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Ronda, Spain – Puente Nuevo

The Puente Nuevo is the “newest” bridge in Ronda which was built in 1793. The bridge took 40 years to complete, is approximately 325 feet and cost the lives of 50 builders. The bridge bisects the new and old towns of Ronda and both the bridge and the views are spectacular.

Ronda is located between Malaga and Seville and is an easy day trip from either city. To be honest I do regret not spending the night as thee was so much to see and do.

Ronda, Spain, valley, mountains, village, Puente Nuevo, bridge, city on the edge, travel photography

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The Surfer

An early morning shoot that yielded no significant sunrise but the early spring fog and the cool weather provided for a good backdrop. The surfers were out as were the joggers and little ole me with my tripod and gear getting ready to do some long exposures on the beach in Tel Aviv.

This surfer came out of the water and I was able to pivot and turn quickly to capture this shot.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, surf, surfing, foggy, jogger, sand, travel photography


Zurich at Night

The view of Zurich from our hotel was just as spectacular at night as it was during the day (only just a bit trickier to capture).

Zurich, Switzerland, cityscape, night, night photography, long exposure, river, Limmat river, bridge, travel photography

Zurich, Switzerland, cityscape, night, night photography, long exposure, river, Limmat river, bridge, travel photography

Zurich, Switzerland, cityscape, night, night photography, long exposure, river, Limmat river, bridge, travel photography


Westfield World Trade Center

The Westfield World Trade Center was completed and opened in August 2016. It replaces The Mall at the World Trade Center which located on the concourse level of the original World Trade Center which was destroyed on September 11, 2001.

The architecture of this mall is pretty spectacular and if you stand in the right spot you can see the new World Trade Center through the slats. I took this picture last fall but I’m heading back to NYC in a few weeks and I intend to pay it another visit.

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Westfield World Trade Centre, New York, NYC, Manhattan, mall, black and white


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


Layered View of Zurich

Sometimes you just get lucky. We checked into our hotel, the Marriott Hotel Zurich, and we entered our room we were met with this view.

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Zurich, Switzerland, mountains, alps, sunset, river, Limmat river, bridge, 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


The Spanish Synagogue in Prague

There are times when things certainly don’t pan out as you plan them. For instance I had started preparing this post and was going to finish it up and publish at the beginning of the week before leaving for Montreal. Unfortunately I got sick on Christmas Day with what I thought was a cold but end up turning into bronchitis. so needless to say…no blog post…no Montreal.

I still have a few images of Prague that I wanted to share with you. One of things that my husband and I did (and I highly recommend) was a 1/2 day private tour of the old Jewish Quarter. Really we should have done the full day but we had a train to catch back to Vienna.

We knew that there was so much history and so much to learn that hiring a private tour guide was the best way to make the most of our time. I’ll be sharing my images of the Jewish Quarter in the next few posts but during this tour I wasn’t the “photographer” trying to get the shot but rather a tourist learning about what took place here.

Prague, Czech Republic, Spanish Synagogue, Praha, architecture, Moorish Revival, travel photography

This is the Spanish Synagogue which is the “newest” synagogue in Prague built 1868. It was actually built on the site of the oldest synagogue, the “Altshul” built-in the 12th century in the Prague ghetto.

It’s called the Spanish Synagogue because of its interior Moorish design and architecture.

While it’s still a functioning synagogue it’s part of the Jewish Museum of Prague and houses an impressive exhibit on the History of the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia.

I wish I had more pictures of this beautiful place but I had to be stealth with my photography. I got warned more than once (in different locales) that photography was not allowed.  The reason being they wanted you to buy the postcards.

Prague, Czech Republic, Spanish Synagogue, Praha, architecture, Moorish Revival, travel photography


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


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


Viennese Bicycle

A European city, a classic bicycle. Did you have any doubts that I would photograph it?

Vienna, Austria, architecture, bicycle, window, travel photography


Brooklyn Bridge

Last time I was in Manhattan I finally did something I’ve always wanted to do…I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Of course I think I picked the hottest day of the summer to do but it was well worth it.

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NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, selective colour, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography, One World Trade Centre, Freedom Tower


Floating Pier

In contrast to the bustling crowds at the old port in Tel Aviv on any given night is the view out to sea. This was a 52 second long exposure.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, port, pier, water, long exposure, night photography, travel photography


Central Park’s Literary Walk

I hope all of my Canadian and American friends are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I thought it would be appropriate to share an image (or 3) from NYC today. The Mall in Central Park is a pedestrian walkway flanked by a quadruple row of American Elm trees. This is one of the last remaining stands of American elm in North America.

The southern end of the mall is known as Literary Walk where you’ll find the statues of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Fitz-Greene Halleck.

Below you’ll see 3 versions of my Literary Walk image, Black and white; Color and a high key artistic version. Which do you prefer???

New York, Central Park, Literary Walk, black and white, travel photography, trees, bench

New York, Central Park, Literary Walk, travel photography, trees, benches

New York, Central Park, Literary Walk, black and white, high key, trees, bench, travel photography

 


Round You Go!

I’ve been to Israel numerous times and have driven past the old port in Tel Aviv on a number of occasions but I’d never spent any real time there until this last trip.

