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Finn’s First Passover

Finn is ready to celebrate his first Passover and wanted to wish you all a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter!


Winter’s Solitude

Central Park

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, blizzard, snow, storm, cyclone bomb, Central Park


The Corner Deli

Walking through the Upper East Side during January’s cyclone bomb can be a lonely endeavour but it’s also quite beautiful.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, blizzard, snow, storm, cyclone bomb, Upper East Side


End of the Line

Here’s another image from my Subway Tableau©️ series.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you look it’s not always easy to see the end of the line.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, station, black and white, BNW, monochrome, tableau, 42nd Street


Snow Day in Central Park

It’s February…is it too late to say Happy New Year. I guess it’s never too late for that. Well it’s been a busy start to the year with work and family and a new puppy. I made myself a promise (not a resolution) that would find more time for shooting and posting and I’m already lagging behind in that promise.

I was invited last year by a photography Club here in Toronto to do a presentation on promoting your photography on social media. I’ll be presenting to them on Tuesday and I’m really looking forward to it. I did presentation on iPhoneography for this club last year and they’re a great group of passionate photographers.

I’ve also spent the last couple of years working on some personal projects and building a body of work. I’m going to connect with some galleries and curators in the hopes of breaking into that market. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I was in NYC the first week of January with my family. For the first time in all these years of travelling to New York I finally caught a snow storm. And what a storm, or a cyclone bomb as they were calling it. The city was still and beautiful. What a wonderful way to experience Manhattan. It was pretty rough walking around outside because of the wind but we certainly weren’t going to stay in the hotel room and unfortunately my husband and boys had no desire to be excess time outside just so that I could shoot to the storm. We came to an excellent comprise. We headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they headed inside and I went to spend sometime walking around Central Park. It was tough keeping the camera dry ( I know, poor planning on my part as I didn’t have a cover with me) but it was so beautiful being there. I tried to find places to take cover and wipe of my camera. I ducked under this little bridge and to my surprise found the most beautiful little scene to photograph. 

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, Central Park, blizzard, snow, bridge, tunnel, storm, cyclone bomb


Yin Yang

You have to look carefully and something complex and complicated gets paired down to one simple and elegant image.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, surf, surfing, surfer, waves, fine art

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday.

Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year.


Heart’s Afire

If you look really carefully the rock formations become recognizable shapes and depending on how the light filters through the beauty reveals itself.

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


The Sands of Time

The sands of time cannot be stopped years pass whether we will them or not, but we can remember…….what has been lost may yet live on in memories, that which you will hear is imperfect and fragmented yet treasure it for without you it does not exist.

Christopher Paolini

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Page, Navajo, slot canyon, sand, long exposure, travel, nature


Pick Up Here

Spring in New York. Even on a rainy day Bryant Park shines.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, Bryant Park, cafe, rainy day, rain, spring, outdoor cafe


Twister

Antelope Canyon is one of those places that keeps calling to me whenever I would see pictures of it but being inside the canyon and seeing it with my own eyes is an experience all onto itself. The colours, the light…the crowds 😦

I am grateful that I took a photo tour. Without a guide holding back the crowds it would be impossible to get a decent shot. As it was we had approximately 1 1/2 to 2 minutes to set up and shoot each shot. I’m glad that we had started with Rattlesnake Canyon first as it gave me an opportunity to try different settings in a less crowded canyon and at a more relaxed pace.

In the end it was worth it. Here’s the first image I come away with. More to follow.

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


Global Warming

I was envisioning this, as the final outcome for this image, when I shot it but I just wasn’t sure it would work. This was taken in Page, Arizona as we were waiting to be picked up by our guide to see the slot canyons.

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Arizona, Page, desert, planet, global warming, smoke stack, globe, fine art photography, travel


Inner Sanctum

My trip to Arizona was meant as a quick, rejuvenating get away for my husband and I. The plan was to spend a few days in Scottsdale poolside with a little shopping and dining and then on to a few days in Sedona for some hiking and bit more R&R.

