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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

 

 

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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


The Bell Tower

I was going through my images from California (can you believe I still have quite a few to process) and I came across another one from the Carmel Mission that I haven’t posted yet. I really loved this place and it was just a joy to photograph.

Just a reminder….yesterday I posted a review on 2 new books from Dreamscapes – Desert Paradise, A Guide to Death Valley National Park and Gear for the Landscape Photographer. I found out after I posted the review that the Dreamscapes Store will be running a Thanksgiving Sale starting tonight, Wednesday Nov 27th at midnight. 15% off everything in the store. No discount code required!

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Carmel Mission, Carmel, California, bell tower, garden, Monterey Peninsula, travel photography


Floating Pier

Sometimes you work on an image, where an idea and a pre-visualization of the end result had been percolating for some time and it just clicks. I’ve been waiting to post this image for a few weeks. It’s not often that I’m pleased with the outcome of one of my images (I tend to be my own worst critic) but I was really pleased with this one. This was taken at the same time as the surfing images I posted a couple of weeks ago. I used my 10-stop ND filter in order to achieve a long exposure and I used Topaz Black & White Effects to create the final image.

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


Amusing Lights

This week is turning out to be about night photography. I’ve been wanting to shoot Santa Monica Pier at night for some years now. I was in California about 5 years ago on a family vacation and didn’t bring a tripod (I’ve learned from that mistake) and just didn’t make it to take this shot. Well this past July this was definitely on my shooting list.

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From now until December 25th all products in my gallery are 15% off. Use the coupon code Holiday2013.

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


Swim or Surf?

This wraps up surf week. Thanks for joining me for a little trip back to Malibu and letting me share my some of my surfing shots with you. Before we get to todays images I just wanted to let you know that I added a new review to my site yesterday for the Gura Gear Bataflae camera bag. You can find it under the Product Reviews tab on the main navigation bar or just click here. Would love to hear what you think of the review.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Malibu, California, surfing, beach, ocean, pacific ocean, surf board

Malibu, California, surfing, beach, ocean, pacific ocean, swim, pier, sign, flags, travel photography


Surf Shack

Welcome to surf week. I had a blast on the beach in Malibu photographing all the surfers.  I’ll start the week of with a look at the Surf Shack. This haven for all things surfing is located directly across the street from the beach on top of a fish restaurant. I loved the look of this place and knew it would be perfect for a HDR image.

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Malibu, California, surf, surf shack, hang ten, travel photography, HDR,


Eat Lotsa Lobster

In my last post I posted an image of Stearns Wharf at sunset. I think I mentioned that I was standing behind a restaurant near the end of the pier to take that picture. I thought it only appropriate to show you the restaurant in question, The Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. This is a HDR (3 bracketed images) processed in Photomatix. I decided not to “de-ghost” the flag as I wanted it to be fluttering in the wind.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Santa Barbara, California, pier, wharf, Stearns Wharf, restaurant, seafood, lobster, HDR, travel photography


Stearns Wharf at Sunset

I thought I would take you back to California today. I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I just loved Santa Barbara so I wanted to share this shot of Stearns Wharf taken at sunset. Stearns Wharf is perfect for a stroll regardless the time of day but the evening was really a lovely time. This is looking inland but along the pier is a smattering of shops where you can get ice cream or pick up some touristy T-Shirts. I’m positioned right at the end of the pier behind the seafood restaurant.

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Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, California, pier, wharf, sunset, seascape, pacific ocean, travel photography


A Shoulder To Lean On

TGIF! It’s been a long and busy week but the weekend is before us and even this rainy weather can’t change that.  This is a very exciting weekend as I’m going to meet andDenise Ippolito, workshops, Toronto, Toronto Digital Photography Club attend a couple of workshops with Denise Ippolito. My photography club is hosting Denise over the next few days and she will be conducting 4 workshops for us and a seminar.  If you’re not familiar with Denise’s work you can check out her website here. If you’re in the Toronto area there are still some spots available. The information is on the Toronto Digital Photography Club website here. Once on this page click on the 3rd bullet.

Now on to today’s image. Driving south the Pacific Coast Highway about 4 miles north of Hearst Castle is the elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas.

You can walk along the path and see these amazing creatures up close. As expected I took a lot of pictures here and I will share them with you but when I was processing them this one really put a smile on my face.

