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Bellagio Street

Bellagio’s town centre is made up of narrow streets running up and down on cobblestone steps. Each street is filled with boutiques, restaurants and cafe’s and all roads lead to the lake.

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Bellagio, Italy, walkway, street, stairs, village, travel photography


Night Colours

The central square in Old Jaffa is a lively spot at night enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike.

On Friday I shared an image of the square with the bell tower of St. Peter’s Church as its centre point. You can see that post here. Next to the church is a restaurant with a fountain in front of it that is beautifully lit at night. You can see the lights of the restaurant in Fridays post but I wanted to get in closer so that I could capture the fountain and the colourful display.

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On another note I was out volunteering at Toronto Animal Services last weekend and I’ve just posted images on my PhoDOGraphy by Edith site of all the wonderful animals up for adoption. Click on the link and considering sharing the post. You never know you may be helping one of these cuties find a forever home.

Israel, Old Jaffa, night photography, restaurant, lights, coloured lights, fountain, water long exposure


The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle was designed by architect Julie Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for William Randolph Hearst. The castle is located on the central California coast in San Simeon and is a national and state historical landmark. William Randolph Hearst died in 1951 and in 1957 the Hearst Corporation donated the estate to the State of California. Hearst Castle boasts 56 rooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, an indoor and outdoor pool and sits on 126 acres.

The Roman Pool, the indoor pool, was built between 1927 and 1934. The pool is decorated with square mosaic glass tiles in blue, orange and clear and is adorned by statues of Roman gods and goddesses.

This was difficult to shoot as it was very dark in the pool and I didn’t have a tripod with me. I set my camera’s ISO to 3200 and bracketed all my exposures but some were just not as successful as I had hoped. Even with the high ISO the exposures were long and some of my images were a bit shaky so the images didn’t line up properly in Photomatix. The fist image was a single exposure but I was able to bring out the detail using Lucis.  The 2nd and 3rd images were indeed bracketed (I was able to steady myself by the railing) and processed with Photomatix.

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Hearst Castle, Roman Pool, San Simeon, California, indoor pool, water, reflections, travel photography

Hearst Castle, Roman Pool, San Simeon, California, indoor pool, water, reflections, travel photography

Hearst Castle, Roman Pool, San Simeon, California, indoor pool, water, reflections, travel photography


Weekly Photo Challenge – Color and a Few Thank You’s

I shot this image last summer while driving through Maine. We were on our way from Bar Harbor to Portland when we spotted this flea market and decided to stop and have a look around. There was a treasure trove of vintage and collectible items that just begged to be photographed.

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Maine, flea market, vintage, collectable, travel photography

Over the last few months I’ve been honoured to receive multiple blogging awards. Time seems to have gotten away from me but I didn’t want to leave these long overdue thank you’s any longer. These are the wards I was nominated for and the wonderful bloggers who nominated me. Please take sometime and visit these excellent sites.

Blog of the Year 2012 Award

Motion Photography

Dream Lenz

Photography Art Plus

Wind Against The Current

The Sunshine Award

CIGUDEG Pleais Bilong Tu Mi

The Great Zambini

The Adventurous Blogger Award

Get Set And Go

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Timeless Treasure

Olivia Wolfe – The Road Less Traveled

The Beautiful Blogger Award

Shawn Jones – Writing without Hinges


Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee

Here’s one more from Falmouth, Jamaica. Oh and their coffee was quite good. If you look behind the palm tree you can see the ship…larger then any of the buildings in port (or the city for that matter).

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Jamaica, coffee, Falmouth, port, travel photography


The Royal Promenade

So you thought the bridge was the heartbeat of a ship like the Navigator of the Seas…wrong. The Royal Promenade with its shops and bars and eateries is where its at.  Nightly entertainment and well planned store sales ( 🙂 ) keep this place hopping. The Royal Promenade is located on deck 5. I shot this image from (I believe) deck 6. This was a bracketed exposure, tonemapped in Photomatix and then brought in to Photoshop for some minot adjusts.

