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Spring in Zurich

When travelling through Europe in mid-March you have a 50 / 50 chance of getting either great weather or a cold rainy day. Our first day in Zurich we lucked out and spent a great day exploring exploring the city with the sun shining down on us.

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Zurich, Switzerland, park, river, strolling, pathway, trees, house


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


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

 


A Stroll Through Rothschild Blvd.

I hope that my American friends are enjoying the Memorial Day long weekend. I won’t take much of your time today, just wanted to share this image from a stroll down Rothschild Blvd in Tel Aviv, this past March.

I’m heading back to Israel in a couple of months and I’m looking forward to photographing this same spot but this time with the trees full of leaves.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Rothschild Blvd, walking, path, trees, bike lane, black & white, monochrome


After the Rain

There’s something about walking through Central Park after a rain storm that’s both calming and mysterious.

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New York, Manhattan, Central Park, path, trees, light post, rain, texture, buildings


Sunday Afternoon on Lake Rosseau

I was in a canoe when I took this picture. Same day, same place to very different purposes. I, trying to find the perfect composition while trying to keep the canoe from bobbing up and down in the water and he finding the perfect spot to read while shutting out the rest of the world, including me.

I created a digital painting using LR, Photoshop and Topaz Impression. In case you weren’t aware Topaz Labs is running a promotion on Topaz DeNoise (it’s the noise removal software I use and love it) until June 30th. Topaz DeNoise is priced at $59.99 for the month of June, that’s a $20 savings. The coupon code is: JUNEDENOISE and you can click here to learn more.

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Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka, lake, canoe, trees, man reading in canoe, digital painting

 


Sunset Solitude

I spent the weekend in Muskoka with my husband celebrating our anniversary. It was a wonderful, relaxing couple of days spent by the lake and exploring the neighbouring small towns. The resort we stayed at was right on Lake Rosseau and of course my favourite time to shoot is at sunset so how could I resist this scene.

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Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, lake, sunset, silhouette, trees, landscape


Hidden in Prospect Park

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Here’s another image that I took in Prospect Park in Brooklyn and decided to create a more artful version. As I did with “A Tree Grows There” I once again turned to Topaz Simplify to create the final image. I also wanted to let you know that Topaz Labs is running a promotion on Topaz Simplify. Until February 28th you can pick up this incredible plug-in for 50% the regular price. That means you’ll only be paying $19.99 which is an incredible price for this powerful tool. If you want to try it out first you can do that as well by downloading a trial here.

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Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York, trees, house, Topaz Simplify


Prospect Park

Prospect Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after they completed Central Park in Manhattan. It’s a glorious park to spend time in and I have to get back there in the summer when the trees are full of leaves. It was a beautiful day when I was there and the sun was shining but I thought this image was better suited to a black and white treatment which added a bit more of a mysterious feel to it.

On another note I’ve started a new project called T.O. Dogs. I posted the first in the series over on the PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy site. You can check out the first in the series, a Siberian Husky named Max here.

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Brooklyn, Prospect Park, trees, path, canopy, walkway, black and white, monochrome, nature


The Toronto Ice Storm of 2013

I don’t normally post in the evening and truth be told I’m preparing my year in review post which will go live tomorrow morning but life sometimes has other ideas or should I say mother nature has a mind of her own. It’s been a crazy few days. On Saturday night Toronto and other parts of the east coast was hit by an ice storm the likes which we’ve never seen. On Saturday evening our power went out and didn’t come back on until Sunday evening. We were lucky. Others still don’t have power today. Sunday morning we awoke to downed trees, cars covered in 2 inches of ice and a very cold house.

Here’s the funny thing about mother nature, when you take a deep breath and look around you realize that you’re surrounded by beauty.

Ice Storm, Toronto, 2013, park, ice, trees, branches, pathway,

Ice Storm, Toronto, 2013, park, ice, trees, branches, macro photography

Ice Storm, Toronto, 2013, park, ice, trees, branches, macro photography

Ice Storm, Toronto, 2013, park, ice, trees, branches,

Ice Storm, Toronto, 2013, park, ice, trees, branches, macro photography

And then this was the scene on a street around the corner from me (just one of many).

Ice Storm, Toronto, 2013, park, ice, trees, branches, road, broken


Enchanted

While at the workshop at the Rockwood Autoyard this past weekend, I broke off from the group to go do a little exploring on my own and I came upon this scene. Remember in my last post I said that there was a foggy mist that enveloped the area? See what I mean.

After some minor adjustments in Photoshop I ran the image through Topaz Clarity to give it a bit more definition and then Perfect B&W to desaturate and give it a bit of a mysterious feel.

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forest, mist, fog, Ontario, mysterious, trees, path, nature, landscape


Forest Mist

I’d like to thank everyone for the responses to Monday’s post, asking for your opinion on either the colour or black & white version of “Swirls.”  So what did everyone think?

66% liked the colour version

22% liked the B&W version

9% liked both.

It looks like the color version was a favorite. Thank you again for taking the time to visit and providing your feedback.

On to today’s images. The start of our Tobermory weekend was, how shall I put it…soggy. We had to delay our start on the first morning because of the pouring rain. When we did finally head out, close to an hour behind schedule, the rain had subsided. It actually subsided up until we parked the cars and were ready to start hiking. That’s when the sky opened up again. Our workshop leader and photographer, Ethan Meleg, quickly put plan B into action…we would hike to a wooded area where we could at least get some shelter from the rain. This provided another photographic opportunity.

There was this wonderful mist in the air and the the rain and dampness made the colors of the forest pop.

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Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, mist, forest, trees, nature

Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, mist, forest, trees, nature

Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, mist, forest, trees, nature


Zoom Zoom

Back to a couple of “somewhat” abstract images that I took last weekend while attempting some in-camera effects. Both of these images were taken while zooming during the exposure. This first image was taken with an exposure time of 0.4…

…while this second image had an exposure of 1/2. Both are single exposure. the top on is straight out of the camera. I only slightly adjusted levels in Photoshop. The image below was tonemapped first in Photmatix Pro as a single exposure. What do you think?

As always you can click on the image to see a larger version.