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A Hard Drive Crash, A Day in the Country & An Aspiring Photographer

First I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Family Day (if you’re in certain parts of Canada). You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent this week. I have a good explanation…my hard-drive crashed 😦

No need to panic though because everything is backed-up on a raid drive and then I have a 3rd back up of all my images. The problem is I’ve been without my Mac for almost a week. See the Mac’s internal hard-drive is less than 3 years old. I had replaced it back then because I needed a larger one. Well it was still under warranty (that’s good) but it will take 7 – 10 days to send it back to the manufacturer and get it back (that’s bad). It should be coming home this week.

My son, Sam is home this week from University for reading week and it’s really nice to have a full house. Since today was family day we took a drive up to Port Carling, Muskoka. Sam has started showing some interest in photography so we did some shooting together today. Unfortunately I can’t process my images until I get my computer back but here’s a shot I took of Sam with my iPhone 6 and processed with Snapseed.

Port Carling, Muskoka, Ontario, winter, snow, bridge, photographer, iphoneography, black and white

 


Weekly Photo Challenge – CN Tower – Between

CN Tower Sandwich

Last week I spent the afternoon out on Centre Island for a work function. Once back in the city my colleagues and I were walking across Queens Quay heading towards our next destination…drinks on the patio 🙂 I had to stop when I saw this scene, the CN Tower seemingly sandwiched between tow condo buildings.  I thought this would be perfect for this weeks theme.

This was shot with my iPhone 4s and processed with Snapseed to crop and for some minor adjusts and then with iColorama to create this overall painterly effect.

CN Tower, Toronto, iPhone, iPhoneography, iColorama, Snapseed

 


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,

 

 


An Invitation and A Little iPhone Fun (or the Day I Met Billy Crystal)

I am so excited to let you all know that I will be participating in a group photography exhibit that will run from Jan 19th to March 15th at the Rivoli Lounge on Queen St. in downtown Toronto.  The opening reception will be on Thursday Jan 23rd from 7pm to 10pm. If you’re in the Toronto area and would like to attend please come by. I’d love to meet you.

Rivoli Show Postcard_viewable

Rivoli Show Postcard 003 (Side 3)

And now for the iPhone Friday part of the program.

Guess WHAT I saw in New York?

700 Sundays, Billy Crystal, Broadway, New York, Imperial Theatre, iPhone, iPhoneography

Guess WHO I saw in New York?

700 Sundays, Billy Crystal, Broadway, New York, Imperial Theatre, iPhone, iPhoneography

Have a wonderful weekend…oh and….“Have Fun Storming The Castle!” 🙂


iPhone Friday – Ripley’s Aquarium

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.

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, sharks,

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction,

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, starfish

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, under the sea

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, sharks,

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, zebra fish

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, Ontario, fish, water, attraction, lobster


iPhone Friday – Casa Loma Revisited

It’s baaaaack….iPhone Friday…for this week anyway. I do love taking pictures with my iPhone but life has gotten a bit crazy and I’ve let my iPhoneography lapse a bit. Here are some images that I shot while at Casa Loma last Saturday evening. All images were processed with Snapseed exclusively this time around.

Casa Loma, Toronto, castle, historical building, night photography, Ontario, iPhoneography, Snapseed

Casa Loma, Toronto, castle, historical building, night photography, Ontario, iPhoneography, Snapseed

Casa Loma, Toronto, castle, historical building, night photography, Ontario, iPhoneography, Snapseed

Casa Loma, Toronto, castle, historical building, night photography, Ontario, Organ, iPhoneography, Snapseed


iPhone Friday – Neptune Pool

Wow it’s really been a long time since I did an iPhone Friday post.  A couple of weeks ago I post photographs of the Roman Pool at Hearst Castle. You can see those here. There’s also an outdoor pool which is just as magnificent. I do have shots that I took with my DSLR but I wanted to share this iPhone image of Neptune’s Pool. This was shot with my iPhone 4S and edited in Snapseed.

Hearst Castle, Neptune Pool, San Simeon, California, outdoor pool, water, travel photography


iPhone Friday – Carmel Bakery & Coffee Co.

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.

Carmel, California, Carmel by the Sea, Bakery, Carmel Bakery, iphoneography, Snapseed, PhotoToaster

Carmel, California, Carmel by the Sea, Bakery, Carmel Bakery, iphoneography, Snapseed, PhotoToaster

Carmel, California, Carmel by the Sea, Bakery, Carmel Bakery, iphoneography, Snapseed, TangledFx, PhotoToaster, Glaze


iPhone Friday – Swimmin’ with the Fishes

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.

Monterey Bay, Aquarium, California, fish, clown fish, Finding Nemo, iPhone, iphoneography

I Found Nemo!

Monterey Bay, Aquarium, California, fish, jelly fish, iPhone, iphoneography

Somebody pass the jelly please.


iPhone Friday – Santa Cruz Boardwalk

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.

Santa Cruz, boardwalk, amusement park, California, iphoneography, Snapseed, PhotoToaster


iPhone Friday – I Left My Heart In San Francisco

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.