As we were planning the trip I realized that this was my opportunity to cross off one of the items on my bucket list, which was to photograph Antelope Canyon. Page, Arizona is a good 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive from Sedona we needed to rethink our itinerary to make this work. We ended up only doing an overnighter in Sedona and heading to Page the day before our morning Photo Tour.

The slot canyons are on Navajo land and the only way to access the canyons are with a Navajo guide. After researching a number of potential tour guides and tour operators I booked with Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours.

The tour I chose was for photographers meaning you had to have a DSLR/SLR or Mirrorless camera and a full size tripod. It was a smaller group and the tour guide was experience in crowd control and provided help and advice to any photographer that needed it. Photographing in the slot canyons is challenging due to the light conditions. Our guide, Melanie, was incredible and I would highly recommend her and this company.

I booked 2 canyons, Rattlesnake and Antelope and we started with Rattlesnake which was a great way to get used to shooting in these conditions. We were only 6 photographers with plenty of room and time which was not something we would get in Antelope.

This image was taken in Rattlesnake Canyon.

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Arizona, Rattlesnake Canyon, slot canyon, navajo, sandstone, gorge


Rattlesnake Canyon

I just returned from a trip to Arizona and can now happily cross off one of my photographic bucket list items…slot canyons. I’ve been wanting to photograph Antelope Canyon from the time I first saw Peter Lik’s famous image. I know it’s been photographed by everyone but none the less its something I’ve always wanted to do.

The slot canyons are on Navajo land so the only way to access them is with a Navajo guide but even so if you want help with crowd control and be able to set up a tripod then your best bet is to book a photo tour which is what I did before leaving home. I’ll give you more information on the tour company I used and the tour I booked in a subsequent post.

I did two canyons that day with the first being Rattlesnake Canyon. This was a great canyon to start with as there were no crowds and a great way to start shooting and testing different settings and exposures.

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


Here’s Finn!

Have you met Finn? He’s been making the rounds on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

Want to learn more about him? Click here to go to my Edith Levy PhoDOGraphy site for more pictures of Finn and to learn more about him.

Mini Goldendoodle, Doodle, golden retriever, Poodle, puppy, Toronto Pet Photographer, Thornhill Pet Photographer, Vaughan Pet Photographer, Ontario Pet Photographer

 

 

 

 


Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

                                                                     Cat Stevens

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, sunrise, lifeguard station, fine art


For The Birds

This is a very common scene early morning on the promenade in Tel Aviv. What the birds don’t get from the leftovers of sunbathers they get from kind people feeding them in the mornings.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, beach, promenade, pigeons, birds, feeding, man feeding birds,


ONE

“I love the peace the sea gives me as if I’m made from the salt itself”

Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, fine art


Subway Tableau #5

Every Tableau tells a story….

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, 57th Street, station, platform, man, waiting


Wave III

You can probably guess by now that I love being at the beach, I love the water and I love photographing the water especially doing long exposures. This is another of my Tel Aviv, Israel seascapes. I love capturing the waves in their different forms and the long exposure calms an otherwise raging sea.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, fine art


Wave II

“The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall. The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.”

Virginia  Wolf

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, fine art


The Oculus

This is fast becoming a favourite destination when in New York. Now I just have to decide whether its because I love photographing this spectacular structure  or whether its because I can go shopping at Century 21 afterwards 🙂

After some initial tweaking in Lightroom I used Nik Silver Efex Pro for the black and white conversion and then Topaz Simplify to make the crowd a bit more “faceless.”

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The Oculus, World Trade Center, New York, NYC, Lower Manhattan, Black and White, BNW


Fulton Street Station

Part of the New York Subway Series….Fulton Street station. Sometimes you have to look through the grime and track garbage to see beauty 🙂

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, Fulton Street, station, platform, tracks


Overcome

These surfers just couldn’t hang on. Another early morning, another long exposure.

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The Wave

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Tel Aviv, Israel, water, sea, wave, long exposure, black and white, BNW, fine art photography