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Street Musicians in Trastevere

The Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere is the perfect place to hang on a beautiful summers day. On the day I was there the Piazza was filled with tourists and locals sipping espresso, eating ice cream and listening to some terrific music.

Italy, Rome, Trastevere, street musicians, street photography, black and white


Bar in the Wall in Trastevere

I wanted to start today by first thanking all of you for taking the time to vote and providing me with feedback on my logo options. Wow…the consensus was overwhelming and the clear preference was the second version which you can now see prominently  in my header. Now for today’s image we travel to Trastevere…..

Trastevere is located on the west bank of the Tiber river in Rome. I just loved the just little bar located not far from the Basilica of Santa Maria.

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Rome, Italy, Trestevera, bar, stools, travel photography, Toronto Travel Photographer

Bringing Italy to the Carolinas

Towards the end of last summer I was contacted by The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas with an inquiry about licensing one of my Italy images.

They were holding an Italian themed fundraiser and they thought one of my images would make a perfect backdrop for the event. They already had an image in mind and after a couple of weeks of email correspondence we had reached an agreement.  They printed the image as a 10 foot by 8 foot banner and I was thrilled when the send me the picture below so that I could see the final product and the set-up.

I also donated a matted print of the same image for their silent auction. You can see the original image here.

Please click here for information about image licensing or you can contact me directly.

Rome, Italy, restaurent, Ronald McDonald House, charity, fundraiser, banner

The Woman at 2949

Keeping watch on the street below in Trastevere, Rome….while I keep watch above.

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Italy, Rome, Trastevere, window, woman, black and white, monochrome, travel photography, street photography

Lens Correction in Lightroom 5 – Fixing Rome

I don’t know what it is, but when handholding my DSLR, often times my horizon isn’t straight. I don’t know maybe I’m a little off kilter 🙂 In any case in a lot of shots I have to straighten my horizon in post. The other problem I sometimes face when shooting buildings is that the perspective is off and the building looks like it’s leaning backwards. If I had a Tilt Shift lens I could take care of that problem in camera but alas I don’t. This is where the Lens Correction panel in the develop module in Lightroom 5 comes in.

I have to say that LR5 has become not only an organizational and cataloguing tool for my image library but my go to post processing software as well. The power of LR5 never ceases to amaze me. I would say that 85% of my images are processed in Lightroom alone and I only use Photoshop now for detailed cloning work.

The image below was taken while I was walking around Rome. This is the original RAW file, straight out of camera.



As you can see it needs some work. Not only is the building leaning a bit sideways but it’s also leaning back. I first used the “Level” tool in the Lens Correction panel then the “Vertical” tool to straighten the building. Then I opened up the shadows which brought back all the detail inside the windows and the tables of the restaurant. I then increased the clarity and vibrance slightly, made some adjustments with the Luminance sliders in a few colours and added a bit of detail.

Here you have it…the final image. Click on the image to enlarge.

Rome, Italy, restaurent, dining, patio, travel photography, building, shutters

Subway Love

In this age of email and Facebook and instant messaging I still get excited when I get a package in the mail. Nine times out of ten it’s something that I’ve ordered online. The package that I received last week was very different. It was a book. Not just any book, but a yet to be released copy of Subway Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin. Why is this exciting you ask? Because the cover image is mine.

Last July I was approached by the publisher about using my image of a Rome subway car for a new book they were publishing. They had found the image online and asked if I could send them a high resolution image so that they could see the quality. After some back and forth with the publisher they created a mock-up of what the cover design would look like and we negotiated a licensing deal. To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. Here’s a quick iPhone image of the book.

Subway Love, Rome, subway car, book cover, Edith Levy Photography, Candlewick Press, Nora Raleigh Baskin


And here’s the original image. Click on “The Words of the Prophets are Written on the Subway Walls” to see the original post.

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Rome Subway, graffiti, subway car, Italy, Rome,

Just Another Bicycle…in Rome!

Happy Monday! 🙂 I hope everyone had a great weekend. Here’s another bicycle image taken in Rome. I actually re-processed this image using Topaz Clarity and I’m really pleased at the end result.

