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Star Trails over Turtle Lake

Last weekend we were invite to a friends cottage. Aside from enjoying the company of wonderful friends and relaxing in beautiful surroundings I was most excited to try my hand at shooting star trails and the Perseid Meteor Showers that occurred over the weekend.

Here’s one of first attempts at star trails. This was a 15 minute exposure.

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Ontario, Gravenhurst, star trails, night photography, long exposure, stars, lake, Turtle Lake


Albion Falls

A belated Happy Canada Day to all and a Happy 4th of July to all my American friends and readers. Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. We stayed close to home and family and friends this weekend and did something that we don’t do enough of…explore in our own backyard. We took a drive to Hamilton, Ontario which is about an hour outside of Toronto. Hamilton is a port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario and on the Niagara Escarpment. The area is filled with beautiful hiking trails that lead to hidden gems such as Albion Falls.

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Albion Falls, Hamilton, Ontario, Bruce Trail, waterfall, falls, long exposure


A Hard Drive Crash, A Day in the Country & An Aspiring Photographer

First I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Family Day (if you’re in certain parts of Canada). You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent this week. I have a good explanation…my hard-drive crashed 😦

No need to panic though because everything is backed-up on a raid drive and then I have a 3rd back up of all my images. The problem is I’ve been without my Mac for almost a week. See the Mac’s internal hard-drive is less than 3 years old. I had replaced it back then because I needed a larger one. Well it was still under warranty (that’s good) but it will take 7 – 10 days to send it back to the manufacturer and get it back (that’s bad). It should be coming home this week.

My son, Sam is home this week from University for reading week and it’s really nice to have a full house. Since today was family day we took a drive up to Port Carling, Muskoka. Sam has started showing some interest in photography so we did some shooting together today. Unfortunately I can’t process my images until I get my computer back but here’s a shot I took of Sam with my iPhone 6 and processed with Snapseed.

Port Carling, Muskoka, Ontario, winter, snow, bridge, photographer, iphoneography, black and white

 


Spadina House – The Garden House

One more from Spadina House (I promise). This is the garden house on the property, which in itself was quite the building.

If you saw my last post, of the back exterior, you’ll know that it was a bright, sunny, beautiful day out. I decided to process this one in black and white to give it a different look and feel.

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Spadina House, Toronto, Ontario, architecture, garden house, heritage, black and white


Spadina House – The Backyard

The last couple of posts I’ve shared some interior shots of two of my favourite rooms in Spading House, the Billiard Room and The Pantry. I thought today I’d share the exterior.

This is the back of the house and part of the backyard.

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Spadina House, Toronto, architecture, exterior, heritage, Ontario, fall, manor


2015 My Year in Review

Every year Jim Goldstein runs a project on his blog, JMG Galleries, where he encourages photographers to post their best pictures of the year. It’s a great project and I’ve participated every year. When I started participating about 4 years ago I thought, “what a great way to have pictures seen by a whole new audience.”

That was me when I first started blogging but now there are so many other reasons that I participate. Yes I still like that fact that I may reach a new audience but more than that I find this to be a difficult and yet rewarding exercise. It’s tough to cull through your work and pick what you think may be the best of the year. It really gives me a chance to go though my images (some that I haven’t looked at for almost a year) and decide whether they’re good enough to make the cut of the top 10 or 15.  I try to review my images from a technical perspective and from a creative one. Certainly I’m drawn to certain images due to the circumstances of where and when they were taken. The picks may not always be perfect and certainly wouldn’t win any awards but art is subjective and what one person views as a masterpiece another make look at and dismiss entirely.

It’s been a busy and rewarding year both on the photographic front and from a family and work stand point. I’ve taken on a new role at work which was unexpected at the beginning of 2015 but I am loving it. The only downside has been that its been so busy that my photography had to take a bit of a back seat.

