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Street Photography

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

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

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

Carpets for Sale!

HAPPY CANADA DAY & HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! I hope everyone is enjoying this long weekend and that it’s filled with family, friends, BBQs & lots of fun.

The image below is of a different type of gathering. The streets of Old Jaffa in Tel Aviv are filled with tourists and locals alike. If you’re looking for souvenirs, a suit of amor, a life-size rabbit and of course carpets then you’re in the right place.

I processed this image using my usual workflow of LR & Photoshop then used Topaz Impression and Topaz Texture of its final treatment.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Old Jaffa, carpets, street photography, digital art, cars

Israeli Street Art – “Psst…I’m Here!”

This is just one example of some incredible street art in Tel Aviv.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, street art, graffiti, street photography, leaves, woman

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

A Stroll Through Chelsea

One of the things I love to do when I’m in New York City is to just walk around and explore different neighbourhoods. I did just that one Sunday afternoon…in Chelsea.

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New York, Chelsea, street photography, black and white, florist, neighbourhood, storefront

Wordless Wednesday – Love Tits Hate War

Israel, Tel Aviv, Neve Tsadek, urban art, street art, graffiti, street photography, Wordless Wednesday

The Guitar Player

We were walking through the Cardo (Jerusalem’s main street 1500 years ago) and this young Orthodox man was sitting there playing guitar. He wasn’t asking for money, he was just playing a selection go Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkal.

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Israel, Jerusalem, The Cardo, musician, guitar, orthodox, guitar player, street photography, black & white

iPhone Friday – Street Art at Gordon Beach – Tel Aviv

It’s been awhile since I’ve dedicated a Friday to iPhoneography and I thought it was time. I found myself leaving my big DSLR behind on most days this trip. On the days that I gave myself a break from lugging around the monster my iPhone was getting a workout.

These images were taken at Gordon beach in Tel Aviv. Along a section of the promenade wall an artist created the most amazing beach scenes that made people stop in their tracks.

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Tattoo You!

As seen walking through Mehane Yehuda market in Jerusalem….

Israel, Jerusalem, Mehane Yehuda, street performer, juggling, tattoos, black and white, street photography

On the Street in Jerusalem

As seen on the street in Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem, Israel, street photography, black and white, monochrome, man, beard

Love in Central Park

I was shooting the buildings when this couple walked into my frame. Love was certainly in the air in Central Park.

New York, Central Park, lovers, couple, street photography, black and white

iPhone Friday – Boston Edition

Sorry for my absence this week. I was in New York last week for a little R&R and a family function. Didn’t do as much shooting as I’d hoped but I do have a few shots to share with you next week. Today I wanted to share some shots taken with my iPhone 6 while out and about in Boston a couple of weeks ago. All shots were processed using Snapseed. The 3rd image, “Inside Fenway” was also processed with PhotoToaster.

Boston, iPhone, iPhoneography, travel, art installation, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Janet Echelman, Greenway Project

Greenway Project Art Installation by Janet Echelman

Boston, iPhone, iPhoneography, travel, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Fenway Park

Boston, iPhone, iPhoneography, travel, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Inside Fenway

Boston, iPhone, iPhoneography, travel, Fan Pier, skyline, Harbour, Charles River, sunset

Shooting the Skyline at Sunset

Bicycle Parking in Boston

If you don’t know by now, I always keep my eyes open when travelling for interesting bicycle shots. These are easier to be found in Europe where you’re more likely to find old vintage bikes leaning against ancient buildings and walls. Every so often though I come across an interesting scene such as this one in Boston’s North End.

You’ve got to love the parking job.

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Boston, north end, Little Italy, street, bicycle, parking, fence, street photography,

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


Time for a Cut

I came across this scene walking through Old Havana. I don’t believe this gentleman was an official barber but he seemed to be doing a good job.

Havana, Cuba, black and white, monochrome, haircut, barber, travel photography, street photography

Biding Time

This young person was biding their time on a small street in Old Havana and today so am I. Tomorrow I head out to Nashville for Imaging USA. I’m very excited and plan to make good use of 3 days of seminars and learning the business of photography.

Have a great weekend everybody and I’ll tell you all about it when I return.

