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Alhambra Reflections

On our way to Malaga from Barcelona we stopped in Granada to tour The Alhambra. Make sure that if you’re planning a trip you purchase your tickets online well in advance. We actually saw people turned away because there were no more tickets that day.

The reflecting pools that have been built directly in front of the palaces visually increases their size by the mirror like effect. It creates a beautiful scene to behold.

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Spain, Granada, Alhambra, palace, architecture, reflection, travel

Spain, Granada, Alhambra, palace, architecture, reflection, travel

Spain, Granada, Alhambra, palace, architecture, reflection, travel


Old Town Valencia

I was thoroughly impressed by the old historic centre of Valencia. The lovely narrow streets, colourful buildings and excellent food is what I love most about Europe.

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Valencia, Spain, old town, historic, architecture, bicycle

 


Welcome to the Future in Valencia

Walk through the grounds of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia and you will think your on the set of a Logan’s Run (yes I’m dating myself) or Blade Runner (except much brighter).

Far away from the beautiful old town is Valencia’s most important modern tourist destination. The complex houses a planetarium; an IMAX theatre; an Aquarium; a botanical garden; a science museum; an Opera house and a few other surprises. The buildings themselves and the grounds are spectacular and well worth the visit.

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Spain, Valencia, City of Arts and Sciences, complex, architecture, modern city, travel

Spain, Valencia, City of Arts and Sciences, complex, architecture, modern city, travel

Spain, Valencia, City of Arts and Sciences, complex, architecture, modern city, travel

Spain, Valencia, City of Arts and Sciences, complex, architecture, modern city, travel


A Different View

A couple of weeks ago I posted “Blue Garden View” from Park Guell in Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece has an endless amount of beautiful photographic spots and all one has to do is simply move to the other side of the house.

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Barcelona, Spain, Park Guell, Antoni Gaudi, blue, window, architecture


La Rambla

Everyone told me it was touristy…they were right. I was told it was crowded…correct. I was warned that the restaurants and stores were expensive…yup. But to go to Barcelona and not take a stroll on La Rambla now that would be a missed opportunity. Everyone should experience it at least once.

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Barcelona, Spain, La Rambla, architecture, tourists, travel


Blue Garden View

Framing a scene, like this view of Park Guell in Barcelona, really makes it pop. The blue wall doesn’t hurt either.

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Barcelona, Spain, Park Guell, Antoni Gaudi, blue, window, architecture, gardens


After the Rain

When we arrived at Parc Guell (after a gruelling uphill climb) it was cloudy and raining. Parc Guell is beautiful but it absolutely radiates in the sunshine. Luckily a half hour after arriving the clouds dispersed and the sun came out.

It had already stopped racing but people still had their umbrellas out. This image with its bright skies, people holding umbrellas and the partial view of the park with the sea beyond, I felt was a good candidate for a digital painting. After processing this in Lightroom I used Topaz Detail and Topaz Impression to create the final image.

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Barcelona, Spain, Park Guell, Antoni Gaudi, architecture, digital painting


Gaudi Blue

When in Barcelona you must go the Gaudi way!

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Barcelona, Spain, Park Guell, Antoni Gaudi, blue, door, architecture


Deflection in the Old City

Sometimes you get the shot even if you don’t mean to. I was focusing on the buildings in the old city of Jerusalem when these two gentlemen walked into my shot. The one on the left was trying to avoid my taking a picture of him but in doing so gave me an image I was quite pleased with.

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Jerusalem, Israel, Old City, orthodox, jewish, architecture,


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


Zurich Bicycle #2

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. Two or Three bicycles is better then one bicycle.

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Zurich, Switzerland, architecture, street, bicycle, bike, Europe, old town


Zurich Bicycle #1

European cities + bicycles = _____________ (go head…fill in the blank 🙂 )

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Zurich, Switzerland, architecture, street, bicycle, bike, Europe, old town


Bethesda Terrace #3

I was starting to process images from my weekend New York this past October when I realized I still had some unprocessed images from July. Sometimes its hard to stay on top of all the images but I am trying to clear up the backlog especially since I’m getting ready for another trip that’s just a couple of weeks away.

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New York, Central Park, Manhattan, Bethesda Terrace, architecture, arches, sunrise, lights


View from the Charles Bridge

Well…January is almost over and I hope it’s not to late to wish you all a Happy New Year. This is probably the longest absence I’ve had from blogging in the past 5 years.

Coming of a bout of bronchitis right after the holidays made getting back into the groove of things a bit more difficult. Well…I think I’m back on track and wanted to share this image taken on the Charles Bridge in Prague.

No new years resolutions this year (I tend to break those) but I do promise to “try” to be more consistent in my blogging schedule.  Did you guys make any resolutions?

