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The Prayer

There are so many beautiful sights in Paris but with only 2 days to visit I couldn’t possible see all of them. One that I did get too however was Notre Dame Cathedral.

I have a few images of the cathedral to share with you but I thought I’d start with one of my favourites that I captured.

This was shot handheld at an ISO of 3200. I used Topaz DeNoise to clean up some of the noise. You can use coupon code ELPHOTO to get 15% off any Topaz product.

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Paris, France, Notre Dame, Cathedral, prayer, travel photography

 

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Cave à Vin

The corner wine store is a staple in Paris as is this one tucked away on a street in the St. Germain des Pres.

St. Germain des Pres is an area in the 6e arrondissement of Paris on the left bank of the Seine. It was the centre of intellectuals, artists and philosophers and home of the existentialist movement during the time of Jean-Paul Satre. It’s as vibrant today with wonderful cafes and restaurants, museums and galleries and streets teeming with locals and tourists.

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Paris, France, wine shop, graffiti, street photography, travel photography


Blue Hour at the Louvre

Wow it’s been over 2 weeks since I’ve blogged and I think that’s the longest I’ve gone since I started this blog 3 years ago. It’s actually been a really nice break and I’ve had good reason as I was travelling through Europe, Paris and Italy to be precise.

I was uploading regularly to my Facebook page during my travels so if you’d like to catch up and see some of this on-the-go iPhone images you can click here.

While the trip was amazing I returned home to find that I had a flood in my basement :( I’ll leave that story for another time but needless to say I didn’t even get a chance to download any of my images until last night. With over 2000 images to sort through, cull and process it may take me some time especially since my office and Mac is located in the basement.

We spent the first two days of our journey in Paris. It truly is the city of lights and what better image to kick things of with then the Louvre at blue hour. This was taken on our first night in Paris. Having flown from Toronto to Paris on an overnight flight I was walking around with very little sleep. Sunset that night was at 9:57pm so at that point I was almost at the 48 hour mark with only about 2 hours of sleep but I was in Paris and I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity. The real hero in all of this was my husband who was quietly dozing on a bench at this point.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.Paris, France, Blue hour, Louvre, Museum, art, pyramid, glass, travel photography

 


A First Look At The Treasury

After walking the almost 1.5km through The Passage you come to an opening and get a first glimpse at Petra’s most important monument, The Treasury.

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Petra, Jordan, The Treasury, monument, travel

Petra, Jordan, The Treasury, monument, travel

 


The Passage

When you arrive at the visitor’s centre in Petra it is approximately a 700 meter walk to the entrance of the Siq, which the main entrance to the city. Siq is the Arabic word meaning “the passage.”

The Siq is a long and narrow natural passage that leads to the ancient City of Petra. The width of the passage varies between 3 and 17 meters and the layers of colours in the rock is caused by oxidation. This passage leads to the most important monument in Petra, “The Treasury.”

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Petra, Jordan, passage, Siq, sandstone, slot canyon

 


Searching for Petra

Petra is a historical city which was established as far back as 312 BCE by the Nabataeans. It’s situated on the slopes of Jebel al-Madhbah which some have identified as the biblical Mount Hor.

Petra is a place that has long been on my bucket list of places to visit and photograph and when I visited Israel in May the opportunity to visit Petra presented itself. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to plan an extended visit which would have allowed me to photograph in the early morning and night but I was able to do a day trip. The day of my visit I flew from Tel Aviv to Eilat at 6:30am. I was met at the Eilat airport by a representative of Desert Eco Tours, which if you ever find yourself in the region is an excellent company. This was the second time I’ve used them and they did not disappoint. We drove 10 minutes to the Israeli / Jordanian border and from there met up with Mohammed, our tour guide, who would take us to this ancient city. It’s a two hour drive from the border to Petra and before entering the ancient city we stopped to view the surrounding mountains.

As I was staring out at the view I asked Mohammed where Petra was. His response was that you can’t see Petra because it was strategically built so that it stayed hidden and protected it from invaders. Mohammed then point far off into the distance and drew my attention to a tiny white dot at the top of the mountain….Aaron’s Tomb.  Aaron (or Harun as he is known in Arabic) was Moses’ brother and the Old Testament states that Aaron died and was buried atop Mount Hor. While some believe Mount Hor is located in the Sinai desert. The Jewish historian Josephus Flavius in the 1st century AD, places the final resting place of Aaron on this mountaintop.  That little tiny white dot is actually a small mosque built atop Aaron’s tomb in the 14th Century and it acts as a mercer to the entrance of Petra. Aaron’s final resting place is a Holy site for the Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths and many make the one day pilgrimage to visit Aaron’s tomb. It’s a 3 1/2 hour hike up the mountain and down so unfortunately I din’t have time to do it…this time.

