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.
There’s a little bakery in Carmel called appropriately The Carmel Bakery and Coffee Co., that my husband and I just fell in love with. We headed there every morning for breakfast (they make a mean breakfast burrito) and their baked goods are just out of this world. If you find yourself in Carmel head over there.
What’s one of the things you do when you’re in Monterey Bay….well you go to the aquarium of course. Here’s a couple of images that I shot with my iPhone. I’ll be sharing more Monterey images next week so stay tuned 🙂
I just posted a review of the Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM lens on my product reviews page. Why did I go with the f/4 instead of the f/2.8? Read the review here.
On our way down to Monterey Bay we stopped in Santa Cruz. We spend some time at the boardwalk amusement park. An amusement park right on the beach…who can ask for more. I’ll have some more pictures of this wonderful place next week.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Even though I had my DSLR with me through my travels I still had to take some shots with my iPhone. I didn’t bring my laptop with me so shooting with my iPhone allowed me to process images during down times and of course it also allowed me to share images on Facebook throughout the week. If you don’t follow me on Facebook (or haven’t “Liked” Edith Levy Photography) you can find me here. I do share some different images there so come on over and have a look.
Here are a few images from San Francisco.
I still had some images on my iPhone from my visit to the University of Western Ontario last week so I thought I’d share one more. I really love trying new apps but I still have my work horse apps that gets used all the time.
Here’s the image straight out my iPhone taken with Camera+
When I process an iPhone shot it always goes through Snapseed first for adjustments (when needed) in contrast, brightness, ambiance or saturation. I then also adjust sharpness and/or structure. I may stop there with Snapseed or try some of their different presets. My next favorite app is PhotoToaster. I just love the presets in this app but more than that the individual adjustment sliders give you fantastic control over the image. You can adjust exposure; temperature; lighten shadows; tint; blacks and so much more.
This image was processed with both Snapseed and PhotoToaster as described above. I did use a new app I just downloaded called Over. Over allows you to add text and artwork to your photos. Can I tell you how I found out about it?? You know those little free app cards you can pick up at Starbucks? Well last week Over was on the card. Yup…don’t overlook those, you never know what little gems you might find.
TGIF…wow has it been a hectic week…but good hectic. The week started with my son, Sam’s prom on Monday and then his high school graduation on Wednesday evening with lots of activity in between which explains why I haven’t kept to my usual posting schedule this week. On Thursday Sam and I headed back to the University of Western Ontario for his Academic orientation. While he was busy choosing courses I took the opportunity to walk around and take some pictures of this beautiful campus. I’ll be back there often come the fall so I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of Western 🙂
Have a great weekend everyone.
You know its funny when you’ve been to a place so often you sometimes forget to look around, I mean really see what’s there. I took a walk to the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) building for lunch the other day and just behind the escalator that takes you down to the food court is a wonderful display of film and recording equipment from the early days of television. This time I took a few minutes to just look around and grab a couple of iPhone shots.
This past weekend was Henry’s Camera semi-annual camera show. I was planning to go on Sunday but I had so much going on this weekend that I wasn’t sure that I was going to make it. In the end I was able to swing over there for about an hour just before it ended. I didn’t have my DSLR with me but luckily my iPhone is never far from reach. A good thing as they had a display of birds making nice for all the paparazzi snapping away.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Sunny days have been few and far between this “spring” so while it was a bit chilly the other day it was bright and sunny and that called for a walk at lunch. I loved the shadows that were being cast downtown so out came my iPhone for a few impromptu shots.
All shots were edited with Snapseed and PhotoToaster. The trees were edited in Dramatic Black & White.
Yesterday my husband and I and our oldest son took a drive to London, Ontario to do a tour of the University of Western Ontario. This is one of the universities that my son has been accepted too (we’re very proud of him) and one of his top choices. Western is one of the top universities in Canada and the campus is just beautiful. Unfortunately it was still grey and cold yesterday but I was able to grab a few iPhone shots as we moved from building to building.
Have a great long weekend everyone and Happy Easter to those that celebrate.
To be honest I wasn’t sure what I was going to post for today’s iPhone Friday instalment. I was desperately trying to get inspired but was having a difficult time. I was sitting at my desk at work when all of a sudden I looked over at my little golf toy (no I’m not really a golfer but this was a gift) and decided to take a few shots of it. So my inspiration for “Toy Story” was born.
