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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


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


Subway Tableau #5

Every Tableau tells a story….

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


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


The Wave

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


Museum of the City of New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, The Natural History Museum. Museums in New York. Even if you haven’t visited them you’ve certainly heard of them. I have and over the years I’ve visited them. The Museum of the City of New York….not only had I never been to this museum, I didn’t know it existed.

A couple of weeks prior to my last trip to NYC I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I noticed a post from @sarahjessicaparker, there was a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of NY, A City Seen by Todd Webb. How did I never know about this???

The museum did not disappoint. If you’re in NYC head on over there.

New York, NYC, Museum, Museum of the City of New York, MCNY, Manhattan, black and white, BNW

New York, NYC, Museum, Museum of the City of New York, MCNY, Manhattan,

If you do find yourself at this museum, take the stairs. This is the coolest stairwell I’ve ever seen!


Subway Tableau #4

I was back in New York a couple of months ago and picked up where I left off with my subway project…right back on the platform.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, 59th street station, black and white, BNW, monochrome, tableau, platform


The Reader

A reader in Milan. He provided me with a perfect photo-op and didn’t even know it.

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Milan, Italy, brick, stairs, man reading, reader, black and white, monochrome, travel


The Bar Mitzvah Procession

While in Jerusalem I met with some friends for coffee at Mamilla Mall. I had arranged to meet my husband and son in the old city at the Western Wall but I was late. I ran into a bit of a road block….a Bar Mitzvah procession that was also making its way to the wall.

Now I probably could have veered my way through the crowd but truth be told this was such a joyous experience that I took my time and walked with them for a while. The festive mood of the family and guests, the live music and dancing was infectious.

Jerusalem, Israel, Bar Mitzvah, procession, flutist, musician, drum, orthodox

Jerusalem, Israel, Bar Mitzvah, procession, flutist, musician, drum, orthodox, black and white

Jerusalem, Israel, Bar Mitzvah, procession, flutist, musician, drum, orthodox, black and white

Jerusalem, Israel, Bar Mitzvah, procession, flutist, musician, drum, orthodox, black and white
 


Jerusalem Break

The natural Jerusalem stone of Mamilla mall, the Orthodox Jewish gentleman in traditional black garb, I saw this scene as I was walking by and although it was a bright sunny day immediately envisioned it in black and white.

I have a challenge for you. I’m think of submitting this in a competition but can’t think of a unique title for it. Any suggestions?

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Jerusalem, Israel, Mamila, orthodox, religious, jewish, black and white, monochrome


Duomo di Milano

After a 3 1/2 hour train ride through the Alps we arrived in Milan. The forecast for the day we arrived was cloudy and rain. Luckily it had rained early in the morning so by the time we arrived the rain had stopped.

After checking into our hotel and dumping our bags we headed out immediately and made the Duomo our first stop. I always find that dull, grey days make great black and white images and that’s exactly what I was pre-visualizing.

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Milan, Italy, Duomo, cathedral, church, black and white, monochrome, travel, pigeons

 


Zurich Bicycle #3

A little street photography; some black & white and 1 more bicycle 🙂

Zurich, Switzerland, architecture, street, bicycle, bike, Europe, old town, black and white, monochrome


Subway Tableau #3

New York – Times Square – 51st Street Station. Each tableau tells a story. You just need to look carefully to find out what it is.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, 51st street station, black and white, BNW, monochrome, tableau


Westfield World Trade Center

The Westfield World Trade Center was completed and opened in August 2016. It replaces The Mall at the World Trade Center which located on the concourse level of the original World Trade Center which was destroyed on September 11, 2001.

The architecture of this mall is pretty spectacular and if you stand in the right spot you can see the new World Trade Center through the slats. I took this picture last fall but I’m heading back to NYC in a few weeks and I intend to pay it another visit.

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Westfield World Trade Centre, New York, NYC, Manhattan, mall, black and white


Watching the Crowd Pass By

This image was taken whilst walking around the old city of Prague.

It was a very sunny day and I wanted to make sure that I exposed properly for both the crowd who were in direct sunlight and the architecture under the arches. I took a series of 5 brackets and then processed them in Lightroom using the Photomerge HDR function.  I was quite pleased with the result. I then converted the image to black & white using Topaz Black & White Effects.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, walkway, architecture, moorish, black and white, travel


Brooklyn Bridge

Last time I was in Manhattan I finally did something I’ve always wanted to do…I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Of course I think I picked the hottest day of the summer to do but it was well worth it.

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NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, selective colour, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography, One World Trade Centre, Freedom Tower


Central Park’s Literary Walk

I hope all of my Canadian and American friends are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I thought it would be appropriate to share an image (or 3) from NYC today. The Mall in Central Park is a pedestrian walkway flanked by a quadruple row of American Elm trees. This is one of the last remaining stands of American elm in North America.

