And the winners are...

And the winners are…

It was truly an honor to be part of this great international event and meet award winning photographers from around the world again this year in Siena, Italy at the Siena International Photography Awards ceremony & festival. Congrats to all of the winners and kudos to the event organizers, including Luca Venturi and his team, as well as Master of Ceremonies Luca Bracali and event photographer Ernesto Mangone. Bravo! … Continue reading And the winners are…

Siena bound

Siena bound

I got into Florence, Italy very late last night & arrived at my room at Hotel Angelica near midnight. It turns out the lovely woman who checked me in after hours was Angelica herself.  This morning, after two delicious cappuccinos & a long walk, she sent me off to the train station (conveniently right around the corner) with hugs & kisses. Now that’s service!  She told … Continue reading Siena bound

Featured at LensCulture: Michel Giaccaglia's 'Wild Garden'

Featured at LensCulture: Michel Giaccaglia’s ‘Wild Garden’

When I first saw Italian photographer Michel Giaccaglia’s images from his “Wild Garden” series, shot near his home in Le Marche region of Italy, I instantly felt transported. There is magic in his images that took me inside of the secret natural world that lives on around us — whether we are in the thick of it on a hike or merely peering at pieces … Continue reading Featured at LensCulture: Michel Giaccaglia’s ‘Wild Garden’

Capture of the Day: Andrea Giandomenico

Capture of the Day: Andrea Giandomenico

In 1942, amidst the fuel rationing of World War II, great American photographer Ansel Adams attempted to get some sleep on a bench at the train depot in Livingston, Montana with 280 pounds of camera gear piled next to him. Yellowstone Lake by Ansel Adams, Public Domain He was on his way to Yellowstone National Park and was forced to take public transportation between U.S. … Continue reading Capture of the Day: Andrea Giandomenico

Guest Post: Tuscany's Hidden Gem by Michela Ricciarelli

Guest Post: Tuscany’s Hidden Gem by Michela Ricciarelli

I had the great pleasure of visiting the magical Tuscan city of Pistoia in March when I traveled there with renowned Pistoian photographer Luca Bracali. Michela Ricciarelli is lucky enough to also claim the charming Medieval town as her birthplace — and who better than a passionate local to provide authentic insight, photos and travel tips. Thank you, Michela! Pistoia, Tuscany’s Hidden Gem: More than … Continue reading Guest Post: Tuscany’s Hidden Gem by Michela Ricciarelli

Capture of the Day: Seby Scollo

Capture of the Day: Seby Scollo

Italian photographer, adventurer and conservationist Seby Scollo loves the beauty and magnificence of “Pianeta Terra” as much as I do. He lives in Catania, Italy (east coast of Sicily) where his Mt. Etna is like my Mt. St. Helens (though much more active lately) & recently captured amazing shots of an eruption. I met him in person while traveling with photographer Luca Bracali to Rome and … Continue reading Capture of the Day: Seby Scollo

New Feature: Capture of the Day

New Feature: Capture of the Day

I’m kicking off a new daily post to help share the work of photographers I meet from around the world. Thank you to Sicilian photographer Vincenzo Saputo for today’s Capture of the Day: “Stolen Kisses.” See more of his amazing work on his Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/SaputoVincenzo/ and photography group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1430266103938158/ Also, take a photo tour through Sicily with Vincenzo here! http://onsicilycard.com/onsicilycardblog/sicily-through-the-eyes-of-vincenzo-saputo/ Continue reading New Feature: Capture of the Day

24 Hours in the Eternal City

24 Hours in the Eternal City

So much has been written about what to see and do in Rome, so I decided to skip the tourist information (though here’s a great article here about some interesting city facts) and simply post a few “detail” images from my recent visit. It was my first trip to Rome and I took it all in with wonder and joy. Rome is truly, as one friend … Continue reading 24 Hours in the Eternal City