From a photography perspective I’ve continued to sell prints and license new work which is always very exciting and rewarding. I won’t make any specific commitments for the new year because I know that my day job will still be taking up a lot of my time but learning new photographic techniques and honing my craft is something that I know will always be important and I will find and make the time to do it.

If you have a chance jump on over to Jim Goldstein’s site here in or about the second week of January and he should have a list of year in review post listed for your viewing pleasure. There’s always a great list of photographers on there, you won’t regret it.

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Cuba, Havana, Old Havana, street photography, travel photography, black and white

Cuba

water drops, gerber flower, refraction, milkweed, macro photography

Refracted Water Drops

Havana, Cuba, Cuban Cigars, Cigar, Stogie, travel photography, cigar aficiondo, black and white

Cuba

Hilton Falls, Ontario, Milton, conservation, waterfall, long exposure, trees

Hilton Falls, Ontario

Boston, skyline, Fan Pier, sunset, blue hour, travel photography, harbour, lights, Charles River

Boston

Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka Chairs, dock, sunset, nature

Muskoka

Lake Ontario, Toronto, Beaches, sail, sailboats, water

Lake Ontario

Old Montreal, Quebec, night photography, long exposure, historic

Old Montreal

Jerusalem, Israel, street photography, black and white, monochrome, man, beard

Jerusalem, Israel

Israel, Jerusalem, Western Wall, Orthodox, Man, Walking, Motion, black and white, travel photography,

Jerusalem, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, beach, family, photographer, golden, water, sea, Mediterranean

Tel Aviv, Israel

 


The Road to Peninsula Ridge

In my post last week I shared an image of Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery as seen from the vineyards. You can see that post here. Here’s another view of this beautiful estate from the road leading to the winery.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Peninsula Ridge, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, winery, estate, vineyard, Ontario Travel


Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery

My husband and I spent Canada Day with friends in Niagara on the Lake. We visited a few wineries, enjoyed wine tasting, had a wonderful lunch at Vineland Estates Winery and strolled through the town of Niagara on the Lake. I did bring my camera (just in case) an opportunity presented itself.

That opportunity presented itself at the first vineyard we stopped at, Peninsula Ridge Estate Wineries. As soon as we drove up the curved driveway and I saw the Victorian house I knew I had to get my camera out.  Don’t let the clouds fool you. Shortly after taking this shot the clouds moved on and the sun came out.  Given the heaviness of the clouds I decided to enhanced them even more with a texture overlay.

By the way…the wine was excellent 😉

To all my American friends…Happy 4th of July!

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Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, vineyards, grapes, wine, victorian house, escarpment


Solitude in Monochrome

I don’t know about you but it’s been raining in Toronto for 2 days straight. It started Saturday morning and as I sit here on Sunday evening its still raining outside. That probably explains why I was in a monochrome mood as I was processing this image.

The sun is supposed to shine tomorrow so here’s hoping. Have a good week everyone.

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Lake Rosseau, Muskoka, Ontario, Monochrome, black and white, muskoka chairs


Sunday Afternoon on Lake Rosseau

I was in a canoe when I took this picture. Same day, same place to very different purposes. I, trying to find the perfect composition while trying to keep the canoe from bobbing up and down in the water and he finding the perfect spot to read while shutting out the rest of the world, including me.

I created a digital painting using LR, Photoshop and Topaz Impression. In case you weren’t aware Topaz Labs is running a promotion on Topaz DeNoise (it’s the noise removal software I use and love it) until June 30th. Topaz DeNoise is priced at $59.99 for the month of June, that’s a $20 savings. The coupon code is: JUNEDENOISE and you can click here to learn more.

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Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka, lake, canoe, trees, man reading in canoe, digital painting

 


Muskoka Living

It’s been along time since I created a “travel poster” and I thought this image from Port Carling in Muskoka would fit the bill perfectly.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Muskoka, Ontario, Port Carling, canoe, boat, water, cottage, country house, lake, travel poster


Barn Boarded Antiques

Port Carling is a community in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. It was settled in the 1850’s by the Ojibway Indians. Today it is home to hundreds of year round residents and thousands of seasonal residents.

