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Paris

Layers at the Louvre

I was going through my images from Paris and Italy in the hopes of creating a coffee table book of the best images when I realized a couple of things.

First….there are still images I haven’t processed 😦 I really need to do that. Second there are still quite a few images I haven’s shared with all of you.

This image was taken at the Louvre but can I let you in on a little secret. At the end of this corridor was a courtyard. I thought it would be more interesting if the repeating patterns just continued so I made it do just that by duplicating the image twice then resizing the 2 layers to create the endless corridor.

Click on the image to see a high resolution version (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.

Paris, France, The Louvre, museum, arches, composite, travel


Topaz Glow

To say that I’m excited by the release of Topaz Labs newest plug-in would be a huge understatement. This week Topaz Glow was released and what a great addition to Topaz’s arsenal of great tools.

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Topaz Glow can be used as a stand-alone or a plugin (for PC & MAC) to transform your photos from dull to dazzling. Containing more than 70 unconventional and quirky filters, you can infuse your images with neon, graphic, liquid and other electrifying effects. Glow reveals hidden textures in your photos that aren’t visible to the naked eye. While you may not want to apply Glow on every image, you can take your creativity to the next level with this awesome plug-in.

Glow comes packed with 70 filters which you can use as is or you have complete artistic control to customize, combine and tweak to make your vision come to life.

Topaz Glow is regularly priced at $69.99 but until December 31, 2014 you can pick up Glow for $49.99 using the coupon code INTROGLOW.

Here are a few of my images processed with Topaz Glow. Click on each image to see a larger version.

Topaz Glow, Topaz Labs, sunflower, flower

Topaz Glow, Topaz Labs, Italy, Tuscany, door, blue, travel photography

Topaz Glow, Topaz Labs, Paris, Louvre, night photography, long exposure, travel photography


Chocolat

Oh que c’est bon! You know when they say you’re like a kid in a candy store? That was me when I came across this chocolate shop in St. Germain des Pres. And yes it smelled as good as it looked. The owner was very kind when I asked her (in broken French) if I could take pictures.

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Paris, France, St. Germaine, store, chocolate, candy store, interior, travel


Tourists at the Louvre

I thought I would take a break from Italy today and take you back to Paris. As I was biding my time and waiting for the sunset I wandered around the grounds of the Louvre to see what else I could discover.

The museum had already closed for the day but that didn’t stop people from walking around and admiring the incredible archutecture.

Paris, France, Louvre, museum, tourists, arches, black and white, monochrome

 


Topaz Impression

Last week Topaz Labs announced the release of their newest plug-in, Topaz Impression. I had the pleasure of taking Impression for a test run this weekend and to say the least…I’m impressed by Impression.

As with all of the Topaz products this new plug-in is intuitive and easy to use. Impression comes loaded with 47 pre-sets that are designed to help you realize your vision by transforming your photos into realistic-looking studio art. You can use the pre-sets as they are (which is excellent) or use them as a jump off point to create your own unique piece.

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The Preset Panel

Once you’ve selected your preferred pre-set you can click on it to go to the editing panel. There you can adjust the brush strokes, its width and length, opacity, brightness, contrast, texture strength and many more adjustments that allow you total control over your artistic creation. Impression also gives you total control over your colour palette.

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The Editing Panel

 

Here are a couple of images that I created using Topaz Impression.

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, garden, fountain, water, summertime, France, travel photography, Topaz Impression

Tuscany, Italy, red chairs, orange wall, Fine Art, travel photography, Topaz Impression

I liken this plug-in to a very cool app but its oh so much more. If you’ve always wanted to create beautiful digital art then Topaz Impression will enable you to do so. As with all of the Topaz Labs products you can download a free trial and try it for yourself. Click here to down load the free trial or to purchase Topaz Impression which is 25% off until September 30 by using this coupon code: SEPIMPRESSION.


Un Tableau Vivant – Patisserie

I’m sure that you can tell by some of the pictures that I’m posting that I’m attracted to these type of scenes when I travel. This is another one from Paris and I love capturing a scene of everyday happenings in a place that I’m visiting. I was visiting Andy’s LensScaper blog the other day where he posted some images taken from a train. Someone made a comment that described one of the images as a Tableau Vivant and then it hit me….those are the scenes that draw me in.

A Tableau Vivant is a “living picture”, an image that forces the viewer to stand back and take in all the details of the tableau. This type of photographic art draws you in to the picture and holds you’re attention as you studying the individuals at the tables. I know it makes me ask certain questions or make certain assumptions. The gentleman in the forefront is checking his mobile phone. Is he on a break from work? Who is he chatting with? What are the two ladies in the far left talking about? Look at the body language of the man and the woman in front of the restaurant. Did they just have an argument?

Question for you….does the image elicit the same types of questions from you?

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Paris, France, patisserie, street photography, restaurant, sidewalk cafe, travel photography, Tableau Vivant


The Bistro

When I come home from a trip and first download my images I always look at each image quickly to get a sense of how I would process the image to truly bring out the essence of the scene. Some are quite simple and others just call for a more artistic interpretation.

The Bistro is one of my favourite images from Paris.

Click on the image to see a higher resolution version which really brings out the detail or to Purchase a Print.

Paris, France, bistro, street photography, restaurant, sidewalk cafe


City of Lights

Paris is commonly referred too as the City of Lights. Arguably many cities can claim that name but I can honestly say that as beautiful as Paris is during the day at night it just sparkles and its beauty is unprecedented.

I had so much fun shooting in Paris at night. Here are a couple of more images taken at the Louvre with the ferris wheel in the Jardin des Tuileries in the background.