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Italy, Rome, Trastevere, bicycle, wall, vines


It’s been a while since I posted any Italy pictures and there’s still a few that I had meant to share and haven’t had the chance. This image is from a lovely afternoon spent in Trastevere. Trastevere is in Rome located on the west bank of the Tiber. This little enclave with it narrow, winding, cobblestone streets is best explored on foot.

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Rome, Trastevere, street photography, travel photography, Italy, buildings

Exciting News & A Bit of Ancient History

I was away from home this weekend attending a landscape photography workshop on the Bruce Peninsula here in Ontario. Aside from the very early mornings and less than ideal weather on the first day it was a fantastic experience. I will tell you more about it a little later in the week and post some images once I can sit down and process them.

Before heading out for a four drive on Friday to meet the group I received some very exciting news. The kind folks at the Travel Supermarket announced the overall winners of their Capture the Colour competition and I came in second overall. You can see their post announcing the winners here. Needless to say I was a little stunned and over the moon. Here was my submission / blog post for Capture the Colour. Thank you once again to Susanne from Buntscheck blog and Ingrid form Cosy Travels of the Viking and his Kitten for the nominations.

Now on to today’s image… (this is the ancient history part)…The Roman Coliseum.

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Rome, Italy, Coliseum, ancient ruins,

The Corner Store at Via Della Panetteria

Project 52 Entry #44

I was revisiting some of my Italy shots and came across one that I really liked but realized I hadn’t posted. Actually there’s still a few of those.  This was shot on our last day in Rome just walking around the city. I just loved the look of this scene and wanted to capture it all in the frame. The store front, the terracotta colored wall, the bicycle, the signs. It all just fit together so nicely.

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A Different Perspective on The Roman Forum

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I quick post this morning as I just got back late last night from a few days away in New York City and Long Island. I hope to have some NYC images up a little later in the week but for this morning a visit back to Rome.

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Standing Tall in Rome

Project 52 Entry #38

A quick post today  as its shaping up to be a busy one. This was taken this past summer in Rome. This is the view walking out of the Roman Forum and Palantine Hill. Actually the view standing pretty much anywhere is quite spectacular.  I was revisiting these shots and realized that I hadn’t really posted any from this incredible part of Rome. There’s some more that I’ll be sharing in the next little while.

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2011 – A Year in Review

I started this blog on June 2, 2011, almost 7 months ago. It hasn’t been a full year yet but as we bid farewell to 2011 and get ready to welcome in a New Year I thought it fitting to look back on the short life of this site and how I fit into this thing called the World Wide Web. I launched Edith Levy Photography & Project 52 as a way to share my images with family and friends and ensure that I make a commitment to get out and shoot on a consistent basis. I also hoped that this blog would allow me to connect with the photographic community, get feedback and learn from others.

Well what’s happened in the last 7 months has completely exceeded my expectations. I’ve been posting more than once a week. I’ve been shooting, shooting, shooting. I’m learning new post processing techniques everyday. I have met so many wonderful and supportive individuals….people that I’m proud to call “Friend.” I want to say Thank You to everyone that follows this blog and comes back day after day. It means so much to get your encouragement and feedback. I’m truly proud to be part of this community.

This blog has grown since its inception and I’m amazed to say that as of yesterday I’ve hit over 20,000 views. As I look forward to 2012, ideas keep swirling around in my mind on where I’d like to take not only this site but my photography as well.  The only thing that I really need is time which there never seems to be enough of. The ideas are taking shape and I’ll tackle them methodically, one at a time until they become reality.

I’ve had some people ask if I sell my images…I do. Keep an eye out because early in January I will be adding a gallery to the site where images can be purchased.

Below are some of my favorite images from 2011…Enjoy.  Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

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The Glass Ceiling

Project 52 – Entry #24

Is it a museum?…is it an art gallery?…is it a historical building?….Nope…it’s a Rome shopping centre.  Funny I don’t recall any shopping centres that look like this here at home.

Visit Rome – A Vintage Travel Poster

Project 52 Entry #22

I have always loved vintage travel posters so I decided to try my hand at creating one with a shot I took in Italy this past summer. This image was taken while I was standing at the top of the Spanish Steps. This was one exposure which I tonemapped in Photomatix Pro. I then brought it into PhotoShop and used Topaz B&W Effects applying the simplify effect and then adjusting tones to get a vintage look. So what do think? Want to visit Rome?

