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The Toronto Skyline

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I have been in Toronto, Canada for the last four days and my time here has been nothing short of marvelous. My friend and fellow photographer, Sara Collaton and her boyfriend Kurt Clausnitzer were kind enough to be my hosts for the week for which I am extremely grateful. We consumed a good amount of Maple Whiskey (how Canadian can you get?), had wonderful conversation and explored Toronto together. I shared a few photos over on my Facebook profile and via my Twitter already as well. 

Tomorrow, I will give two presentations at Canada’s largest imaging and photography show: Exposure at the Sony booth. My presentations are about my experiences using the a7R and QX100 while traveling. I am really looking forward to it! On Saturday, I leave Toronto very early in the morning to make my way to Martinique for a slew of tropical adventures (for those who messaged me on Twitter: Yes, I will have bug-spray and sun-tan lotion. And yes, I found shoes for the rainforest :).) 

I took this photo of Toronto’s skyline yesterday afternoon with my a7R after a short ferry ride to one of the islands that sit alongside Toronto’s downtown area. What a gorgeous skyline!


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The Toronto Skyline

travelthroughthelens:

I have been in Toronto, Canada for the last four days and my time here has been nothing short of marvelous. My friend and fellow photographer, Sara Collaton and her boyfriend Kurt Clausnitzer were kind enough to be my hosts for the week for which I am extremely grateful. We consumed a good amount of Maple Whiskey (how Canadian can you get?), had wonderful conversation and explored Toronto together. I shared a few photos over on my Facebook profile and via my Twitter already as well.

Tomorrow, I will give two presentations at Canada’s largest imaging and photography show: Exposure at the Sony booth. My presentations are about my experiences using the a7R and QX100 while traveling. I am really looking forward to it! On Saturday, I leave Toronto very early in the morning to make my way to Martinique for a slew of tropical adventures (for those who messaged me on Twitter: Yes, I will have bug-spray and sun-tan lotion. And yes, I found shoes for the rainforest :).)

I took this photo of Toronto’s skyline yesterday afternoon with my a7R after a short ferry ride to one of the islands that sit alongside Toronto’s downtown area. What a gorgeous skyline!

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Paris Day Trips: Château Vaux le Vicomte

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Only 55 kilometres from Paris in the Seine-et-Marne region of France, the Château Vaux le Vicomte stands. It is the largest privately owned castle in France lovingly cared for by five generations of the de Vogüé family . Built in the 1600s by Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s head of finance, the people responsible for it’s sweeping exteriors and beautiful interiors are the interior designer Le Brun, the landscape designer Le Nôtre, and the architect Le Vau.

The castle was not only the setting for one of the biggest parties of the 17th century hosting around 3000 guests, but it also served as the model for what would become the Palace of Versailles. Louis XIV spent time at the castle and there is even a dessert that was created within its kitchens by François Vatel, crème chantilly.

You may recognize the exterior of Vaux le Vicomte. That’s largely due to the fact that it has been in around 70 different films and commercials including Dangerous Liasons, Marie Antoinette, Vatel, and Ridicule.

Getting a private tour of Vaux le Vicomte by one of its owners, Count Alexander de Vogüé, was definitely one of the highlights of my recent trip to Paris. Not only is the family committed to keeping the castle maintained but they have done something rather unusual with the castle: they have opened it up to some really wonderful events creating a historic space that is both incredible to experience but also extremely welcoming to visitors.

Here is a little tour of the views and rooms:

A view of the grand entrance to the castle. :

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And this is the Grand Salon which sits immediately inside of the entrance shown above. The salon had its doors open to the gardens on the day that I visited the castle which gave the castle a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere:

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The King’s antechamber. Alexander was super kind and let us get a close look at the textile:

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A view of the ceiling of the King’s antechamber:

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(Click on the Read More below to see more photos from the Castle Vaux le Vicomte…)

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Paris - Streets and Cityscapes

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It’s always interesting to look back at moments through photography especially moments during travel. Everything is tinted by a certain distant nostalgia filtered through mood and every other external influencing factors. Were the leaves really that vivid? Were the vistas really that inviting? Did the streets really wind their way into your heart the way they have wound up there in retrospect?

I am in the process of putting the majority of my Paris photography online in one way or another. I am populating my Paris Pinterest board, adding to my Flickr Paris album (linked below), and I will eventually launch a travel photography portfolio site which will be part of my main photography portfolio.

A number of people have messaged me via email and my Twitter asking what cameras and lenses I used while in Paris. All of my Paris photos were taken with my Sony A99 and Sony A7R. I used the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 lens with the A7R and the Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 with the A99. For the interior photos I have posted like in this post about The Palace of Fontainebleau, all photos were hand-held. In fact, I did have a tripod with me but I used it to shoot video (more on that in a future post!).

Photo-set:

1 - Spring flowers and stormy skies at Jardin du Luxembourg

2 - A view of Paris looking out towards the Eiffel Tower from the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette.

3 - A cat stops to ponder why I am so happy standing on this street in Montmartre with my camera, of course. ;)

4 - A sunlit street in the neighborhood of Buttes Chaumont.

5 - Spring blossoms on the Promenade Plantée in Paris (also known as Coulée Verte). I discovered that Paris has its own elevated park (that pre-dates NYC’s High Line!) with Rendez Vous with Paris. Pretty awesome.

6 - There is a really interesting story that goes with this photo that was sort of surreal in a cool way. So, prior to my Paris trip, I pinned a number of Paris photos I found on Pinterest to my Paris Pinterest Board hoping to visit the locations in the pins. This particular location is on Rue Ramponeau in Belleville, Paris.

On the final day that I was in Paris, Hugo and Gael from Rendez Vous with Paris took Katherine and I for a ride around Paris on their Vespas (the best time!). Hugo had told me earlier in the week that the view in the pin I pinned (which was totally random) looked like it was taken from his mother’s apartment complex. It turns out that the pin was a photo taken from almost the same location as the vantage point of his family’s Belleville apartment. And so, we rode to his mother’s apartment, met his mother (who was lovely) and pondered how strange it was that the view was indeed eerily similar.

7 - La Maison Rose in Montmartre, Paris.

8 - A hidden courtyard in Versailles City.

9 - Paris alleys are so charming.

10 - Few people seem to know that you can climb 300 steps up a very, very narrow staircase which will take you to the top of the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre which gives you an impressive view of all of Paris.

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***All photos taken with the Sony A99 and Sony a7R

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All of my Paris posts so far:

Paris Through the Lens

Looking for these (and more) Paris photos to view larger? Here you go (click or tap on each photo to view larger):

Paris

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Paris - Springtime - Cherry Blossoms

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You remind me 

of springtime

as hope

unfolds

from the 

pauses

between 

your words

like blossoms

opening 

on trees.

And I 

cling to the 

promise

of petals

like the city

clings

to the promise

of summer.

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***Taken with the Sony A99

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All of my Paris posts so far:

Paris Through the Lens

Looking for these (and more) Paris photos to view larger? Here you go (click or tap on each photo to view larger):

Paris



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View: My photography portfolio, My Gear List, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

Paris - Springtime - Cherry Blossoms

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You remind me

of springtime

as hope

unfolds

from the

pauses

between

your words

like blossoms

opening

on trees.

And I

cling to the

promise

of petals

like the city

clings

to the promise

of summer.

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***Taken with the Sony A99

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All of my Paris posts so far:

Paris Through the Lens

Looking for these (and more) Paris photos to view larger? Here you go (click or tap on each photo to view larger):

Paris

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View: My photography portfolio, My Gear List, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.