This next toy has actually been with me since I was little. This is original vintage not a reproduction of a retro toy. Oh and when you wind up bear he still turns the skipping rope.
This is the last of my iPhone images from our cruise this past December. These are from the Casino on the Navigator of the Seas. I just loved these sculptures.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Our ship had a skating rink! Yes it did! One of the entertainment highlights of the week was the ice dancing show. Since I didn’t have my DSLR with me at the show I had to rely on my trusty iPhone to fill in.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Back on board the Navigator of the Seas for today’s iPhone Friday. Right along the Royal Promenade on deck 5 is the Two Poets Pub, an old English style pub that serves imported beers & ale.
All images taken with my iPhone 4S and processed with Snapseed, PhotoToaster and/or Glaze.
The second part of my vacation, over Christmas, was a Caribbean cruise which sailed out of New Orleans. We sailed on the Navigator of the Seas and had a fabulous week. Over the course of the week I took a series of images with my iPhone as I was wandering around the ship and over the next few Fridays I’ll be sharing those with you.
On our first day, just as we set sail, there was a circus parade in the Promenade.
Naturally today’s iPhone Friday instalment is New Orleans themed. As is customary when I travel I always check out the Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (Triple D) site to see if there are any Guy Fieri recommended restaurants. I had no doubt that I would find some in New Orleans.
We ended up having dinner at The Old Coffeepot Restaurant on St. Peters St in the French Quarter. Mmmmm…need I say anymore 🙂
I thought it would be fun to look back and pick some of my favourite iPhone images of 2012. So here they are…12 from 2012…
We had a little holiday celebration at work on Wednesday afternoon and this time it took place at “Spin”. Spin opened up last year on King St. West in downtown Toronto and it’s a Ping Pong Bar & Lounge. Yes you heard me correctly and it was a lot of fun. It’s been so busy at work leading up to the holiday’s that I honestly wasn’t sure that I would have an iPhone Friday post for you today but Spin changed all that. Whew! 🙂
All of these images were shot with my iPhone 4S using either Camera+ or 645 Pro. The processing was done in Snapseed and PhotoToaster.
After shooting long exposures last Saturday night at the Christmas Market at the Distillery District (you can see the result here) I couldn’t feel my fingers anymore. What better way to warm up then a cup of java. Balzac’s is a home grown (Ontario) coffee house whose first location was in Stratford, Ontario. There’s only 7 locations in Ontario and the one at the Distillery is usually packed. The coffee is excellent and a nice alternative to my usual,
addiction, obsession Starbuck’s.
And now comes the time for some Thank You’s. This week I was nominated for 3 different blogging awards and I wanted to extend my thanks and appreciation.
Ganesh Raam nominated me for the Shine On Blog Award; Xavi Geis has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Lectures au Coeur has nominated me for the Sunshine Award. I am truly honoured. If you haven’t visited these amazing blogs then please do so. You’ll be happy you did.
There are lots of rules and instructions that come with these awards such as telling you what my favorite color and foods are and nominating others. I blog and post images regularly so I think my regular followers already know some of my likes and dislikes and if you’re not a regular follower…welcome! Stick around there’s always interesting stuff happening around here. As for my nominations…well that’s a tough one. There are so many incredible bloggers and photographers out there. Have a look at this list of bloggers that I nominated the last go around of awards. I’ve “met” and respect so many of you. You really are incredible whether you have a photography blog; you’re writers or painters; write food blogs, you are all part of this awesome community, that it’s difficult to to narrow it down to just a few. Over the next few weeks I will be publishing a page of terrific blogs that I think you should follow. Keep on the lookout.
Found myself in a wonderful Italian market on King St. the other day and I couldn’t rest taking a couple of shots of their displays. I have to laugh at the looks I get when I pull out the iPhone and start composing an image of olives and olive oil. I’m not sure if the staff though I was a spy from another grocery store 🙂
It’s been a pretty busy week (aren’t they all) but I managed to pull out my iPhone to take a few shots. Last Sunday we went to see the new Bond film…Skyfall. I loved it. If you’re a Bond fan and you haven’t seen it yet then go…go…go!
And yup it’s coming up to that time of the year. They started decorating the lobby of the building that I work in. Have a great weekend everyone 🙂
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.
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 😦