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Archive for December, 2011

2011 – A Year in Review

I started this blog on June 2, 2011, almost 7 months ago. It hasn’t been a full year yet but as we bid farewell to 2011 and get ready to welcome in a New Year I thought it fitting to look back on the short life of this site and how I fit into this thing called the World Wide Web. I launched Edith Levy Photography & Project 52 as a way to share my images with family and friends and ensure that I make a commitment to get out and shoot on a consistent basis. I also hoped that this blog would allow me to connect with the photographic community, get feedback and learn from others.

Well what’s happened in the last 7 months has completely exceeded my expectations. I’ve been posting more than once a week. I’ve been shooting, shooting, shooting. I’m learning new post processing techniques everyday. I have met so many wonderful and supportive individuals….people that I’m proud to call “Friend.” I want to say Thank You to everyone that follows this blog and comes back day after day. It means so much to get your encouragement and feedback. I’m truly proud to be part of this community.

This blog has grown since its inception and I’m amazed to say that as of yesterday I’ve hit over 20,000 views. As I look forward to 2012, ideas keep swirling around in my mind on where I’d like to take not only this site but my photography as well.  The only thing that I really need is time which there never seems to be enough of. The ideas are taking shape and I’ll tackle them methodically, one at a time until they become reality.

I’ve had some people ask if I sell my images…I do. Keep an eye out because early in January I will be adding a gallery to the site where images can be purchased.

Below are some of my favorite images from 2011…Enjoy.  Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

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Laskey Emporium

Project 52 Entry #31

We’re back at Black Creek Village. In my last post we visited the The Saddler & Harness Maker which you can see here if you missed it. Today we pay a visit to Laskey Emporium, a general store in the traditional sense.

Here you can pick up dry goods, toys for the little ones or textiles to make a pretty dress…the Walmarts of its day. As I was standing inside the store I was just imagining how simple it must have been back then. Shopping for gifts must have been easy…..

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The Saddler & Harness Maker

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend.  As I eluded to last week I would be posting some images from my visit to Black Creek Pioneer Village.  The village is a recreation of what life looked like in 19th Century Ontario. The site includes 35 restored heritage buildings including a Blacksmith shop, General Store and Schoolhouse.

We start our visit today with the shop of the Saddler & Harness Maker. (You can click on the images to see a larger version)

This was such a terrific building to photograph. The sun was shining on this day and casting some awesome shadows on the building itself. I positioned myself a few different ways until I got the shadow of the tree the way I wanted it with the branches almost hugging the building. I really wanted the focus to be on the shadows and felt this worked best in B&W which I processed with Topaz B&W Effects.

The next 2 images are from the interior of the building. All I could think of when I was in there was that this would make a great Ralph Lauren ad.

Happy Holiday

As everyone goes off to spend time with family and friends and celebrate the holiday season I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Holiday. Whether you celebrate Christmas…Merry Christmas; Hanukkah…Happy Hanukkah; Kwanzaa…Joyous Kwanzaa or any other holiday have a safe and happy celebration.

I leave you with this image from Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto.

A Day in the Country

Project 52 Entry #30

A quick post today. This was taken this past weekend at Black Creek Pioneer Village here in Toronto. I spent a wonderful morning shooting there and I’ll have a whole series of images to share with you next week. Can you believe this is the month of December? No Snow 😦

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah so I’d like to wish all those celebrating a very Happy Hanukkah.

Rabari – Encounters With the Nomadic Tribe

A New eBook from Light Stalking

When Light Stalking approached me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a new ebook that they were getting ready to release I was intrigued. They stated that this new ebook provided great insight into the photographic process of a travel photographer by Mitchell Kanashkevich.

The first thing that struck me when I received the book were the images. They started to tell me a story right away, that of a talented photographer who engages his subjects in order to exude a sense of familiarity and serenity in his subjects. How else could he capture such personal and enthralling images of his subjects.

As I read the book I quickly realized that this was much more than just the technical side of the photographic process (although that it is) it also lays out, in detail, the thought process of a photographer as he defines his objectives of what the final portrait is to convey.

The book is comprised of 10 images  and for each image Mitchell Kanashkevich out lines the following: 

  • background information of how he selected his subject and where he shot
  • Objectives
  • Lighting which is modeled with a detailed lighting map
  • Composition
  • Equipment used and camera setting
  • Challenges & he overcame them
  • The “what” and “why” of post processing

I really felt that I was along for the ride on this photo shoot. It helped demystify how these images were taken. I’ve always found it intimidating shooting portraits when I’m travelling and Mitchell has created a guide that answers all those questions that you’ve ever asked as a photographer. To me the most useful part was understanding his thought process, how he lit his subjects and his post processing work….yes these images didn’t come straight out of the camera looking like this.

Kanashkevich is a travel and documentary photographer who’s written for Digital Photography School and Craft & Vision. His work is used by Getty and Corbis and has been seen on the cover of Geographical magazine and Digital SLR Photographer as well as in many other magazines. He has visited exotic locations such as Indonesia, India and Ethiopia to further his photographic experience and travel photography portfolio.

Rabari – Encounters With the Nomadic Tribe is available for download for the special Christmas release price of $19.95 when you apply the special launch discount code “HAPPYXMAS” until Dec 25th. Click Here to get the ebook.