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Posts tagged “DUMBO

We’re On A Roll!

One of my most favourite cities in the world is New York and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to visit often. I was there at the beginning of July for a long weekend and the reason for this latest trip was more then just a weekend getaway but it was also to do a bit more shooting underground in the subway. There was a very special reason for this which I will reveal over the next few weeks so stay tuned.

I did manage to stay above ground as well and spent a day in Brooklyn shooting on a very hot, humid and rainy day.

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New York, Brooklyn, DUMBO, underpass, hotdog vendor, black and white, BNW, NYC

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Jane’s Carousel

Located in DUMBO is Jane’s Carousel, this beautifully restored 1920’s carousel which opened to the public in Brooklyn Bridge Park in September 2011.

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New York; Brooklyn; DUMBO; Jane's Carousel; Brooklyn Bridge Park; Manhattan Bridge


Confessions of a Blogger / Photographer

This post is going to be little bit different from my usual posts so please bear with me. You may have noticed that I’m not keeping up with my usual posting schedule. I have a lot of balls in the air…being a mother, working full-time, satisfying my thirst for photography, blogging, managing all my social media outlets, volunteering at shelters and now working at building a pet photography business. Hmmm and those are just a few things I have on my plate.

I have a question for all of you. yes you….my blogging friends and followers. How do you do it? How do stave off burn out?

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“Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn.”  Scott Adams

I love this Dilbert cartoon. Believe me there are times I’ve felt like paying my son to write a blog post or two for me. Don’t worry I haven’t. There are no ghost writers or photographers at Edith Levy Photography.  So this is a good segue to my next disjointed thought. This is a photography blog. It’s not like I’m spending hours writing 500 to 1000 word posts, but the process of going out, shooting and processing images does take hours albeit enjoyable ones. This has been a rough winter for us Canadians.  I love shooting winter scenes but with most days from December to the beginning of March dealing with -15C or less temperatures its been tough to be outside for extended periods. I know…you’re saying to yourself “suck it up buttercup” other photographers do it. Yup they do! And I commend them for it. I suppose I’m saying this because I feel like I’m in a bit of a creative rut. I’ve been spending so much time doing other things that I haven’t focused on what I really love to do and that’s to go out and shoot. So therein lies the problem. This self-imposed schedule has been taking its toll on me. I love the friendships that I’ve built while writing this blog. I’ve said it before and I will continue to shout it from the rooftops…this is a great community to be a part. So the short end of it…I may not be posting as regularly as I have. But you never know maybe I just need a couple of weeks to regroup and then I’ll be back with a vengeance.

Of course this being a photography blog I need close with an image. I posted this a couple of weeks ago to my Facebook page but never posted it here. Here’s another view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge taken from Dumbo.

New York, Dumbo, Brooklyn Bridge, city lights, Manhattan, skyline, night photography, long exposure, 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

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Brooklyn

A couple of months ago we decided to spend a few days in Manhattan over the Christmas holidays. Have you tried to book a hotel room in the city during the holidays? No! I could buy a small car for 4 nights hotel. Ok I exaggerate…but only slightly. Luckily we have cousins who live in Park Slope, Brooklyn who graciously offered us the use of their house  while they were away on vacation.

I have a confession to make. I enjoyed Brooklyn much more than Manhattan this time around. Now don’t get me wrong, I really do love New York, but the throngs of people and the frantic tourist frenzy that takes place in the city at this time of year just got to me. Now of course I don’t consider myself a tourist. I have friends and family in New York. I’ve been there more times then I can count. I know the city inside and out (kind of). Anyway, on to the point of this post…the Top 10 Things that I Love about Brooklyn & why you should visit if you can:

10. Home of the Brooklyn Nets – seriously have you checked their standings lately

9. Barcleys Centre – a state of the art arena that opened in Sept 2012. Its home to the Nets and starting in 2015 will also be home to the New York Islanders. The modern design and architecture make this building worth visiting. Just a bit of trivia for you…the first regular season NBA game took place in November 2012 where the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors…Hmmm.

8. It’s close to Manhattan – under a 20 minute subway ride gets you to midtown.

7. It’s the calm amidst the chaos that is the city.

6. World Class Restaurants – whether you’re looking for a quite romantic spot or a deli, Brooklyn has much to offer the foodie.

5. It has great neighborhoods – whether its East, North, South or Central Brooklyn there are too many neighborhoods to name. Brooklyn is New York’s most populous borough. I stayed in Park Slope with its brownstones and family friendly atmosphere but had the chance to explore Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Prospect Heights as well. All unique in their own way.

4. Prospect Park – designed by the same designers who designed Central Park, Prospect Park includes Brooklyn’s only lake, the Prospect Park Zoo, sports facilities including baseball diamonds, tennis courts and soccer fields. It’s a great place for a run, stroll, cycle regardless of the season. It’s also a great place to take pictures –says yours truly J

3. You can walk just about anywhere. Maybe it’s where I was staying but we didn’t move our car for 4 days. Living in a suburban neighborhood in Toronto, where I usually get in the car to grab a cup of coffee, this was a real bonus.

2. Brooklyn Heights Promenade for the best views of lower Manhattan, The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and The Statue of Liberty. A must for photographers.

1. DUMBO – which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Yes the rumbling trains thunder overhead but this has become a cool place to hang. Sandwiched between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, with its cobblestoned streets, galleries and fashionable boutiques, DUMBO is a must for any visitor (and photographer) to Brooklyn.

I went down to DUMBO one evening with the intention of photographing the bridges at night. I could have spent the whole night just staring out at the city and lights.

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Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn, nightscape, reflection, bridge lights, travel photography, Hudson River