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 […]
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!
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Back to the Park – Cool Edits and new Software
We are back to the US after a vacation that was just too short. Early July in Italy was great and late July in Houston is incredibly mild, very pleasant especially in the evening. This won’t last and the triple digit will be back soon. Better I take the camera for a quick tour just […]
This is the last weekend before going back to Italy on vacation: for the next two days we have no plans whatsoever so I will challenge myself with an extreme street hunt. It will be street photography weekend: I do not know what the results will be but I will post the shots. Let’s get […]
First of June
This portrait opens the month of June with two cats (!!) posing for me! Shot with the X-T2 and a quick home setup with 1 off-camera flashlight: super easy and fast. Post pro in Luminar was a matter of a few minutes. Sometimes not having a lot of time helps increasing our efficiency. Only some […]
From the Ground
The 737 Max is still grounded since March this year: a huge mess that took the lives of more than 300 people. A tragedy I should say. The Boeing headquarter is 5 minutes walking distance from home and what strikes me the most of that huge building , since my first day here, are the […]
On the Light, again
On the Light, again. Another post inspired by the light, by its effect on the environment and ultimately on ourselves and our feelings and mood
I recently read an invite to shoot with purpose, to go beyond the technical aspect of the picture and capture what really matters. The concept is not new and always actual: it might take the shape of a contrast between our gear and our soul to eventually break free from fake constraints or have a […]
Snack out the weekend
Cold Saturday here in Houston: on week-ends we usually like to skip lunch but now we need something to keep us alive before dinner. We try Panera: never been there before and I heard of it just from some friends stories. I bring in my Fuji X-T1 along with the resurrected Fujinon 35mm f/2. A must-have […]
Big eye cat
‘The wisdom of nature speaks of the peaceful glance of the brutes’ . A. Schopenhauer ‘ Nella pacatezza dello sguardo degli animali parla la saggezza della natura’ […]
Grey Sunday turns to black and white
Short weekend and both of us with so many things to do and to take care of….this Sunday just did not start with the right sprint. It’s not Houston’s fault: fantastic sunny and warm day (is this December for real??). Some days things are just more difficult to get lined-up. We headed out to have […]
September’s gone – Houston’s Strong
Temperatures dropped 40 degrees in a couple of weeks meaning that the hurricane season is over. September’s gone (also October!) and this year no harm to Houston: Harvey’s memory still hurts but ‘HoustonStrong‘ is not just another slogan, it’s the way Texans live their lives. I chose this picture as a symbol of strength: it […]
Remember when, many years ago, his Show used to make my Sunday nights light and cheerful.