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Beach Day in Malaga

Our next stop on our Spain adventure was the beach town of Malaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas. Naturally the first stop was the beach.

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Malaga, Spain, beach, sea, sunbathing, vacation, travel


Yin Yang

You have to look carefully and something complex and complicated gets paired down to one simple and elegant image.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, surf, surfing, surfer, waves, fine art

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday.

Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year.


Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

                                                                     Cat Stevens

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, sunrise, lifeguard station, fine art


For The Birds

This is a very common scene early morning on the promenade in Tel Aviv. What the birds don’t get from the leftovers of sunbathers they get from kind people feeding them in the mornings.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, beach, promenade, pigeons, birds, feeding, man feeding birds,


ONE

“I love the peace the sea gives me as if I’m made from the salt itself”

Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, fine art


Wave III

You can probably guess by now that I love being at the beach, I love the water and I love photographing the water especially doing long exposures. This is another of my Tel Aviv, Israel seascapes. I love capturing the waves in their different forms and the long exposure calms an otherwise raging sea.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, fine art


Wave II

“The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall. The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.”

Virginia  Wolf

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, fine art


Silent Wave

An early morning long exposure at the beach in Tel Aviv.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, surf, surfing, surfer, long exposure, fine art


The Surfer

An early morning shoot that yielded no significant sunrise but the early spring fog and the cool weather provided for a good backdrop. The surfers were out as were the joggers and little ole me with my tripod and gear getting ready to do some long exposures on the beach in Tel Aviv.

This surfer came out of the water and I was able to pivot and turn quickly to capture this shot.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, surf, surfing, foggy, jogger, sand, travel photography


Happy Holiday!

Not your traditional holiday image but I thought I’d spread a little light and warmth all around (and I’m sure that somewhere on the other side of the world someone is enjoying the beach 🙂 )

My friends…whether you’re celebrating Hannukah or Christmas or Kwanzaa or any other holiday I’d like to wish you all a Happy Holiday filled with family, friends and good-times.

Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, surf, kitesurfing, kite boarding, kite board, Banana Beach


Round You Go!

I’ve been to Israel numerous times and have driven past the old port in Tel Aviv on a number of occasions but I’d never spent any real time there until this last trip.

The port in Tel Aviv opened in 1936 and was the country’s largest and most important port until 1965 when it closed due to operations being moved to the newer port in Ashdod. The port sat derelict for many years and then in the early 2000’s the municipality of Tel Aviv decided to revitalize the area starting with a beautiful wide wooden deck that spans the port promenade along the sea. The old hangers have been covered to fresh food markets and the port is lined with restaurants, boutiques and nightclubs.

At one end of the deck is an old merry-go-round that was getting ready to close as I was setting up for my shot. Luckily it still had went for a few more rides, enough for me to get this shot.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Old Port, Merry Go Round, Carousel, beach, night photography, travel photography, long exposure


The Lifeguard Station

I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record but….I’m back. It was another wonderful trip to Israel and while it was wonderful spending the week with my son I didn’t get out and shoot as much as I wanted.

I should probably clarify that…I didn’t come home with 1000 images to process I only came home with about 500 🙂

You probably noticed from my last trip in March that I shot a lot of beach images, specifically kite boarders. The kite boarders aren’t out as much in the summer months as it’s not that windy and the sea is much calmer. I did manage to spend a lot of time on the beach, Tel Aviv has some of the best in the world!

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Tel Aviv, Israel, beach, summertime, Gordon Beach, sea, Mediterranean, lifeguard station, travel photography

Just in case you missed it, I posted a couple of images to Instagram and Facebook earlier this week (don’t forget to follow me there). Here they are and you can find them in my gallery as well.

 

 

 


Sunset Ride 4

Here’s the 4th instalment of my Sunset Ride series taken on the beach in Tel Aviv.

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Israel; Tel Aviv; Banana Beach; mediterranean; sea; kite boarding; kiteboarder; boarding; kiting; sunset; beach


Golden Jaffa

I haven’t blogged in close to 2 weeks and what has happened to the world in that time? Tel Aviv, Orlando, Paris! I don’t talk politics on this blog and rarely discuss current work events but this is enough.

I get angry when I hear reports of terrorist attacks; shootings; pledges of destroying a whole country. I ask the same questions over and over…how can people hate so much?….how does one take a life…or 4…or 49 so easily? Innocent human beings who are just going about their lives in a restaurant or nightclub. Once the initial anger subsides I realize that this is exactly the reaction these animals are hoping for.

I’m travelling back to Tel Aviv next month and I will go to the Sarona market and dine at a restaurant as I’ve done in the past. Later this year I hope to travel back to Europe. To my amazing neighbours to the south….I’ll be there in a couple of weeks.

I for one will not stop living. To quote Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony acceptance speech (which was brilliant by the way)…

We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.

It’s time to let in some light!

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TelAviv, Israel, Jaffa, Old Jaffa, sunset, beach, clouds, travel photography, Mediterranean


Sunset Ride 3

I thought I would end off the week with another from my sunset kite boarding series. This was taken on Banana Beach in Tel Aviv.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, Banana Beach, mediterranean, sea, kite boarding, kiteboarder, boarding, kiting, sunset, beach


Sunset Ride 2

I hope that all my fellow Canadians had an enjoyable Victoria Day long weekend. The weather was absolutely spectacular in Ontario this weekend and it certainly got me into the summer mindset. While I didn’t spend too much time indoors this weekend I did manage to process a few more images and as promised here’s the 2nd of my Sunset Ride series taken in Tel Aviv at Banana Beach.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, kite boarding, kite boarder, sunset, beach, ride, sea, Mediterranean, Banana Beach


Wind Beneath My Wings

Birds flying high
You know how I feel
Sun in the sky
You know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by
You know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good
I’m feeling good

Michael Buble

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Israel, Tel Aviv, Mediterranean, sea, beach, Kite Boarding, Fine Art, travel photography


The 5 Best Things About My Trip to Israel & Tel Aviv Kite Boarding

I’ve just returned from 2 weeks in Israel and while I’m still trying to shake this jet lag, here are the top 5 best things about this trip:

#5 – Shakshuka is the Middle East’s greatest breakfast invention (go ahead…Google it 🙂 ), but really it’s great any time of the day.

