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Alone at Last!

I love shooting at night when the crowds die down. This particular evening it was about 10:30pm when my husband and I returned from dinner. We went to our room and I grabbed my camera and headed out, quickly yelling behind me, “I’ll be back in 1/2 hour.” I think it was after midnight when I finally got back but the beach in Tel Aviv always does that to me. I seem to get lost in the calm, the gentle rolling of the waves.

I wasn’t quite alone though. Different parts of the beach told different stories…the beach restaurant with the bright lights &  roaring music; the treasure hunter combing the sand for lost treasure; the backpackers enjoying a bonfire and claiming their real estate for the night and the young couple finding the perfect spot by the lifeguard station to steal away some romantic time alone.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, lifeguard station, water, couple, romantic, long exposure, night photography, travel photography

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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


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


Golden Jaffa

I haven’t blogged in close to 2 weeks and what has happened to the world in that time? Tel Aviv, Orlando, Paris! I don’t talk politics on this blog and rarely discuss current work events but this is enough.

I get angry when I hear reports of terrorist attacks; shootings; pledges of destroying a whole country. I ask the same questions over and over…how can people hate so much?….how does one take a life…or 4…or 49 so easily? Innocent human beings who are just going about their lives in a restaurant or nightclub. Once the initial anger subsides I realize that this is exactly the reaction these animals are hoping for.

I’m travelling back to Tel Aviv next month and I will go to the Sarona market and dine at a restaurant as I’ve done in the past. Later this year I hope to travel back to Europe. To my amazing neighbours to the south….I’ll be there in a couple of weeks.

I for one will not stop living. To quote Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony acceptance speech (which was brilliant by the way)…

We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.

It’s time to let in some light!

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TelAviv, Israel, Jaffa, Old Jaffa, sunset, beach, clouds, travel photography, Mediterranean


Neighbourhoods of Tel Aviv – Carmel Market

Just south of the Carmel Market thee are multiple little neighbourhoods that are as full of character as they are of history. I was out exploring the area that is border by Rabbi Meir Street and Hillel HaZaken St. and at every corner there was another interesting street vignette.

I thought this image was a good candidate for some digital painting. After processing the image in Lightroom I brought it into Photoshop and then used Topaz Impression to do the heavy lifting and finished it off in Nik ColorFX.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, neighbourhood, bicycle, mailbox, Carmel Market, digital painting


Sunset Ride

My next few posts will be a series of images I made during a sunset shoot down on the beach. Lucky for me there were still some diehard kite boarders out riding the waves.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Mediterranean, sea, water, Kite Boarding, kiteboarder, clouds, sunset