My husband and I spent part of the day, last weekend, walking around town. We were only going to stop in Port Carling for about an hour or so but it was such a lovely town that we ended up spending the better part of the day there. There were many harbour front stores to explore and restaurants to try but it was this antiques store that really caught my eye.

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Muskoka, Port Carling, Ontario, Antiques, store, vintage, small town,


Lakeview Glow

There is nothing more relaxing then sitting on a dock in a The Muskoka Chair (aka The Adirondack chair…or vice versa), with a cup of coffee and a good book staring out at the lake.

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Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka Chairs, dock, sunset, nature


Sunset Solitude

I spent the weekend in Muskoka with my husband celebrating our anniversary. It was a wonderful, relaxing couple of days spent by the lake and exploring the neighbouring small towns. The resort we stayed at was right on Lake Rosseau and of course my favourite time to shoot is at sunset so how could I resist this scene.

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Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, lake, sunset, silhouette, trees, landscape


Hilton Falls

Hilton Falls is located in the Halton Conservation Area about an hour out of Toronto. Last Sunday afternoon I drove out with a couple of friends from my photography club to photograph the falls. Now we photographers are a hardy bunch. We’ll trek, hike, climb, get up at ungodly hours to get the perfect shot and you won’t hear us complain (at least not much) but after close to an hour hike to get to to the Falls I was bitten head to toe by mosquitos and black flies. (It seems this is one of the worst seasons we’ve had in many years). Yes I complained and used not so nice language but after processing my images all that mattered was that I got the shot 🙂

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Hilton Falls, Ontario, Milton, conservation, waterfall, long exposure, trees

 


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


Watch Out for the Jellies

I shared images last week of my visit to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto and still have quite a few that I want to post. When I was in California this summer I visited the Monterey Aquarium and was very impressed by the Jellyfish exhibit. While not as large, I was equally impressed with the exhibit at the new aquarium in Toronto.

I’ll be taking the rest of the week of from blogging as I’m heading to Houston to attend a pet photography workshop. Yes I am very, very excited about this and truth be told I’m also looking forward to the forecast (in Houston) this weekend, +22C  and sunny. By comparison it was -10C in Toronto today. I may not want to return home after getting a taste spring.

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Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue


A Face Only A Mother Could Love

We’re back at Ripley’s Aquarium today with a look at a Saw Fish. I met this fella while walking through The Dangerous Lagoon. Visitors actually walk through an underwater tunnel through this part of the aquarium and at one point just over my head was the most amazing face staring down at me.  (He reminds me a bit of an H.R. Puff N’ Stuff character…yes I know I’m dating myself 🙂 )

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, tank, Saw Shark, face, water, underwater, Toronto attractions

ISO 1250 f/4.5 1/25s

I shot these hand held because he was directly overhead and the tunnel was narrow and full of people, so using the tripod and getting myself into a pretzel position was not going to happen. I had to use a higher ISO due to the low light and I exposed for Saw…eeee which is what caused me to blowout the exposure on the water, in the above image.

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, tank, Saw Shark, face, water, underwater, Toronto attractions

ISO 1250 f/4.5 1/40s

Here’s a bit of a wider view of Saw…eee so you can start seeing his snout.

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, tank, Saw Shark, face, water, underwater, Toronto attractions

ISO 1250 f/5 1/30s

Here you go. Those look sharp don’t they.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy, I posted a couple of new posts this week. I’m very proud and excited that I’ve been accepted as a member of HeARTs Speak, an organization dedicated to saving the lives of animals. You can read more about that in the post here. I also posted another instalment of T.O.p Dogs – Photographing Loveable Four-Leggers In & Around Toronto. Please take a minute and have a look. I’d love to hear what you think and while you’re there please consider following that blog as well. I have some exciting announcements coming up on PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy.

Have a great weekend everyone.


