It’s been far too long since I’ve blogged. I have no excuse other than life has just been very busy.
Quick post today as Master Finn and I want to wish everyone a Happy Halloween! May the Force be with You!
Finn is ready to celebrate his first Passover and wanted to wish you all a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter!
It’s that time, when I sit back and reflect on the year that’s behind us and the work that I’ve done. I’ve been fortunate this year to have had the opportunity to do quite a bit of travelling and to document those places with my camera.
It’s also been an incredibly busy year both on the home front, at work and photographically speaking. Earlier this year I launched a pet photography business, PhoDOGraphy by Edith but at about the same time I did that things started really heating up at work which left me with less time then I had hoped to start building my business and marketing it. I intend to change that in 2015. On the positive side my print sales were up this year and I was fortunate to have some of my images licensed for book covers and fundraising events.
I’ve become more critical of my work, which I think is a good thing and I’m always looking to change and improve, which in essence helps you grow both as a photographer and as an individual. This year I became a member of Professional Photographers of America and I will be attending their Imaging USA conference in Nashville at the end of January. This will enable me to immerse myself in 3 full days of learning the business side of photography, photographic technique and post-processing techniques.
I always find it difficult to narrow down a years worth of work into my “favourites” but here it goes. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy 🙂 You can click on any of the headers to view the original blog posts.
Over Christmas and New Years last year we took a family trip to New York. As I always do on family trips I try to find some time to sneak off and take photographs. We were staying with family in Brooklyn and I had to opportunity to explore DUMBO quite a bit. This was one of my favourite shots from Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.
This was taken on the same trip but along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
We had a very different winter last year. We were hit by an ice storm in Toronto just before Christmas and the months of January and February we saw most days in the -20C range. One very cold February day I decided to start experimenting with some macro photography and oil and water. I really liked the final result.
I did end up braving the cold one weekend and headed out to photograph dog sled races in Cannington, Ontario. I’ve always wanted to do that and wasn’t going to let the -12C forecast get in the way. I bundled up tight and headed out….brrrrrr!
Last March I attended a Pet Photography workshop in Houston, Texas given by the Paw Print Divas. It was an incredible experience and I learned a lot. It was also he first time I had attempted pet photography in a studio and fell in love with the process and the control that I had over the setting and lighting. This is Gilley.
Here’s another favourite from the workshop. This is Jiff!
Toronto’s newest attraction open last year, Ripley’s Aquarium and I joined my camera club for a photo outing there. It was a tough shoot due to the lighting conditions but the Jelly Fish exhibit was my favourite.
In April I once again attended a photo outing with my photography club, this time to the Toronto Centre for the Arts. This was taken from the upper lobby and I loved all the converging lines.
The month of May found me travelling to Israel, for a family function, with a side trip to Petra Jordan. This image was taken in the old city of Jaffa.
The best views of Tel Aviv are from a top the hills of old Jaffa.
Petra is a place that I’ve been wanted to visit for a very long time. I flew from Tel Aviv to Eilat in the south and then walk across the border (yes walked) and then I boarded a bus a drove 2 hours to the ancient city of Petra. It was incredible! It was another hour-long, hot walk in the desert before getting to the Treasury but it was well worth it.
This year I celebrated a big birthday and when my wonderful husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday I promptly answered that I wanted to go back to Italy…what else. As an extra treat we stopped in Paris first for a few days. The images I took in Paris and Italy are some of my favourite and it was difficult to narrow it down. This one was taken on our first night. We were exhausted from travel and jet lag and sunset that evening was at 9:53pm but I wasn’t going to miss photographing the Louvre at night.
You can travel to Italy every year and still not see all its beauty. With the exception of Rome every place we visited this year was new to us. One of the towns we visited was Lerici. We stayed in a wonderful hotel over looking the Bay of Poets and it was one in many spectacular views we enjoyed on this trip.
Lake Como is a place that I’d wanted to go to for a very long time and it was our first stop when we arrived in Italy. We stayed in Bellagio with its narrow, multi-stepped streets.
Our base in Cinque Terre was Manarola.
This is one of my favourite images that I came back from Paris with.
Some images just work better in Black & White and these tourists strolling through one of the many arches at the Louvre fit the bill. I love how having the tourists there really gives you a perspective on the scale of those arches.
Nothing says Tuscany more than rolling hills, hay bales and cypress trees…oh and wine of course but you can’t see that in the image 😉
This is one of my favourite images that I took at a shoot at Toronto’s Distillery District this fall.
So this is it folks, Happy New Year to you all. I look forward to seeing what 2015 brings.
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! 🙂
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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I am so excited to let you all know that my PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy website is now live! The new site is www.PhoDOGraphybyEdith.com or you can just click on the logo to get to the first blog post. There are still things I want to add and tweaks I have to make but please have a look around and let me know what you think. I’d love to get your feedback.
Hi Everyone…I hope you’re having a great weekend. On Friday I shared some news on my Facebook page (click on the link to check it out) that I’d like to share with you today.
I’m thrilled to announce the launch of PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy. Pet photography is something that I’ve enjoyed doing for many years. I love animals and of course you know that I love photography so I though its high time that the two should meet.
I still have much to do until the official launch of my new business but I will keep you up to date with its progress. I’m hoping that my new site for PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy will be ready in the next week or two so stay tuned. In the meantime I’m in the portfolio building stage. If you live in the Toronto area and would like a complimentary session for your four-legged friend please email me. Each portfolio building session client will receive a complimentary 8×10 of their favourite image. Please spread the word and if your on Facebook please jump on over to my page and give me a “Like” and share my PhoDOGraphy announcement with your friends and followers. I will be ever so grateful. Thank you!
What does this mean for Edith Levy Photography? Nothing changes. I still love to photograph nature and landscape and of course travel. This site will continue as is.
I’d like you to meet my nephew, Oliver. Oh sorry, I shouldn’t be so formal, we actually call him Ollie. Ollie lives in Montreal and when I was there a few weeks ago I asked my sister-in-law if I could do a mini photo shoot with Ollie. I didn’t use a flash so I had to increase my ISO to 3200 to get these indoor shots. Luckily my go to plug-in for situations like this is Topaz Denoise which does just an incredible job of reducing noise caused by high ISOs. You can download a free trial of DeNoise here and remember you get 15% off all Topaz Products when you use the code “ELPhoto”
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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with Sponge. Sponge is a French Bulldog or “Frenchie” and he is just the most loveable and cuddly little guy. He wasn’t to keen on being followed by this lady with a funny looking contraption in her hands pointing it at him but before you know it Sponge got into the swing of things. What a little crawling around on one’s belly will do (I mine me not him 🙂 )
I thought I would take a little break from my Boston images (they’ll be back) and share some images of Brady. Before I do that though you may have noticed that I’ve added another item to the menu of this site…”Product Reviews.” Yesterday I published a review of the Gitzo Traveler Tripod & Markins Ballhead. Let me know what you think. I’ll be adding more reviews as I try out new gear.
Speaking of new gear I’m a bit giddy because last week I purchased the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens and of course who better to try it out on then Brady. Here are a few initial shots using the new lens. Once I’ve had a chance to really put it to the test I will be posting a full review.
Do you ever find that the weekends just seem to get away from you and you don’t get half the things done that you wanted to get done? Well that was this weekend for me. Friday night I made a mental note of everything that I wanted to accomplish and by Sunday night I made a mental note of everything I didn’t. Oh well…life’s too short to sweat the small stuff.
One thing I have been meaning to do is to shoot my dog, Brady doing what he loves best…playing catch in the park. Now if you haven’t met Brady yet he’s a 7 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who has me wrapped around his little paw.
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