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Navigator of the Seas, royal promenade, cruise, ocean, interior HDR,


All The World’s A Stage

I was going to switch gears and take a break from my Winter Garden images but I was watching the Oscars last night…Ahhh…the fashion, the jewels, the musical numbers, the movies! So given my “magic of make believe” state of mind I thought that another image of the Winter Garden was appropriate.

Here’s a closer look at the stage and the fire curtain. Should a fire break out backstage or on the stage the fire curtain comes down and restricts the passage of heat and flames from the stage to the audience area. The fire curtain you see here is the original hand painted one from 1913 which was restored in the 80’s.

I want to draw your attention to the circular light fixture in the upper left hand side of the ceiling. Among the clouds and mountains it’s the moon.

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Winter Garden theatre, Toronto, stage, balcony, fire curtain


Let Me Entertain You….

Here’s another view of the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto. In yesterday’s post I gave you a little bit of the history on this beautiful theatre (you can see the post here) but didn’t give you any shooting information…sorry.

Knowing that I’d be shooting inside this theatre and having been here before (as a theatre patron not as a photographer) I knew that I would need a fairly wide angle lens. I rented the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens and I fell in love. I loved the versatility of this lens and have now added another item onto my wish list.

Due to union rules we couldn’t turn on any stage lights so the only lighting available were the house lights. A tripod was a must and 90% of the images that I took were bracketed.  Today’s image was 3 separate exposures of 30 sec, 1.3 sec and 30 sec.  With both yesterday’s image and todays I adjusted the white balance in ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) before tone mapping the brackets in Photomatix. I then brought the tonemapped image into Photoshop and used Topaz Detail to bring out some of the finer details in the scene. Don’t forget you get a 15% discount on all Topaz products by using the code ELPHOTO.

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theatre, Winter Garden, Toronto, interior, stage, balcony


Welcome to the Theatre….

One of the wonderful things about being a member of a photography club is the opportunity to shoot places that you wouldn’t normally have access to. One of these opportunities came about last month. I’m on the board of my club, The Toronto Digital Photography Club and I made mention that it would be great to be able to shoot at the Winter Garden Theatre here in Toronto. The answer came back…”that’s great Edith can you arrange an outing for us.”  So after months of coordinating with the management of the theatre we were able to schedule a date when the theatre was dark, for our members to come in and shoot.

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre complex was built in 1913 as the Canadian flagship of the Marcus Loew’s theatre chain. It was built as a double-decker complex with the Winter Garden seven stories above the Elgin Theatre. It was originally known as the Loew’s Yonge Street Theatre.

The two theatres were so dramatically different in style (as you’ll see in the images that I’ll post over the next little while). The Elgin was the more traditional of the two theatres, filled with gold leaf,  rich fabrics and ornate opera boxes. The Winter Garden on the other hand was a botanical fantasy. The walls were painted to resemble a garden and its ceiling was adorned with branches, leaves and lanterns. “The theatres played host to such greats as George Burns and Gracie Allen, Sophie Tucker, Milton Berle and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.”

With the decline of vaudeville the Winter Garden closed in 1928. The Elgin continued to function as a movie house but it continue to decline into disrepair with each passing decade. In 1981 the Ontario Heritage Trust purchased the building and in 1987 a $29 million restoration project began. The walls of the Winter Garden were painstakingly hand cleaned to avoid damaging the original hand painted watercolors. In 1989 the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre reopened and has once again become one of Canada’s finest theatre houses. Hits such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rent, Tommy, Avenue Q has graced the stage and every year it now serves as one of the venues for gala screens for the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Theatre, Winter Garden theatre, Toronto, historical site, stage, balcony


Back to the Diner

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I decided to give myself a break from posting this weekend and just relax with family and friends. Sometimes its nice to be away from the computer and give yourself permission to not stress about posting.