Winter Photography Tips

With all the images I’ve been posting this week of the  Cannington Dog Sled Race ( you can see them here and here) I’ve also received quite a few questions and comments about what I was wearing that day to stay warm and dry. Good questions and if you haven’t spent hours outdoors shooting in -12C  (that was the temperature that day) but you’re thinking about it then grab a hot cuppa java and read on.Cannington, Dog Sled Races, Ontario, mush, musher, snow dogs, siberian husky, winter sport, snow,

Now let me start by being completely honest. I don’t like the cold! I’m not a huge fan of winter. I do like a fresh snowfall, it’s very pretty. I like a white Christmas but by the second week of January I’ve generally had it. As a matter of fact as I write this I’m dreaming of white sandy beach with turquoise waters somewhere far away….

Sorry I digress, back to preparing for a winter shoot. The following are tips that will ensure a successful photography outing as well as keeping safe, warm and dry.

  1.  Charge up your batteries the day before. The cold weather will drain your batteries quicker then normal so make sure you have a back up with you.
  2. Dress in layers. Knowing that the forecast for the day was going to be about -12C I knew that I would need a few layers to keep me warm and dry. Use a base layer (top and bottom), which essentially acts as your second skin. It should be made from a wicking material such as merino wool that will pull sweat away from your body but provide a layer of warmth. Do not wear a cotton base layer. When you sweat (and chances are you will even if your bundled up because your going to be trekking) the cotton will absorb the sweat but it will stay wet and you will be cold.
  3. Wear a pair of ski/snow pants over your base layer. Make sure your snow pants are waterproof and that they have reinforced cuffs and boot gators. This will prevent snow from getting inside your boots.
  4. On top, over the base layer, I wore a fleece pullover and a ski jacket with a hood. Believe me the hood comes in handy if it’s really windy and the snow is blowing.
  5. This goes without saying but wear a hat. If your head isn’t insulated the bodies core temperatures drops more rapidly but despite scientific findings believe you’ll be happier with a warm head and ears.
  6. Gloves! My hands were my biggest concern. If my fingers get too cold not only can I not shot for long periods but depending on how cold it gets you can risk frostbite. At the beginning of this winter, knowing that I was going to be shooting outdoors with animals I purchased a pair of gloves for photographers with the tips of the forefinger and thumb that bend backwards allowing you to be able to manage your cameras’ controls. I wore them for a shot in December when the temperature wasn’t below zero and my hands were freezing. They just didn’t work for me. What I did for my day shooting the dog sled races is I purchased a pair of thin merino wool liner gloves. I wore these as a base layer under a pair of ski gloves. While walking from place to place I wore both gloves. While shooting I removed the ski glove from my right hand and with the liner on I was able to manage my cameras controls easily.  NOW HERE’S YOUR TIP OF THE DAY…. Get your self some disposable hand warms and keep them in your jacket pocket. While waiting for the next dog sled to come around I would put my hand in my pocket and it warm up my right hand. This way I didn’t have to keep taking the ski glove off and put it on and potentially. Issuing a shot.
  7. Make sure your boots are warm and waterproof. You could be standing in one place for a couple of hours so you want to make sure your toes stay warm.
  8. Taking care with your camera is just as important in these types of conditions. If you’ve been outdoors and need to head inside for a coffee or a bathroom break then put your camera away in your camera bag and leave it in the car if that’s possible. If your car isn’t close by then pack your camera in you bag before going inside. If you wear glasses you know that when you come in from the cold your glasses will fog up immediately when you come in from the cold. The same thing will happen to your camera and lens. The condensation can cause some real damage to your camera so you need to let it acclimatize to the difference in temperature. Once I got home I waited a coupe of hours before unzipping my camera bag.

I hope this helps and gives you some good guidelines to help you plan for a day shooting out in the cold and snow.

