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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!

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!

Saying Good-bye to Brady

It seems that my absences are becoming more frequent and for that I apologize. I just returned from a trip to Israel with a short stop in Zürich and Milan. It’s taken me some time to adjust being home but this has nothing to do with jet lag.

Three days before leaving on my trip we lost Brady, our beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. We brought Brady home when he was just 8 weeks old and we celebrated his 12th birthday 5 days before he passed away.

Brady, as most Cavaliers, was a love sponge, yes, a love sponge. What does that mean you ask? Well  he would absorb all the love that we showered on him and then just pour it back all over us ten fold. There’s wasn’t a lap in this family that he didn’t enjoy lying on. He was a snuggle bug but fiercely protective of his family.

His loss has been devastating to our family. His absence in the house in palpable. I miss walking through the front door and being greeted by a wagging tail and big slobbery kisses. I miss being stared at with those big brown eyes whenever I’m eating something. I miss him nudging my leg telling me its time to play. I miss our walks in the park. I miss giving him tummy rubs and having him at my heels going up the stairs when it was time for bed. I miss our snuggling before bed and giving him that last scratch behind his ears (that was his favourite) before going to sleep.

Brady was more than a “dog”. He was our baby and an integral member of our family.

You’ll live in our hearts forever Brady. We love you and miss you.


Welcome to the Peer Hotel

This little fella was acting as either a protector or the welcoming committee for this small hotel in Tel Aviv. I couldn’t tell….you decide!

After some initial processing of the RAW file in Lightroom I used Topaz Texture Effects to give this a monochrome, old-time feel. I then brought the image back in Photoshop and used a layer mask to remove the texture effect from the cat.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, hotel, Peer Hotel, cat, door, wood door, monochrome, travel photography

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Do You Need a Pet Photographer?

I am so excited to let you all know that my PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy website is now live! The new site is www.PhoDOGraphybyEdith.com or you can just click on the logo to get to the first blog post. There are still things I want to add and tweaks I have to make but please have a look around and let me know what you think. I’d love to get your feedback.


iPhone Friday – Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium, located at the base of the CN Tower in downtown Toronto opened to the public last month. From what I hear its been packed during the day and absolutely crazy on weekends. My photography club had planned to have a photo outing at the aquarium on the weekend but given the crowds we changed the timing to a mid-week evening outing. So this past Wednesday evening I went swimin’ with the fishes. I haven’t had a chance to process any of my images but I did manage to take some pictures with my iPhone so here’s a look at Toronto’s newest attraction.

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, sharks,

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction,

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, starfish

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, under the sea

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, sharks,

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, zebra fish

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, lobster

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,

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

Consider Yourself One Of The Family

I’d like you to meet my nephew, Oliver. Oh sorry, I shouldn’t be so formal, we actually call him Ollie. Ollie lives in Montreal and when I was there a few weeks ago I asked my sister-in-law if I could do a mini photo shoot with Ollie. I didn’t use a flash so I had to increase my ISO to 3200 to get these indoor shots. Luckily my go to plug-in for situations like this is Topaz Denoise which does just an incredible job of reducing noise caused by high ISOs.  You can download a free trial of DeNoise here and remember you get 15% off all Topaz Products when you use the code “ELPhoto”

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cat, whiskers, portrait, pet photography, kitty,

cat, whiskers, portrait, pet photography, kitty,

cat, whiskers, portrait, pet photography, kitty,

Nepenthe Blue Jay

While in Big Sur we stopped at Nepenthe for lunch. The view is beautiful…or so I understand it to be. Because of the fog we had the day we were there we only got to see glimpses of it. Nepenthe Restaurant, which sits high above the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Lucia mountains, is a popular spot. It was quite busy when we got there so instead of a table we opted for the first thing that was available which was seats on the terrace overlooking the Pacific. When out food came so did the Blue Jays. Do you know what this one is doing? Looking intently at my french fries…waiting for me to turn away so that he could steal one. Actually they don’t wait. They’re quite bold and one swooped in on my neighbours french fries and helped himself.

