I don’t remember any other places where…

I have been to Sierra Leone three times, the first time in 1986, then in 1988 and the last in 1991.

Last week I digitized about 2,000 slides that I shot in Sierra Leone on these three occasions. I have seen through these images the places but above all the people I met in those years  and that I still keep in my heart. I don’t remember any other places where leaving them I cried.

Sierra Leone – Il bambino guardiano (1986) – The Guardian Child ( 1986)

How fast has been my camera Olympus PEN E-PL3?

Kingfisher – il Martin Pescatore è il Re dei pescatori

My camera PEN E-PL3, bought in September of 2013, retires after 62.204 shots.

In this case, for this camera, it means no longer taking on the heavy tasks that have accompanied it so far, which them will now be assumed by my new camera OM-D E-M10 Mark III.

How fast has been my Olympus Pen E-PL3?

I publish the photo of the Kingfisher in flight that I photographed the last August 2019 on the island of Losinj, in Croatia to answer this question and in honor of my Pen E-PL3 camera and the 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 IIR and ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R lenses.

It was my desire to be able to photograph this beautiful bird in its natural environment.

I invite you now to take a look at the photos taken by Alan McFadyen, a great photographer with a passion for nature photography.

Alan McFadyen spent 4.200 hours taking 720.000 photos for getting “the perfect shot” of a Kingfisher diving straight into the water without a single splash.

Good seeing and my best regards to all.

Ciao ciao

Maurizio Romio

The “Tre Pali” of the Campo Ada – Chioggia

As sea monsters of Greek mythology the “Tre Pali”, named Ada 2, Ada 3 and Ada 4, emerge from the waters in the stretch of sea at the limit of 12 miles from the coast of Chioggia.

These are three metal single-platform of the Campo Ada owned by Eni S.p.A. having the following geographical coordinates (Datum WGS 84):

Ada 2 Lat. 45 ° 10 ’58.320” N Long. 012 ° 35 ’29.650” E;

Ada 3 Lat. 45 ° 10 ’57.400” N Long. 012 ° 35 ’29.200” E;

Ada 4 Lat. 45 ° 10 ’57.981” N Long. 012 ° 35 ’28.355” E.

Getting too close to these structures it’s a risk… because an Ordinance of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of the Port of Chioggia prohibits anchoring, fishing and underwater activities within a radius of five hundred meters from them and obliges everyone the units to stay at a distance not less than one hundred meters.

Fair winds.

Maurizio Romio

Sailing in the south lagoon of Venice

Casone di Valle Zappa – Laguna Sud di Venezia, Campagna Lupia. (foto Maurizio Romio)

The Easter holidays of 2019 were for the family the opportunity to put in the water the rubber dinghy and immerse us in the South Lagoon of Venice. About 18 hours in three days of vacation took us, between canals, Sandbanks and “Casoni”, to visit the city of Chioggia, the littoral of Pellestrina and to sail between the fishing valleys of the South Lagoon until to reach the Casone Millecampi and the Casone Zappa.

Casone Millecampi–Laguna Sud di Venezia, Valle Millecampi, Codevigo. (foto Maurizio Romio)
Casone di Valle Zappa – Laguna Sud di Venezia, Campagna Lupia. (foto Maurizio Romio)

The Casoni of Pellestrina

The “Casoni” of Pellestrina are used by fishermen as a warehouse for nets and fishing gear

Chioggia – canale Vena

Dame Mede e Briccole

Dame Mede e Briccole by Maurizio Romio

Dame, Mede and Briccole … sweet and safe traveling companions during a navigation in the Venice lagoon

The Dame is generally made up of a group of poles, one of which is in the highest center and marks the mouth of the navigable canal, while Mede and Briccole, consisting respectively of a single pole or two or more poles, delimit the continuation of the canal. 
On the poles signals are applied which can be white, green or red. The white signal indicates the side of the channel, the green signal that you have to proceed in navigation keeping the pole on our right, the red signal that you have to navigate keeping the pole on the left. 
Fair winds.