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Rome

Street Musicians in Trastevere

The Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere is the perfect place to hang on a beautiful summers day. On the day I was there the Piazza was filled with tourists and locals sipping espresso, eating ice cream and listening to some terrific music.

Italy, Rome, Trastevere, street musicians, street photography, black and white

 


Bar in the Wall in Trastevere

I wanted to start today by first thanking all of you for taking the time to vote and providing me with feedback on my logo options. Wow…the consensus was overwhelming and the clear preference was the second version which you can now see prominently  in my header. Now for today’s image we travel to Trastevere…..

Trastevere is located on the west bank of the Tiber river in Rome. I just loved the just little bar located not far from the Basilica of Santa Maria.

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Rome, Italy, Trestevera, bar, stools, travel photography, Toronto Travel Photographer


The Woman at 2949

Keeping watch on the street below in Trastevere, Rome….while I keep watch above.

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Italy, Rome, Trastevere, window, woman, black and white, monochrome, travel photography, street photography


Lens Correction in Lightroom 5 – Fixing Rome

I don’t know what it is, but when handholding my DSLR, often times my horizon isn’t straight. I don’t know maybe I’m a little off kilter 🙂 In any case in a lot of shots I have to straighten my horizon in post. The other problem I sometimes face when shooting buildings is that the perspective is off and the building looks like it’s leaning backwards. If I had a Tilt Shift lens I could take care of that problem in camera but alas I don’t. This is where the Lens Correction panel in the develop module in Lightroom 5 comes in.

I have to say that LR5 has become not only an organizational and cataloguing tool for my image library but my go to post processing software as well. The power of LR5 never ceases to amaze me. I would say that 85% of my images are processed in Lightroom alone and I only use Photoshop now for detailed cloning work.

The image below was taken while I was walking around Rome. This is the original RAW file, straight out of camera.

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As you can see it needs some work. Not only is the building leaning a bit sideways but it’s also leaning back. I first used the “Level” tool in the Lens Correction panel then the “Vertical” tool to straighten the building. Then I opened up the shadows which brought back all the detail inside the windows and the tables of the restaurant. I then increased the clarity and vibrance slightly, made some adjustments with the Luminance sliders in a few colours and added a bit of detail.

Here you have it…the final image. Click on the image to enlarge.

Rome, Italy, restaurent, dining, patio, travel photography, building, shutters


Subway Love

In this age of email and Facebook and instant messaging I still get excited when I get a package in the mail. Nine times out of ten it’s something that I’ve ordered online. The package that I received last week was very different. It was a book. Not just any book, but a yet to be released copy of Subway Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin. Why is this exciting you ask? Because the cover image is mine.

Last July I was approached by the publisher about using my image of a Rome subway car for a new book they were publishing. They had found the image online and asked if I could send them a high resolution image so that they could see the quality. After some back and forth with the publisher they created a mock-up of what the cover design would look like and we negotiated a licensing deal. To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. Here’s a quick iPhone image of the book.

Subway Love, Rome, subway car, book cover, Edith Levy Photography, Candlewick Press, Nora Raleigh Baskin

 

And here’s the original image. Click on “The Words of the Prophets are Written on the Subway Walls” to see the original post.

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Rome Subway, graffiti, subway car, Italy, Rome,


Just Another Bicycle…in Rome!

Happy Monday! 🙂 I hope everyone had a great weekend. Here’s another bicycle image taken in Rome. I actually re-processed this image using Topaz Clarity and I’m really pleased at the end result.

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Italy, Rome, Trastevere, bicycle, wall, vines


Trastevere

It’s been a while since I posted any Italy pictures and there’s still a few that I had meant to share and haven’t had the chance. This image is from a lovely afternoon spent in Trastevere. Trastevere is in Rome located on the west bank of the Tiber. This little enclave with it narrow, winding, cobblestone streets is best explored on foot.

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Rome, Trastevere, street photography, travel photography, Italy, buildings


Exciting News & A Bit of Ancient History

I was away from home this weekend attending a landscape photography workshop on the Bruce Peninsula here in Ontario. Aside from the very early mornings and less than ideal weather on the first day it was a fantastic experience. I will tell you more about it a little later in the week and post some images once I can sit down and process them.

Before heading out for a four drive on Friday to meet the group I received some very exciting news. The kind folks at the Travel Supermarket announced the overall winners of their Capture the Colour competition and I came in second overall. You can see their post announcing the winners here. Needless to say I was a little stunned and over the moon. Here was my submission / blog post for Capture the Colour. Thank you once again to Susanne from Buntscheck blog and Ingrid form Cosy Travels of the Viking and his Kitten for the nominations.

Now on to today’s image… (this is the ancient history part)…The Roman Coliseum.

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Rome, Italy, Coliseum, ancient ruins,


Visit Rome – A Vintage Travel Poster

Project 52 Entry #22

I have always loved vintage travel posters so I decided to try my hand at creating one with a shot I took in Italy this past summer. This image was taken while I was standing at the top of the Spanish Steps. This was one exposure which I tonemapped in Photomatix Pro. I then brought it into PhotoShop and used Topaz B&W Effects applying the simplify effect and then adjusting tones to get a vintage look. So what do think? Want to visit Rome?


The Words of the Prophets Are Written on the Subway Walls…..

And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls”  Simon & Garfunkel

So I’m standing on a subway platform waiting for the train to take me to the Colusseum. The train on the other side of the tracks comes in but I’m talking to my husband not paying attention until it starts to pull out and then I look across and see this very cool subway train with graffiti all over it. What happens next…the train pulls out of the station…missed opportunity. After I stop kicking myself I think…well maybe I’ll see another one like it on our way back.

Guess what……I was ready this time!

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Arrivederci Roma!

All good things must come to an end. Later tonight we leave Rome and head home. But this is definitely not good-bye to Italy it’s more of a “We’ll see each other again.”

A parting shot…What I love about Rome, amongst other things, is that around every corner is a photo op.

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Top 10 Things I Learned In Rome!

10. Pasta tastes better in Italy.
9. Italian waiters are very charming.
8. There’s a Disney Store in Rome…and it’s busy…go figure!
7. I now like Tiramisu.
6. Italian policemen wear very nice dress shoes.
5. Designer clothing in Italy is just as expensive as it is back home.
4. You can eat gelato at any time of day.
3. Sitting at an outdoor restaurant enjoying good food, good wine and good music with my husband is heavenly.
2. You can get the best lasagna in Rome (seems to be a running food theme happening)

And the #1 thing I learned in Rome…

If a car comes racing towards you stand your ground. He’ll stop or at least swerve so that he can pass you.

Here are two very interesting and important places I visited today.

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