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iPhone Friday – Here Come The Smoked Meat!

Yes…we’re back at Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal today. Thought I would share some images shot & processed with my iPhone but before I do that I have a story I’d like to share with you.

My family and I were at Schwartz’s last Saturday. Well it seems that the next day, Sunday, Celine Dion and her husband were at Schwartz’s (as they’re big fans of this fine establishment) and picked up the tab for everyone in the restaurant. 😦 missed her by one day 😦

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Waiting Patiently!

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Finally…we get a table.

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Everyone Else is Eating 😦

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Still Waiting but We’re Getting Closer.

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I couldn’t wait to dig in so all you get to see is half a sandwich 🙂 I didn’t take any pictures afterwards! Too Stuffed!

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A Montreal Landmark – Welcome to Schwartz’s

There are so many things to do and see in Montreal. Having grown up in this city I can appreciate its people; it’s neighbourhoods (some trendy, some not); its European flair and fashion forwardness. It’s a city rich in history and at times in political turmoil. I love it. It’s home, even if I haven’t lived there for years. So what does an ex-Montrealer do when they go back to their old hunting grounds?  Go to Schwartz’s, of course, for the best smoked meat sandwich one will ever eat with fries, a dill pickle and a cherry coke to round off this gastronomical feast.

Click on the image to enlarge (believe me it really looks better) or to Purchase a Print.

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Horsing Around in Old Montreal

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. With all the snow and wintery conditions in Europe this past weekend I’m a little hesitant to tell you that it was very Spring like in Toronto yesterday. So much so that I headed down to the Lakeshore yesterday for some sunset shots. I’m working on processing them and will share a little later in the week.

In the mean time I was going back through my archives and I was surprised that I hadn’t posted this shot. I shot this last August while strolling through Old Montreal.

Old Montreal, which is located along the St. Lawrence River is the oldest area in the City of Montreal, dating back to New France in the mid-1600s. In 1964 it was declared a historic district by the Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec.

Today its cobblestoned streets are lined with galleries and restaurants and in the summer it comes alive with street performers. If you didn’t know any better you’d think you were walking through a small town in Europe.

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Topaz Labs – Star Effects – A Lighting Enhancement and Star Creation Software

Topaz Labs announced today that they have just launched a new plug-in…Topaz Star Effects. I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to play around with the beta version this week and this really is a handy tool to have in your post processing arsenal of tools.

Topaz Star Effects allows you to create unique star effects by manipulating and enhancing the various light sources within your digital images. With just a few clicks you can easily transform points of light within your image to create stunning lighting and star effects, supplement existing light sources, change or enhance image mood, add shimmering effects to things like water and jewelry, and much more.

Some of the unique features you can expect ot find in Star Effects are:

  • Selective Brush. Intuitive selective adjustment brush that allows you to select the light sources in your image that you want to add (or remove) star effects.
  • Star-Type Selection. Choose the type of star you want.
  • Star Stack-a-bility. Features an apply button allowing you to create various layers of star effects with different characteristics.
  • Color Adjustments. Allows you to adjust the color characteristics of your added star effects.

Star Effects has the same, easy to navigate, layout as the rest of the Topaz Labs suite. The beta version had 13 presets but more will be added. The presets are a good starting point but there are hundreds of variations to the effect you can produce by using the adjustments tools.

“Star Effects™ is the most customizable and inclusive star filter out there right now.  With adjustments like star type, glow, ring flare and color controls, the program allow for users to create effects from realistic sun flares and glowing water to more obvious, artistic additions,” said Nichole Paschal, Senior Marketing Specialist for Topaz Labs.  “Plus the ability to selectively add and remove these effects, in a single click, is easy to understand and an important aspect to Star Effects™.”

Here’s an example of 2 different ways you can use this plug-in. Click on the images to see a larger, more detailed version.

This is the original tonemapped version using 3 brackets

I used Topaz Adjust 5 in this version to make the scene darker and more foreboding.

Here I used Star Effects to add a sun flare through the trees

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This is the original shot. You can see the star flares on the lights leading up to the church which is a result of an aperture of f/22

Using Star Effects I added light stars on the church and the lamp post near the trees on the right.

Topaz Labs is offering a special introductory price of $19.99. Just enter coupon code “TopazStars” when purchasing.


2011 – A Year in Review

I started this blog on June 2, 2011, almost 7 months ago. It hasn’t been a full year yet but as we bid farewell to 2011 and get ready to welcome in a New Year I thought it fitting to look back on the short life of this site and how I fit into this thing called the World Wide Web. I launched Edith Levy Photography & Project 52 as a way to share my images with family and friends and ensure that I make a commitment to get out and shoot on a consistent basis. I also hoped that this blog would allow me to connect with the photographic community, get feedback and learn from others.

Well what’s happened in the last 7 months has completely exceeded my expectations. I’ve been posting more than once a week. I’ve been shooting, shooting, shooting. I’m learning new post processing techniques everyday. I have met so many wonderful and supportive individuals….people that I’m proud to call “Friend.” I want to say Thank You to everyone that follows this blog and comes back day after day. It means so much to get your encouragement and feedback. I’m truly proud to be part of this community.

This blog has grown since its inception and I’m amazed to say that as of yesterday I’ve hit over 20,000 views. As I look forward to 2012, ideas keep swirling around in my mind on where I’d like to take not only this site but my photography as well.  The only thing that I really need is time which there never seems to be enough of. The ideas are taking shape and I’ll tackle them methodically, one at a time until they become reality.

I’ve had some people ask if I sell my images…I do. Keep an eye out because early in January I will be adding a gallery to the site where images can be purchased.

Below are some of my favorite images from 2011…Enjoy.  Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

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Hockey Night in Canada

We had a great time at my son’s hockey tournament last weekend in Montreal. I was trying to capture different shots during the game and I really liked the way this composition came out. I thought this would be a good image to try my hand at digital painting. After processing this through Adobe Camera Raw I then used Topaz B&W Effects to desaturate the image and then adjusted different settings in the details & strength sliders (under simplify) until I ended up with this final version.

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