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Gerber in a Bubble

I attended a workshop this weekend with renowned photographer Don Komarechka on macro photography. Don presented at my photography club a couple of months ago and I was completely awestruck by his work.

After the club meeting I emailed Don and told him that a friend and I were interested in attending one of his semi-private workshops. While one of Don’s specialties is macro snowflake photography (you really need to check out his site) I wanted to learn how to photograph water droplets with  a refracted image in them.

Here’s one of my images.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.

water drops, gerber flower, refraction, milkweed, macro photography

 

Layers at the Louvre

I was going through my images from Paris and Italy in the hopes of creating a coffee table book of the best images when I realized a couple of things.

First….there are still images I haven’t processed :( I really need to do that. Second there are still quite a few images I haven’s shared with all of you.

This image was taken at the Louvre but can I let you in on a little secret. At the end of this corridor was a courtyard. I thought it would be more interesting if the repeating patterns just continued so I made it do just that by duplicating the image twice then resizing the 2 layers to create the endless corridor.

Click on the image to see a high resolution version (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.

Paris, France, The Louvre, museum, arches, composite, travel

You Can Find LOVE Here

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Have a great weekend.

Distillery District, Toronto, art, sculpture, love locks, hearts, Valentine's Day

Cigar Aficionado

Don’t get fooled by the title, I’m not really a cigar aficionado but my husband is a bit of one. He loves to smoke an occasional cigar and made it his mission, while we were in Cuba, to purchase some fine Cuban cigars. For my part I was happy to tag along realizing that this was a photo opportunity that wouldn’t come along very often.

The gentleman in these images was more than happy to let me photograph him my only problem was the lack of light. I had to increase my ISO to 3200 to get any decent images and I still had to use a relatively slow shutter speed. While the Canon 7D is pretty good at high ISOs at 3200 there was still too much noise for my liking. My favourite noise reduction software is Topaz DeNoise and once again it came through in spades. You can download a trial version of Topaz DeNoise and you can use the discount code ELPHOTO to get 15% off any Topaz product.

Click on the images to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.

Havana, Cuba, Cuban Cigars, Cigar, Stogie, travel photography, cigar aficionado

Havana, Cuba, Cuban Cigars, Cigar, Stogie, travel photography, cigar aficionado

Havana, Cuba, Cuban Cigars, Cigar, Stogie, travel photography, cigar aficionado, black and white

Havana, Cuba, Cuban Cigars, Cigar, Stogie, travel photography, cigar aficionado, black and white

 

Bringing Italy to the Carolinas

Towards the end of last summer I was contacted by The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas with an inquiry about licensing one of my Italy images.

They were holding an Italian themed fundraiser and they thought one of my images would make a perfect backdrop for the event. They already had an image in mind and after a couple of weeks of email correspondence we had reached an agreement.  They printed the image as a 10 foot by 8 foot banner and I was thrilled when the send me the picture below so that I could see the final product and the set-up.

I also donated a matted print of the same image for their silent auction. You can see the original image here.

Please click here for information about image licensing or you can contact me directly.

Rome, Italy, restaurent, Ronald McDonald House, charity, fundraiser, banner

Time for a Cut

I came across this scene walking through Old Havana. I don’t believe this gentleman was an official barber but he seemed to be doing a good job.

Havana, Cuba, black and white, monochrome, haircut, barber, travel photography, street photography

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