The Words of the Prophets Are Written on the Subway Walls…..

And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls”  Simon & Garfunkel

So I’m standing on a subway platform waiting for the train to take me to the Colusseum. The train on the other side of the tracks comes in but I’m talking to my husband not paying attention until it starts to pull out and then I look across and see this very cool subway train with graffiti all over it. What happens next…the train pulls out of the station…missed opportunity. After I stop kicking myself I think…well maybe I’ll see another one like it on our way back.

Guess what……I was ready this time!

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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.

Trattoria Della Stampa

While walking along a small street in Rome I came across this lovely little restaurent. It was still too early for dinner and we had to continue to our intended destination but I had to stop and capture this perfect little scene. Okay here’s where you come in…which one do you prefer…the color version better or the desaturated version. The second image was processed using Topaz Adjust & Topaz B&W Effects.

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Farewell Hero

Directly across the river from Trastevere is the old Jewish Ghetto of Rome. The ghetto was built in 1555 to keep the Roman Jewish population separate from the rest of society. At the time, this 4 block area housed approximately 1,000 people but in time the Jewish population within the ghetto walls grow to 4,000. The ghetto had 3 gates that were locked at night to keep the Jews in. Outside each gate the Romans built a church in order to encourage the Jews to convert to Christianity. In 1870 during the unification of Italy the new Italian government ended the oppression and the walls of the ghetto were torn down.

Less then 100 years later the oppression and persecution began again in earnest. Largo Square is in the Jewish Ghetto. On the wall within the square is a plaque that reads “Largo – 16 Ottobre 1943” This is the day that the Nazis demanded that the community pay over 100 lbs of gold within 24 hours or the Jews that lived in the ghetto would be taken to the concentration camps. Both Jews and non-Jews came together and met the demand. The Nazis took the gold but they also took 2,100 Jews away. At the end of the war only 7 survivors returned.

On the day that we visited the ghetto I was touched by some freshly spray painted writing that was on the side of the Jewish Day School. One of the Holocaust survivors had passed away the previous day.

It reads as follows: “Farewell Hero. We will not forget you.”  The number preceding this inscription was his Auschwitz number tattoo.

Today this little four block neighbourhood, while still called the Jewish Ghetto is home to both Jews and non-Jews alike.

Synagogue & Jewish Museum of Rome


Walking through Rome, we passed by this art museum (I really wish I know which one it was) and the building itself was very interesting with Latin words carved into the stone but frankly it was this gentleman that fascinated me. I was across the street framing the shot and he just stood there….didn’t move an inch. I don’t know if he realized that he was in my shot but if he did it obviously wasn’t bothering him. I’m glad he was their I think he made the shot for me.

I converted this to black & white using Topaz B&W Effects as I think it enhanced the overall mood of the image.

As always you can click on the image to enlarge it.

Seeing the Light

The Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere (as mentioned in my last post) was originally built in the 3rd century and then rebuilt on the same foundation in the 12th century. The beauty of the interior are the golden mosaics that were added in the 12th century.  As I was admiring the intricacy of the design a stream of sunlight came through one of the windows which illuminated the mosaics and brought out some of the finer details.

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!

It’s A Job

I hope that everyone had a wonderful labour day weekend. Keeping with the street performer theme of my last post…which you can see here I thought that this would be a fitting addition as it was just “labour day”.

Once again I’ve used Topaz Black & White Effects to convert this image to monochrome. The folks at Topaz have given me a B&W Effects to give away this week. All you have to do is follow me on Twitter to be eligible, so if you’re not following yet go ahead and click on the follow button on the right. I will be drawing the winner on Friday and will be announcing it on Twitter.

Canon XTi, Sigma 18 - 200mm, f/5, 1/50

Happy Feet

Project 52 – Entry #15

A quick post this morning folks.

Street performers, in general, are a very talented. They dance, they do acrobatics or they simply clown around. Now clown feet isn’t something you’d think that I’d focus on but couple that with a cobblestoned street and well…I just couldn’t resist.

As always you can click on the image to enlarge it.

Have a HAPPY Weekend!

Canon XTi, Sigma 18 - 200mm, f/5.6, 1/50. 115mm