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There are days when I miss the darkroom

There are still days when I miss working in the darkroom. I loved the process of manipulating images with a bit of push and pull, dodging and burning — then going tray to tray with those precious pieces of white paper and watching as an image suddenly bloomed into life.

As I said in an earlier post — I’m uploading new images to stock agencies and every once in awhile there is one that is much better in black and white. At least when I do this in the digital darkroom, I’m not breathing toxic and carcinogenic fumes!

Enjoy…

 

ManReadingPaperInCafe-760

 

WaitingOnTheCurbInMelbourneB&W-670

 

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Photo Essay: Meandering Through Montmartre in Paris

There are more sides to Montmartre, the district that sits high atop the Paris landscape, than the crowds at Sacre Couer. This photo essay will show you some of the lovely or funny things that we saw as we walked around.

 

Art Nouveau building on Rue Lamarck in Paris, France


 

Bright pink boulangerie (bakery) in the Montmartre district of Paris, France


 

Montmartre cafe at dusk


 

Cafe interior in Montmartre


 

Stairway passages through the hilltops of Montmartre


 

Colourful chairs & tables at a sidewalk cafe in the Montmartre district of Paris, France


 

Nun in full habit (which is rather unusual nowadays) walking down Rue Lamarck in Montmartre, Paris, France


 

Cartoon advertisement in the window of a plumbing & heating shop in the Montmartre district of Paris, France


 

Spectacles (events) kiosk in the Montmartre district of Paris, France


 

 

 

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Too Full Of Noise? Perhaps Not!

This photo of the day will not be sent to my stock agencies for one big reason — noise artifacts in spite of using noise removal in my Lightroom 4 software. But at a smaller resolution, it still packs a punch of funny energy! It was taken in quite low light and actually looked almost black before I worked on it. But bringing up the image also meant bringing out the grain and the surface noise. Ah well — at least I can share it with you.

We were in a very dark cafe in the Barri Gotic district of Barcelona a few weeks ago and this man was sleeping soundly in spite of the dishes clattering and the people coming and going through that door right next to him. His wife sat there reading her Spanish daily newspaper — and he slept and slept and slept for the 20 minutes that we were in there having a cup of tea.

Enjoy!

 

Napping man with black beret in a cafe in Barcelona, Spain.


 

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Dali Dreaming

Where did the last 21 days go? I am sitting in my darling apartment in the South of France and as I edit photos, I have just realised that it has been 3 weeks since I took these pictures in the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain.

The center atrium (more shots in an upcoming article) has the type of feature that reveals the wildly humorous streak which infused Salvadore Dali’s work. A gigantic sculpture of a goddess figure is riding atop a vintage black Cadillac beneath a stunning eye to the sky opening. It is actually breathtaking because it knocks your visual senses off-kilter.
 

A massive statue of a goddess rides atop the roof of a vintage black Cadillac at the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain.


 

An oculus or eye to the sky hovers above the atrium sculpture garden in Salvadore Dali’s museum in Figueres, Spain.


 

We’re already thinking of our next trip to Spain — but for now, here was how we spent an hour before we went to see the Dali works of art.
 

Mark pouring a glass of wine at lunch in Figueres, Spain.


 

Make sure to come back for more interior and exterior views of the Dali Museum in the coming days.

 

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Take An Orange Chair And Relax

Yes — I am running behind in the write-up of our 3 day drive from Normandy to the south of France — to the Midi-Pyrenees. So picture yourself sitting down in one of these orange chairs in the seaside village of Brehal in Normandy with the soft spring sun upon your face. Order a cup of coffee of your choice (and it’s France, so there are no strange flavoured syrups — just good strong coffee based on expresso!) and relax. I’ll be back on Sunday to post the first part of our travels from North to South.
 

Orange chairs at sidewalk cafe in Normandy seaside village


 

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Photo Of The Day From France: 1960s Advertising Art

Here’s a blast from the past with some vintage advertising.

For those of you of a certain age (ahem!), do you remember those tiny transistor radios that we used to take to the beach or the pool?

This charming old Coca Cola advertisement is on the window of a now-closed cafe at Utah Beach, one of the sites of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. The Utah Beach Museum is across the street from the out-of-business cafe and apparently both of them originally opened in the 1960s.

I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to have a flashback moment.

Enjoy!
 

Vintage Coca Cola advertising in the window of a now-closed French cafe


 

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