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Gaudi Blue

When in Barcelona you must go the Gaudi way!

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

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Rosh Hanikra

Rosh Hanikra, meaning “head of the grottos” is located on the mediterranean coast of Israel in the Western Galilee. The  caverns have been carved out for centuries by the pounding of the mediterranean.

Rosh Hanikra is the meeting point of the Israeli – Lebanese border. It’s fascinating to walk through the tunnels excavated by the British army engineering units in the early 1940’s for the Haifa – Beirut railway. The plan was to build a railway all the way to Turkey as a gateway to Europe.

My husband, son and I took a day trip to Rosh Hanikra and the city of Akko that day and they were surprised when I threw my tripod into the trunk of our car. It’s a good thing I brought it along as all these images were long exposures.

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Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, blue, water, long exposure, travel photography, nature

Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, blue, water, long exposure, travel photography, nature

Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, path, tunnel, long exposure, travel photography, nature

 


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


Watch Out for the Jellies

I shared images last week of my visit to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto and still have quite a few that I want to post. When I was in California this summer I visited the Monterey Aquarium and was very impressed by the Jellyfish exhibit. While not as large, I was equally impressed with the exhibit at the new aquarium in Toronto.

I’ll be taking the rest of the week of from blogging as I’m heading to Houston to attend a pet photography workshop. Yes I am very, very excited about this and truth be told I’m also looking forward to the forecast (in Houston) this weekend, +22C  and sunny. By comparison it was -10C in Toronto today. I may not want to return home after getting a taste spring.

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Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue


Tiny Bubbles

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. I know that it was a long weekend in the US and here in Ontario we enjoyed a long weekend with Family Day. It was nice to have the extra day off and enjoy some downtime with my family.

Last week I got inspired to try something new. I was on Rachel Cohen’s Photography site (if you haven’t visited you really must. Just click on the link) and she created an abstract from oil and water. Rachel was actually inspired to try this when she visited Beverly Everson’s Photography site (yes definitely check out her site as well). I actually commented on Beverly’s post and asked her how she achieved this look. A few minutes later I received an email from Beverly giving me instructions. I think I need a bit more practice but here’s my first attempt of some macro photography of oil and water.

Now I’m usually pretty good at following instructions but once I got myself all set up and I filled a shallow dish with oil and added a bit of water here’s what I came up with….

Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, blue

I actually liked how this came out but I thought “wow…why am I getting so many bubbles?”  Well I went back to Beverly’s instructions and I realized that I was supposed to fill a shallow dish with water first and then add a bit of oil….Duhh. For the image above I had my dish suspended over a bowl of blue and green marbles. Now for the correct mix of water and oil I placed two tulip stems under my dish and here’s what I came out with.

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Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, pastels,

Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, pastels,

Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, pastels,

It’s fun to experiment with something new.


Pass the Jelly

I can hear the groan from here. It’s not easy coming up with post titles you know 🙂

The Monterey Bay Aquarium sits right on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The aquarium was founded in 1984 and sits on the former site of a sardine cannery in Cannery Row. One of the star attractions is the Jelly Experience. These jelly fish are just mesmerizing to watch as they float up and down in the water.  I set my ISO to 2000 which allowed me to capture these images in such low light. There was a bit of noise but Topaz DeNoise took care of that 🙂

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile