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Painted Pier

A little something from Barcelona to take you into this hot, long weekend. Happy Canada Day and to my American friends Happy 4th of July.

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Barcelona, Spain, travel, Barcelonetta, waterfront, pier, graffiti, lighthouse


Israeli Street Art – “Psst…I’m Here!”

This is just one example of some incredible street art in Tel Aviv.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, street art, graffiti, street photography, leaves, woman


Wordless Wednesday – Love Tits Hate War

Israel, Tel Aviv, Neve Tsadek, urban art, street art, graffiti, street photography, Wordless Wednesday


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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Cave à Vin

The corner wine store is a staple in Paris as is this one tucked away on a street in the St. Germain des Pres.

St. Germain des Pres is an area in the 6e arrondissement of Paris on the left bank of the Seine. It was the centre of intellectuals, artists and philosophers and home of the existentialist movement during the time of Jean-Paul Satre. It’s as vibrant today with wonderful cafes and restaurants, museums and galleries and streets teeming with locals and tourists.

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Paris, France, wine shop, graffiti, street photography, travel photography


Subway Love

In this age of email and Facebook and instant messaging I still get excited when I get a package in the mail. Nine times out of ten it’s something that I’ve ordered online. The package that I received last week was very different. It was a book. Not just any book, but a yet to be released copy of Subway Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin. Why is this exciting you ask? Because the cover image is mine.

Last July I was approached by the publisher about using my image of a Rome subway car for a new book they were publishing. They had found the image online and asked if I could send them a high resolution image so that they could see the quality. After some back and forth with the publisher they created a mock-up of what the cover design would look like and we negotiated a licensing deal. To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. Here’s a quick iPhone image of the book.

Subway Love, Rome, subway car, book cover, Edith Levy Photography, Candlewick Press, Nora Raleigh Baskin

 

And here’s the original image. Click on “The Words of the Prophets are Written on the Subway Walls” to see the original post.

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Rome Subway, graffiti, subway car, Italy, Rome,


Cabbagetown Corner Convenience

Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood on the east side of downtown Toronto. Last fall my photography club held a photo outing at Riverdale Farms which is in Cabbagetown. After we were done shooting at the farm we all met at a restaurant for lunch. I decided that I had a little time before the meet up time and decided to do a little street photography.

As I’m sure you know from some of my previous posts I love street art and am usually in awe of the talent of street artists. I came across this mural and it certainly disappointment.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Cabbagetown, Toronto, street art, street photography, graffiti, Ontario, mural


Venice Art Walls

A section of Venice Beach is a fantastic art gallery. Street artists can create beautiful works of graffiti art (“by permit only” as the sign says) for all to see and enjoy. Here’s a sampling of what you can find.

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Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean

Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean

Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean

Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean


A Typical Day in Venice

I love Venice Beach…actually I love people watching on Venice Beach.  I hope that for those that had an extra long weekend it was filled with lots of family time and good food and that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I’ll be sharing some images from Venice Beach this week. This 3 mile stretch of beach in L.A. is home to street performers, bodybuilders, rollerbladers, skateboarders, graffiti artists, fortune tellers, funky shops and lots of tourists. It’s a great day to spend an afternoon and if the boardwalk gets to be too much then find a spot on the sand and enjoy the ocean breeze and the beautiful view of the pacific.

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Venice Beach, California, boardwalk, storefront, crowds, people, graffiti, fun in the sun, message parlour,


iPhone Friday – A Little Street Art

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with photographer Mike Murphy who was in Toronto on business. Between both of our schedules it was a bit of challenge to meet up but on his second to last day we managed to meet for an hour during lunch. So what do two photographers do during a short meet…grab a quick coffee at Starbuck’s and head over to graffiti alley to shoot some awesome street art. I didn’t have my DSLR with me that day but I did manage to take some shots with my iPhone. Actually I took so many that I will probably post some more images of this little excursion next week.