Here’s another view of the Lake Effect Diner that we visited the last time we were in Buffalo.

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diner, retro, Lake Effects Diner, Buffalo, New York, HDR


Towards the Water

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was in Montreal over the weekend for a family function and I did manage to grab some shots while I was there but I’ll share those with you a little later in the week.

In the mean time here’s an image from my jaunt to Muskoka a couple of weeks ago. This was taken while exploring the town of Huntsville.

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Muskoka, Huntsville, alleyway, fall, lake,


Weekly Photo Challenge – Big

This sculpture is located in the courtyard of the Pitti Palace in Florence and it was “Big!”

Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy, travel photography, sculpture

Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy, travel photography, sculpture

You can see the original post for the weekly photo challenge here.


Niagara Apothecary

The Niagara Apothecary is located in the heart of Niagara on the Lake, in the same building its occupied for nearly a century and a half. The apothecary went through 6 owners/pharmacists during its existence which spanned from 1818/1820 to 1964, when it closed due to the ill-health of its last owner.   In 1869 the apothecary opened its doors in its present location on Queen Street. It is the only remaining original building of that time left in town.

The building was painstakingly restored by the Ontario Heritage Foundation and turned into a museum in 1971. If you ever find yourself in Niagara on the Lake take a step back in time and visit this gem.

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niagara on the lake, Ontario, apothecary, drug store, retro


Geddy’s Down-Under

Located at the foot of Main St. in Bar Harbor is Geddy’s Down-Under. Geddy’s is a restaurant, bar and awesome spot filled with cool stuff…trust me…the sign says so 🙂

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Geddy's, Downunder, Bar Harbor, Main Street, restaurent, bar,

Geddy's, Downunder, Bar Harbor, Main Street, cool stuff, license plates,


The Skipper

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on The Margaret Todd here’s a shot of our very relaxed skipper at the helm (is that what it’s called or have I been watching too much Star Trek?) of the Margaret Todd.

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schooner, windjammer, Margaret Todd, Bar Harbor, Maine, travel photography


Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside

When I’m inside, sometimes the view demands that I look out. This photograph was taken in Bar Harbor, Maine inside Stewman’s Lobster Pound on the waterfront.

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Bar Harbor, Maine, Stewman's Lobster Pound, waterfront,


Light in the City

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and that all you Dad’s had a wonderful Father’s Day.

Back to Port Credit today…the original lighthouse, that sat a the mouth of the Credit River in Port Credit, Mississauga was in service from 1882 to 1918. In 1936 the lighthouse was destroyed by fire. In 1991 a replica of the lighthouse was built by the Lions Club of Credit Valley. The structure itself sits atop a sewage pumping station and house a tourist bureau in its base.

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Port Credit Lighthouse, Mississauga, Ontario


It’s Been A Year…Entry #52 – A Museum with a View

For those of you that have been following this blog you’ll know that I started this blog as a 52 week project. I wanted to challenge myself to shoot more often and I decided to start a blog and commit to posting a new image once a week. I started blogging using iWeb but quickly realized that it just lacked certain features and controls that I wanted on my site. Enter WordPress…after a lot of research, reading and immersing myself in all things having to do with weblogs I started this site.

The first post on my new WordPress site was on June 2, 2011. Now I’m sure that it’s quite obvious that I’ve been posting more than once a week. Buoyed by an indescribably wonderful photographic community and the many photographers and bloggers that I can now call “friends” this little blog grew every month. 52 weeks and just over 46, 550 hits later I can now say “Happy 1st Anniversary to the Little Blog that Could!”

One of the most wonderful benefits and outcomes of this blog is the wonderful community that I’ve now become a part of. I think I’ve said it before (and I will keep reiterating it) that the individuals in this photographic community are talented and generous with their time, knowledge and feedback, sharing information and tips that benefits not just myself but the whole community. You all foster in me a craving to learn more and be a better photographer. I thank you for that, I thank you for all your visits, comments and “likes” and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of this community.

