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Zurich Bicycle #3

A little street photography; some black & white and 1 more bicycle 🙂

Zurich, Switzerland, architecture, street, bicycle, bike, Europe, old town, black and white, monochrome


Zurich Bicycle #2

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. Two or Three bicycles is better then one bicycle.

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Zurich, Switzerland, architecture, street, bicycle, bike, Europe, old town


Zurich Bicycle #1

European cities + bicycles = _____________ (go head…fill in the blank 🙂 )

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Zurich, Switzerland, architecture, street, bicycle, bike, Europe, old town


Sunset Glow

The city of Prague simple glows during the sunset hour.

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Prague, Czech Republic, street, building, architecture, sunset, rooftops, church, travel photography

Prague, Czech Republic, street, building, architecture, sunset, rooftops, church, travel photography


Follow the Light

I was in Prague at the end of September of this year and I thought that it would be a great time to go as the city is usually packed with tourists in the summer. Well it wasn’t as quiet as I had hoped. The city (especially the old city) was teeming with people.

I mean really, who can blame them, Prague is an incredible city  and once you get past the beauty of it you can then dive into its history but I’ll leave that for another post.

My husband and I walked across the Charles Bridge and found a small restaurant where we stopped to have lunch. While he was paying the bill I did what I do best, explore with camera in hand. I came across this small street and to my amazement it wasn’t packed with people.

This was such a great scene, the light, the shadows, the beautiful building at the end of the street. I knew then that this would be a good image to do a little digital painting with.

I processed this in Lightroom then brought it into Photoshop and used Topaz Impression to create the final image. Don’t forget you can get 15% off any Topaz Labs product with the code ELPHOTO.

Prague, Czech Republic, street, building, architecture, shadows, light, digital painting, travel photography


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,


A Typical Day in Havana

Before we head into the weekend (with some milder temperatures coming our way) I thought I’d leave you with an image from Havana.

To convert to black & white I used Topaz Black & White Effects. I wanted to let you all now that Topaz Labs is having a sale until the end of March, you can pick B&W Effects for $39.99 (regular price is $59.00). Click here to purchase or down loan a trial version.

Cuba, Havana, Black & White, Monochrome, city, street, architecture


Italy & A Bicycle…Finally

Some of you that have followed me and this blog for awhile know that I love to photograph vintage bicycles with character leaning against walls in classic cities or villages. When I was in Italy a few years ago I came back with lots of those images…you can see one here and here and even here 🙂

You might have been thinking…“why hasn’t she posted any bicycle pictures?” I honestly didn’t see has many this time around. Maybe because we didn’t spend as much time in big cities. Our trip to Italy this summer was mostly to small towns and villages with lots of steep hills and stairways (not very practical to get around by bike).

You can imagine how excited I was to come across this little scene while walking through Cortona.

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Cortona, Tuscany, Italy, bicycle, gallery, brick wall, street, village, travel photography

 


Bellagio Street

Bellagio’s town centre is made up of narrow streets running up and down on cobblestone steps. Each street is filled with boutiques, restaurants and cafe’s and all roads lead to the lake.

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Bellagio, Italy, walkway, street, stairs, village, travel photography


Rue De Savoie

Paris is a beautiful city and history permeates on every street as well as these beautiful “photograph me” scenes.

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Paris, France, street, city, fine art photography, building


The General Store

You may think that I purposely seek out these scenes. The quaint restaurants, the picturesque corner stores that are prevalent in Europe.

Maybe subconsciously I do seek them out because I love these scenes. I love shooting them and I love processing them.

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Paris, France, street, store, general store, fruit store, vegetable store, travel photography


Buci News

This store caught my eye as I was walking across the street. Can you guess why?

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Paris, France, street, store, yellow, travel photography


The Streets of San Francisco

Before I get onto today’s post I would be remise if I didn’t give a shout out to Mark Gvazdinskas of Silent G Photography who gave me some great tips and shooting locations prior to my California trip and to Jim Nix of Nomadic Pursuits who’s created some terrific travel guides that you can find on his site (and they’re free). If you haven’t checked out these 2 talented photographers I highly recommend that you do.

There are times when I really enjoy just playing tourist. It doesn’t always have to be about getting the shot. My husband and I were exploring the city and as I looked down the street I loved the sights and sounds of the busy street. I decided to grab a shot. It was busy, there were cars in front of me, the composition wasn’t great but this was just going to be a grab shot for my own person record.

Here’s the image right out of the camera. I haven’t done anything to it.

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I loved the cable car, the buildings, the view to the water. So I decided to try create a more stylized, “funky” version of this scene. I used Topaz Clarity to bring out a bit of detail in the image and then I used LucisArt to create the final stylized version. Let me know what you think?

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San Francisco, California, cable car, cars, bay, broadway, travel photography

I processed this image the same way. I loved the busyness of the street and that you could see the Bay Bridge.

San Francisco, California, cable car, cars, bay, broadway, travel photography, Bay Bridge


NOLA

I’m Back!  Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and hopefully some time off. I must say that it was wonderful to be away. Every so often I get the travel itch…okay I always have the travel itch…so of course we planned a family vacation in order to reconnect with the kids and have some R&R. A vacation for me is not complete without some photography involved and there was a lot of that so all in all a success.

We spent a few days in New Orleans (a city which I’ve wanted to visit for some time) and it did not disappoint.  The people are wonderful and although I didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted to due to lack of time the French Quarter was all I had heard it to be. After a couple of days in NOLA we boarded the Navigator of the Seas and set sail for the Caribbean.  I opted not to purchase the WiFi package and totally disconnect for 7 days. Well once I got over my withdrawal symptoms I must say it was rejuvenating. If you haven’t completely disconnected from your email, internet, blog, text messages then you really must try it some day. Hey…I survived and not only did I survive I actually enjoyed not having the “pressure” to answer that text or email or tweet.

Actually I was so relaxed that I didn’t do anything (blog/photography business related) that I had planned to do. I was going to write some articles; do some pre-work on a few projects that I’m planning but I was having so much fun relaxing that I didn’t do it. I guess we all need to really take time off sometimes and recharge our batteries and that’s exactly what I did.

Now that I’m back I need to start processing all my images but here’s one from to start off the new year. The best time to photography the French Quarter is at sunrise. The streets are quiet with the exception of a few street artists staking their little piece of real estate in Jackson Square. I was walking down St Peters Street when I came across this little side street just steps from Jackson Square.

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New Orleans, NOLA, St Peters, street, dawn,