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Petra, Jordan, Aaron's Tomb, Jebel Haroun, Mount Hor, mountains, black & white


Night Colours

The central square in Old Jaffa is a lively spot at night enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike.

On Friday I shared an image of the square with the bell tower of St. Peter’s Church as its centre point. You can see that post here. Next to the church is a restaurant with a fountain in front of it that is beautifully lit at night. You can see the lights of the restaurant in Fridays post but I wanted to get in closer so that I could capture the fountain and the colourful display.

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On another note I was out volunteering at Toronto Animal Services last weekend and I’ve just posted images on my PhoDOGraphy by Edith site of all the wonderful animals up for adoption. Click on the link and considering sharing the post. You never know you may be helping one of these cuties find a forever home.

Israel, Old Jaffa, night photography, restaurant, lights, coloured lights, fountain, water long exposure


Old Jaffa & The Beacon on the Hill

Located in the central square in Jaffa is St. Peter’s Church and the Bell Tower that dominates the hillside.

The church was built-in 1654 over a medieval fortress, in dedication to Saint Peter. It was twice destroyed and rebuilt in the late 18th century and the current structure was built-in 1894. The church is open daily and masses are conducted in English, Spanish, Polish and Hebrew.

The bell tower overlooking Jaffa’s old port and dominating the view of Jaffa from the sea, has for over a century acted as a beacon for sea-faring pilgrims signalling that the Holy Land is near.

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Israel; Old Jaffa; clock Tower; blue hour; town square; long exposure; HDR; travel photography


Gone Swimming!

What’s better then riding your bike along a beach promenade? Locking it up and going for a swim, of course.

The wedding that I attended when I was in Israel was an afternoon wedding. The venue was on the beach with a spectacular panoramic view of the sea. As the wedding was winding down and guests were starting to leave I did what any photographer would do…go for a photo walk. Ok so I was in a cocktail dress and heels but I wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass me by. I kicked of my shoes, grabbed my camera and off I went and came upon this scene.

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Israel, Hedera, beach, Mediterranean, sea, bicycle, swimmers, texture, travel photography, fine art


Tel Aviv Sunset

Some of the best views of Tel Aviv and the coastline can be seen from the hilltops of Old Jaffa.

Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, Mediterranean, sea, coastline, travel photography, Old Jaffa

Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, Mediterranean, sea, coastline, travel photography, Old Jaffa


Dancing for Joy

I just got back from an amazing trip to Israel and  I wanted to share with you one of the first shots that I took on the day I arrived. I was driving with my cousins to Caesarea for the evening when we came upon this group of young Hasidic men on the side of the highway. The music was blaring from the speaker that was sitting on the top of the van, the sun was low in the sky and these young men were dancing and singing as if a wedding was going on that someone forgot the tell the rest of us.

The Breslov is a branch of Hasidic Judaism. Hasidic Judaism is a branch of Orthodox Judaism and the word Hasidic means “piety” or “loving-kindness.”

The Breslov approach places great emphasis on serving God through the sincerity of the heart, with much joy and living life as intensely as possible. Breslov teachings particularly emphasize emunah (faith) as a means to teshuvah (repentance), and that every Jew on any level of Divine service is required to constantly yearn to return to God, no matter how high or low he or she is situated on the spiritual echelon.

Breslover Hasidim see the study and fulfillment of Torah life as the means to a joyful existence, and their approach to worship is very personalized and emotional, with much clapping, singing, and dancing. Rabbi Nachman said, “It is a great mitzvah (commandment or good deed) to always be happy”.[4] In this same lesson, he notes that even leading intellectuals in the medical field will attest to depression and bitterness being the main cause of most mental and physical ailments.

The Breslov normally conduct on street outreach in this manner but I think the highway pullover was just about spreading some joy.

Israel, dancing, Hasidim, Breslov, Hasidic Judaism, outreach, highway, van,


Window to Hezekiah’s Tunnel

I was going through my archives the other day looking through my images from my trip to Israel in 2010. I’m going back to Israel next week and I was trying to remind myself what I shot the last time I was there. That trip took place before I started this blog and when I was just starting to learn about HDR. This was one image that I was never happy with. I had shot 3 brackets handheld but it was very dark and the longer exposure image was blurry and the HDR never came out the way I wanted it to. Of course that was before I was using Lightroom so I decided to process one of the brackets on its own in LR5. All I did for processing was to bring out the shadows and darken the highlights slightly and cloned out part of a railing.