So for Entry #52 I’ll take you back to Florence, Italy. This is a view of the Ponte Vecchio from the second floor of the Ufizi museum.

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View of the Ponte Vecchio from The Ufizi Museum, Florence, Italy


Tunnel Vision

Project 52 Entry #51

In Monday’s post, The Stables at Casa Loma, I mentioned that there were tunnels that led from the Hunting Lodge and stable complex to the main house. These tunnels are 800 feet long and 18 feet deep.  This is the last section before reaching the main house.

Casa Loma Tunnels


The Stables at Casa Loma

Casa Loma, located in mid-town Toronto, is the former house of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. It was constructed over a 3 year period from 1911 to 1914. At 98 rooms it was the largest private residence in the city. Today it’s a museum and historic landmark. Just north of the main house is the stable, potting shed & greenhouse and hunting lodge. The latter was open this weekend for Doors Open Toronto, an annual weekend dedicated to the city’s architecture.

The main house and the stable complex is connected by underground tunnels and during World War 2 “the stables of Casa Loma served as the site for the development of ASDIC, which stands for Anti-Submarine Detection investigation Committee, an early sonar apparatus.”

I had to wait a while to get this shot as there was a family who was making a living sitting on this bench. I finally decided to roam around and explore the rest of the complex and then headed back to the stables to see if I could get my clear shot. As you can see I did. As I was walking out I was approached by someone who works there who informed me that I wasn’t allowed to use a tripod. I apologized profusely and headed for the exit, smiling. I so love these little wins.

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stables of Casa Loma Toronto


Enter At Your Own Risk

Project 52 Entry #48

This past weekend the weather in Toronto was beautiful. On Sunday, my husband and I decided to enjoy the sunshine and go for a walk. Of course the camera came with.  We headed to Unionville which is a small village in Markham, Ontario. Main Street is pretty much what you would expect of a small village…small quaint shops, restaurants, ice cream parlours. We veered off Main St. and walked up one of the side streets taking in all the pretty homes. As we were making our way up the street I spotted a house whose side windows were all boarded up. I thought to myself…hmmm, it would be great if I could get in there. Well I obviously didn’t just think it I must have said it out loud because my husband then said “look the back door is open.”  (Yes you could see through the front window to the back of this tiny house.) Much to my husband’s dismay, off I went to the back yard, through tall grass trying to avoid the wooden planks with the nails sticking out of them and the cinder blocks that were strewn all over the side of the house.

I cranked up my ISO and fired off a number of brackets. It was a tiny house so not to much to explore. I probably would have spent a bit more time in there and I was tempted to go upstairs but then I heard creaking coming from the second level so I high tailed it out of there. I’m only brave up to a certain point. 🙂


Hidden Away

I was up Haliburton, Ontario about a month ago when we were having that glorious weather in Toronto. In wasn’t quite as warm in cottage country but the snow was on its way out and you could smell spring in the air. We stopped to have lunch at a lovely Inn on Eagle Lake, and of course I had to explore the property. Down by the lake was this little boat house with these row boats lying on their sides just waiting for the lake to thaw.

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South Street Seaport- The View from Pier 17

The South Street Seaport, which is located on Lower Manhattan’s waterfront, has been designated a historical district. This was the original site of the port of New York, one of the busiest in America in the 19th Century. (Think Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York) This area contains some of the oldest architecture in New York which has now been restored and houses restaurants, clubs and stores. As we were walking around Pier 17 I headed to the upper level where the views of the Brooklyn Bridge were unobstructed.  I strolled about and pretty much had the whole place to myself. I can image how packed this area would be in the summer. While I had my pick of empty chairs it was still a little chilly to be reclining outdoors.


A Different Perspective on The Roman Forum

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I quick post this morning as I just got back late last night from a few days away in New York City and Long Island. I hope to have some NYC images up a little later in the week but for this morning a visit back to Rome.

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