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Passy Sortie

A late night train near the Eiffel Tower, from my brief visit to Paris in December.

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Streaks and Beams

From a night of rain, food, and a mad dash around the city to capture as many good shots as possible during a short layover, the streaks and beams of the Eiffel Tower from atop the Pont de Bir-Hakeim.  

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Boom Scenario

Empty streets. Quiet but for the grinding rumble of snowplow blades scraping the pavement. Fresh snow underfoot. More than two feet between Friday and Saturday. A city paralyzed. And beauty all around.

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Rain on the Bridge

The bridge and colonnaded viaduct Pont de Bir-Hakeim, with a southbound 6 train.

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Night Wheel

This trip’s look at the Victoria & Albert Waterfront ferris wheel.

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Rosedale

At the Rosedale subway station, an empty, salt-covered platform just before midnight in March.

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Heavy Seas

Long exposures just after dark, as the waves crash in from the sea.

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Washers and Parrot

A late-night laundry, overseen by a stuffed parrot.

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Isona Balconies

After a day of hunting mushrooms and eating, a walk around the tiny town of Isona.

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RFK Bridge

Looking west on Astoria Boulevard in Queens.

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Southbound from Waterloo

While approaching Waterloo Station, an outbound train at rush hour.

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London Construction

From the train window, cranes and buildings rise up in southwest London.

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Pyramid

Midnight at the Louvre.

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Highway Lights

An untouched sidewalk along an unusually quiet Germantown Road, courtesy of the “Polar Vortex.”

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Shadows

On the edge of a parking lot, about 25cm worth of snow.

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Single Lamp

Seen last night while walking the empty streets.

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Rue Ste Helene

Continuing my series of night shots from the streets of Lyon.

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Sign and Splatter

On the streets of Lyon, another view of the intersection where Can and Arrow was taken.

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Crumbling Station

The westbound platform of the Amtrak station in Harper’s Ferry, looking toward the Potomac River just after sunset.

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Pyramid Traffic

Early evening around the Louvre.

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City Ahead

Somewhere in rural Pennsylvania, with a the lights of a city ahead.

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Duna at Night

A fantastic city, viewed from the Citadella in Gellert park.

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Tower and Branches

11pm in January. From the southwest corner of the tower.  

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Mazarine’s Library

From the Pont des Arts, looking south, the Bibliothèque Mazarine. Established in 1643 by the physician Naudé and named for the Cardinal, France’s first public library contained nearly 40,000 items by 1652.

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Tags and Signs

From my series of night shots on the empty streets of Lyon.

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Cobblestones and Lamps

I recognized the location. I had stumbled onto a photo taken on this street, a portrait, against the wall between the windows on the left, and I knew exactly where it was taken. So I dug into the archive and found this from 2008.

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Up the Tower

Gustave’s radio transmission tower on a cold January evening.

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Parked

Near the river in Lyon, around midnight.

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Can and Arrow

A quiet Lyon intersection at 2am.

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Mixed Messages

Train station parking garage.

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Number 25

Another quiet street, near where Shutters was taken.

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Shutters

Around midnight on the streets of Lyon.

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The Turn

Cars and trams make their way around the central segment of a parking garage in Lyon.

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Blurred Traffic

Standing on Pont des Arts and looking east at the steady traffic underneath Pont Neuf along Voie Georges Pompidou.

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Pyramid Under Clouds

The courtyard of the Louvre, looking toward La Pyramide and beyond to Place du Carrousel, just after midnight.

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Midnight Walk

Looking west at Notre Dame from Île Saint-Louis, one of the two islands in the Seine.

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Tower and Traffic

A vertical panorama, assembled from individual 2.5-second exposures. One of those images became Tower Segment, posted a month ago.

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Musee at Night

The sign says “The most important collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.” That both says it all, and is merely a beginning — a portal to new worlds, new ideas and new creativity. The Centre Georges Pompidou is my favourite place in the city of Paris.

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Corner Lights

The corner of 7th Ave and 9th Street in Brooklyn on a warm summer night.

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Tower Segment

A portion of the Eiffel Tower just before midnight.

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Wet Street

From the top of the Arc de Triomphe, traffic on the Champs Elysees after the rain.

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Night Trains

For my first blog post of 2012, a return to familiar and loved subjects: train stations, train travel, Paris and, more broadly, Europe. I’ve returned to Paris after a 6 year absence from the city, and although I now have digital photo gear, I’m resisting temptation to reshoot old favourites. Well, mostly resisting.

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East Gallery

In the fresh snow of late night Washington DC, the streets were quiet enough to be able to stand in the middle and take pictures. This is the National Gallery of Art’s East Gallery, taken from Pennsylvania Ave.

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Window Lights

Another in my series taken from Toronto’s Park Hyatt, these buildings are somewhere around Yonge and College.

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Looking Downtown

Aiming south from 18 floors above Bloor St West, the buildings of Toronto’s financial district are still quite active after midnight.

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Snowy Subway

Outside the Navy Archives/Penn Quarter Metro station after a few hours of snowfall.

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Red Light / Green Light

With the streets virtually empty immediately after a big snowfall, photography in major intersections gets a whole lot easier.

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Midnight Ride

Fresh, wet flakes came to an end just before midnight. A Yamaha was parked out front.

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Snow on St. Paul Street

There’s always a nice quiet to the city during and shortly after a snowfall. So shortly after midnight, I took a walk to see what the previous 5 hours had left.

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Sharp Right

1:30am, somewhere in the middle of PA, out of cell phone range, on a route that was anything but direct (thanks, Google).

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The Blur From The Bar

Back in the city for the first time in more than 5 years, I had a checklist of shots to try. Subways, buildings, streetcars. But the chance to do long-exposure shots from an outdoor patio at the Park Hyatt’s 18th floor bar was a nice surprise. There will be more…

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Heroes’ Planet

From Heroes Square in Budapest, this is a different take on a nighttime 360-degree panorama, using the “mini-planet” technique. The original is extremely large (583 megapixels – over 8 feet square if printed at 300 DPI), so it’s difficult to display on screen and still keep sharp. A challenge (and…

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Church and Castle - Lake Bled, Slovenia

Club Bled

Set on an emerald blue lake, surrounded by the gentle mountains that mark the beginning of the Julian Alps, Bled has been a tourist favourite for decades. About a hundred decades, in fact, as the resort town of 5000 people is celebrating its thousandth year.

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Marrakech Express - Train Station, Tangier, Morocco

A Change of Plans

I was in the line to visit the ship’s Moroccan immigration officers when I noticed the guy in the line beside me. He looked, well, Moroccan. And in his hand was a Canadian passport. After reading wild tales of hucksters and scam artists, I was keen to know if the ship’s currency exchange rate was decent.

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Palace - Seville, Spain

One Last Thing

Plans coalesced on the beach in Lagos. Ready for a larger leap between cultures, I intended to cross the Strait of Gibraltar to spend about one week in Morocco. My guidebook had a seven day itinerary that sounded, like most other week-long guidebook itineraries of places I’ve never visited, to be a reasonable balance of perspective and breadth.

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Wellington - Wellington, New Zealand

Welcome to Wellington

Going drinking last night was a wonderful reacquaintance with city life. Shops, bars, public transit, streetlights — the sweet signs of a major metropolitan area. And a break from hostelling, staying at Helen’s house in Wellington, was a perfect respite.