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Seville

It’s been far to long since I’ve added any new content…since last November if truth be told. That’s probably my longest absence. Much has happen since then but if you’ve been following me on Instagram (where I post images on a regular basis) then you might not need much catching up.

Earlier this summer I travelled to Israel and Greece and as I was thinking about a blog post on about that trip I realize that I haven’t shared all of my images from Spain and Portugal or uploaded them to my gallery. I’m going to fix that right now so head on over to my gallery. 🙂Seville; May 2018; Spain; travel; Real Alcazar; Royal Palace; Baths of Maria De Padilla

 


Happy Halloween

It’s been far too long since I’ve blogged. I have no excuse other than life has just been very busy.

Quick post today as Master Finn and I want to wish everyone a Happy Halloween! May the Force be with You!


Gallery Group Show

Last month I alluded to the fact that I had some exciting news to share with all of you. I apologize for the delay in sharing and for my absence from the blogosphere but life sometimes has other plans for us.

Last May, when I returned from my Spain trip, there was an email waiting for me from a gallery here in Toronto who had seen my work on Instagram. They wanted to know if I would be interested to come in and have a portfolio review with the gallery owner. Hmmmm….let me think for a moment….YES.

I met with gallery owner and curator Elaine Fleck for my portfolio review and received valuable feedback. Elaine was particularly interested in my Subway Tableau series. The Elaine Fleck Gallery showcases emerging artists twice a year and I’m so excited to tell you that I was offered the opportunity to be a part of the fall catalogue and group exhibit.

The opening night reception took place on September 20th and it was a wonderful experience. I am humbled to have been a part of the exhibit and especially to be amongst the high caliber of artists and artworks exhibited.


Ronda, Spain – Puente Nuevo

The Puente Nuevo is the “newest” bridge in Ronda which was built in 1793. The bridge took 40 years to complete, is approximately 325 feet and cost the lives of 50 builders. The bridge bisects the new and old towns of Ronda and both the bridge and the views are spectacular.

Ronda is located between Malaga and Seville and is an easy day trip from either city. To be honest I do regret not spending the night as thee was so much to see and do.

Ronda, Spain, valley, mountains, village, Puente Nuevo, bridge, city on the edge, travel photography

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Ronda, Spain…A Bicycle Moment

Oh how I love to find these moments…finding a bicycle leaning against a fence surrounded by beautiful old buildings and incredible landscapes.

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Ronda, Spain, valley, mountains, bicycle, village


Malaga Port

Another beautiful place to spend an evening in Malaga is at the port / marina. It’s a great place to eat, shop and of course do some night photography. The beach, port and old town are all within a 10 minute walk from each other. If you’re planning a trip to Spain make a stop in Malaga, you won’t be disappointed.

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The marina boasts a lighthouse in the harbour….

Malaga, Spain, marina, pier, night photography, long exposure, reflections, lighthouse, boats

….and a ferris wheel….

Malaga, Spain, marina, pier, night photography, long exposure, reflections, boat, ferris wheel

….and the Pompidou Center, the famed French museum has a pop-up in Malaga.

Malaga, Spain, port, marina, pier, night photography, long exposure, reflections, lighthouse, Centre Pompidou


Old Town Malaga

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the word. It was founded in 770 BC by the Phoenicians and was originally known as Malaka. In addition to its long history, Malaga is also the birthplace of painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol and the actor Antonio Banderas.

Day or night the beauty of this city is hard to resist.

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Malaga, Spain, old town, night photography, long exposure, town square


Star Trails over Turtle Lake

Last weekend we were invite to a friends cottage. Aside from enjoying the company of wonderful friends and relaxing in beautiful surroundings I was most excited to try my hand at shooting star trails and the Perseid Meteor Showers that occurred over the weekend.

Here’s one of first attempts at star trails. This was a 15 minute exposure.

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Ontario, Gravenhurst, star trails, night photography, long exposure, stars, lake, Turtle Lake


Blue Hour at the Pier

This image was taken on the same evening as the previous post with a more expansive view of the pier and the old town in Malaga.

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Malaga, Spain, sunset, blue hour, golden hour, landscape, pier, long exposure


Malaga Sunset

I was fortunate to be staying at a hotel that had a rooftop swimming pool. Never did use the pool but it was a perfect spot to capture the sunset over the old town of Malaga.

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Spain, Malaga, sunset, Old town, blue hour, travel, cityscape


Beach Day in Malaga

Our next stop on our Spain adventure was the beach town of Malaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas. Naturally the first stop was the beach.

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Alhambra Reflections

On our way to Malaga from Barcelona we stopped in Granada to tour The Alhambra. Make sure that if you’re planning a trip you purchase your tickets online well in advance. We actually saw people turned away because there were no more tickets that day.

