Saturday, August 8, 2009

Backgrounds

Caserma Tullio Santini, LivornoThese are images of boats, but their peculiarity is that in each photo the background seems to overwhelm the subject itself. The first photo is a view of the “caserma” (barracks) of the “Guardia di Finanza”, an old palace inside the “Porto Mediceo”. Some of the boats are already out on patrol.Blue boat against a pile, Porto Mediceo, LivornoThis colorful service boat seems to go straight against a huge pile of sand, some kind of mineral, but I am not sure what.Moby Aki and a pilot boat, Porto Mediceo, LivornoThe “Moby Aki” is leaving port, see the green light on the rocks, and already the pilot boat is chasing her to recover the colleague on board.

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29 comments:

Per Stromsjo said...

The third shot is remarkable. Size does matter.

margaret said...

I really like the first one, the reflections are great. Even though I live on the coast there is nowhere I could get a reflection like that.

Nori said...

I like the first one!

Jacob said...

Delightful photos, VP. What a great eye you have! I'm impressed! Again!

When I looked at the first photo, I thought they were military boats...and they are - in a sense!

The last photo is just great fun!

cieldequimper said...

The first shot is superb (who is/was Tullio Santini? -I only know Tullio Serafin :-)) And the last one is pretty exceptional too. The sand in the second one is very white and you're right about the trajectory!
Yes... Des Caravages splendides. ;-)

tapirgal said...

These are wonderful photos, and what an interesting theme! Someday I'll also show a pilot boat with the big ship, but for sure it won't be as colorful as the Moby ship ;) Photo 1 is simply spectacular.

Julie said...

Good boat shots especially with the unusual backgrounds. I like the idea.

Although the reflection in the first shot is absolutely beautiful, I do like the colourful service boat moving along at breakneck speed.

Fascinating post ...

brattcat said...

I can't select a favorite from these three. I love the unifying theme of 'background overshadowing object' in each one. Great idea for a series, VP. Excellent photographs.

Kate said...

Photos of boats are a huge draw for me! I especially like the first one because of the reflections.

I haven't been faithful about blogging and commenting lately because we decided to paint every room in the house, both ceiling and walls. What a job, and we've just barely begun; it takes longer than we had thought. But I'll be back sporadically!!

JM said...

All shots are great, but the 1st one is my favourite! Just awesome!

I like Per's comment regarding the last photo! :-)

tapirgal said...

Funny comment about the Lady of Shallott! It made me laugh. I had that picture (by Waterhouse) in my apartment for years before I moved here. I probably still have a copy somewhere. . . .

m_m said...

Great reflection in the first photo!

Leif Hagen said...

The pilot boat is no match for coyote!

Baruch said...

I like the first one with its dominating reflection

Cushyco said...

Love the composition of the photo of "caserma” (barracks) of the “Guardia di Finanza” - the reflections and the colours, also the windows.

amatamari© said...

Viva la Moby, sempre!
:-)

Steffe said...

First and third photos are really great. I'm a sucker for reflection photos and that is a good one.

Sunny said...

Wonderful colors and reflections.
Sunny :)

Hilda said...

These are all wonderful photos! The reflection in the first is perfect, the service boat is so colorful against the pile of sand, and the contrast in size of the tiny pilot boat against the huge (and fun!) Moby Aki is delightful!

James said...

I like each one but thr reflection it the top photo is just great. Bravo!

cieldequimper said...

I've tried to look up Tullio Santini. I very much doubt this one is on facebook though, so I still don't know. Some local celebrety I expect.

Vogon Poet said...

I'm at a loss here: I have no idea who Tullio Santini is. He has the name and the surname of two famous Italian conductors (Tullio Serafin and Gabriele Santini), but usually barracks here are named after distinguished servicemen.

ellievellie said...

I totally agree! those are some eye stealing backgrounds! My fave was the building that catches the eye above the ground and in the water. May be an old fashion Italian boat with lots of decoration will be able to survive the overwhelming beauty of the background - but the modern days boats - stand no chance!

cieldequimper said...

Tullio Serafin, the name transports me into la Scala...

White Oleander said...

I'm starting to like this cute cruise ship.

Tash said...

Marvellous backdrops.

Tinsie said...

That white stuff looks like salt, but I guess it can't be?!

cicchillo said...

Tullio Santini was the brother of my father's grandma...
He was a Liutent of Guardia di Finanza died during WWI.
He was the first official of Guardia di Finanza died on the battlefield during WWI

Vogon Poet said...

@ cicchillo - Thanks for the information, I checked various sources and the Internet and found nothing. If you have any biographical data in English or Italian and a photo, I'd like to post something about him.
In case, you have my address:
livornodailyphoto@gmail.com