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Malaga Sunset

I was fortunate to be staying at a hotel that had a rooftop swimming pool. Never did use the pool but it was a perfect spot to capture the sunset over the old town of Malaga.

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Spain, Malaga, sunset, Old town, blue hour, travel, cityscape


Zurich at Night

The view of Zurich from our hotel was just as spectacular at night as it was during the day (only just a bit trickier to capture).

Zurich, Switzerland, cityscape, night, night photography, long exposure, river, Limmat river, bridge, travel photography

Zurich, Switzerland, cityscape, night, night photography, long exposure, river, Limmat river, bridge, travel photography

Zurich, Switzerland, cityscape, night, night photography, long exposure, river, Limmat river, bridge, travel photography


Jerusalem of Gold

The mountain air is clear as wine
And the scent of pines
Is carried on the breeze of twilight
With the sound of bells.

And in the slumber of tree and stone
Captured in her dream
The city that sits solitary
And in its midst is a wall.

Jerusalem of gold, and of bronze, and of light
Behold I am a violin for all your songs.

Lyrics by Naomi Shemer

If you’d like to listen to a beautiful rendition sung by the late Ofra Haza click here.

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Jerusalem, Israel, cityscape, night photography, lights, hilltop, Dome of the Rock, old city


More Dizzying Heights & My Thoughts on Creativity

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, lots of laughs and good eats 🙂 I don’t think any of my posts so far have garnered such opposing opinions as my Havana Rooftops multiple exposure that I posted last Friday.

Some of you didn’t like it…I mean really didn’t like it and some of you did. I actually found all the comments refreshing and I want to thank everyone that did comment and offered their opinion. As photographers we want people to like, no love our work. It’s one of the reasons we do what we do but it’s not the only reason. There’s also the self-satisfaction of creating something different. Sometimes when we look through the viewfinder we see something that may not be there physically but rather in our minds.  The definition of creative is “having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas.” While some of these ideas will appeal to some they won’t appeal to others. I can just imagine what some people must have said when Jackson Pollock create his first piece of art.

Oh please don’t get me wrong, I am in no way comparing my work with that of Jackson Pollock. I’m just making an analogy between his experimentation and mine.

Some of you asked what the original image looked like. Here it is…

Havana, Cuba, rooftops, cityscape, travel photography

And I’ll give you one more of my “experimentations” before I leave and I promise I’ll get back to my regularly scheduled program with my next post 🙂  Oh…and please leave a comment and let me know what you think…either way.

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Cuba, havana, multiple exposure, rooftops, travel photography,


Down Under the Manhattan Bridge

Sorry I hope you’re not getting tired of my images from DUMBO but I just loved shooting there. This was a beautiful spot to shoot the Manhattan bridge while also including  Jane’s Carousel (on the right). This carousel was originally created in 1922 and was installed in a park in Youngstown, Ohio. Jane and David Walentas purchased the carousel at auction in 1984, at which time Jane began the painstaking restoration in her studio in DUMBO. Jane’s Carousel opened to the public in Brooklyn Bridge Park on September 16, 2011.

I was thrilled with the final image and then decided to see how it would look in B&W. I love both versions for different reasons but I’d love to hear from you. Which one do you prefer?

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DUMBO, Manhattan Bridge, night photography, city lights, New York, Brooklyn, Jane's Carousel, cityscape

Manhattan Bridge Lights_BW_viewable


City On The Edge

This is another image taken from Brooklyn Heights but a slightly different composition than the one in my previous post. This image was shot at sunrise but I decided to create a more dramatic image by giving it a B&W treatment in Perfect B&W by OnOne.

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Brooklyn Heights, Manhattan, city view, cityscape, Hudson River, long exposure, golden hour, sunrise, travel photography, Black & White, monochrome


View from Brooklyn Heights

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays. I took a much-needed break the last couple of weeks to recharge my batteries. My family and I headed to New York for a few days and enjoyed some wonderful family time, but of course I found a little time for photography as well.

Before I get into todays image I wanted to let you know that Ian Plant has released a new ebook, Yellowstone – Light & Life. This glorious 80 page book is filled with Ian’s beautiful images and the best part is that it’s completely FREE. You can pick it up at the Dreamscapes store here.

Ian Plant, Yellowstone, ebook, Dreamscapes, Yellowstone Light and Life

2014 is shaping up to be a busy year but in a good way. I spent some of my time off working on my PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy site which will be ready for a sneak peek later in the week. I’ll also be participating in a group photography exhibition in downtown Toronto later this month and I’ll be sharing more information on that later in the week as well.

Now on to today’s image. This was taken at the bottom of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade just before sunrise on our first morning in New York. What a fantastic spot for views of the Manhattan skyline.

Brooklyn Heights, Manhattan, city view, cityscape, Hudson River, long exposure, golden hour, sunrise, travel photography,


Toronto Cityscape – Foggy Encounter

One of the workshops that Denise Ippolito led for my photography club last month was a sunset/night cityscape shoot. It was cloudy and raining for most of that day so there was no sunset and we almost didn’t have a cityscape. The best place to photograph the Toronto skyline is from Ward’s Island. We boarded the ferry to the island at 5:45pm for the  7 minute or so crossing which would give us plenty of time to walk around and set up for what was supposed to be a 6:50 sunset. As the ferry started moving and I looked across Lake Ontario I realized that I couldn’t see the island. All I could see was thick fog. We arrived at the island and I looked across at Toronto…it wasn’t there. OMG…there goes the workshop. After a few minutes of internal panic, Denise, being the ultimate professional and workshop leader, led us on a walk and help us “see” other beautiful parts of the island that we could photograph. Ok I started to think…this was ok…this was going to workout. Think positive…think positive…as soon as it gets dark and the city lights turn on we’ll have a cityscape….I hope!

Being photographers and knowing that light and conditions can change from minute to minute we set up our tripods by the waterfront and waited. Here’s the view…

Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, Ward Island, long exposure, blue hour

….can you see the CN Tower? It’s there…honestly but at least we could now see lights and some of the buildings. We waited and as the minutes passed the fog started to roll out and our beautiful city came into view.  Here’s the progression…

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Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, CN Tower, Ward Island, long exposure

Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, CN Tower, Ward Island, long exposure

Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, CN Tower, Ward Island, long exposure


Rooftop View

We’re back in Quebec City today. This was taken from my hotel room at the Chateau Frontenac. What I really liked about this view were the lines of the snow-covered sloping roofs. I used Topaz B&W Effects to convert the image to B&W and increased the contrast in order to accentuate the lines.


Visit Rome – A Vintage Travel Poster

Project 52 Entry #22

I have always loved vintage travel posters so I decided to try my hand at creating one with a shot I took in Italy this past summer. This image was taken while I was standing at the top of the Spanish Steps. This was one exposure which I tonemapped in Photomatix Pro. I then brought it into PhotoShop and used Topaz B&W Effects applying the simplify effect and then adjusting tones to get a vintage look. So what do think? Want to visit Rome?