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Malaga Port

Another beautiful place to spend an evening in Malaga is at the port / marina. It’s a great place to eat, shop and of course do some night photography. The beach, port and old town are all within a 10 minute walk from each other. If you’re planning a trip to Spain make a stop in Malaga, you won’t be disappointed.

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The marina boasts a lighthouse in the harbour….

Malaga, Spain, marina, pier, night photography, long exposure, reflections, lighthouse, boats

….and a ferris wheel….

Malaga, Spain, marina, pier, night photography, long exposure, reflections, boat, ferris wheel

….and the Pompidou Center, the famed French museum has a pop-up in Malaga.

Malaga, Spain, port, marina, pier, night photography, long exposure, reflections, lighthouse, Centre Pompidou

Blue Hour at the Pier

This image was taken on the same evening as the previous post with a more expansive view of the pier and the old town in Malaga.

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Malaga, Spain, sunset, blue hour, golden hour, landscape, pier, long exposure

Painted Pier

A little something from Barcelona to take you into this hot, long weekend. Happy Canada Day and to my American friends Happy 4th of July.

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Barcelona, Spain, travel, Barcelonetta, waterfront, pier, graffiti, lighthouse

Blue Hour on the Danube

It’s been a while since my last post. I’m back from a wonderful trip to Vienna, Prague, Israel and believe it or not a quick weekend trip to NYC.  I have over 1000 images to process so I hope you’ll bear with me. Our first couple of nights in Vienna we stayed at a hotel right on the Danube which gave me easy access one evening for some lovely sunset images.

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Vienna, Austria, Danube, river, ship, pier, blue hour, sunset, long exposure


Floating Pier

In contrast to the bustling crowds at the old port in Tel Aviv on any given night is the view out to sea. This was a 52 second long exposure.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, port, pier, water, long exposure, night photography, travel photography

iPhone Friday – Talking Phoneography

A couple of months ago I was asked by the President of my Photography Club to deliver a presentation on the basics of Phoneography. The presentation was a success and the members of the club that were in attendance that night were very appreciative of the information delivered and excited to explore the many of the apps that I talked about and the capabilities of their phone camera. As a result of this presentation I was then asked to write a guest post on the GTCCC blog.

The GTCCC (Greater Toronto Council of Camera Clubs) is an association that governs the photo/camera clubs in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario stretching from Oshawa in the east to Hamilton in the West. Every month they ask one club to submit a guest post to their readership. I was honoured to be asked to contribute as a guest writer. You can find my post, Phoneography – Taking Big Pictures with a Little Lens by clicking on the link.

On another note, last week I was reading David Pasillas (aka iPhonePhotographer) and he was reviewing an app called DistressedFX. David writes terrific reviews and I’ve found a lot of apps and inspiration through him….check him out. I download DistressedFx but didn’t get a chance to try it out until a couple of days ago. I really like this app. I took this last summer in California but never really did anything with it. What do you think? Let me tell you a little secret…but don’t tell anyone 😉 the birds weren’t in the original image.

iPhoneography, iPhone, pier, California, DistressedFX, Snapseed, GTCCC,



Amusing Lights

This week is turning out to be about night photography. I’ve been wanting to shoot Santa Monica Pier at night for some years now. I was in California about 5 years ago on a family vacation and didn’t bring a tripod (I’ve learned from that mistake) and just didn’t make it to take this shot. Well this past July this was definitely on my shooting list.

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

Swim or Surf?

This wraps up surf week. Thanks for joining me for a little trip back to Malibu and letting me share my some of my surfing shots with you. Before we get to todays images I just wanted to let you know that I added a new review to my site yesterday for the Gura Gear Bataflae camera bag. You can find it under the Product Reviews tab on the main navigation bar or just click here. Would love to hear what you think of the review.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Malibu, California, surfing, beach, ocean, pacific ocean, surf board

Malibu, California, surfing, beach, ocean, pacific ocean, swim, pier, sign, flags, travel photography

