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Subway Tableau #5

Every Tableau tells a story….

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, 57th Street, station, platform, man, waiting


The Oculus

This is fast becoming a favourite destination when in New York. Now I just have to decide whether its because I love photographing this spectacular structure  or whether its because I can go shopping at Century 21 afterwards 🙂

After some initial tweaking in Lightroom I used Nik Silver Efex Pro for the black and white conversion and then Topaz Simplify to make the crowd a bit more “faceless.”

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The Oculus, World Trade Center, New York, NYC, Lower Manhattan, Black and White, BNW


Fulton Street Station

Part of the New York Subway Series….Fulton Street station. Sometimes you have to look through the grime and track garbage to see beauty 🙂

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, Fulton Street, station, platform, tracks


Milanese Bicycle

It would be a shame to visit a new European city, especially one in Italy and not seek out a bicycle I can photograph.

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Milan, Italy, Bicycle, Europe, wall, window, travel


The Reader

A reader in Milan. He provided me with a perfect photo-op and didn’t even know it.

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Milan, Italy, brick, stairs, man reading, reader, black and white, monochrome, travel


Women of the Wall

The women’s section of the Western Wall always seems so much more crowded than the mens but that’s because that section of the wall is much smaller. The mosaic of women, from every religious affiliation, jostling (respectfully) for a spot at the wall is a testament to the solemnity and reverence that this site commends.

I used Topaz Impression to create the final image and give it a softer look. Don’t forget you can use the discount code ELPHOTO for a 15% discount on any Topaz Labs product.

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Jerusalem, Israel, Western Wall, prayer, women, digital painting,


Along the Limmat River

The Limmat river runs through the city of Zurich and commences right to Lake Zurich. Okay…had to let you know the details but the beauty of it is just walking along the river on a beautiful, sunny, pre-spring day.

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Zurich, Switzerland, river, Limmat river, trees, reflections, travel photography


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


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


Breaking Waves

I wanted to convey the movement of the kiteboarder by doing an in-camera multiple exposure. After my usual workflow of subtle adjustments in Lightroom I used Topaz Texture FX to create an ethereal feel to the image. In photoshop I added a contrast layer to make the kiteboarder pop then use a layer mask to remove the added contrast from the rest of the image.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, Banana Beach, Kite boarding, kiteboarder, waves, multiple exposure, water, mediterranean, sea, travel photography

 

 

 

Topaz Labs is currently having their Spring into Summer 2016 sale! From May 3rd through May 22nd, they’re offering 40% off of the full Topaz Photography Collection (that’s a $200 discount!). Whether you want to achieve stunning photo enhancements or apply artistic effects, this unique collection has you covered.

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The Topaz Collection includes 17 products for only $499.99. With the 40% discount, if you’re a new user you can purchase the entire collection for ONLY $299.99! If you currently own and use the older Topaz Collections you can take advantage of the savings as well! All you need to do is log in to your account to see your unique Collection upgrade price, then apply the code for 40% additional savings!

To take advantage of this great deal you can click here and use coupon code ‘SPRINGSUMMER2016’

 


Welcome to the Peer Hotel

This little fella was acting as either a protector or the welcoming committee for this small hotel in Tel Aviv. I couldn’t tell….you decide!

After some initial processing of the RAW file in Lightroom I used Topaz Texture Effects to give this a monochrome, old-time feel. I then brought the image back in Photoshop and used a layer mask to remove the texture effect from the cat.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, hotel, Peer Hotel, cat, door, wood door, monochrome, travel photography

Topaz Labs is currently having their Spring into Summer 2016 sale! From May 3rd through May 22nd, they’re offering 40% off of the full Topaz Photography Collection (that’s a $200 discount!). Whether you want to achieve stunning photo enhancements or apply artistic effects, this unique collection has you covered.

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The Topaz Collection includes 17 products for only $499.99. With the 40% discount, if you’re a new user you can purchase the entire collection for ONLY $299.99! If you currently own and use the older Topaz Collections you can take advantage of the savings as well! All you need to do is log in to your account to see your unique Collection upgrade price, then apply the code for 40% additional savings!

To take advantage of this great deal you can click here and use coupon code ‘SPRINGSUMMER2016’

 

 

 


Afternoon in the Village

Taking a little break from my subway station images of New York this is a shot of a small park in Greenwich Village.

This was a quick “grab” shot as my husband and I were walking around the village. It was late afternoon, the light was not great actually it was pretty dull but I liked the scene. I processed this image in Lightroom CC and then brought it into Photoshop where I used Topaz Texture Effects. I used a couple of different filters, tweaking each as I went to get my final result.

On another note, I posted two versions of a night shot of Times Square (colour & Black & White) on my Facebook and Instagram pages this weekend. I asked for feedback on which people preferred, the colour version or the B&W one. It was a pretty even split with the colour beating to the B&W by 1 vote. I’d love to know what you think. If you have a minute hop on over to my Facebook page and let me know. I’d appreciate the feedback.

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New York, Manhattan, park, square, Greenwich Village,


Last Shot of the Day

I hope I haven’t been boring you with my sunset shots from Tel Aviv. It was such a beautiful evening, a little windy but perfect in all other ways.

This toddler came running up to the water, with his father close behind. As they played in the sand the mother came up and started photographing her son and husband. It was a perfect scene, so I, in turn photographed them.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, beach, family, photographer, golden, water, sea, Mediterranean

Some of you know that I’m a fan of Topaz Labs products and they currently have a wonderful promotion on that I wanted to let you know about. Use the code TOPAZ2015 until December 31, 2015 to get 35% off storewide. Click here to take advantage of this offer.

660x400I want wish you all a Happy Holiday, a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your loved ones.


The Road to Peninsula Ridge

In my post last week I shared an image of Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery as seen from the vineyards. You can see that post here. Here’s another view of this beautiful estate from the road leading to the winery.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Peninsula Ridge, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, winery, estate, vineyard, Ontario Travel


Muskoka Living

It’s been along time since I created a “travel poster” and I thought this image from Port Carling in Muskoka would fit the bill perfectly.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Muskoka, Ontario, Port Carling, canoe, boat, water, cottage, country house, lake, travel poster


Say Cheese!

I’m channeling my inner Andy Warhol…or maybe not 🙂 This was a display of cheese making kits at Eataly in New York. Yes we ate there and yes it was delicious.

After processing and making adjustments in Lightroom I processed this image with Topaz Simplify. You can download a free trial and it’s on sale for $39.99 until the end of this month by using the coupon code maysimp, just click here.

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Eataly, cheese, display, art, New York


A Tree Grows There

Here’s another image from my workshop last weekend where I shot only in black & white. If you missed that post you can find it here. I really liked this tree (which was in the parking lot by the way…so don’t put your camera way when you’re walking back to the car) and I wanted to give it more of an artistic treatment.

I used Topaz Impression to create this pencil drawing look. You can always save 15% by using the discount code ELPHOTO.

Kortright Center, Toronto, Tree, Topaz Impressions, monochrome

 


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


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