Click on the images to see the higher resolution versions in the gallery (they really do look better) or to Purchase a Print.

Paris, France, louvre, museum, city of lights, night photography

Paris, France, louvre, museum, city of lights, night photography


The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower or La Tour Eiffel was erected in 1889 and is a most impressive structure any time you look at it but at night it’s a sparkling jewel on the left bank.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, lights, city of lights, long exposure, travel photography


Rue De Savoie

Paris is a beautiful city and history permeates on every street as well as these beautiful “photograph me” scenes.

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Paris, France, street, city, fine art photography, building


A Perfect Day at Jardin des Tuileries

Located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde the Jardin des Tuileries is a lovely public garden which features fountains; water basins and lots of green space and chairs so that one can sit and enjoy the surroundings.

On our second day in Paris my husband and I walked from our hotel to the Louvre with our final destination being the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysee. It took us longer to get there as we so enjoyed our walk through the gardens. At one point we decided to take a break and we sat down next to the water basin and just relaxed and enjoyed a perfect summer day. As I was sitting there I thought to myself what a lovely painting this scene would make. Since I don’t paint I photographed the scene with the intent of processing it to look like a painting.

Click on the image to see a high-resolution version in the gallery (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, garden, fountain, water, summertime,


Love Locks

The Pont des Arts is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the River Seine and links the Institute du France and the Palais du Louvre.

 

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

The original bridge was built in the early 1800’s under the reign of Napoleon 1. It was the first metal bridge of its kind in Paris. In 1976 the bridge was found to have multiple deficiencies due to bombardments that took place during World War 1 and World War 2 as well as many collisions by boats. The bridge was closed to pedestrians in 1977 and suffered  a partial collapse when a barge rammed into it.

The present bridge was constructed between 1981 and 1984. Today the bridge is also a gathering for artists, painters and photographers with frequent art exhibitions taking place. It’s also famous for the love locks that cover the length of the bridge. Couples place a lock with their names engraved on them on the bridge and then throw the key into the Seine as a romantic gesture. The problem in recent years is that weight of the locks have started to damage the bridge and in fact in June of this year part of the bridge parapet collapsed under all that weight.

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

 

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

 

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

 

 


The General Store

You may think that I purposely seek out these scenes. The quaint restaurants, the picturesque corner stores that are prevalent in Europe.

Maybe subconsciously I do seek them out because I love these scenes. I love shooting them and I love processing them.

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Paris, France, street, store, general store, fruit store, vegetable store, travel photography


Buci News

This store caught my eye as I was walking across the street. Can you guess why?

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Paris, France, street, store, yellow, travel photography


Annie Leibovitz – The Big Book

One of my favourite photographers today is Annie Leibovitz. When Taschen publishers announced a few months ago that they’ve published a new art book of Annie’s work I thought to myself I have to get a copy.

This “Big Book” is about 20in x 28in and comes with its own stand and a retail price of $2500.00.  As much as I’d love a copy of this book, unfortunately, at that price it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting a copy anytime soon but I would have loved to at least see it.

Walking through the St. Germain-des Pres district in Paris one day we stumbled across a Taschen book store and what was displayed in the window…yes…The Big Book. They had one on display inside as well which I was able to flip through (no pictures allowed though) and it was beautiful. I know I’m a geek 🙂

Taschen, Paris, Annie Leibovitz, Art Book,

 

Taschen, Paris, Annie Leibovitz, Art Book,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Prayer

There are so many beautiful sights in Paris but with only 2 days to visit I couldn’t possible see all of them. One that I did get too however was Notre Dame Cathedral.

I have a few images of the cathedral to share with you but I thought I’d start with one of my favourites that I captured.

This was shot handheld at an ISO of 3200. I used Topaz DeNoise to clean up some of the noise. You can use coupon code ELPHOTO to get 15% off any Topaz product.

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Paris, France, Notre Dame, Cathedral, prayer, travel photography

 


Cave à Vin

The corner wine store is a staple in Paris as is this one tucked away on a street in the St. Germain des Pres.

St. Germain des Pres is an area in the 6e arrondissement of Paris on the left bank of the Seine. It was the centre of intellectuals, artists and philosophers and home of the existentialist movement during the time of Jean-Paul Satre. It’s as vibrant today with wonderful cafes and restaurants, museums and galleries and streets teeming with locals and tourists.

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Paris, France, wine shop, graffiti, street photography, travel photography


Blue Hour at the Louvre

Wow it’s been over 2 weeks since I’ve blogged and I think that’s the longest I’ve gone since I started this blog 3 years ago. It’s actually been a really nice break and I’ve had good reason as I was travelling through Europe, Paris and Italy to be precise.

I was uploading regularly to my Facebook page during my travels so if you’d like to catch up and see some of this on-the-go iPhone images you can click here.

While the trip was amazing I returned home to find that I had a flood in my basement 😦 I’ll leave that story for another time but needless to say I didn’t even get a chance to download any of my images until last night. With over 2000 images to sort through, cull and process it may take me some time especially since my office and Mac is located in the basement.

We spent the first two days of our journey in Paris. It truly is the city of lights and what better image to kick things of with then the Louvre at blue hour. This was taken on our first night in Paris. Having flown from Toronto to Paris on an overnight flight I was walking around with very little sleep. Sunset that night was at 9:57pm so at that point I was almost at the 48 hour mark with only about 2 hours of sleep but I was in Paris and I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity. The real hero in all of this was my husband who was quietly dozing on a bench at this point.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.Paris, France, Blue hour, Louvre, Museum, art, pyramid, glass, travel photography