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Ristorante

San Quirico D’Orcia is a small medieval town located between Pienze and Montalcino. The town is encircled by fortified walls and walking through the tiny streets throws you back to a time long forgotten. The historic city centre is home to about 2,500 inhabitants and there are 4 entrances into the city along the wall. All roads lead to the Piazza della Libertà which is the heart of the town.

As with all small, Tuscan town today one can find stores selling cheeses and pasta, leather goods and of course small restaurants offering homemade delicacies that one can only dream of at home.

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San Quirico D'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy, restaurant, travel photography, village

 


The Daily Special

I know it’s Halloween and this isn’t a very Halloweenie picture but I just finished processing it last night and was very pleased with the way it turned out.

It was late afternoon and the sun was streaming down on this small street in Montepulciano when I saw this gentleman diligently writing out the evenings specials on the menu board. What a perfect street photography scene. I quickly took the picture and checked my histogram on the back of the camera to make sure that I haven’t clipped my highlights and everything looked fine.

Once I started processing the image I realized that the waiter’s jacket was a bit too bright for my liking so I toned it down a bit and then used Topaz B&W Effects to convert the image to black and white. I loved the way the shadows popped in the B&W as well. I just participate in a 5-Day Black and White Challenge on Facebook and it just renewed my love for Black & White. If you’d like to see the images I submitted for that challenge you can see them on Facebook page here.

You can get a 15% discount on all Topaz Labs products by using the coupon code elphoto.

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Italy, Tuscany, Montepulciano, restaurant, waiter, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography


Un Tableau Vivant – Patisserie

I’m sure that you can tell by some of the pictures that I’m posting that I’m attracted to these type of scenes when I travel. This is another one from Paris and I love capturing a scene of everyday happenings in a place that I’m visiting. I was visiting Andy’s LensScaper blog the other day where he posted some images taken from a train. Someone made a comment that described one of the images as a Tableau Vivant and then it hit me….those are the scenes that draw me in.

A Tableau Vivant is a “living picture”, an image that forces the viewer to stand back and take in all the details of the tableau. This type of photographic art draws you in to the picture and holds you’re attention as you studying the individuals at the tables. I know it makes me ask certain questions or make certain assumptions. The gentleman in the forefront is checking his mobile phone. Is he on a break from work? Who is he chatting with? What are the two ladies in the far left talking about? Look at the body language of the man and the woman in front of the restaurant. Did they just have an argument?

Question for you….does the image elicit the same types of questions from you?

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Paris, France, patisserie, street photography, restaurant, sidewalk cafe, travel photography, Tableau Vivant


The Bistro

When I come home from a trip and first download my images I always look at each image quickly to get a sense of how I would process the image to truly bring out the essence of the scene. Some are quite simple and others just call for a more artistic interpretation.

The Bistro is one of my favourite images from Paris.

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Paris, France, bistro, street photography, restaurant, sidewalk cafe


Night Colours

The central square in Old Jaffa is a lively spot at night enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike.

On Friday I shared an image of the square with the bell tower of St. Peter’s Church as its centre point. You can see that post here. Next to the church is a restaurant with a fountain in front of it that is beautifully lit at night. You can see the lights of the restaurant in Fridays post but I wanted to get in closer so that I could capture the fountain and the colourful display.

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On another note I was out volunteering at Toronto Animal Services last weekend and I’ve just posted images on my PhoDOGraphy by Edith site of all the wonderful animals up for adoption. Click on the link and considering sharing the post. You never know you may be helping one of these cuties find a forever home.

Israel, Old Jaffa, night photography, restaurant, lights, coloured lights, fountain, water long exposure


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


La Bicyclette

You didn’t think that I would be travelling and not come back with at least one bicycle image did you? If you’ve been following this blog for a while you know I love taking pictures of bicycles in unique settings. You can find one from Rome here and another from New Orleans here. I have a few other California bicycle pictures that I’ll share but imagine my surprise when I cam across this restaurant in Carmel called La Bicyclette.  It couldn’t get any more perfect then that.

Have a great long weekend everyone!

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


Johnny Rockets…at Sea

You can’t possibly go hungry when you’re on a cruise. Restaurants and room service are available 24/7. One of the fun things about the ship we were on, The Navigator of the Seas, is that it had a Johnny Rockets, complete with singing wait staff and very yummy burgers & fries.

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Navigator of the Seas, cruise, ocean, restaurant, Johnny Rockets, sports deck

Navigator of the Seas, cruise, ocean, restaurant, Johnny Rockets, sports deck


iPhone Friday – Welcome to Nawlins & Triple D

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 🙂

NOLA, New Orleans, sign welcome,

NOLA, New Orleans, Triple D, Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, Old Coffeepot Restaurant,

NOLA, New Orleans, Triple D, Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, Old Coffeepot Restaurant,

NOLA, New orleans, Old Coffeepot Restaurant, Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, special

The Triple D special….Chicken Breast topped with a crab cake topped with a shrimp stacked on top of a green bean casserole with a side of jambalaya….and yes it was delicious!

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Route 66…but not the one you’re thinking off…

Tucked away on Cottage Street, in the heart of Bar Harbor, is Route 66, a restaurant filled with nostalgic goodies that’s really a photographers playground. I found out about this place prior to my Maine trip from a fellow photographer and friend Len Saltiel.

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Bar Harbor, Maine, restaurant, Route 66, retro, travel


Sheva

Project 52 – Entry #18

I’m taking you back today to the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. This little bar/restaurant was just a perfect scene from, the weathered building, the cobblestone sidewalk, the chalkboard menu and of course the Vespa parked outside.  If this shot looks familiar it should. I posted it on this blog while I was still in Italy. You can see it here. I was on the go and only had my iPad with me and I used the Snapseed app to process it. I think Snapseed is a terrific app and I use it quite a bit but I shot 3 brackets of this image so that I could ensure that I’d capture the whole dynamic range of the scene. It was early afternoon, the sun was shining but because of where the restaurant was situated on the street it was a bit on the shady side.

I processed the 3 brackets with Photomatix and then brought it into Photoshop and adjusted levels and sharpened it slightly. I then selectively masked the cobblestone side and used Topaz Adjust to bring out a bit of detail. What I’m very happy about with this version is the detail that it brought out especially the bar area inside the restaurant and the reflection in the glass door and window.


Lunch in Trastevere

Project 52 – Entry #16

One of the most distinct neighbourhoods in Rome is Trastevere which literally means “across the Tiber.” I spent an afternoon walking through this very bohemian neighbourhood just taking in the quaint homes, little restaurants whose walls were covered in ivy and decorated with flower boxes and little shops that were a magnet for locals and tourists alike.

The main square in Trastevere is the Piazza Santa Maria. Within the piazza is the Church of Santa Maria which dates back to the 3rd century and is the oldest in Rome. The church itself is lovely but I’ll save that for the next post.

As we were coming out of the church, directly across the piazza was the Sabatini restaurant. I loved everything about this scene. The building with the shuttered windows, the texture of the wall, the umbrellas at the tables and the casual Sunday afternoon atmosphere.

So as we head into the weekend I share with you the perfect weekend scene.  Have a great one!