This was taken on the walk down to Hezekiah’s Tunnel in Jerusalem which was dug underneath the City of David. The tunnel dates back to the reign of Hezekiah of Judah in the late 8th and early 7th century BCE and was designed as an aqueduct to provide Jerusalem with water.

Hezekiah's Tunnel, Israel, Jerusalem, old city, City of David, archeological, travel photography, window, grate

 

Walking through the tunnel itself is an amazing experience. It’s dark, very narrow and you walk through water that comes up to your knees. Yup that’s us in the picture below. Our tour guide took this shot…

hezekiah's Tunnel, Israel, Jerusalem, old city, City of David, archeological, travel photography


Subway Love

In this age of email and Facebook and instant messaging I still get excited when I get a package in the mail. Nine times out of ten it’s something that I’ve ordered online. The package that I received last week was very different. It was a book. Not just any book, but a yet to be released copy of Subway Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin. Why is this exciting you ask? Because the cover image is mine.

Last July I was approached by the publisher about using my image of a Rome subway car for a new book they were publishing. They had found the image online and asked if I could send them a high resolution image so that they could see the quality. After some back and forth with the publisher they created a mock-up of what the cover design would look like and we negotiated a licensing deal. To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. Here’s a quick iPhone image of the book.

Subway Love, Rome, subway car, book cover, Edith Levy Photography, Candlewick Press, Nora Raleigh Baskin

 

And here’s the original image. Click on “The Words of the Prophets are Written on the Subway Walls” to see the original post.

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Rome Subway, graffiti, subway car, Italy, Rome,


Confessions of a Blogger / Photographer

This post is going to be little bit different from my usual posts so please bear with me. You may have noticed that I’m not keeping up with my usual posting schedule. I have a lot of balls in the air…being a mother, working full-time, satisfying my thirst for photography, blogging, managing all my social media outlets, volunteering at shelters and now working at building a pet photography business. Hmmm and those are just a few things I have on my plate.

I have a question for all of you. yes you….my blogging friends and followers. How do you do it? How do stave off burn out?

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“Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn.”  Scott Adams

I love this Dilbert cartoon. Believe me there are times I’ve felt like paying my son to write a blog post or two for me. Don’t worry I haven’t. There are no ghost writers or photographers at Edith Levy Photography.  So this is a good segue to my next disjointed thought. This is a photography blog. It’s not like I’m spending hours writing 500 to 1000 word posts, but the process of going out, shooting and processing images does take hours albeit enjoyable ones. This has been a rough winter for us Canadians.  I love shooting winter scenes but with most days from December to the beginning of March dealing with -15C or less temperatures its been tough to be outside for extended periods. I know…you’re saying to yourself “suck it up buttercup” other photographers do it. Yup they do! And I commend them for it. I suppose I’m saying this because I feel like I’m in a bit of a creative rut. I’ve been spending so much time doing other things that I haven’t focused on what I really love to do and that’s to go out and shoot. So therein lies the problem. This self-imposed schedule has been taking its toll on me. I love the friendships that I’ve built while writing this blog. I’ve said it before and I will continue to shout it from the rooftops…this is a great community to be a part. So the short end of it…I may not be posting as regularly as I have. But you never know maybe I just need a couple of weeks to regroup and then I’ll be back with a vengeance.

Of course this being a photography blog I need close with an image. I posted this a couple of weeks ago to my Facebook page but never posted it here. Here’s another view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge taken from Dumbo.

New York, Dumbo, Brooklyn Bridge, city lights, Manhattan, skyline, night photography, long exposure, travel photography

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge – Abandoned

My contribution to this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge are some images that I took on my trip to Italy back in the summer of 2011. I originally process these as HDR when I first got back and was not at all happy with the way they turned out so I never posted them. Since that time I’ve started to use Lightroom and when I saw this weeks challenge I went back to my archives and decided to process just one exposure of each image solely in LR5. I was quite pleased with the end result. Let me know what you think.

