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Overcome

These surfers just couldn’t hang on. Another early morning, another long exposure.

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The Wave

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Tel Aviv, Israel, water, sea, wave, long exposure, black and white, BNW, fine art 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


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


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

 


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

 

 

 

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Kite Boarding on Banana Beach

Here’s another from my kite boarding series in Israel. I just loved looking at these kite boarders gliding to the water and sky with all those colourful kites overhead.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, Banana Beach, sea, Kite Boarding, waves, marina, water, travel photography


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

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Divine Inspiration

At the end of the day, when you’re faced with a scene such as this, it’s nothing short of miraculous. Have a great week everyone.

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Sunset, Tel Aviv, Israel, Gordon Beach, beach, long exposure, sun rays, water


Sail Away

Sometimes you don’t have to travel very far to find beauty. Last weekend we headed down to the Beaches in Toronto. We found a spot on the rocks where we could look out and enjoy the lake. People were going by in canoes and paddle boards but in the distance the sailboats were gliding smoothly through the water.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. This was taken early in the afternoon on a hot, sunny and hazy day. A texture overlay in post created the ambiance I envisioned in my head.

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Lake Ontario, Toronto, Beaches, sail, sailboats, water


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


A Turtle Gathering

I made some new friends while strolling through Central Park. Not only was my little turtle friend on the far right smiling at me, but I got a nice big stretch.

Have a great weekend everyone.

turtle, New York, Central Park, water, pond, rock


Tel Aviv Beach in Motion

Regardless of the season, regardless of the time of day, the beaches in Tel Aviv are in perpetual motion. Whether its the sunbathers; joggers or surfers there’s also activity. It’s one of the things I most love about Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv, Israel, beach, long exposure, sand, sunset, water, Mediterranean sea


Topaz Impression

Last week Topaz Labs announced the release of their newest plug-in, Topaz Impression. I had the pleasure of taking Impression for a test run this weekend and to say the least…I’m impressed by Impression.

As with all of the Topaz products this new plug-in is intuitive and easy to use. Impression comes loaded with 47 pre-sets that are designed to help you realize your vision by transforming your photos into realistic-looking studio art. You can use the pre-sets as they are (which is excellent) or use them as a jump off point to create your own unique piece.

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The Preset Panel

Once you’ve selected your preferred pre-set you can click on it to go to the editing panel. There you can adjust the brush strokes, its width and length, opacity, brightness, contrast, texture strength and many more adjustments that allow you total control over your artistic creation. Impression also gives you total control over your colour palette.

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The Editing Panel

 

Here are a couple of images that I created using Topaz Impression.

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, garden, fountain, water, summertime, France, travel photography, Topaz Impression

Tuscany, Italy, red chairs, orange wall, Fine Art, travel photography, Topaz Impression

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A Perfect Day at Jardin des Tuileries

Located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde the Jardin des Tuileries is a lovely public garden which features fountains; water basins and lots of green space and chairs so that one can sit and enjoy the surroundings.

On our second day in Paris my husband and I walked from our hotel to the Louvre with our final destination being the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysee. It took us longer to get there as we so enjoyed our walk through the gardens. At one point we decided to take a break and we sat down next to the water basin and just relaxed and enjoyed a perfect summer day. As I was sitting there I thought to myself what a lovely painting this scene would make. Since I don’t paint I photographed the scene with the intent of processing it to look like a painting.

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Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, garden, fountain, water, summertime,


Watch Out for the Jellies

I shared images last week of my visit to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto and still have quite a few that I want to post. When I was in California this summer I visited the Monterey Aquarium and was very impressed by the Jellyfish exhibit. While not as large, I was equally impressed with the exhibit at the new aquarium in Toronto.

I’ll be taking the rest of the week of from blogging as I’m heading to Houston to attend a pet photography workshop. Yes I am very, very excited about this and truth be told I’m also looking forward to the forecast (in Houston) this weekend, +22C  and sunny. By comparison it was -10C in Toronto today. I may not want to return home after getting a taste spring.

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Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue


A Face Only A Mother Could Love

We’re back at Ripley’s Aquarium today with a look at a Saw Fish. I met this fella while walking through The Dangerous Lagoon. Visitors actually walk through an underwater tunnel through this part of the aquarium and at one point just over my head was the most amazing face staring down at me.  (He reminds me a bit of an H.R. Puff N’ Stuff character…yes I know I’m dating myself 🙂 )

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, tank, Saw Shark, face, water, underwater, Toronto attractions

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I shot these hand held because he was directly overhead and the tunnel was narrow and full of people, so using the tripod and getting myself into a pretzel position was not going to happen. I had to use a higher ISO due to the low light and I exposed for Saw…eeee which is what caused me to blowout the exposure on the water, in the above image.

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, tank, Saw Shark, face, water, underwater, Toronto attractions

ISO 1250 f/4.5 1/40s

Here’s a bit of a wider view of Saw…eee so you can start seeing his snout.

