveston knows how to entertain tourists and locals and we felt more on a vacation than just at the start […]

Monday Window

Monday Window

For the #MondayWindow fans, this picture taken in the beautiful Galveston while taking part to the Scott Kelby’s 2019 photo walk. I liked the contrast of the two buildings’ style while the incoming sunset painted a nice orange and blue palette. Taken with Canon 5d Mark III, 24-105 f/4. Post pro in Luminar3.

Beautiful Uglies

Beautiful Uglies

Graceless, ugly and horrible when looked too closely, so close that every detail is revealed. Sometimes it’s better to hold back, refrain from digging too much, enjoy the big picture. Bath in the radiant grace of the whole, behold from afar, position yourself beyond the misery of the tiny detail.

When you see a gator in your courtyard. Almost.

When you see a gator in your courtyard. Almost.

There’s a subtle and not negligible psychological difference between seeing a wild animal in a reserve, park or at the zoo and stumbling upon it while jogging down the street, a few meters from home. Now when the wild animal at issue is a rather ‘biting’ one such as this gator, one should at least […]

Recordman

Recordman

Got some tickets for the Astros last week-end when the home team played Seattle in a very slow game ended 2-1 for Houston. We chose the Saturday game to leave the Sunday for home-relax: a pity because the very next day the score was 21 (!!) to 1. Anyway, below our lessons learned from our […]

Truly US – Miller’s Cafe’ in Clear Lake

Sunday morning, we are wandering around Clear Lake and eventually ended up trying Miller Cafe’: I went in just for a drink but could not resist eating a decently sized grilled ham and cheese sandwich. When I say ‘decently sized’ I mean the equivalent of an adult’s full meal. Man, that sandwich was good! Also […]