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, architecture, Charles Bridge, panorama


The Spanish Synagogue in Prague

There are times when things certainly don’t pan out as you plan them. For instance I had started preparing this post and was going to finish it up and publish at the beginning of the week before leaving for Montreal. Unfortunately I got sick on Christmas Day with what I thought was a cold but end up turning into bronchitis. so needless to say…no blog post…no Montreal.

I still have a few images of Prague that I wanted to share with you. One of things that my husband and I did (and I highly recommend) was a 1/2 day private tour of the old Jewish Quarter. Really we should have done the full day but we had a train to catch back to Vienna.

We knew that there was so much history and so much to learn that hiring a private tour guide was the best way to make the most of our time. I’ll be sharing my images of the Jewish Quarter in the next few posts but during this tour I wasn’t the “photographer” trying to get the shot but rather a tourist learning about what took place here.

Prague, Czech Republic, Spanish Synagogue, Praha, architecture, Moorish Revival, travel photography

This is the Spanish Synagogue which is the “newest” synagogue in Prague built 1868. It was actually built on the site of the oldest synagogue, the “Altshul” built-in the 12th century in the Prague ghetto.

It’s called the Spanish Synagogue because of its interior Moorish design and architecture.

While it’s still a functioning synagogue it’s part of the Jewish Museum of Prague and houses an impressive exhibit on the History of the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia.

I wish I had more pictures of this beautiful place but I had to be stealth with my photography. I got warned more than once (in different locales) that photography was not allowed.  The reason being they wanted you to buy the postcards.

Prague, Czech Republic, Spanish Synagogue, Praha, architecture, Moorish Revival, travel photography


The Water Wheel…at Night!

As you walk along the Charles Bridge in Prague and pass the main water way make sure you stop and look at every nook and cranny on either side. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful little scenes.

This water wheel was turning and it took me a few tries at different exposure settings to get the image, 15 secs at f6.3.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, architecture, Charles Bridge, Night Photography, long exposure, water wheel

 


Crossing the Charles Bridge

Maybe I should have titled this post Cinderella’s Castle but this isn’t Disneyland. Crossing the Charles Bridge during the day is like fighting your way through the crowds in Best Buy on Boxing Day. I thought a nighttime stroll might be quieter and it was but not by much.

This was a long exposure and you can see the ghosting of the people walking though. I decided to leave them in as it gave the sense of motion. I really didn’t do much to this image except for applying a little clarity and vibrance in LR.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, architecture, Charles Bridge, Night Photography, long exposure

 


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


Sunset Glow

The city of Prague simple glows during the sunset hour.

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Prague, Czech Republic, street, building, architecture, sunset, rooftops, church, travel photography

Prague, Czech Republic, street, building, architecture, sunset, rooftops, church, travel photography


Follow the Light

I was in Prague at the end of September of this year and I thought that it would be a great time to go as the city is usually packed with tourists in the summer. Well it wasn’t as quiet as I had hoped. The city (especially the old city) was teeming with people.

I mean really, who can blame them, Prague is an incredible city  and once you get past the beauty of it you can then dive into its history but I’ll leave that for another post.

My husband and I walked across the Charles Bridge and found a small restaurant where we stopped to have lunch. While he was paying the bill I did what I do best, explore with camera in hand. I came across this small street and to my amazement it wasn’t packed with people.

This was such a great scene, the light, the shadows, the beautiful building at the end of the street. I knew then that this would be a good image to do a little digital painting with.

I processed this in Lightroom then brought it into Photoshop and used Topaz Impression to create the final image. Don’t forget you can get 15% off any Topaz Labs product with the code ELPHOTO.

Prague, Czech Republic, street, building, architecture, shadows, light, digital painting, travel photography


Prague Rooftops

The old city of Prague is beautiful at anytime of day but at sunset the red roof tops just glow with warmth.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, architecture, travel, sunset, city view, rooftops


A First look at Prague

“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” -Franz Kafka

You’re probably wondering why I would post this image from Prague before posting a more iconic view of the old city, the clock tower or the Charles Bridge, Well that’s a good question.

I spent 2 days in Prague, which is by no means is enough time to take in all that this incredible city has to offer. The architecture, Romanesque; Baroque; Renaissance; Gothic, Art Nouveau; Modernist (just to name a few styles) is absolutely incredible to behold. Don’t worry I do have some of those iconic shots and they’re coming but there are always little gems hiding in plain sight that we sometimes miss.

Walking through the old city even small pedestrian walkways such as the one below holds so much architectural interest its hard not to spend time and just take it all in.

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


Viennese Bicycle

A European city, a classic bicycle. Did you have any doubts that I would photograph it?

Vienna, Austria, architecture, bicycle, window, travel photography


Spadina House – The Garden House

One more from Spadina House (I promise). This is the garden house on the property, which in itself was quite the building.

If you saw my last post, of the back exterior, you’ll know that it was a bright, sunny, beautiful day out. I decided to process this one in black and white to give it a different look and feel.

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Spadina House, Toronto, Ontario, architecture, garden house, heritage, black and white