The Duomo of San Giorgio in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily

The Duomo of San Giorgio is the pinnacle in Ragusa Ibla. It stands at the top of a hill, and majestically towers the rest of the city. I captured this photograph back in 2009 when I lived in Sicily. It was a decent snapshot and was safely stored in my archives. Today, I decided to…

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Last night I dreamed that I was in Sicily. The dream was so vivid – the sights, sounds, smells – that I feel like I was in Sicily a few hours ago…

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Bright Color Interpretation of Rome, Italy | Made With Topaz Labs Software

A few days ago I was feeling artistic. I decided to peruse my archives to find a photo to play with and I came across the photo below of the Roman skyline, captured in September of 2008. I can remember where I was standing and how beautiful the view was. The original photo itself, however, was somewhat blah.…

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Comiso | Sicily | Italy | HDR

When it comes to merging multiple photos into an HDR, photographers have several choices. Over the years I’ve tried out several of pieces of software and Photomatix Pro was my go-to for a long time, but I can’t remember the last time I used it. These days, my favorite tone mapping software is Aurora HDR. There are many things that make…

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Tractor Parking | Caltagirone | Sicily | Italy

I haven’t done a Throwback Thursday post in a long while so I started looking back at photos from 2010 and found these.  I don’t think I’ve ever shared them (a couple I’d never even processed). The first two were from a weekend I spent in San Francisco, the third is from Caltagirone in Sicily.…

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"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures." -Don McCullin

What is more important in a photograph? Technical success or the way it makes you feel? I choose feeling. Every time. I chose my photo, Rainy Day in Vicenza, to represent this quote because it takes me back to that dreary wet day when I ducked into a garage to get out of the rain for just a…

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Canneto Beach | Lipari | Aeolian Islands | Italy

Today’s Throwback Thursday photograph comes to you from Canneto Beach on the tiny island of Lipari, off the coast of Sicily. I captured this photo in March of 2009 when my hubbie and I took my parents to visit this gem of an island in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This quiet island comes…

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Castelmola & Etna | Sicily | Italy

I captured this photo on a girls trip to Castelmola in December of 2009, almost five years ago. (Wow…I can’t believe its been that long!) This was definitely my favorite shot of that trip and still one of my best shots of Mt. Etna – Sicily’s very active volcano. If you’ve never been to Castelmola (or…

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Hotel Metropole | Venice, Italy

Time for another Throwback Thursday! This photo, entitled Hotel Metropole, was captured in Venice, Italy in October of 2009. It is one of my favorites from that trip. When I took the photo my focus was on the red and white mooring poles; but what I love about this photo is the way my eye makes its way…

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