Oh…we were driving from Florence to Amalfi on this day and stopped just south of Florence and came across this abandon farmhouse. What character this place has. It would make a great fixer upper :)

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Italy, Florence, Tuscany, farmhouse, abandoned, decay, countryside, Tuscan Villa, Tuscan Farmhouse, travel photography

Italy, Florence, Tuscany, farmhouse, abandoned, decay, countryside, Tuscan Villa, Tuscan Farmhouse, travel photography

Italy, Florence, Tuscany, farmhouse, abandoned, decay, countryside, Tuscan Villa, Tuscan Farmhouse, travel photography

Italy, Florence, Tuscany, farmhouse, abandoned, decay, countryside, Tuscan Villa, Tuscan Farmhouse, travel photography


Manhattan Eye Candy

Here’s another extraordinary piece of street art from my time in Manhattan. This one was in Little Italy and before you ask I didn’t “almost” miss this. This beauty caught my eye right away.

I used Topaz Detail to bring out  bit of the detail in the brick and adjust the saturation on each colour (individually) in Photoshop. Don’t forget you can download a free trial of any Topaz Labs product and use the code ELPhoto to save 15% off the regular price.

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wall mural, wall art, New York, Manhattan, Little Italy, brick, building,


A Most Unusual Gin

Walking through Soho one day I almost missed this mural. Can you imagine? I was talking and not paying attention but luckily, as I was about to cross the street a car was coming through the intersection which made me stop. When I looked across the street this is what I saw.

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New York, Soho, South of Houston, mural, wall art, street art, Manhattan, Hendrick's, gin, painting, building

I also wanted to let you know of new ebook by Ian Plant and it’s absolutely free to download. Costa Rica – Wonders of the Osa is a 40 page ebook showcase the beautiful forest wildlife of the Osa Peninsula.  Click here to download this free ebook.

Ian Plant, Dreamscapes, ebook, Costa Rica

The Dreamscape team has also recently released The Complete Lightroom Workflow tutorial. This series of 18 video tutorials is over 3 hours long by Dreamscapes blogger Kurt Budiger will show you how to use Adobe Lightroom 5 to unlock your photos’ hidden potential.  Kurt takes the mystery out of this powerful program. He leads you

The Complete Lightroom Workflow, Adobe Lightroom, LR, tutorial,through his personal workflow, taking you every step of the way—from importing media through organizing and editing images, applying common adjustments, synching your settings across images, and exporting to Adobe Photoshop. And as an added bonus, he provides you three case studies from his own images, explaining the aesthetic decisions he made in processing each image. The normal retail price of the videos is $29.95, but use discount code Darkroom1 to get $3 off! Click here to purchase or download a free sample.


City On The Edge

This is another image taken from Brooklyn Heights but a slightly different composition than the one in my previous post. This image was shot at sunrise but I decided to create a more dramatic image by giving it a B&W treatment in Perfect B&W by OnOne.

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Brooklyn Heights, Manhattan, city view, cityscape, Hudson River, long exposure, golden hour, sunrise, travel photography, Black & White, monochrome


Top 10 Reasons to Visit Brooklyn

A couple of months ago we decided to spend a few days in Manhattan over the Christmas holidays. Have you tried to book a hotel room in the city during the holidays? No! I could buy a small car for 4 nights hotel. Ok I exaggerate…but only slightly. Luckily we have cousins who live in Park Slope, Brooklyn who graciously offered us the use of their house  while they were away on vacation.

I have a confession to make. I enjoyed Brooklyn much more than Manhattan this time around. Now don’t get me wrong, I really do love New York, but the throngs of people and the frantic tourist frenzy that takes place in the city at this time of year just got to me. Now of course I don’t consider myself a tourist. I have friends and family in New York. I’ve been there more times then I can count. I know the city inside and out (kind of). Anyway, on to the point of this post…the Top 10 Things that I Love about Brooklyn & why you should visit if you can:

10. Home of the Brooklyn Nets – seriously have you checked their standings lately

9. Barcleys Centre – a state of the art arena that opened in Sept 2012. Its home to the Nets and starting in 2015 will also be home to the New York Islanders. The modern design and architecture make this building worth visiting. Just a bit of trivia for you…the first regular season NBA game took place in November 2012 where the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors…Hmmm.

8. It’s close to Manhattan – under a 20 minute subway ride gets you to midtown.

7. It’s the calm amidst the chaos that is the city.

6. World Class Restaurants - whether you’re looking for a quite romantic spot or a deli, Brooklyn has much to offer the foodie.

5. It has great neighborhoods – whether its East, North, South or Central Brooklyn there are too many neighborhoods to name. Brooklyn is New York’s most populous borough. I stayed in Park Slope with its brownstones and family friendly atmosphere but had the chance to explore Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Prospect Heights as well. All unique in their own way.