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Havana, Cuba, architecture, building, cart, three wheeled cargo bike, street photography, travel photography

Top 10 Things to Know about Cuba

Thinking of travelling to Cuba. Below are 10 things I learned on my first visit.

  1. Cuba has 2 currencies. The Cuban Peso (that locals use) and the Convertible Cuban Peso that tourists use and it’s exchange rate is based on that of the U.S. Dollar
  2. Expect that getting through customs upon arrival into the country will take you about 2 hours.
  3. Cuban’s are hard-working, kind-hearted and engaging people
  4. A bottle of Cuban Rum costs the same as a large container of Pringles chips.
  5. The temperature in the winter months averages in the mid-20s C and the natives find that cold. (although it was close to 30C when I was there in December)
  6. Cubans still use ration cards for basics such as bread and rice.
  7. Cubans are cautiously optimistic about the future, especially in light of the announcement that the U.S. will be lifting the embargo, but the younger generation still feel that they may have a better life if they lived abroad.
  8. Che Guevara is still a hero to many.
  9. The beaches in Cuba are spectacular (but you probably already knew that). 300 beautifully clean, natural, white sand beaches along 588 km or coastline.
  10. Cuba is a Photographers dream.

Cuba, Havana, street photography, portrait, yellow dress, cigar smoking, travel photography

Selling Che!

Che Guevara is a hero to most Cubans as is evidenced by the numerous buildings and institutions that are named after him. Newsstands with books and magazines about Che are a comma site on the streets of Havana.

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Havana, Cuba, news stand, magazines, Che Guevara, monochrome, black and white, travel, street photography

A Bicycle in Havana

Given my history you didn’t think I could walk by a bicycle and not photograph it…did you?  Found in Havana.

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Cuba, Havana, bicycle, building, yellow, street photography, travel photography

Back from Cuba

It seems that I disappeared a couple of weeks ago without a word or a holiday wish to all of you and for that I apologize. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday. I got walloped with a nasty cold which really did me in before the holidays and then I was off to Cuba.

Cuba is a place that I’ve always wanted to visit and photograph but this was a family vacation. One glorious week of sun and sand at a resort in Varadero with the kids. We did get to Havana for a day, which was certainly not long enough, but it did give a small taste of this wonderful city and its people. I’ll have more images and stories in the weeks to come but for now I just want to wish you all a Happy New Year.

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Cuba, Havana, car, classic car, Bel Air, Chevy, Travel Photography, Street Photography


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

Toronto’s Historic Distillery District

The Distillery District was once home to The Gooderham and Worts Distillery dating back to 183os. In its time The Gooderham & Worts Distillery played an important part in the growth and wealth of the city.

James Worts emigrated to Canada from England in 1831 and established a grist mill (a mill for grinding grain). He was soon followed by his brother-in-law, William Gooderham who was a successful merchant in his native England. William decided to invest in James’ mill business and thus the Gooderham & Worts partnership was born. In 1837, spurred on by the increase in grain production at Upper Canada farms, William decided to add a distillery at the mill and that year their first whiskey was produced. The distillery prospered over the years and the business grew to included a cooper shop, storehouses, a dairy, flour mills and a wharf.

World War 1 had an almost ruinous effect on the distillery and just as things were starting to get back to normal Canada’s short-lived prohibition in 1920 brought alcohol production to a halt.

Throughout the 20th century the distillery would have new owners and continue to thrive producing rye whiskey and then rum. After 153 years of continuous production the distillery closed in 1990. During the 90’s the distillery found new life as the number 1 filming location in Canada and the second largest outside of Hollywood. In total 1700 films were shot here among the gorgeous Victorian architecture. The 2002 musical, Chicago, was filmed here and one of the buildings stood in for  Cook County Prison.

In 2001 the Distillery was purchased and an ambitious restoration project ensued.  The Distillery Historic District opened its doors in May 2003 and is today one of the most popular areas in Toronto.

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Distillery District, Toronto, Gooderham & Worts, black and white, monochrome,

Distillery District; Toronto; downtown; store; bicycle; night photography; vintage

Distillery District, Toronto, downtown, historic, night photography, long exposure