The port in Tel Aviv opened in 1936 and was the country’s largest and most important port until 1965 when it closed due to operations being moved to the newer port in Ashdod. The port sat derelict for many years and then in the early 2000’s the municipality of Tel Aviv decided to revitalize the area starting with a beautiful wide wooden deck that spans the port promenade along the sea. The old hangers have been covered to fresh food markets and the port is lined with restaurants, boutiques and nightclubs.

At one end of the deck is an old merry-go-round that was getting ready to close as I was setting up for my shot. Luckily it still had went for a few more rides, enough for me to get this shot.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Old Port, Merry Go Round, Carousel, beach, night photography, travel photography, long exposure


Tel Aviv Beach Promenade

Whether you jogging, strolling, biking, roller blading or walk your dog, the Tel Aviv beach promenade is the place to be.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Promenade, Mediterranean, sea, coastline, travel photography, Old Jaffa


Rosh Hanikra

Rosh Hanikra, meaning “head of the grottos” is located on the mediterranean coast of Israel in the Western Galilee. The  caverns have been carved out for centuries by the pounding of the mediterranean.

Rosh Hanikra is the meeting point of the Israeli – Lebanese border. It’s fascinating to walk through the tunnels excavated by the British army engineering units in the early 1940’s for the Haifa – Beirut railway. The plan was to build a railway all the way to Turkey as a gateway to Europe.

My husband, son and I took a day trip to Rosh Hanikra and the city of Akko that day and they were surprised when I threw my tripod into the trunk of our car. It’s a good thing I brought it along as all these images were long exposures.

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Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, blue, water, long exposure, travel photography, nature

Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, blue, water, long exposure, travel photography, nature

Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, path, tunnel, long exposure, travel photography, nature

 


The Lifeguard Station

I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record but….I’m back. It was another wonderful trip to Israel and while it was wonderful spending the week with my son I didn’t get out and shoot as much as I wanted.

I should probably clarify that…I didn’t come home with 1000 images to process I only came home with about 500 🙂

You probably noticed from my last trip in March that I shot a lot of beach images, specifically kite boarders. The kite boarders aren’t out as much in the summer months as it’s not that windy and the sea is much calmer. I did manage to spend a lot of time on the beach, Tel Aviv has some of the best in the world!

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Tel Aviv, Israel, beach, summertime, Gordon Beach, sea, Mediterranean, lifeguard station, travel photography

Just in case you missed it, I posted a couple of images to Instagram and Facebook earlier this week (don’t forget to follow me there). Here they are and you can find them in my gallery as well.

 

 

 


Golden Ride

Believe it or not I hadn’t finished editing my shots from my trip to Israel this past March. I wanted to finish that up as I’m heading to Israel again in a couple of days. To say that I’m very excited would be an understatement as the best part of this journey is that I’m going to see my son.

I won’t be blogging for a couple of weeks but I will be posting to Instagram and Facebook regularly so if you’re not following me on those pages feel free to do so and join me on my trip.

I’ll leave you with this image…enjoy the light!

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Israel, Tel Aviv, Banana Beach, kite boarding, kite boarder, sunset, golden light, travel photography

 


A Short History Lesson of Bethesda Terrace

Here’s another shot of Bethesda Terrace (I hope you enjoyed my first one. You can find it here) I wanted to give you a little history of this wonderful hidden gem in the big city.

The terrace was one of the first structures to be built-in Central Park which construction starting in 1859 and continuing through the civil war. It was completed in 1863. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The designers wanted to create a place where people could enjoy nature as well as hold social gatherings. It was to be “a place to see and be seen while mingling with like-minded people,”  while escaping the stress of city life.

There is an upper and lower terrace which are connected by a two grand staircases and a smaller staircase that leads to “the Mall and Bethesda Fountain.”

New York, Manhattan, Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, staircase, arches, travel photography

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New York, Manhattan, Central Park, Bethesda Terrace, arches, sunrise, travel photography


Bethesda Terrace

I was back in New York last weekend and as usual I had a list of things I wanted to shoot while there. There’s never a shortage of things to see and shoot in New York no matter how many times you’ve been there. I’ve been to Bethesda Terrace in Central Park many times before but always with hundreds of other visitors and while that’s okay for some street photography I selfishly wanted the place to myself.

My alarm went off at 4:30am and off I went. I grabbed a cab as I wanted to get there before the 5:15 sunrise time and as I got out of the cab two things happened. First I opened the door to the cab to get out and on the sidewalk were 2 rats the size of an external hard drive and second the cab driver told me to be careful. I thought he was talking about the rats and when I told him they’d already scurried away he said that he meant in the park. “There’s a lot of bad people in the park at that hour” Great…that’s what I needed to hear. I had already tried to put aside my concern about my walking through Central Park at that hour telling myself that it would be light soon and it wouldn’t be a problem. I was right. As soon as I started walking towards my destination I encountered joggers and cyclists and I immediately felt better.

As I was setting up my tripod and getting ready to start taking pictures a couple of more rats decided to run by my feet (surprisingly I didn’t freak out. I think they were more afraid of me then I was of them. Maybe because I used to have hamsters 🙂 )

Here’s the first that I’ve processed. I’ll have more later in the week along with a little history of the place.

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New York, Manhattan, Central Park, Bethesda Terrace, Sunrise, arches, art deco, 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


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

 

 

 

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