Have a great weekend.

cannington, Dog Sled Races, Ontario, mush, musher, snow dogs, siberian husky, winter sport, snow,


Cannington Dog Sled Races

As I promised in my last post I have more images to share with you from the Cannington Dog Sled Races. I’ve written a post on my PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy site, about my experience that day with a variety of images that I hope you’ll like.  Please click here to read the post.

Click to enlarge so you can really see those happy face! 🙂

Cannington Dog Sled Races, Ontario, snow dogs, siberian husky, dogs, races, Toronto Pet Photographer, pet photography


Mush, Mush

All my good intentions to get caught up with work and prepare my blog posts went out the window this weekend. On Saturday we got almost 20cm of snow but it was mild out and quite pleasant. It was a veritable winter wonderland with the bare trees full of snow. It really was beautiful at least looking out the window it was. I should have been outdoors shooting but unfortunately I got hit by a wicked cold on Friday and ended up spending most of the weekend in doors all stuffed up and cranky. Oh well…can’t plan these things. It’s Sunday night and I am feeling much better so let me share with you an image I shoot a couple of weeks ago at the Cannington Dog Sled Races.

I have many more images to share and I will prepare a lengthy post that I’ll share on my PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy site. (Don’t worry I’ll let you know about it 🙂 )

In the meantime here’s a sneak peek…

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Dog sled race, Cannington, Ontario, Siberian Husky, Huskies, snow, race, sled, Pet Photography, Toronto Pet Photographer


2013 – A Year in Review

I can’t believe another year is coming to a close but then again I say that every year. It seems they go by so quickly these days. As I look back on 2013 I’m proud of some of the images that I produced and some of the projects that I’m working on. As I announced a couple of months ago I’m launching a new pet photography business, PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for sometime and I’ll have the website ready for launch in January.

Below are some of my favourite images from this year. They don’t necessarily reflect the most popular images by hits or comments but ones that resonated with me for various reasons and I’ll let you know why as you go through them. Enjoy!

One last thing…wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Jackson Square in B&W

Interestingly enough this image never appeared on the blog. The colour version did (and you can see it here) but for some reason I didn’t post the B&W version which happens to be my favourite of the two. This was shot before sunrise and I love the moodiness that comes out in the B&W.

New Orleans, NOLA, Jackson Square, benches, sunrise, dawn, travel photography, monochrome, Black White

Jackson Square

Cafe du Monde

To call Cafe du Monde a coffee shop is downgrading it a bit. It’s a landmark and institution in New Orleans which was established in 1862. Cafe du Monde is open 24/7 and it was the perfect place for me to duck in and warm up with a piping cup of coffee and beignet right after my sunrise shoots in the city.

New Orleans, Cafe Du Monde, cafe, coffee, French Quarter

Cafe Du Monde – New Orleans

The Elgin Theatre

I was fortunate to be able to shoot this iconic theatre in Toronto at the beginning of the year. This was one of my favourite images from that shoot. Little did I know that it would be selected to appear on the cover of the theatre’s souvenir brochure. Below is a scan (sorry about the poor quality) of the cover.

Elgin Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Balcony, ornate, interior

The Elgin Theatre, Toronto

Elgin Theatre, WinterGarden Theatre, 100th Anniversary, Brochure Cover, Edith Levy Photography,

Boston Strong

I attended a conference in Boston in April. At the time I wasn’t quite sure if it would be taking place as it was taking place a few days after the Boston Marathon bombing. The conference went on as scheduled and although security was tight at the airports and in the city I was amazed at the resilience of the city and its people.

Boston, Memorial, Bolyston street, Marathon, remembering, Boston Strong

Golden

This past July I took a trip to California, starting in San Francisco and driving down the coast to L.A. While the weather wasn’t always in my favour (lots of fog) I di manage to come away with some images that I was really pleased with. My second day in San Francisco called for an early morning wake up call to shoot the Golden Gate bridge. Being in a place for the first time without a lot of time to explore and get to know you’re way around means that you waste a lot of time looking for the perfect vantage point to shoot from. I was lucky here because as soon as I shoot this the lights on the bridge were turned off.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, Sunrise, Blue Hour, bridge, landscape, Edith Levy Photography

Golden

La Bicyclette

Come on…you had to know I’d include a bicycle image in my year-end recap 🙂 I loved that the name of this restaurant in Carmel-By-The-Sea was called La Bicyclette.

