Le Scavi de Pompeii… et Vesuvio

Did I get that Italian right? I was kind of guessing. I picked up a little – very little. But I do know more than the average Olive Garden waiter, which is something I can be proud of, I suppose.

This was taken after I had walked about 10 miles all over the ruins of Pompeii on a hot summer day. I got away from the other tourists, who I generally dislike for no good reason, and found this spot that I was probably not supposed to be. The clouds were peculiar that day, and you can see them hovering over Mount Vesuvius. It’s interesting that the gap there in Vesuvius is actually what is covering the very ruins in which I was standing.

The Ruins of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

This second shot was from a small plane, barely airworthy, as it flew over Mount Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Mount Vesuvius from the Sky

Dark Prayers

For whatever reason, I found it sneaky and fun to take pictures of nuns from behind in churches throughout Italy. I now have one with a black habit and a white habit. I look forward to getting the Emperor’s special redguard habit on a future trip. I tried two different DOFs, obviously.

Cowled Prayer

Dark Prayers

So I decided to paint the ceiling of our bedroom (not)

I don’t do many things around the house, especially when it comes to things like painting, repair, and other silly things, like flushing. So it always impresses me to see someone that takes the time to actually get up and paint the ceiling, because if I were actually to do anything around the house, painting the ceiling would be way down the list (right after flushing).

And so here is another nicely painted ceiling in Rome…

so I decided to paint a mural above my four poster bed (just kidding)

The Grim Reaper Cometh in HDR

Here is a shot from a Roman church, where the side walls are lined with tombs and statues. I found this one to be particularly macabre, and a good subject for HDR.

I also included a few shots from the nearby churches as well.

The Grim Reaper Cometh

Deep inside the Catacombs

Alone in the Church

Silent Bridge

This is from a park in Milan. I forgot the name of it, but like everything in Italian, it sounds like food.

Silent Bridge in Milan

Padre, another Italian Church in HDR

Here is a church in Rome that I grabbed in HDR. The stained glass came out nicely. If you click on the image beneath it, you can see my entire set called Churches of Italy.

Padre

The Churches of Italy

Aged Senator of Napoli

This reminds me of my Velerio’s dad in Naples who has the exact same picture, but from about 40 years ago. He has a ton of great pictures in his stream… It’s also interesting to see how he has embraced HDR.
Defense for the Aged Senator

The Purple Marble of the Church

Here is a tiny (actually it pretty small compared to most) church a few minutes away from the Colosseum. They don’t normally let the public in, but I sneaked in behind a wedding party that was there checking it out for an upcoming wedding. The priest that let us in assumed I was a photographer with the wedding. This is only one of many times I have been outright in-your-face deceptive with priests.

Corolo Borromaeo

The Pictures are Hung

Over the weekend we hung pictures up at the gallery. Everything looks pretty sharp and those of you are coming to the gallery opening should see something a bit different, perhaps. I don’t know… impossible to be objective, but I do know it is different than what is usually shown there at Halcyon.

I’ll be showing about 45 pieces. Here is a sampling of the ones at the show. You will notice the first three are exceptionally pointy.
Dark Storm over Vancouver:

The Rainy Season of Vancouver

Intricate:

Intricate

Spires of God:

The Duomo, the Heaven Side

Farewell Holland:

Farewell Holland

Fourth on Lake Austin:

Fourth on Lake Austin

This is Nathaniel:

This is Nathaniel

Rush Hour in Seoul:

Rush Hour

One Night in Bangkok:

One Night in Bangkok

Art

Here is another well-adorned church in Rome. If you look at the details of the painting on the left in the large version, they are quite detailed.

Also if you look close, you can see the nun in the black habit in the lower left.

Art

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