4. Prospect Park – designed by the same designers who designed Central Park, Prospect Park includes Brooklyn’s only lake, the Prospect Park Zoo, sports facilities including baseball diamonds, tennis courts and soccer fields. It’s a great place for a run, stroll, cycle regardless of the season. It’s also a great place to take pictures –says yours truly J

3. You can walk just about anywhere. Maybe it’s where I was staying but we didn’t move our car for 4 days. Living in a suburban neighborhood in Toronto, where I usually get in the car to grab a cup of coffee, this was a real bonus.

2. Brooklyn Heights Promenade for the best views of lower Manhattan, The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and The Statue of Liberty. A must for photographers.

1. DUMBO – which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Yes the rumbling trains thunder overhead but this has become a cool place to hang. Sandwiched between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, with its cobblestoned streets, galleries and fashionable boutiques, DUMBO is a must for any visitor (and photographer) to Brooklyn.

I went down to DUMBO one evening with the intention of photographing the bridges at night. I could have spent the whole night just staring out at the city and lights.

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Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn, nightscape, reflection, bridge lights, travel photography, Hudson River


View from Brooklyn Heights

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays. I took a much-needed break the last couple of weeks to recharge my batteries. My family and I headed to New York for a few days and enjoyed some wonderful family time, but of course I found a little time for photography as well.

Before I get into todays image I wanted to let you know that Ian Plant has released a new ebook, Yellowstone – Light & Life. This glorious 80 page book is filled with Ian’s beautiful images and the best part is that it’s completely FREE. You can pick it up at the Dreamscapes store here.

Ian Plant, Yellowstone, ebook, Dreamscapes, Yellowstone Light and Life

2014 is shaping up to be a busy year but in a good way. I spent some of my time off working on my PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy site which will be ready for a sneak peek later in the week. I’ll also be participating in a group photography exhibition in downtown Toronto later this month and I’ll be sharing more information on that later in the week as well.

Now on to today’s image. This was taken at the bottom of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade just before sunrise on our first morning in New York. What a fantastic spot for views of the Manhattan skyline.

Brooklyn Heights, Manhattan, city view, cityscape, Hudson River, long exposure, golden hour, sunrise, travel photography,


2013 – A Year in Review

I can’t believe another year is coming to a close but then again I say that every year. It seems they go by so quickly these days. As I look back on 2013 I’m proud of some of the images that I produced and some of the projects that I’m working on. As I announced a couple of months ago I’m launching a new pet photography business, PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for sometime and I’ll have the website ready for launch in January.

Below are some of my favourite images from this year. They don’t necessarily reflect the most popular images by hits or comments but ones that resonated with me for various reasons and I’ll let you know why as you go through them. Enjoy!

One last thing…wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Jackson Square in B&W

Interestingly enough this image never appeared on the blog. The colour version did (and you can see it here) but for some reason I didn’t post the B&W version which happens to be my favourite of the two. This was shot before sunrise and I love the moodiness that comes out in the B&W.

New Orleans, NOLA, Jackson Square, benches, sunrise, dawn, travel photography, monochrome, Black White

Jackson Square

Cafe du Monde

To call Cafe du Monde a coffee shop is downgrading it a bit. It’s a landmark and institution in New Orleans which was established in 1862. Cafe du Monde is open 24/7 and it was the perfect place for me to duck in and warm up with a piping cup of coffee and beignet right after my sunrise shoots in the city.

New Orleans, Cafe Du Monde, cafe, coffee, French Quarter

Cafe Du Monde – New Orleans

The Elgin Theatre

I was fortunate to be able to shoot this iconic theatre in Toronto at the beginning of the year. This was one of my favourite images from that shoot. Little did I know that it would be selected to appear on the cover of the theatre’s souvenir brochure. Below is a scan (sorry about the poor quality) of the cover.

Elgin Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Balcony, ornate, interior

The Elgin Theatre, Toronto

Elgin Theatre, WinterGarden Theatre, 100th Anniversary, Brochure Cover, Edith Levy Photography,

Boston Strong

I attended a conference in Boston in April. At the time I wasn’t quite sure if it would be taking place as it was taking place a few days after the Boston Marathon bombing. The conference went on as scheduled and although security was tight at the airports and in the city I was amazed at the resilience of the city and its people.