#4 – Tel Aviv! it’s one of the best cities in the world. If you don’t believe me check out Lonely Planet’s annual “best cities” rankings. I’ll do a separate post on Tel Aviv soon.

#3 – Using my new Canon 5D Mark 3 – love, love, love it. More on that later.

#2 – The beach.

#1 – Seeing my SON!

At this time of the year, with blustering winds and cresting waves, kite boarding was the sport du jour.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, kite boarding, waves, hotels, fine art, travel photography


2015 My Year in Review

Every year Jim Goldstein runs a project on his blog, JMG Galleries, where he encourages photographers to post their best pictures of the year. It’s a great project and I’ve participated every year. When I started participating about 4 years ago I thought, “what a great way to have pictures seen by a whole new audience.”

That was me when I first started blogging but now there are so many other reasons that I participate. Yes I still like that fact that I may reach a new audience but more than that I find this to be a difficult and yet rewarding exercise. It’s tough to cull through your work and pick what you think may be the best of the year. It really gives me a chance to go though my images (some that I haven’t looked at for almost a year) and decide whether they’re good enough to make the cut of the top 10 or 15.  I try to review my images from a technical perspective and from a creative one. Certainly I’m drawn to certain images due to the circumstances of where and when they were taken. The picks may not always be perfect and certainly wouldn’t win any awards but art is subjective and what one person views as a masterpiece another make look at and dismiss entirely.

It’s been a busy and rewarding year both on the photographic front and from a family and work stand point. I’ve taken on a new role at work which was unexpected at the beginning of 2015 but I am loving it. The only downside has been that its been so busy that my photography had to take a bit of a back seat.

From a photography perspective I’ve continued to sell prints and license new work which is always very exciting and rewarding. I won’t make any specific commitments for the new year because I know that my day job will still be taking up a lot of my time but learning new photographic techniques and honing my craft is something that I know will always be important and I will find and make the time to do it.

If you have a chance jump on over to Jim Goldstein’s site here in or about the second week of January and he should have a list of year in review post listed for your viewing pleasure. There’s always a great list of photographers on there, you won’t regret it.

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Cuba, Havana, Old Havana, street photography, travel photography, black and white

Cuba

water drops, gerber flower, refraction, milkweed, macro photography

Refracted Water Drops

Havana, Cuba, Cuban Cigars, Cigar, Stogie, travel photography, cigar aficiondo, black and white

Cuba

Hilton Falls, Ontario, Milton, conservation, waterfall, long exposure, trees

Hilton Falls, Ontario

Boston, skyline, Fan Pier, sunset, blue hour, travel photography, harbour, lights, Charles River

Boston

Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka Chairs, dock, sunset, nature

Muskoka

Lake Ontario, Toronto, Beaches, sail, sailboats, water

Lake Ontario

Old Montreal, Quebec, night photography, long exposure, historic

Old Montreal

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

Jerusalem, Israel

Israel, Jerusalem, Western Wall, Orthodox, Man, Walking, Motion, black and white, travel photography,

Jerusalem, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, beach, family, photographer, golden, water, sea, Mediterranean

Tel Aviv, Israel

 


Last Shot of the Day

I hope I haven’t been boring you with my sunset shots from Tel Aviv. It was such a beautiful evening, a little windy but perfect in all other ways.

This toddler came running up to the water, with his father close behind. As they played in the sand the mother came up and started photographing her son and husband. It was a perfect scene, so I, in turn photographed them.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, beach, family, photographer, golden, water, sea, Mediterranean

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660x400I want wish you all a Happy Holiday, a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your loved ones.


Sunset Run

Here’s another image from my sunset shoot on the beach in Tel Aviv.

I used a 10-stop ND filter and I shot couple of frames when I saw the joggers running by in hope of getting at least a ghosting effect captured. I was pleased with this one.

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Sunset, Tel Aviv, Israel, beach, long exposure, sun rays, joggers

Sunset, Tel Aviv, Israel, beach, long exposure, sun rays, joggers


Divine Inspiration

At the end of the day, when you’re faced with a scene such as this, it’s nothing short of miraculous. Have a great week everyone.

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Sunset, Tel Aviv, Israel, Gordon Beach, beach, long exposure, sun rays, water


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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Tel Aviv Beach Promenade at Sunset

I’m back from being in Israel for 2 weeks and am still battling jet lag although I do feel the fog starting to dissipate from my brain. There are so many wonderful places to see in Israel but I have to say that my favourite is Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv is a vibrant and diverse city, a city where old and new alternate at every street corner. It has a vibrant nightlife, trendy neighbourhoods that feature world-class restaurants; galleries and designer boutiques but where I come alive is along the Tayelet or beach promenade.

Here’s a section of the promenade at sunset taken from the Dan Tel Aviv hotel looking south towards Old Jaffa.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, beach, promenade, Tayelet, long exposure, night, travel photography