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Posts tagged “travel photography

Bicycle Parking in Boston

If you don’t know by now, I always keep my eyes open when travelling for interesting bicycle shots. These are easier to be found in Europe where you’re more likely to find old vintage bikes leaning against ancient buildings and walls. Every so often though I come across an interesting scene such as this one in Boston’s North End.

You’ve got to love the parking job.

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Boston, north end, Little Italy, street, bicycle, parking, fence, street photography,

A Boston Sunset

I had to be in Boston last week for a conference and I decided to get in a day early so that I could do some shooting around the city. I do love Boston and was thrilled to find myself back in Beantown, even if it was just for a few days.

I spent hours walking during the day but I knew where I wanted to end up at sunset…Fan Pier. The pier is a great spot to photograph the skyline. I’d shot there the last time I was in town and was terribly disappointed with the images I came away with so this was my opportunity to give it another go.

It was a lovely sunset…not a wow by any means but nice and subtle with a beautiful transition to the blue hour. I was much happier this time around.

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

Tel Aviv Arches

I must be going through a Black and White period because I’m really enjoying stripping away colour and letting patterns and graphic elements speak for themselves. Believe it or not I still have images from my Israel trip a year ago that I haven’t processed. This was taken across the street from the beach promenade in Tel Aviv.

I really wish I could remember what this building was. I know it wasn’t a hotel but the arches and repeating patterns just beckoned to be photographed. If anyone can identify this building let me know.

I’m also very excited because I will be heading back to Israel at the end of September for a couple of weeks and looking forward to doing more exploring with my camera.

This image was processed completely in Lightroom 5.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, arches, graphic, promenade, black and white

San Quirico D’Orcia

I was going through my archives and came a cross an image I took in San Quirico D’Orcia in Tuscany. I love the way the winding street leads the eye through the image. I used Topaz Impression to create a digital painting.

I know I’ve been somewhat absent this week. Work has gotten extremely busy in the last couple of months and I’ve been doing more business travel in the last couple of months then I’ve done in the past 2 years (unfortunately without my camera). This has left me with less time to focus on my photography and blog but I’m hoping that life will get back to normal soon.  Thanks for sticking around while get through this busy period.

San Quirico D'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy, village, winding lane, buildings, digital painting, travel photography

Italian Shoes

I thought I would post something a bit more whimsical and light today. Walking through the narrow streets of Montepulciano there were many wine & cheese stores, jewellery stores and of course leather goods.  This little shoe store had, what I think was an absolutely delightful display. Oh and the shoes inside were much more upscale :)

Italy, Tuscany, Montepulciano, shoes, shoe store, display, travel photography

More Dizzying Heights & My Thoughts on Creativity

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, lots of laughs and good eats :) I don’t think any of my posts so far have garnered such opposing opinions as my Havana Rooftops multiple exposure that I posted last Friday.

Some of you didn’t like it…I mean really didn’t like it and some of you did. I actually found all the comments refreshing and I want to thank everyone that did comment and offered their opinion. As photographers we want people to like, no love our work. It’s one of the reasons we do what we do but it’s not the only reason. There’s also the self-satisfaction of creating something different. Sometimes when we look through the viewfinder we see something that may not be there physically but rather in our minds.  The definition of creative is “having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas.” While some of these ideas will appeal to some they won’t appeal to others. I can just imagine what some people must have said when Jackson Pollock create his first piece of art.

Oh please don’t get me wrong, I am in no way comparing my work with that of Jackson Pollock. I’m just making an analogy between his experimentation and mine.

Some of you asked what the original image looked like. Here it is…

Havana, Cuba, rooftops, cityscape, travel photography

And I’ll give you one more of my “experimentations” before I leave and I promise I’ll get back to my regularly scheduled program with my next post :)  Oh…and please leave a comment and let me know what you think…either way.

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Cuba, havana, multiple exposure, rooftops, travel photography,


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