San Francisco, California, heart, art, sculpture, iphoneography, Snapseed, PhotoToaster, BlurFX

I Left My Heart In San Francisco!

San Francisco, California, Golden Gate Bridge, sunrise, iphoneography, Snapseed, PhotoToaster, Over

San Francisco, California, Sears Restaurent, diner stools, coffee, iphoneography, Snapseed, PhotoToaster

Sears Restaurent near Union Square

San Francisco, California, Sears Restaurent, diner stools, counter, iphoneography, Snapseed, PhotoToaster

Sears Restaurent near Union Square


iPhone Friday – Can You Spot The Difference?

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+

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography

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.

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography, snapseed, PhotoToaster, Over


iPhone Friday – Back to Western

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.

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography, snapseed, PhotoToaster

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography, snapseed, PhotoToaster

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography, snapseed

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography, snapseed, Dramatic B&W

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography, snapseed, Tangled FX


iPhone Friday – Vintage Tech

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.

movie camera, CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Toronto, Grungetastic, iphoneography

TV, CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Toronto, Snapseed, PhotoToaster, iphoneography


iPhone Friday – A Fine Feathered Friend

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.

parrot, blue, bird, iphone, iphoneography, snap seed


iPhone Friday – Boston Skyline

The Boston Skyline shot with my iPhone 4S from Moakley Courthouse pier.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Boston, skyline, fan pier, Moakley courthouse pier, iPhone, iPhoneography, Dramatic Black & White, Snapseed


iPhone Friday – Shadows in the City

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.

iPhone, iphoneography, bicycle, shadow, snapseed, photo toaster

iPhone, iphoneography, tree, shadow, snapseed, Dramatic Black & White

iPhone, iphoneography, lamp, shadow, snapseed, photo toaster


iPhone Friday – A Visit to Western

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.

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, architecture, iphoneograpy,

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, architecture, iphoneograpy,

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, architecture, iphoneograpy,

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, architecture, iphoneograpy,


iPhone Friday – Oh…What A Tangled Web We Weave!

Oh…I’m being a bit over dramatic and really there’s no drama in this post. The title has to do with a new app I wanted to tell you about, Tangled FX. I learned about this app from fellow blogger and photographer, David Pasillas. He reviewed Tangled FX early in the week and it looked so interesting that I decided to download it. David did a great job on the review so please have a look at it here. I really loved “playing” with this app. There are some fascinating effects you can create. I think my favorites are Brady (he’s always a favourite) and the Toronto Waterfront image. I actually printed that one and it really looks sharp.

Which one do you like??  (Click on the images to enlarge and really see the detail)

On another note, yesterday I posted a new image of St. Louis Cathedral to my Facebook Page. Let me know what you think.  Have a great weekend everyone!

cavalier king charles spaniel, iphoneography, Tangled FX

Brady a la Van Gogh

rose, flower, iphoneography, Tangled FX

A Rose is just a Rose

Toronto, waterfront, CN Tower, iphoneography, Tangled FX

Toronto Waterfront

pine needles, tree, iphoneography, Tangled FX

street lamp, Toronto, iphoneography, Tangled FX

toy, iphoneography, Tangled FX

Look what was crawling around my desk…Yikes!


iPhone Friday – Toy Story

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.

Iphone, iphoneography, golf, toy, snapseed,

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.

Iphone, iphoneography, jump rope, toy, snapseed, photo toaster


iPhone Friday – Cruising Casino

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.

Navigator of the Seas, casino, cruise, bar, sculptures, iphoneography

Navigator of the Seas, casino, cruise, bar, sculptures, iphoneography

Navigator of the Seas, casino, cruise, bar, sculptures, iphoneography

Navigator of the Seas, casino, cruise, bar, sculptures, iphoneography


iPhone Friday – Back on Deck

So I started off the week with an image of the pool deck on the Navigator of the Seas at sunset (you can see the post here in case you’ve missed it.) I thought I’d end the week with another pool deck image, this one taken at night with my iPhone. I’m not really sure what the funky sculpture is but he was looking right at me just begging me to take his picture.

Have a great weekend everyone.

cruise, navigator of the sea, pool deck, sail, iphoneography


iPhone Friday – Ice Dancing at Sea

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.

Navigator of the Seas, cruise, ice dancing, skating, show, iphoneography

Navigator of the Seas, cruise, ice dancing, skating, show, iphoneography

She started with 4 hula hoops.

Navigator of the Seas, cruise, ice dancing, skating, show, iphoneography

…then added another…

Navigator of the Seas, cruise, ice dancing, skating, show, iphoneography

…then she added some more….

Navigator of the Seas, cruise, ice dancing, skating, show, iphoneography

…I lost count!

Navigator of the Seas, cruise, ice dancing, skating, show, iphoneography


iPhone Friday – The English Pub

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.

cruise, navigator of the sea, english pub, bar, iphoneography

cruise, navigator of the sea, english pub, bar, iphoneography

cruise, navigator of the sea, english pub, bar, iphoneography

cruise, navigator of the sea, english pub, bar, iphoneography