Eat Lotsa Lobster

In my last post I posted an image of Stearns Wharf at sunset. I think I mentioned that I was standing behind a restaurant near the end of the pier to take that picture. I thought it only appropriate to show you the restaurant in question, The Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. This is a HDR (3 bracketed images) processed in Photomatix. I decided not to “de-ghost” the flag as I wanted it to be fluttering in the wind.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Santa Barbara, California, pier, wharf, Stearns Wharf, restaurant, seafood, lobster, HDR, travel photography

Stearns Wharf at Sunset

I thought I would take you back to California today. I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I just loved Santa Barbara so I wanted to share this shot of Stearns Wharf taken at sunset. Stearns Wharf is perfect for a stroll regardless the time of day but the evening was really a lovely time. This is looking inland but along the pier is a smattering of shops where you can get ice cream or pick up some touristy T-Shirts. I’m positioned right at the end of the pier behind the seafood restaurant.

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Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, California, pier, wharf, sunset, seascape, pacific ocean, travel photography

Early Morning Calm

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to live by the sea. I love watching the waves come crashing in. I love the calming sound of the ocean and I particularly love being out by the water right after sunrise. The sea is calm, there’s no one around except maybe a fisherman or two. Boats tied up by the docks are bobbing up and down. This one particular early morning in Bar Harbor fit the bill perfectly.

The only thing missing was Jessica Fletcher cycling down the street a la Murder She Wrote. Here I go dating myself again. Ah come on…didn’t you want to live in Cabot Cove?

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Bar harbor, Maine, pier, dock, boats, water, travel photography

Peering Underneath

This is one of those shots where a little bit of acrobatics was needed to get the shot. I’m sure there was easier access to the beach and to get under this pier but I couldn’t find it from where I was. We had just taken a drive to Bass Harbor Light and I spotted this pier in SouthWest Harbor on our way there. I made a quick mental note to stop on our way back.  We did stop but the only way to get under the pier was to climb down a steep rocky slope, camera slung over my shoulder and tripod in hand. It wouldn’t have been so bad but climbing down through the rocks and weeds I kept getting bitten by mosquitos (not to self…next time where long pants).

I decided to frame this differently in post processing. Let me know what you think.

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Pier, Bar Harbor, Maine, Southwest Harbor, Travel photography

Stewman’s Lobster Pound – A View from Underneath

While in Bar Harbor  we had dinner one night at Stewman’s Lobster Pound right on the water. While the food was delicious, the surrounding landscape (or seascape) is what kept pulling my attention. After the meal I excused myself, dragged my friend with me, and proceeded to explore. I found myself taking a ramp down to a platform on the water where picnic tables were set up. This also placed me at the bottom of the pier.

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pier, Bar harbour, Stewman's Lobster Pound, HDR, Maine,

The Pier at Bar Harbor Inn

I hope everyone had a great weekend. You may have noticed that I was absent for the last week. I was on a much needed vacation and spent the last week in Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and Portland. I was going to continue posting images while away but decided to concentrate on photography and R&R instead. I have over 1300 images that I have to go through and process but the trip was a success both on the photographic and R&R front.

I’ve mentioned before what a wonderful photographic community this is and I’d like to thank Rob Hanson, Len Saltiel, Anne McKinnell and Andrew Marston for great tips and suggestions on where to photograph, eat, stay and things to do when I was in Maine. Click on the links to enjoy their beautiful photography sites.

The town of Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine. In the late 19th century Bar Harbor was THE summer resort for some of America’s most rich and famous including the Rockefellers, the Fords, the Vanderbilts, the Carnegies, the Astors and the Morgans. Today it’s a summer destination for tourists from all over the world and is adjacent to Acadia National Park. It’s quaint downtown area, with Main Street as its main artery is flanked by shops (trendy & kitschy alike) as well as soon enticing restaurants that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.

The image below was taken from the beach under the Bar Harbor Inn pier. I converted this to B&W using Topaz Black & White Effects. If you haven’t tried it yet you can download a free trial version on the Topaz Labs site. You can use the discount code “ELPHOTO” to save 15% on all Topaz produts.

The 4-masted schooner you can partially see in front of the pier is the Margaret Todd, which we sailed on one evening. More on that in another post.

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Bar harbor, Bar Harbor Inn, Maine, pier, B&W, monochrome, seascape