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Old Town Malaga

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the word. It was founded in 770 BC by the Phoenicians and was originally known as Malaka. In addition to its long history, Malaga is also the birthplace of painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol and the actor Antonio Banderas.

Day or night the beauty of this city is hard to resist.

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Malaga, Spain, old town, night photography, long exposure, town square


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


Old Town Valencia

I was thoroughly impressed by the old historic centre of Valencia. The lovely narrow streets, colourful buildings and excellent food is what I love most about Europe.

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Valencia, Spain, old town, historic, architecture, bicycle

 


Introspection In Valencia

From the new to the old in Valencia.

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Valencia, Spain, old town, historic, bench, church, pigeon, woman


Zurich Bicycle #3

A little street photography; some black & white and 1 more bicycle 🙂

Zurich, Switzerland, architecture, street, bicycle, bike, Europe, old town, black and white, monochrome


Zurich Bicycle #2

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. Two or Three bicycles is better then one bicycle.

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Zurich, Switzerland, architecture, street, bicycle, bike, Europe, old town


Zurich Bicycle #1

European cities + bicycles = _____________ (go head…fill in the blank 🙂 )

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Zurich, Switzerland, architecture, street, bicycle, bike, Europe, old town


View from the Charles Bridge

Well…January is almost over and I hope it’s not to late to wish you all a Happy New Year. This is probably the longest absence I’ve had from blogging in the past 5 years.

Coming of a bout of bronchitis right after the holidays made getting back into the groove of things a bit more difficult. Well…I think I’m back on track and wanted to share this image taken on the Charles Bridge in Prague.

No new years resolutions this year (I tend to break those) but I do promise to “try” to be more consistent in my blogging schedule.  Did you guys make any resolutions?

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, architecture, Charles Bridge, panorama


The Water Wheel…at Night!

As you walk along the Charles Bridge in Prague and pass the main water way make sure you stop and look at every nook and cranny on either side. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful little scenes.

This water wheel was turning and it took me a few tries at different exposure settings to get the image, 15 secs at f6.3.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, architecture, Charles Bridge, Night Photography, long exposure, water wheel

 


Crossing the Charles Bridge

Maybe I should have titled this post Cinderella’s Castle but this isn’t Disneyland. Crossing the Charles Bridge during the day is like fighting your way through the crowds in Best Buy on Boxing Day. I thought a nighttime stroll might be quieter and it was but not by much.

This was a long exposure and you can see the ghosting of the people walking though. I decided to leave them in as it gave the sense of motion. I really didn’t do much to this image except for applying a little clarity and vibrance in LR.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, architecture, Charles Bridge, Night Photography, long exposure

 


Watching the Crowd Pass By

This image was taken whilst walking around the old city of Prague.

It was a very sunny day and I wanted to make sure that I exposed properly for both the crowd who were in direct sunlight and the architecture under the arches. I took a series of 5 brackets and then processed them in Lightroom using the Photomerge HDR function.  I was quite pleased with the result. I then converted the image to black & white using Topaz Black & White Effects.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, walkway, architecture, moorish, black and white, travel


Prague Rooftops

The old city of Prague is beautiful at anytime of day but at sunset the red roof tops just glow with warmth.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, architecture, travel, sunset, city view, rooftops


A First look at Prague

“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” -Franz Kafka

You’re probably wondering why I would post this image from Prague before posting a more iconic view of the old city, the clock tower or the Charles Bridge, Well that’s a good question.

I spent 2 days in Prague, which is by no means is enough time to take in all that this incredible city has to offer. The architecture, Romanesque; Baroque; Renaissance; Gothic, Art Nouveau; Modernist (just to name a few styles) is absolutely incredible to behold. Don’t worry I do have some of those iconic shots and they’re coming but there are always little gems hiding in plain sight that we sometimes miss.

Walking through the old city even small pedestrian walkways such as the one below holds so much architectural interest its hard not to spend time and just take it all in.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, walkway, architecture, moorish, black and white, travel, street photography


Jaffa Light

Jaffa has been one of the major port cities in the Mediterranean for thousands of years. Most archeologists believe that this town has had an active port since the Bronze Age. While its no longer a working harbour there are still sailboats gliding through the clear blue waters and young men and women fishing off the pier. Today this trendy area is home to restaurants, galleries, artist studios and boutiques.

I spent the evening shooting in Old Jaffa with its myriad of alleyways (still working on processing those images) but wanted to share this image of the old port with Jaffa Light standing guard.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print. Israel; Old Jaffa; Old Jaffa Port; port; night photography; boats; old town; lighthouse