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Guiding Light Mont Saint Michel
Blue hour summons the radiance of seaside-wonderland Mont Saint Michel and its guiding beacon on the Normandy coastline.
Sunset in Paris
Magical sunset sky on the Eiffel Tower from the Alexandre III Bridge captured moments after the sun disappeared behind the Paris skyline. And as a bonus to this spectacular sky in one of the most beautiful locations in Paris, I particularly loved the way the red clouds on the right happened to balance the visual weight of the lamp post on the left in the frame. Like staring at a live postcard.
Sunrise at the Louvre
I'd waited years to come to Paris to photograph its endless iconic structures including, near the top of my list, a photo of the Louvre Museum: the epicentre of masterful blends of reality and fantasy for centuries. My late-mother had intended to be here as a brilliant painter largely influenced by the French Impressionists, and so, in her honour, I arose at 5 AM this day to take not one photo of the Louvre as intended, but 40 images to capture the rich detail of this monument to the Arts in one 385 megapixel frame. I hope you enjoy it, but for me, this represents the extraordinary warmth and beauty of my mother in every way, and I will forever feel her presence when I gaze at it on my wall.
Kirkjufell Iceland
Kirkjufell: I was so excited to finally see this must-photograph location in person. I had seen hundreds of photos and was still awe-struck to be here. Arguably the most iconic location on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and likely the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufellsfoss is situated 185 km from the capitol city of Reykjavík. The mountain's positioning with Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall and its unique shape draws tourists from around the world. Somewhat resembling a house of worship, the name Kirkjufell accordingly means Church Mountain. And on this particular day, we arrived just as the rain was clearing off to the east to reward our timing with some kisses of light on the mountain top, and a rainbow to finish off the incredible scene.
From Paris With Love
While strolling the streets of Montmartre near the Basilica of Sacré Coeur on this hot summer evening in August just after sunset, I came across this spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower as it began its dazzling light show under a full moon. The width of the photo was determined by the distance between bars of the centuries-old wrought iron fence erected to keep spectators from plummeting down the mont while gazing at this extraordinary display since 1887.
Sweet Dreams Toronto
Twilight has a soothing effect for people, even in the city; but with scarcely a soul in sight because of the pandemic lockdown, it can feel a little eerie, as well. And as we settle in our homes for a long winter's nap during this second total lockdown beginning one minute past midnight, I wish everyone good health, safety, and peace until we can meet again in the streets. Sweet dreams, Toronto.
Sunrise at Mont Saint Michel
Magnificent Mont Saint Michel just as the sun peeked out from the horizon. It's in these very still and quiet early morning hours that you fully sense the ghosts of history surrounding this mythical and magical place, and I was mesmerized in this moment by its beauty in first light.
Super Moon Over Broadview Hotel Toronto
The first Super Moon of our year in lockdown presented itself as an irresistible backdrop for the iconic, and beautifully restored Broadview Hotel in Toronto's Riverside neighbourhood.
Toronto Gold Reflection
Toronto gold in panoramic reflection. As the sun sets behind the Toronto skyline on this scorching hot summer evening, the Toronto skyline lights up for the approaching night in a sea of golden glimmer, and casts a shimmering reflection across the Toronto Harbour.
Skógafoss Iceland
At 200 feet high, Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls; more than 20 feet taller than Niagara Falls, on average. The enormity and beauty draws people two hours from Reykjavík just for selfies at this remarkable place. In fact, there are thousands of photos online of Skogafoss in full view and in all its glory, but for me, to capture the true power and awe of this iconic cataract, my friend, here, gracious agreed to step up to the falls and embrace the deafening roar long enough for me to freeze the torrential impact.
Diamond Beach Treasure
Huge chunks of glacial ice famously float downstream from the inland icebergs of Jökulsárlón Lagoon, and wash up here on the silky black sand of Diamond Beach. But on this evening, the North Atlantic tide delivered something special directly to my feet: a full sized, 20 lb whale vertebrae. I felt blessed to capture it with the ice for over 5 minutes before another huge wave flooded the shore, along with my boots, to retrieve this magnificent artifact of a life that once ruled these waters.
Diamond in the Sand
Fresh ice ashore at Diamond Beach, Iceland. The name, Diamond Beach, is a made-up name for tourists, but quite fitting considering the sparkling jewels it harbors like this one. For those true to geography,thought, the real name of this magical place is either Vestri-Fellsfjara or Eystri-Fellsfjara depending on which side of the Jökulsá River you are. I was on the Eystri-Fellsfjara side to capture this image.
Night Moves
Driving home late one night, I was taken aback by the solitude of the Queen Street Bridge with almost no traffic except the occasional streetcar. It was very quiet and still with a light mist following a warm summer rain, and I couldn't help but notice the early 20th Century industrial-age feel of the scene, and had to juxtapose it with the 21st Century LED lighting of the new Toronto streetcars. Winner of Architecture Category 1 Runner-Up in 2021 500px Neil Dankoff Photography Competition.
Misty Mountain Morning Blue
A quick stop off the Ring Road on Hvalnesviti near the Hvalnes Nature Reserve Beach and the Hvalnes Lighthouse in Eastern Iceland. It was too overcast to carry on to those more popular spots, but while all eyes were waiting for fog to clear a little on another Mordor-esque mountain to my camera-left, I spotted this fleeting beam of light hitting the mountainside in the distance and quickly spun my Z7 and refocused to capture it before it was gone. Thankfully, this lone SUV drove into frame at just the right time to illustrate the massive scale of this scene.
Fort Myers Sunset
I was honoured to have this photo was featured by Fort Myers Lifestyle Magazine to celebrate Earth Day 2020 while promoting doing our part by remaining in isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_SSboSjAB5/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Dawn of Time
Standing on the bank of the Couesnon River at the shore of Normandy, I was awed by the beauty of sunrise behind magical Mont Saint Michel. To think this very silhouette has been admired by Man for more than 1300 years, I felt deeply fortunate to have such a view to myself on this extraordinary morning.
Guiding Light Mont Saint Michel Sunset in Paris Sunrise at the Louvre Kirkjufell Iceland From Paris With Love Sweet Dreams Toronto Sunrise at Mont Saint Michel Super Moon Over Broadview Hotel Toronto Toronto Gold Reflection Skógafoss Iceland Diamond Beach Treasure Diamond in the Sand Night Moves Misty Mountain Morning Blue Fort Myers Sunset Dawn of Time
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