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Jerusalem Break

The natural Jerusalem stone of Mamilla mall, the Orthodox Jewish gentleman in traditional black garb, I saw this scene as I was walking by and although it was a bright sunny day immediately envisioned it in black and white.

I have a challenge for you. I’m think of submitting this in a competition but can’t think of a unique title for it. Any suggestions?

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Jerusalem, Israel, Mamila, orthodox, religious, jewish, black and white, monochrome


A First look at Prague

“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” -Franz Kafka

You’re probably wondering why I would post this image from Prague before posting a more iconic view of the old city, the clock tower or the Charles Bridge, Well that’s a good question.

I spent 2 days in Prague, which is by no means is enough time to take in all that this incredible city has to offer. The architecture, Romanesque; Baroque; Renaissance; Gothic, Art Nouveau; Modernist (just to name a few styles) is absolutely incredible to behold. Don’t worry I do have some of those iconic shots and they’re coming but there are always little gems hiding in plain sight that we sometimes miss.

Walking through the old city even small pedestrian walkways such as the one below holds so much architectural interest its hard not to spend time and just take it all in.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, walkway, architecture, moorish, black and white, travel, street photography


Vienna Flower Shop

As I was processing some of my images from Vienna this struck me as the perfect shot to do some digital painting. The flowers were so vibrant and really popped of the screen that I tried a few different versions before finding the one I really liked.

I used Topaz Impression to create this image, it’s one of my favourite Topaz plug-ins. Starting with the base image I sampled different pre-sets before settling on the one that closely matched my vision and then I started adjusting the brush strokes, amount of paint, blending mode, etc.

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Vienna, Austria, flower market, flowers, street photography, digital painting, travel photography


Carpets for Sale!

HAPPY CANADA DAY & HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! I hope everyone is enjoying this long weekend and that it’s filled with family, friends, BBQs & lots of fun.

The image below is of a different type of gathering. The streets of Old Jaffa in Tel Aviv are filled with tourists and locals alike. If you’re looking for souvenirs, a suit of amor, a life-size rabbit and of course carpets then you’re in the right place.

I processed this image using my usual workflow of LR & Photoshop then used Topaz Impression and Topaz Texture of its final treatment.

Topaz Impression 2 has just been released by Topaz Labs and I have to say that this plug in and Topaz Texture are 2 of my favourites.

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If you’re already a Topaz Impression user then the upgrade is free.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Old Jaffa, carpets, street photography, digital art, cars


Israeli Street Art – “Psst…I’m Here!”

This is just one example of some incredible street art in Tel Aviv.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, street art, graffiti, street photography, leaves, woman


Israel Street Photography – Leaving Carmel Market

I was strolling through the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv when I spotted these two people walking toward me. I waited until they passed, believing that I would have a much more compelling image as they walked away.

Would love to get your opinion on this image. I know its busy, with the parked cars, the buildings and electrical lines but I opted to leave it as is. It’s street photography and I wanted to depict the scene as I saw it. So what do you think? Leave it as is or should I clean

Carmel Market, Israel, Tel Aviv, black and white, monochrome, street photography, couple, couple walking together


NYC Subway Tableau

The New York subway series continues! This is probably one of my favourite shots…so far.  This is one of those images where the moon and the stars and the sun aligned.

Just as I pressed the shutter, the man on the platform decided to give me a little wave. I waved back just as my train arrived.

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New York, NYC, subway, station, tableau, wave, people, black and white, street photography


A Stroll Through Chelsea

One of the things I love to do when I’m in New York City is to just walk around and explore different neighbourhoods. I did just that one Sunday afternoon…in Chelsea.

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New York, Chelsea, street photography, black and white, florist, neighbourhood, storefront


Wordless Wednesday – Love Tits Hate War

Israel, Tel Aviv, Neve Tsadek, urban art, street art, graffiti, street photography, Wordless Wednesday


The Guitar Player

We were walking through the Cardo (Jerusalem’s main street 1500 years ago) and this young Orthodox man was sitting there playing guitar. He wasn’t asking for money, he was just playing a selection go Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkal.

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Israel, Jerusalem, The Cardo, musician, guitar, orthodox, guitar player, street photography, black & white


iPhone Friday – Street Art at Gordon Beach – Tel Aviv

It’s been awhile since I’ve dedicated a Friday to iPhoneography and I thought it was time. I found myself leaving my big DSLR behind on most days this trip. On the days that I gave myself a break from lugging around the monster my iPhone was getting a workout.

