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Posts tagged “travel photography

Afternoon in the Village

Taking a little break from my subway station images of New York this is a shot of a small park in Greenwich Village.

This was a quick “grab” shot as my husband and I were walking around the village. It was late afternoon, the light was not great actually it was pretty dull but I liked the scene. I processed this image in Lightroom CC and then brought it into Photoshop where I used Topaz Texture Effects. I used a couple of different filters, tweaking each as I went to get my final result.

On another note, I posted two versions of a night shot of Times Square (colour & Black & White) on my Facebook and Instagram pages this weekend. I asked for feedback on which people preferred, the colour version or the B&W one. It was a pretty even split with the colour beating to the B&W by 1 vote. I’d love to know what you think. If you have a minute hop on over to my Facebook page and let me know. I’d appreciate the feedback.

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New York, Manhattan, park, square, Greenwich Village,


The Neon Lights of Broadway

I spent a few days in New York a couple of weeks ago and it really doesn’t matter how often I’m there it’s probably one of my most favourite cities to photograph.

Truthfully I’ve been there so many times that I usually tend to stay away from Times Square unless I’m going to the theatre. Please don’t get me wrong, if you haven’t been there you must experience it but it’s always so jam-packed with people, that I tend avoid it.

Of course there are always exceptions. :) This particular evening I was determined to do some long exposures. Long exposures in Times Square at night are actually quite tricky to do as the neon lights are extremely bright. After many frames and multiple settings I did manage to come away with some shots I was pleased with.

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New York City, Manhattan, Broadway, Times Square, long exposure, night photography, city lights


2015 My Year in Review

Every year Jim Goldstein runs a project on his blog, JMG Galleries, where he encourages photographers to post their best pictures of the year. It’s a great project and I’ve participated every year. When I started participating about 4 years ago I thought, “what a great way to have pictures seen by a whole new audience.”

That was me when I first started blogging but now there are so many other reasons that I participate. Yes I still like that fact that I may reach a new audience but more than that I find this to be a difficult and yet rewarding exercise. It’s tough to cull through your work and pick what you think may be the best of the year. It really gives me a chance to go though my images (some that I haven’t looked at for almost a year) and decide whether they’re good enough to make the cut of the top 10 or 15.  I try to review my images from a technical perspective and from a creative one. Certainly I’m drawn to certain images due to the circumstances of where and when they were taken. The picks may not always be perfect and certainly wouldn’t win any awards but art is subjective and what one person views as a masterpiece another make look at and dismiss entirely.

It’s been a busy and rewarding year both on the photographic front and from a family and work stand point. I’ve taken on a new role at work which was unexpected at the beginning of 2015 but I am loving it. The only downside has been that its been so busy that my photography had to take a bit of a back seat.

From a photography perspective I’ve continued to sell prints and license new work which is always very exciting and rewarding. I won’t make any specific commitments for the new year because I know that my day job will still be taking up a lot of my time but learning new photographic techniques and honing my craft is something that I know will always be important and I will find and make the time to do it.

If you have a chance jump on over to Jim Goldstein’s site here in or about the second week of January and he should have a list of year in review post listed for your viewing pleasure. There’s always a great list of photographers on there, you won’t regret it.

As always you can click on the images to enlarge them or to Purchase a Print.

Cuba, Havana, Old Havana, street photography, travel photography, black and white

Cuba

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

Refracted Water Drops

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

Cuba

Hilton Falls, Ontario, Milton, conservation, waterfall, long exposure, trees

Hilton Falls, Ontario

Boston, skyline, Fan Pier, sunset, blue hour, travel photography, harbour, lights, Charles River

Boston

Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka Chairs, dock, sunset, nature

Muskoka

Lake Ontario, Toronto, Beaches, sail, sailboats, water

Lake Ontario

Old Montreal, Quebec, night photography, long exposure, historic

Old Montreal

Jerusalem, Israel, street photography, black and white, monochrome, man, beard

Jerusalem, Israel

Israel, Jerusalem, Western Wall, Orthodox, Man, Walking, Motion, black and white, travel photography,

Jerusalem, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, beach, family, photographer, golden, water, sea, Mediterranean

Tel Aviv, Israel

 


Good Night Tel Aviv

One of my most favourite places in the world….the beach in Tel Aviv.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, Mediterranean, sea, coastline, travel photography, Gordon Beach, long exposure


The Guitar Player

We were walking through the Cardo (Jerusalem’s main street 1500 years ago) and this young Orthodox man was sitting there playing guitar. He wasn’t asking for money, he was just playing a selection go Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkal.

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Israel, Jerusalem, The Cardo, musician, guitar, orthodox, guitar player, street photography, black & white


Towards The Wall

The Western Wall, also known as the Kotel, is the holiest site in Judaism. Located in Jerusalem, it’s the western retaining wall of the Second Jewish Temple. This is where the Jews have turned to prayer for centuries.

On any given day the Kotel is full of both Orthodox and Secular Jews and while there is tight security to get in, its open to all religions. I always find visiting the Kotel a moving experience. As I was waiting for my husband and son I saw a group of people coming towards me and took this image. The gentleman in the forefront is what caught my attention and when processing this image I wanted to convey a sense of deliberate movement towards this very important site.

I processed the image in Lightroom including converting it to black and white and then brought it into Photoshop in order to create a multiple exposure.

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Israel, Jerusalem, Western Wall, Orthodox, Man, Walking, Motion, black and white, travel photography,


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