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elephant seals, rookery, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, nature,


iPhone Friday – Neptune Pool

Wow it’s really been a long time since I did an iPhone Friday post.  A couple of weeks ago I post photographs of the Roman Pool at Hearst Castle. You can see those here. There’s also an outdoor pool which is just as magnificent. I do have shots that I took with my DSLR but I wanted to share this iPhone image of Neptune’s Pool. This was shot with my iPhone 4S and edited in Snapseed.

Hearst Castle, Neptune Pool, San Simeon, California, outdoor pool, water, travel photography


Sea Lion Cove

As a photographer planning a trip there are certain places that you research, determine the best time to be there,  jot down your shot list and hope that mother nature cooperates with you. Then there are other times when you decide to stop at a place that was totally unplanned. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve was one of those places. My husband and I left Carmel and were going to head straight to Big Sur.  Point Lobos is located approximately 3 miles south of Carmel and I remember reading about it but thinking that we just wouldn’t have time to stop given all the other things we wanted to do and see.  When I saw the signs for Point Lobos, I said to my husband, “I think we should stop and just check it out.” Being the adventurous spirit that he is, we did.  We stopped first at Whalers Cove and did a short 1/2 hour hike along the trail, marvelling at the panoramic views.  Figuring that we were already there and realizing what a gem we “almost” missed we decided to check out Sea Lion Point Trail…. BINGO!  Following the trail along up the hill the views of the pacific  are just incredible. As we were getting higher up the hill my husband suggested we turn around as we were already behind schedule and should start towards Big Sur. Just a bit further I said.  We made it up the hill and then I started down the hill on a natural staircase that led us to Sea Lion Cove. When we got down to the bottom (after a bit of climbing across some big boulders) we had the cove all to ourselves. Ok we weren’t really alone. The rocks just offshore and the water were filled with California Sea Lions.

Park Entrance Fee – $10

The sheer joy of being on the beach and photographing sea lions swimming nearby – Priceless!

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Sea Lion t Point Trail, Sea Lion Cove, seal, harbour seal, nature, travel photography, nature photography


Morro Rock Sunset

On our way to Santa Barbara we stopped for the night in Morro Bay. We arrived in Morro Bay later then we had anticipated and one of the things on my photo bucket list was photographing Morro Rock at sunset. Once we checked into our hotel I dumped my bags (and my husband)…sorry honey (he was tired anyway) and I headed down to the marina.

Morro Rock is located just offshore of Morro Bay and is a 581 foot volcanic plug (according to Wikipedia A volcanic plug, also called a volcanic neck or lava neck, is a volcanic landform created when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano.)

Anyway I made it to the marina, setup my tripod and camera just in time for one of the most incredible, fiery sunsets I’ve ever seen.

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Morro Bay, California, Morro Rock, marina, sunset, boats, water, fiery sky, travel photography


Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach is located in the heart of Big Sur. It was tough to find and if you’re driving south almost impossible. We stopped to ask directions and were told to turn right at the yellow yield sign. Ok we did and sure enough after driving about a mile or so down a very narrow one lane road we came upon this beautiful gem. It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t able to get here at sunrise or sunset but sometimes itineraries dictate otherwise.

This was an 11 sec. exposure using my 10-stop ND filter at f/9. I processed the image in colour and black and white. Which one do you prefer.

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Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California, State Park, rock, long exposure, travel photography, colour

Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California, State Park, rock, long exposure, travel photography, black and white


The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle was designed by architect Julie Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for William Randolph Hearst. The castle is located on the central California coast in San Simeon and is a national and state historical landmark. William Randolph Hearst died in 1951 and in 1957 the Hearst Corporation donated the estate to the State of California. Hearst Castle boasts 56 rooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, an indoor and outdoor pool and sits on 126 acres.

The Roman Pool, the indoor pool, was built between 1927 and 1934. The pool is decorated with square mosaic glass tiles in blue, orange and clear and is adorned by statues of Roman gods and goddesses.

This was difficult to shoot as it was very dark in the pool and I didn’t have a tripod with me. I set my camera’s ISO to 3200 and bracketed all my exposures but some were just not as successful as I had hoped. Even with the high ISO the exposures were long and some of my images were a bit shaky so the images didn’t line up properly in Photomatix. The fist image was a single exposure but I was able to bring out the detail using Lucis.  The 2nd and 3rd images were indeed bracketed (I was able to steady myself by the railing) and processed with Photomatix.

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

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

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


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