Carmel, California, night, bicycle, La Bicyclette, restaurant, window, French, flags, dining, travel photography

La Bicyclette

The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

I was just really pleased with the way this came out. The light was very low and I didn’t have a tripod with me. I increased my ISO, braced myself against the railing and took the shot. Sometimes you just have to go for it.

Hearst Castle, Roman Pool, San Simeon, California, indoor pool, water, reflections, travel photography

The Roman Gods Stand Tall

Sponge

This is just a personal favourite. I took pictures of this little guy…his name is Sponge as part of my portfolio building sessions. Isn’t he just adorable.

French Bulldog, Frenchie, pet photography, best friend, dog photography

The Lonely Path

This image was taken at the Rockwood Autoyard in Ontario while I was attending a workshop with Denise Ippolito. It was drizzling the whole day with a light mist floating in the air which made for some terrific light.

Ontario, forest, path, autumn, fall, changing colours, trees, fine art, texture, fog

The Lonely Path

Santa Barbara Marina

Here’s another personal favourite from my California trip. I loved the different colours emanating from the boats and wanted to give this image a bit of an abstract, impressionist feel.

Santa Barbara, California, harbor, sailboats, abstract, pacific ocean, surreal, wharf

Santa Barbara Harbour Abstraction

Santa Monica Pier

One the last night of my California trip I was determined to get a shot of Santa Monica pier at night. Even though it was cold and I really wasn’t dressed properly I headed to the pier (with my husband in tow…he really does deserve an award) and set up for this long exposure.

Santa Monica, pier, amusement park, lights, ferris wheel, roller coaster, night photography, long exposure, travel photography, beach

Amusing Lights

Malibu Pier

This is probably the image I’m most proud of this year. A long exposure of Malibu Pier with a high key treatment.

Malibu Pier, California, long exposure, high key, beach, waves, malibu pier cafe, travel photography

Elephant Seal Rookery at Piedras Blancas

I really had fun photographing these elephant seals at Piedras Blancas which is about 3 miles north of San Simeon on the Pacific Coast. I title this image “A Little Disagreement” but someone made a comment that it looks like the seal on the right might be laughing at a joke (wish I had thought of that), but the loud barking of these mammoth seals is still ringing in my ears 🙂

Elephant Seal, Rookery, San Simeon, Piedras Blancas, California, beach, nature, travel photography, ocean front, beach

A Little Disagreement

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a Very Happy New Year.


Red Truck Grunge

Happy Monday Everyone. I hope that those that got hit by all the snowstorms this weekend have managed to shovel themselves out. We got about 10cm on Saturday and we finally got the driveway cleared yesterday.

I was processing some more images from my Rockwood Autoyard shoot (boy am I behind in processing) and I came across this image of a dilapidated red pick-up truck. When I first saw it I knew it was the perfect candidate for some HDR work. This was a 3 exposures processed in Photomatix and then in Photoshop and Topaz Clarity to give it an additional subtle pop.

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Rockwood Autoyard, Ontario, Rockwood, truck, red, grunge, HDR, forest, pickup


iPhone Friday – Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium, located at the base of the CN Tower in downtown Toronto opened to the public last month. From what I hear its been packed during the day and absolutely crazy on weekends. My photography club had planned to have a photo outing at the aquarium on the weekend but given the crowds we changed the timing to a mid-week evening outing. So this past Wednesday evening I went swimin’ with the fishes. I haven’t had a chance to process any of my images but I did manage to take some pictures with my iPhone so here’s a look at Toronto’s newest attraction.

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, sharks,

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction,

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, starfish

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, under the sea

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, sharks,

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, zebra fish

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, lobster