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Sicilia! 7

Posted by
L'explorateur (Vancouver, Canada) on 26 March 2011 in Food & Cuisine and Portfolio.

This is the image #7 (of about 15) of the Sicilian series.
If you say “Marzipan”, I say “Sicily”!
Also called Frutta Martorana, Sicilians are so good at making it that it really looks like real fruit! It’s mainly made of almonds and sugar. Pretty heavy BUT GOOD! :D


NOTE: I apologize for the faded colors of my images in the last weeks. I was not aware of the big difference between sRGB and aRGB color spaces! I am going to replace the past posts too (and put an "sRGB" label to the replaced ones). Have a good day!


Questa è la foto #7 (di circa 15) della serie sulla Sicilia.

Marzapane e Sicilia è un famoso binomio! Anche chiamata Frutta Martorana, i Siciliani sono famosissimi per questi dolci che a volte sono difficili da distinguere dai frutti veri. Sono fatti principalmente di mandorle e zucchero. Un po’ pesanti a volte, ma BUONI! :D


NOTA: Mi scuso se le mie foto sono risultate un poco sbiadite nelle ultime settimane. Non ero a conoscenza della differenza tra le impostazioni sRGB e aRGB. Cambierò anche i post precedenti (e metterò il marchio "sRGB" alle foto corrette). Buon fine settimana!
Taken on Feb 25, 2011, in Erice, Italy.
Scattata il 25 Febbraio 2011, a Erice.

NIKON D90 1/5 second F/5.3 ISO 100 120 mm (35mm equiv.)

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I've never seen anything like this! So this is a hand-made sweet of some kind? Wow!

26 Mar 2011 8:14am

@CElliottUK: YES! Almonds and sugar, hand made and shaped to fruits. Isn't it amazing? (Hey Chris, I just got to know about sRGB vs. aRGB and the image is likely to look much better now=no washed-out colors! Thanks and have a great weekend!)

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Wow, very impressive. Your wonderful close-up really does reveal how much they look liked fruit.

26 Mar 2011 12:34pm

@Doug Hickok: Hi Doug! I am very happy to export this Sicilian jewels abroad! :D (I just got to know about sRGB vs. aRGB and the image is likely to look much better now=no washed-out colors! Thanks and have a great weekend!)

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Marzipan is my favorite, no mater what form it comes in. I would love to try these treats so well disguised as a healthy snack.

26 Mar 2011 5:15pm

@Gary: Hi Gary! I like them, but I think if you get too many you'll be sorry. They're pretty heavy, aren't they?

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

That does look a LOT better!

26 Mar 2011 6:58pm

@CElliottUK: Thank you so much for the feedback Chris! :D I am happy it worked!

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Not just an incredible looking treat, but a nicely composed photo.

27 Mar 2011 1:38am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

" big difference between sRGB and aRGB "
??????? and what is the difference ? pliiiiiiiiize :-))) perhaps I am also all wrong

27 Mar 2011 9:39am

@Veronique: Hi Veronique! I am not an expert yet, but the thing is that when you open an image with any application in your computer, this application has to adopt a color space. In other words, information about how to visualize the colors in your image. sRGB and Adobe RGB (=aRGB) are two different ways to interpret the colors in an image. It turns out that due to a thousand conventions and a thousand of softwares around, sRGB is much safer when you publish something on the web. With that meaning that if you put an aRGB image on the Web (as I did for a while), people will open it with their favorite browser/operating system, and their computer will interpret the aRGB colors in different way. Some of them will see the colors as I saw them in Photoshop on my computer. Some of them will see faded colors. On the other hand, if I use sRGB the probability that this happens are really small. This is because sRGB is interpreted correctly by a lot more software/browsers. And another important thing (very important) is that you should EMBED this sRGB color profile INTO your images (this is done when you save the jpg in photoshop for example). "Embedded" means that any software will use the sRGB table that YOU saved for that file and it will not assign colors as it likes. To wrap it up: when you publish on the web EMBED the sRGB IEC61966-2.1 color profile in your images. If you shoot AdobeRGB you can convert the file with Photoshop from Edit --> Convert to profile. You can also convert a whole lot of images with one click. I hope I was clear (and correct) enough! :D Ciao Veronique!

Mj007 from Osaka, Japan

can i get one of them...?

27 Mar 2011 1:25pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

these really look like the real things! prickly pears, right? i don't like the taste of marzipan, but i appreciate the skills of the makers! wonderful light management in this capture, simone!

27 Mar 2011 6:49pm

@Franz: Thank you soooo much, Franz! They were in a cupboard and the shop was a bit dark, but I am glad I could take and bring this image with me :)

saverio from Rome, Italy

"sweet" details. well done

28 Mar 2011 4:30am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

ok thanks a lot for your complete explanation, I didn't know at all what was the difference. It's very kind of you to have written all this :-)))))) xxx

29 Mar 2011 6:44am

1/5 second
ISO 100
120 mm (35mm equiv.)