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What do you think of my new software?

After

I just got Nik software’s Silver Efex pro 2!  The bulk of my

work is black and white, and I got inspiration from another

blogger to improve on my favorite type of photography.  The first

photo was done in photoshop, with a sepia filter, as I am quite

fond of sepia also.  The second photo is using the software.

There are so many options, I have a hard time settling on the

final image, but this is what I ended up with.  Look ok?  My

photography club is holding a charity auction at the end of

September, and I am going to contribute it.

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Beautiful Venice

Bridge of Sighs

Continuing Countdown to Italy 2012, I thought I would share a few pics from 2006.

Venice is a very beautiful city.  We were surprised to see a lot graffiti in different

places, but that still didn’t affect its beauty.  We stayed 3 nights, and it was bright and sunny

every day.  A highlight of the trip includes discovering gnocci.  Now I make it all the time!

Watching a glass-blowing demonstration on the island of Murano, where I bought my still

favorite earrings, going to the Venice film festival (but didn’t see anyone famous), and taking

a cruise down the Grand Canal.  Now being in Venice, they say you should take a gondola ride.

We didn’t.  It was really expensive, and just riding boats down the Grand Canal, and to other islands

was enough for us.  One of the famous bridges in Venice include the Bridge of Sighs, which was

built in 1602. It connects the prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.  They say

prisoners passing over the bridge on their way to lock-up would sigh, knowing it was the last

time they would see the beautiful sights of Venice.  One of the things that really helped me

appreciate the beauty and history of Venice was reading a book by John Berendt, called

The City of Falling Angels.  He also wrote Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  He lived

there for 10 years and really got to know people in the city, which the characters in his book

are based on.    I highly recommend a trip to Venice.  It is truly a unique city.

St. Mark’s right before sunrise
Batman?
St. Mark’s at night
La Fenice Opera House

laundry day
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Swans!

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When we went to Switzerland a couple years ago, we saw a lot of swans in Zurich and Lucerne.  I was very excited.

I really don’t remember seeing a swan before, and didn’t realize how beautiful they are.  I think part of the reason I was

so fascinated by them, was they were acting as substitute pets.  I have 2 cats, and I missed them terribly, so I kind of

“adopted” all the swans we saw over there.  I loved feeding them, and took lots of photos.  My favorite was seeing the swan

family in Zurich.  We were walking to the lake, when across the lawn come the mom and her gray chics (I guess more

like teenagers).  I have never seen anything so precious!  The all walked in  a single row, and went into the lake.  I love

ducks too, and am I always happy to see ducks anywhere I go 🙂

upside down swan in Lucerne
Lucerne
swans in Lucerne, Switzerland
swans in Lucerne, Switzerland
swan family heading to Lake Zurich
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Tiny Empire

me and Mr. Grimaldi

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I had been to New York a couple times, but never to Brooklyn.  The day we went was beautiful.  We ended up going twice, once before sunrise, and again later in the day to explore and take night shots.  We were on this street and I just thought it was so cool to see a tiny Empire State Building under the arch of the Manhattan Bridge.  I took a few angles, and this was my favorite.  It ended up being printed in a University calendar, and sold at a charitable auction.  If you go to Brooklyn, there’s this awesome pizza place called Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge.  There is always a line it seems, but it’s worth it.  I even got a picture with the owner and his car parked next to the restaurant.  This angled Manhattan bridge photo could be yours too! Go to etsy.com

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My obsession with street lamps

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For some reason, when I travel to other cities, I am fascinated by the street lights.  I guess they just make it feel “big city” for me.  I grew up in rural areas, the closest city light being the flashing light at 4-way stop sign.  So throughout my posts, I will feature various street lamps from different places.  This one here, is my favorite in the world!  The ornate street lamps on the Alexandre III bridge in Paris.  If I had money to burn, I would replicate one of these for my front yard.  You can also see this photo at Etsy.com.

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