The reflecting pools that have been built directly in front of the palaces visually increases their size by the mirror like effect. It creates a beautiful scene to behold.

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Spain, Granada, Alhambra, palace, architecture, reflection, travel

Spain, Granada, Alhambra, palace, architecture, reflection, travel

Spain, Granada, Alhambra, palace, architecture, reflection, travel


We’re On A Roll!

One of my most favourite cities in the world is New York and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to visit often. I was there at the beginning of July for a long weekend and the reason for this latest trip was more then just a weekend getaway but it was also to do a bit more shooting underground in the subway. There was a very special reason for this which I will reveal over the next few weeks so stay tuned.

I did manage to stay above ground as well and spent a day in Brooklyn shooting on a very hot, humid and rainy day.

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New York, Brooklyn, DUMBO, underpass, hotdog vendor, black and white, BNW, NYC


Old Town Valencia

I was thoroughly impressed by the old historic centre of Valencia. The lovely narrow streets, colourful buildings and excellent food is what I love most about Europe.

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Valencia, Spain, old town, historic, architecture, bicycle

 


Introspection In Valencia

From the new to the old in Valencia.

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Valencia, Spain, old town, historic, bench, church, pigeon, woman


Welcome to the Future in Valencia

Walk through the grounds of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia and you will think your on the set of a Logan’s Run (yes I’m dating myself) or Blade Runner (except much brighter).

Far away from the beautiful old town is Valencia’s most important modern tourist destination. The complex houses a planetarium; an IMAX theatre; an Aquarium; a botanical garden; a science museum; an Opera house and a few other surprises. The buildings themselves and the grounds are spectacular and well worth the visit.

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Spain, Valencia, City of Arts and Sciences, complex, architecture, modern city, travel

Spain, Valencia, City of Arts and Sciences, complex, architecture, modern city, travel

Spain, Valencia, City of Arts and Sciences, complex, architecture, modern city, travel

Spain, Valencia, City of Arts and Sciences, complex, architecture, modern city, travel


A Different View

A couple of weeks ago I posted “Blue Garden View” from Park Guell in Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece has an endless amount of beautiful photographic spots and all one has to do is simply move to the other side of the house.

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Barcelona, Spain, Park Guell, Antoni Gaudi, blue, window, architecture


Painted Pier

A little something from Barcelona to take you into this hot, long weekend. Happy Canada Day and to my American friends Happy 4th of July.

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Barcelona, Spain, travel, Barcelonetta, waterfront, pier, graffiti, lighthouse


La Rambla

Everyone told me it was touristy…they were right. I was told it was crowded…correct. I was warned that the restaurants and stores were expensive…yup. But to go to Barcelona and not take a stroll on La Rambla now that would be a missed opportunity. Everyone should experience it at least once.

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Barcelona, Spain, La Rambla, architecture, tourists, travel


Blue Garden View

Framing a scene, like this view of Park Guell in Barcelona, really makes it pop. The blue wall doesn’t hurt either.

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Barcelona, Spain, Park Guell, Antoni Gaudi, blue, window, architecture, gardens


After the Rain

When we arrived at Parc Guell (after a gruelling uphill climb) it was cloudy and raining. Parc Guell is beautiful but it absolutely radiates in the sunshine. Luckily a half hour after arriving the clouds dispersed and the sun came out.

It had already stopped racing but people still had their umbrellas out. This image with its bright skies, people holding umbrellas and the partial view of the park with the sea beyond, I felt was a good candidate for a digital painting. After processing this in Lightroom I used Topaz Detail and Topaz Impression to create the final image.

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Barcelona, Spain, Park Guell, Antoni Gaudi, architecture, digital painting


Gaudi Blue

When in Barcelona you must go the Gaudi way!

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Barcelona, Spain, Park Guell, Antoni Gaudi, blue, door, architecture


Barcelona Bicycle

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post and I apologize for that. Life is busy as I’m sure most of you can attest too. I’ve just returned from a wonderful 2 weeks in Spain and Portugal and if you’ve been following me on Instagram and Facebook you probably already know that.

Some of you may also be aware of my love of searching out and finding lovely bicycle scenes when I travel (it’s a thing what can I say). I thought it only fitting that as I start sharing my images of Spain that by first one should be a bicycle shot.

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Spain, Barcelona, bicycle, bike, leaning, window, Europe, travel


The Light Within

Slot Canyons are caused by erosion. Water seeping through cracks over millions of years chips away at the rock and forms very deep and narrow canyons. Maybe that’s why they’re so beautiful…you should never rush perfection.

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Arizona, Page, Antelope Canyon, slot canyon, landscape, nature,