These images were taken at Gordon beach in Tel Aviv. Along a section of the promenade wall an artist created the most amazing beach scenes that made people stop in their tracks.

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Tattoo You!

As seen walking through Mehane Yehuda market in Jerusalem….

Israel, Jerusalem, Mehane Yehuda, street performer, juggling, tattoos, black and white, street photography


On the Street in Jerusalem

As seen on the street in Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem, Israel, street photography, black and white, monochrome, man, beard


The Carmel Market

You may be wandering where I’ve disappeared too this time? I’m back in Israel and will be here for the next couple of weeks. If you’d like to follow along on the adventure you can do so by following me on Instagram or on Facebook. I’ll be posting there frequently.

Here’s a quick iPhone shot from today at the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv.

All edits done in Snapseed.

  


Love in Central Park

I was shooting the buildings when this couple walked into my frame. Love was certainly in the air in Central Park.

New York, Central Park, lovers, couple, street photography, black and white


Bicycle Parking in Boston

If you don’t know by now, I always keep my eyes open when travelling for interesting bicycle shots. These are easier to be found in Europe where you’re more likely to find old vintage bikes leaning against ancient buildings and walls. Every so often though I come across an interesting scene such as this one in Boston’s North End.

You’ve got to love the parking job.

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Boston, north end, Little Italy, street, bicycle, parking, fence, street photography,


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

 


Time for a Cut

I came across this scene walking through Old Havana. I don’t believe this gentleman was an official barber but he seemed to be doing a good job.

Havana, Cuba, black and white, monochrome, haircut, barber, travel photography, street photography


Biding Time

This young person was biding their time on a small street in Old Havana and today so am I. Tomorrow I head out to Nashville for Imaging USA. I’m very excited and plan to make good use of 3 days of seminars and learning the business of photography.

Have a great weekend everybody and I’ll tell you all about it when I return.

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Havana, Cuba, architecture, building, cart, three wheeled cargo bike, street photography, travel photography


Top 10 Things to Know about Cuba

Thinking of travelling to Cuba. Below are 10 things I learned on my first visit.

  1. Cuba has 2 currencies. The Cuban Peso (that locals use) and the Convertible Cuban Peso that tourists use and it’s exchange rate is based on that of the U.S. Dollar
  2. Expect that getting through customs upon arrival into the country will take you about 2 hours.
  3. Cuban’s are hard-working, kind-hearted and engaging people
  4. A bottle of Cuban Rum costs the same as a large container of Pringles chips.
  5. The temperature in the winter months averages in the mid-20s C and the natives find that cold. (although it was close to 30C when I was there in December)
  6. Cubans still use ration cards for basics such as bread and rice.
  7. Cubans are cautiously optimistic about the future, especially in light of the announcement that the U.S. will be lifting the embargo, but the younger generation still feel that they may have a better life if they lived abroad.
  8. Che Guevara is still a hero to many.
  9. The beaches in Cuba are spectacular (but you probably already knew that). 300 beautifully clean, natural, white sand beaches along 588 km or coastline.
  10. Cuba is a Photographers dream.

Cuba, Havana, street photography, portrait, yellow dress, cigar smoking, travel photography


Selling Che!

Che Guevara is a hero to most Cubans as is evidenced by the numerous buildings and institutions that are named after him. Newsstands with books and magazines about Che are a comma site on the streets of Havana.

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Havana, Cuba, news stand, magazines, Che Guevara, monochrome, black and white, travel, street photography


A Bicycle in Havana

Given my history you didn’t think I could walk by a bicycle and not photograph it…did you?  Found in Havana.

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Cuba, Havana, bicycle, building, yellow, street photography, travel photography


Edificio Elena

I walked by this building in Old Havana and just loved the way the shadows were falling against it and how it brought out the pastel colours.

After some minor processing in Lightroom I used Topaz Impression to give this building the artistic flair it deserved.

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Cuba, Havana, building, pastel, street photography, travel photography


Street Photography in Old Havana

Havana is one of those places that is just perfect for street photography. The people, the architecture, it seems that in some areas time has just stood still.

It was a beautiful sunny day as I was walking through the streets, the buildings alternating from yellow to rose to blue, it was truly beautiful but for some reason as I was processing these images the black and white rendition provided that timeless, classic look I was looking for. I promise I will share some colour images as well but for now I hope you enjoy these.

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Cuba, Havana, Old Havana, street photography, travel photography, black and white

Cuba, Havana, Old Havana, street photography, travel photography, black and white