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Blue Jay, Nepanthe, Big Sur, California, bird, tree, nature, feathers

The Big Yawn

Along the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach there’s a lookout called the Fanshell Lookout. The rocky shore and the beautiful sandy beach attracts harbor seals all year round. The ocean can be a pretty rough place. Sometimes you just need to find a spot to kick back and take a break from all that swimming.

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Seal, California Seal, Fanshell Overlook, 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Pacific Coast Highway, rocky shore, travel photography, nature, mammal

Pass the Jelly

I can hear the groan from here. It’s not easy coming up with post titles you know 🙂

The Monterey Bay Aquarium sits right on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The aquarium was founded in 1984 and sits on the former site of a sardine cannery in Cannery Row. One of the star attractions is the Jelly Experience. These jelly fish are just mesmerizing to watch as they float up and down in the water.  I set my ISO to 2000 which allowed me to capture these images in such low light. There was a bit of noise but Topaz DeNoise took care of that 🙂

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

iPhone Friday – A Fine Feathered Friend

This past weekend was Henry’s Camera semi-annual camera show. I was planning to go on Sunday but I had so much going on this weekend that I wasn’t sure that I was going to make it. In the end I was able to swing over there for about an hour just before it ended. I didn’t have my DSLR with me but luckily my iPhone is never far from reach. A good thing as they had a display of birds making nice for all the paparazzi snapping away.

Have a great weekend everyone.

parrot, blue, bird, iphone, iphoneography, snap seed


Monday’s post featured the outside of a quaint bookstore along Boston’s Freedom Trail and a few of you asked if I had any interior shots. Well as a matter of fact I do.

I don’t know…maybe he’s read all the books already!

bookstore, cat, books, Boston

Patience is a Virtue

Remember “Uggie” from my Life in the City post. Well here he is again but this time he brought a friend. They were both very patient while waiting for their human to come out.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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dog, Kensington Market, Toronto, street photography, black and white

My…How Cavalier Of You!

I thought I would take a little break from my Boston images (they’ll be back) and share some images of Brady. Before I do that though you may have noticed that I’ve added another item to the menu of this site…”Product Reviews.” Yesterday I published a review of the Gitzo Traveler Tripod & Markins Ballhead. Let me know what you think. I’ll be adding more reviews as I try out new gear.

Speaking of new gear I’m a bit giddy because last week I purchased the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens and of course who better to try it out on then Brady. Here are a few initial shots using the new lens. Once I’ve had a chance to really put it to the test I will be posting a full review.

cavalier king charles spaniel, dog, park,

cavalier king charles spaniel, dog, park, ball

cavalier king charles spaniel, dog, park,

The Curious Case of the Pelican (As opposed to a Pelican Case)

Curious you say? Yes curious! There I was, sipping a nice cold Corona on the beach in Cozumel when out of the corner of my eye I saw a Pelican fly by. He floated effortlessly above the tourists who were enjoying the hot Mexican sun. Suddenly, he landed on the pier and surveyed his surroundings.
In my enhanced state of relaxation I thought to myself….do I grab the camera and run over there to get some shots of him? No! Obviously after going through the effort he’ll fly away before I get to him. So I sat there and watched. He stayed there. A mother and daughter walked up the pier to get a closer look. He just stayed there. A couple of people got off a scuba diving tour boat and walked by my little Pelican friend. He just stayed there.  Ok…that was it. If he was going to stay calmly perched in his spot for everyone else, I certainly wasn’t going to sit around and miss a wonderful opportunity. I raised my very relaxed self off of my lounge chair, grabbed my camera and off I went.
I got to the pier and inched slowly towards my friend. I do believe that he actually enjoyed the attention, posing for me happily. He was a curious little fella!

pelican, beach, sea, nature, bird, Cozumel

pelican, beach, sea, nature, bird, Cozumel

pelican, beach, sea, nature, bird, Cozumel