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, tank, Saw Shark, face, water, underwater, Toronto attractions

ISO 1250 f/5 1/30s

Here you go. Those look sharp don’t they.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy, I posted a couple of new posts this week. I’m very proud and excited that I’ve been accepted as a member of HeARTs Speak, an organization dedicated to saving the lives of animals. You can read more about that in the post here. I also posted another instalment of T.O.p Dogs – Photographing Loveable Four-Leggers In & Around Toronto. Please take a minute and have a look. I’d love to hear what you think and while you’re there please consider following that blog as well. I have some exciting announcements coming up on PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy.

Have a great weekend everyone.


The Dangerous Lagoon

I decided to do a little scuba diving the other day and all was fine until I realized that I was sharing the water with a reef shark. I’ve never swam so fast in my life but I made it to shore.

Alright…that’s not really how it happened. I finally started processing my images from Toronto’s latest attraction, Ripley’s Aquarium, from a few months ago.

The Dangerous Lagoon is one of the amazing galleries at the aquarium. You view and walk the lagoon through an underwater tunnel. The challenge of photographing in this gallery is the poor lighting.  I set up my tripod (and had to be very patient as streams of visitors kept walking by). I set my ISO to 640 and shot at f/2.8, 1/40s. I processed the image in Lightroom 5. Those lovely lights you seeing streaming from the top are the lights in the lagoon but doesn’t it just look like the sun’s rays beaming through?

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Toronto Aquarium, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Dangerous Lagoon, shark, fish, water, tank, coral, under water


iPhone Friday – Neptune Pool

Wow it’s really been a long time since I did an iPhone Friday post.  A couple of weeks ago I post photographs of the Roman Pool at Hearst Castle. You can see those here. There’s also an outdoor pool which is just as magnificent. I do have shots that I took with my DSLR but I wanted to share this iPhone image of Neptune’s Pool. This was shot with my iPhone 4S and edited in Snapseed.

Hearst Castle, Neptune Pool, San Simeon, California, outdoor pool, water, travel photography


Morro Bay Marina Glow

About 10 minutes or so after the brilliant sunset around Morro Rock and as the sun continued to fall below the horizon I turned to look south towards the marina. While parts of the sky still had orange and reds sparkling through the clouds around the rock to the south the glow was purple. It really quite amazing…and peaceful.

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Morro Bay, California, marina, sunset, boats, water, glow, purple, pacific coast


Morro Rock Sunset

On our way to Santa Barbara we stopped for the night in Morro Bay. We arrived in Morro Bay later then we had anticipated and one of the things on my photo bucket list was photographing Morro Rock at sunset. Once we checked into our hotel I dumped my bags (and my husband)…sorry honey (he was tired anyway) and I headed down to the marina.

Morro Rock is located just offshore of Morro Bay and is a 581 foot volcanic plug (according to Wikipedia A volcanic plug, also called a volcanic neck or lava neck, is a volcanic landform created when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano.)

Anyway I made it to the marina, setup my tripod and camera just in time for one of the most incredible, fiery sunsets I’ve ever seen.

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Morro Bay, California, Morro Rock, marina, sunset, boats, water, fiery sky, travel photography


The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle was designed by architect Julie Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for William Randolph Hearst. The castle is located on the central California coast in San Simeon and is a national and state historical landmark. William Randolph Hearst died in 1951 and in 1957 the Hearst Corporation donated the estate to the State of California. Hearst Castle boasts 56 rooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, an indoor and outdoor pool and sits on 126 acres.

The Roman Pool, the indoor pool, was built between 1927 and 1934. The pool is decorated with square mosaic glass tiles in blue, orange and clear and is adorned by statues of Roman gods and goddesses.

This was difficult to shoot as it was very dark in the pool and I didn’t have a tripod with me. I set my camera’s ISO to 3200 and bracketed all my exposures but some were just not as successful as I had hoped. Even with the high ISO the exposures were long and some of my images were a bit shaky so the images didn’t line up properly in Photomatix. The fist image was a single exposure but I was able to bring out the detail using Lucis.  The 2nd and 3rd images were indeed bracketed (I was able to steady myself by the railing) and processed with Photomatix.

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Hearst Castle, Roman Pool, San Simeon, California, indoor pool, water, reflections, travel photography

Hearst Castle, Roman Pool, San Simeon, California, indoor pool, water, reflections, travel photography

Hearst Castle, Roman Pool, San Simeon, California, indoor pool, water, reflections, travel photography


Weekly Photo Challenge – Sea

It’s been a while since I participated in the WordPress weekly photo challenge. Not because I haven’t wanted too but its just been so busy. When I saw this weeks challenge I just couldn’t pass it up especially since I have so many images from California that I want to share and besides being at the beach or out at sea is one of my favourite places to be.

“hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…”
― Van Morrison

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Pfeiffer Beach, California, Big Sur, sea, water, rocks, seagull, rolling waves, travel photography

Pfeiffer Beach, California, Big Sur, sea, water, rocks, rolling waves, travel photography