Boston, Memorial, Bolyston street, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong

Golden

This past July I took a trip to California, starting in San Francisco and driving down the coast to L.A. While the weather wasn’t always in my favour (lots of fog) I di manage to come away with some images that I was really pleased with. My second day in San Francisco called for an early morning wake up call to shoot the Golden Gate bridge. Being in a place for the first time without a lot of time to explore and get to know you’re way around means that you waste a lot of time looking for the perfect vantage point to shoot from. I was lucky here because as soon as I shoot this the lights on the bridge were turned off.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, Sunrise, Blue Hour, bridge, landscape, Edith Levy Photography

Golden

La Bicyclette

Come on…you had to know I’d include a bicycle image in my year-end recap :) I loved that the name of this restaurant in Carmel-By-The-Sea was called La Bicyclette.

Carmel, California, night, bicycle, La Bicyclette, restaurant, window, French, flags, dining, travel photography

La Bicyclette

The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

I was just really pleased with the way this came out. The light was very low and I didn’t have a tripod with me. I increased my ISO, braced myself against the railing and took the shot. Sometimes you just have to go for it.

Hearst Castle, Roman Pool, San Simeon, California, indoor pool, water, reflections, travel photography

The Roman Gods Stand Tall

Sponge

This is just a personal favourite. I took pictures of this little guy…his name is Sponge as part of my portfolio building sessions. Isn’t he just adorable.

French Bulldog, Frenchie, pet photography, best friend, dog photography

The Lonely Path

This image was taken at the Rockwood Autoyard in Ontario while I was attending a workshop with Denise Ippolito. It was drizzling the whole day with a light mist floating in the air which made for some terrific light.

Ontario, forest, path, autumn, fall, changing colours, trees, fine art, texture, fog

The Lonely Path

Santa Barbara Marina

Here’s another personal favourite from my California trip. I loved the different colours emanating from the boats and wanted to give this image a bit of an abstract, impressionist feel.

Santa Barbara, California, harbor, sailboats, abstract, pacific ocean, surreal, wharf

Santa Barbara Harbour Abstraction

Santa Monica Pier

One the last night of my California trip I was determined to get a shot of Santa Monica pier at night. Even though it was cold and I really wasn’t dressed properly I headed to the pier (with my husband in tow…he really does deserve an award) and set up for this long exposure.

Santa Monica, pier, amusement park, lights, ferris wheel, roller coaster, night photography, long exposure, travel photography, beach

Amusing Lights

Malibu Pier

This is probably the image I’m most proud of this year. A long exposure of Malibu Pier with a high key treatment.

Malibu Pier, California, long exposure, high key, beach, waves, malibu pier cafe, travel photography

Elephant Seal Rookery at Piedras Blancas

I really had fun photographing these elephant seals at Piedras Blancas which is about 3 miles north of San Simeon on the Pacific Coast. I title this image “A Little Disagreement” but someone made a comment that it looks like the seal on the right might be laughing at a joke (wish I had thought of that), but the loud barking of these mammoth seals is still ringing in my ears :)

Elephant Seal, Rookery, San Simeon, Piedras Blancas, California, beach, nature, travel photography, ocean front, beach

A Little Disagreement

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a Very Happy New Year.


A Little Disagreement

Here’s another image that I took at the Elephant Seal Rookery at Piedras Blancas. You can see the first image from the rookery here. These two fellas were arguing about something and I have to tell you they are loud. Males can weight up to 5,000 lbs, so I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t want to get into a fight with one.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Elephant Seal, Rookery, San Simeon, Piedras Blancas, California, beach, nature, travel photography, ocean front, beach


The View from Nepenthe

In 1947 Lolly and Bill Fassett bought a log cabin in Big Sur, California with the dream of building a restaurant where people from up and down the coast could come and eat and drink under the sun and stars and marvel at the spectacular views of the Big Sur coastline. The name of the restaurant is Nepenthe and today it’s still owned and operated by Lolly & Bill’s children and grandchildren. The views of Big Sur are indeed spectacular but unfortunately on the day that I was there it was shrouded in fog. I certainly wasn’t going to get the image I was dreaming off (looks like I’ll have to make another trip out to California :) ) but decided to try to see what I could do with the fog and my 10 Stop ND filter.

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Nepenthe, Big Sur, California, Pacific Coast, PCH, fog, mist, view, mountains, long exposure, travel photography


Venice Art Walls

A section of Venice Beach is a fantastic art gallery. Street artists can create beautiful works of graffiti art (“by permit only” as the sign says) for all to see and enjoy. Here’s a sampling of what you can find.

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Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean

Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean

Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean

Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean


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