The southern end of the mall is known as Literary Walk where you’ll find the statues of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Fitz-Greene Halleck.

Below you’ll see 3 versions of my Literary Walk image, Black and white; Color and a high key artistic version. Which do you prefer???

New York, Central Park, Literary Walk, black and white, travel photography, trees, bench

New York, Central Park, Literary Walk, travel photography, trees, benches

New York, Central Park, Literary Walk, black and white, high key, trees, bench, travel photography

 


New York Subway Series – Incoming

I still have a few shots that I’m working through from my last trip to New York. Here’s another from my subway series.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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New York, Manhattan, subway, subway series, zoom, black and white


Israel Street Photography – Leaving Carmel Market

I was strolling through the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv when I spotted these two people walking toward me. I waited until they passed, believing that I would have a much more compelling image as they walked away.

Would love to get your opinion on this image. I know its busy, with the parked cars, the buildings and electrical lines but I opted to leave it as is. It’s street photography and I wanted to depict the scene as I saw it. So what do you think? Leave it as is or should I clean

Carmel Market, Israel, Tel Aviv, black and white, monochrome, street photography, couple, couple walking together


Riding the Ruins

There was something just a bit surreal to see an older gentleman casually riding his bike through the ruins of Caesarea.

Israel, Caesarea, black and white, travel photography, ruins, bicycle, rider,


Caesarea & Nik Collection is Free

Caesarea is a town built by Herod in approximately 22 B.C.E. The town is located between Tel Aviv and Haifa on the coast. This ancient town includes an amphitheatre, aqueduct, Roman temples and to this day archaeological excavations continue.

This image was taken from the stands of the amphitheatre looking out one of the exits. I processed this using Nik’s Analog FX. I really love the old film feel that it produced. As many of you know I’m a devoted Topaz Lab user. Many of my photographer friends swear by the Nik Collection and  have often told me that I “must” add it to my arsenal. I always said that I would one day but honestly I just couldn’t justify spending more money on plug-ins when I was quite happy with what I had.

This weekend Google made the Nik Collection free for download. Yes…I couldn’t quite believe it but they did so I downloaded it. You can find it for download here. I’ve been trying it out this weekend and so far I’m liking it.

Caesarea, Israel, black and white, Nik Collection, Analog FX, travel photography


Up, Down & Signing Off

I’m getting ready to head out for a couple of weeks. I’ll be travelling to Israel and hope to come back with lots of images to share with all of you.  Look at my new travel companion….

Canon, 5D Mark 3, DSLRYup that’s the Canon 5D Mark 3. I just bought it last week and I’m very excited to give it a run for its money while I’m away. I’ll do a full review when I return.

I’m not going to blog while away but I will post regular updates to my Edith Levy Photography Facebook page and my Instagram feed.

 

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Facebook, follow, Tel Aviv, beach

Instagram, follow, Tel Aviv, beach

If you’re wondering what the “Up & Down” is in the title of this post it refers to the image below. I will leave you with another shot from the New York Subway system.

New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, Times Square, escalators, black and white

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Old Jaffa in Black & White


I’m very excited as I’m heading back to Israel in a couple of weeks. While planning travel always gets my adrenal going, this is very different as my son is there and it’s been almost 6 months since I’ve seen him. I’ve got lots of hugs ready to burst out of me.

Israel, Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa, Yafo, black and white, old city, travel photography

I’ve posted images of Old Jaffa in Tel Aviv before on this site but this time I decided to process a series of images in black and white.

Israel, Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa, Yafo, black and white, old city, travel photography

While the vibrant colours of the stones in the old city are very appealing I found that the monochrome really draws the viewers attention to the striking lines and tones in the images.

Israel, Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa, Yafo, black and white, old city, travel photography

You can see more images from Israel and Old Jaffa in my gallery here.

Israel, Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa, Yafo, black and white, old city, travel photography

As you can see I now have my computer back, new hard drive installed and back in business!


A Hard Drive Crash, A Day in the Country & An Aspiring Photographer

First I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Family Day (if you’re in certain parts of Canada). You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent this week. I have a good explanation…my hard-drive crashed 😦

No need to panic though because everything is backed-up on a raid drive and then I have a 3rd back up of all my images. The problem is I’ve been without my Mac for almost a week. See the Mac’s internal hard-drive is less than 3 years old. I had replaced it back then because I needed a larger one. Well it was still under warranty (that’s good) but it will take 7 – 10 days to send it back to the manufacturer and get it back (that’s bad). It should be coming home this week.

My son, Sam is home this week from University for reading week and it’s really nice to have a full house. Since today was family day we took a drive up to Port Carling, Muskoka. Sam has started showing some interest in photography so we did some shooting together today. Unfortunately I can’t process my images until I get my computer back but here’s a shot I took of Sam with my iPhone 6 and processed with Snapseed.

Port Carling, Muskoka, Ontario, winter, snow, bridge, photographer, iphoneography, black and white