Home Dining Room on a Sunday American Italian Sicilian 1979

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Home Dining Room on a Sunday American Italian Sicilian 1979

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Brooklyn Home Dining Room in our old 1855 house. Razed in 1986. Note the large room and the original1855 tin ceiling. This is a Sunday Dinner after church. Our dining room furniture set was from 1913. It was heavy and we sold it for a few hundred. The St Frances de Chantal bells would ring at every Sunday mass start including at noon everyday. Grandpa must be in the parlor or likely the kitchen. His plate is at the head of the table. I’m sorry he was not in this picture. I may have taken one with him. I will keep an eye our for it. BTW: I had a devil of a time color-correcting this mixed-light-source monster. That wallpaper has a fuzzy-felt pattern to it…I forget what it’s called. Scanned from a color print I made in my darkroom long ago. I found one in the series with grandpa at the table!!! I will scan it soon.

Getting a Bottle at the Bar

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Workshop Fun!
We are just starting an amazing HDR workshop down here in Austin. It won’t be the same as being there, but a DVD will be available soon after, so be sure to sign up for the free newsletter so you can find out first!

The Austin workshop ended up being a fairly exclusive event, and we priced it at ,000 per attendee. I knew it would be popular and that there was an enthusiastic group of people out there, but I did not expect the whole thing to sell out in 11 minutes (after crashing the StuckInCustoms server for 30 minutes after it became available!)! I’m excited the date has finally arrived and I am very excited to teach people, make new friends, and do my best to take their photography to the next level.

My other workshop next weekend with Scott Bourne in Florida is also sold out! There may be last-min cancellations, so watch for that. That will be a fun event and I look forward to meeting a bunch more people and sharing this new sport with them.

People always ask about potentially doing other workshops. I have no immediate plans, except perhaps one in New Zealand next month.

Appearance on Sunday night at BookPeople
On Sunday evening, come to BookPeople before 7 PM to the Austin Photography Group. Feel free to come by and hear my little talk on HDR. I’m also happy to meet people, sign books, and this sort of thing. Come to the presentation hall on the third floor. See you there!

Daily Photo – Getting a Bottle at the Bar

What a cool place! This is another one of those photos that just has amazing detail of the incredible decor. It is an underground bar in Kuala Lumpur that I could not stop taking photos inside! As you can see, there are no bad angles in a place like this, so it is very fun to compose.

I’ll have a little challenge that I will give out at the workshop where we all shoot the same subject matter to see who can get the most interesting composition. This bar is a very cool place because there are a ton of interesting compositions, but also some bad compositions. I’m not sure one can actually "teach" composition… but I suppose I can try!

La Boqueria

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The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, or simply La Boqueria, is a large public market, with an entrance from La Rambla in Barcelona, Catalonia, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods.

The first mention of the Boqueria market of Barcelona dates to 1217 when tables were installed near the old door of the city to sell meat. From December 1470, a market selling pigs occurred at this site. At this time, the Market had the name Mercat Bornet or was (until 1794) simply known as Mercat de la Palla (Straw Market). At the beginning, the market was not enclosed and did not have an official statute, it was regarded as a simple extension of the market of Plaça Nova which then extended to the Plaça del Pi.

Later, the authorities decided to construct a separate market on La Rambla, housing mainly fishmongers and butchers. It is not until 1826 that the market is legally recognized and a convention held in 1835 decides construction of an official place. Construction began March 19, 1840 under the direction of architect Mas Vilà. The market officially opened the same year, but the plans for the building were modified many times. The official inauguration of the structure was finally made in 1853. In 1911, the new fish market was opened and, in 1914, the metal roof that still exists today was constructed.

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