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Mike Murphy in Action

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Street Artist at Work

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto


iPhone Friday – Graffiti Alley & Topaz’s New photoFXlab

I actually had another set of images planned for today’s post but when an opportunity presents itself you just have to seize it. On Wednesday, my colleagues and I participated in a scavenger hunt in downtown Toronto for a work team building event. One of the places we ended up was an alley just south of Queen St. called Graffiti Alley. Honestly I didn’t even know this place existed but it was amazing. So here we are going through this alley looking for the items we have to find for our scavenger hunt and now I’m stopping to take pictures. Let me explain not only did you have to find items and locations on the list but the team with the best time wins.

But I couldn’t help myself. Every inch of these walls, pillars, corners, garbage cans were covered in graffiti.

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Graffiti Alley Toronto

Graffiti Alley Toronto

Graffiti Alley Toronto

Graffiti Alley Toronto

I have to get back here with my DSLR. Oh by the way…we lost 🙂

Topaz Labs introduced their newest product today,  Topaz photoFXlab. I will be honest, I have not downloaded yet (it’s been a crazy day) so this is not a review. I just wanted to you all to know about it, have a look at its benefits and features on the Topaz Labs site and take advantage of the discount period before it ends.

I just finished watching the online tutorial and I was really impressed. Basically photoFXlab is a simplified editing interface for existing Topaz users that compliments your existing workflow. Some of the key features include:

  • access to all your Topaz plug-ins from one interface
  • use of layers with masking capabilities
  • selective adjustment brushes
  • pre-set library

You can purchase photoFXlab workspace for only $29.99 (that’s a $50.00 savings). Just enter the coupon code “FXLab” when purchasing. This code is good until 07/6/12.


iPhone Friday – A Blast of Color

It’s been a hectic week as I’m sure its been for most of you. Between work and getting ready for the holiday weekend I’ve hardly touched my DSLR this week but luckily I always have my trusty iPhone with me. Thought I would get you all in the mood for the holiday weekend with a shock of color today.

To all that celebrate Passover and Easter have a wonderful holiday and a great weekend.

Color Blast

Hole in the Wall

Neither here OAR there

Just Hanging Around


Graffiti Wall Pano

Project 52 Entry #43

Back to the Don Valley Brickworks today. There was some really great graffiti all over this place. I really wanted to capture this particular wall of graffiti in its entirety but even with my 10 – 20mm wide angle lens I was missing parts of it. I created this panorama from 9 different images which I merged in Photoshop.   I then used Topaz Adjust to bring out the detail in the bricks.

You can now save 15% on any Topaz Labs products when you use the discount code ELPHOTO.

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Flower Power

There are times when you stumble across something where…well….a picture really is worth a 1000 words. This was one of those times.

and here’s a front view…

Have a great weekend everyone!


Smokin’

Project 52 – Entry #25

Back to Kensington Market for today’s post. I love graffiti don’t you. I love the artistry, the bold colors and in this case the fact that it fits the character of the neighbourhood. The store right next to this alley way was a….yup you guessed it….a fish market.

This was 3 bracketed exposures tonemapped in Photomatix. I then used the new Topaz Adjust 5 plugin. applying the Spicify filter in the new Vibrant Collection. Topaz Labs just released the new upgrade yesterday. The new Adjust 5 is a free upgrade for current Adjust owners.

If you’re new to Topaz, the company is offering a 30% discount until 11/30/11 or the 30% discount can be applied towards a bundle or bundle upgrade. Just enter coupon code “ADJUSTME”. Click here to go to Topaz Labs.


The Words of the Prophets Are Written on the Subway Walls…..

And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls”  Simon & Garfunkel

So I’m standing on a subway platform waiting for the train to take me to the Colusseum. The train on the other side of the tracks comes in but I’m talking to my husband not paying attention until it starts to pull out and then I look across and see this very cool subway train with graffiti all over it. What happens next…the train pulls out of the station…missed opportunity. After I stop kicking myself I think…well maybe I’ll see another one like it on our way back.

Guess what……I was ready this time!

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