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Sunset Ride 2

I hope that all my fellow Canadians had an enjoyable Victoria Day long weekend. The weather was absolutely spectacular in Ontario this weekend and it certainly got me into the summer mindset. While I didn’t spend too much time indoors this weekend I did manage to process a few more images and as promised here’s the 2nd of my Sunset Ride series taken in Tel Aviv at Banana Beach.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, kite boarding, kite boarder, sunset, beach, ride, sea, Mediterranean, Banana Beach


The Prayer

There are so many beautiful sights in Paris but with only 2 days to visit I couldn’t possible see all of them. One that I did get too however was Notre Dame Cathedral.

I have a few images of the cathedral to share with you but I thought I’d start with one of my favourites that I captured.

This was shot handheld at an ISO of 3200. I used Topaz DeNoise to clean up some of the noise. You can use coupon code ELPHOTO to get 15% off any Topaz product.

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Paris, France, Notre Dame, Cathedral, prayer, travel photography

 


Under the Hood

As promised here’s a shot from the Rockwood Autoyard of an actual vehicle in all its grungy goodness. This was 3 bracketed exposures merged in Photomatix. I used Topaz DeNoise to clean up a bit of noise as a results of the HDR.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Rockwood Autoyard, Ontario, tires, truck, hood, rust, HDR, windshield


Consider Yourself One Of The Family

I’d like you to meet my nephew, Oliver. Oh sorry, I shouldn’t be so formal, we actually call him Ollie. Ollie lives in Montreal and when I was there a few weeks ago I asked my sister-in-law if I could do a mini photo shoot with Ollie. I didn’t use a flash so I had to increase my ISO to 3200 to get these indoor shots. Luckily my go to plug-in for situations like this is Topaz Denoise which does just an incredible job of reducing noise caused by high ISOs.  You can download a free trial of DeNoise here and remember you get 15% off all Topaz Products when you use the code “ELPhoto”

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cat, whiskers, portrait, pet photography, kitty,

cat, whiskers, portrait, pet photography, kitty,

cat, whiskers, portrait, pet photography, kitty,


Pass the Jelly

I can hear the groan from here. It’s not easy coming up with post titles you know 🙂

The Monterey Bay Aquarium sits right on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The aquarium was founded in 1984 and sits on the former site of a sardine cannery in Cannery Row. One of the star attractions is the Jelly Experience. These jelly fish are just mesmerizing to watch as they float up and down in the water.  I set my ISO to 2000 which allowed me to capture these images in such low light. There was a bit of noise but Topaz DeNoise took care of that 🙂

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile


Art on Royale

You must know that I love creating these little vignettes when I see bicycles leaning up against walls or in front of stores. As I was walking down Royale Street this the scene I came upon…how could I resist. It was night time and I didn’t have my tripod with me so I cranked up the ISO to 3200 and held my breath.  The original image had a bit of noise but I used Topaz DeNoise and it took care of the noise beautifully.

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art store, bicycle, Royale Street, New Orleans, night photography


Café Du Monde

The original Cafe du Monde coffee stand was established in 1862 at the upper end of the French Market (now the French Quarter) in New Orleans. The shop has a limited menu of coffee, hot chocolate, sodas and beignets.

Beignets are deep-fried dough balls which are then doused with icing sugar…not the best thing for your waist line but OMG are they delicious and really, a trip to New Orleans isn’t complete unless you’ve stopped and enjoyed the fair at Cafe Du Monde. Their coffee is laced with chicory. During the Civil War, when coffee demand was high but supplies were low, the people of New Orleans experimented with different fillers in order to stretch their dwindling supply. They found that chicory worked best as the taste was pleasing and it cut some of the bitterness from the coffee. I must say, as a coffee addict, enthusiast I was quite taken by the coffee. Oh and my son had the hot chocolate and remarked that it was the best he’s ever had. I took a sip…he’s right.

Cafe du Monde is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, closing only on Christmas day. The place was forced to close for 7 weeks after hurricane Katrina due to water damage, power outages and the relocation of some of their staff.

Being out before sunrise to photograph the French Quarter this intrepid photographer was mighty grateful to slip into Cafe du Monde at the wee hours of the morning for some delicious, piping hit coffee and beignets.

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New Orleans, Cafe Du Monde, cafe, coffee, French Quarter


iPhone Friday – We Day

What is We Day? We Day is a day that brings youth together to inspire and motivate them to make a difference in the world. Free the Children’s We Day is all about youth taking a leadership role in bringing about local and global change. We Day is taking place in 9 Canadian cities over the next 2 months and the first ever We Day in the U.S. is going to take place in Seattle next year.

We Day took place in Toronto last Friday at the Air Canada Centre and I was fortunate enough to be able to participate as a volunteer. The speakers and performers that graced the stage that day included Nelly Furtado, Martin Sheen, Al Gore, Hedley and Jennifer Hudson among others. It was a thrill to see such great performers and to listen to such dynamic speakers but truly the excitement of the 20,000+ middle and high school aged kids that were in the audience topped all of that.

Cirque Du Soleil

Jennifer Hudson

Al Gore

RBC’s Arbie

Using an iPhone in a dark venue always guarantees an image with lots of noise. I ran some of these images through Topaz DeNoise and it did a great job in reducing the noise. Topaz Labs is offering a 30% Discount on Topaz DeNoise until October 12th. Just enter coupon code “NoiseFree” during checkout.