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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Travel, Landscape & Nature Photos of Europe, U.S. & Canada - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com

Notre Dame Cathedral at Sunset - Paris locals gather at dusk in circles of friends on the Seine riverbank across from the Cathedral. I post this as I follow the efforts of the French to rebuild this wonderful architectural masterpiece. - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
Notre Dame Cathedral at Sunset - Paris locals gather at dusk in circles of friends on the Seine riverbank across from the Cathedral. I post this as I follow the efforts of the French to rebuild this wonderful architectural masterpiece - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


Yellow Fields Under Cloud Cover in Luxembourg near the Roman Ruins... Actually, I was standing ON the ruins while shooting this scene, and the view won my interest. I guess I'll just have to go back again to shoot the ruins :)  - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
Yellow Fields Under Cloud Cover in Luxembourg near the Roman Ruins... Actually, I was standing ON the ruins while shooting this scene, and the view won my interest. I guess I'll just have to go back again to shoot the ruins :) - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


Moonrise Over Pont Neuf Paris France.  When visiting The City of Lights, my days usually begin and end here, my favorite place in Paris. It's a swirl of activity surrounded by dozens of cultural greats including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Seine Riverfront walkways and the D'Orsay Museum with its van Gogh paintings to name a few. The list is endless. A wonderful place and a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, van Gogh, Monet and many other notables. You must visit... John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
Moonrise Over Pont Neuf Paris France. Pont Neuf is a swirl of activity the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the D'Orsay Museum to name a few. You must visit... John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


A Fashionable Stroller in the Rain on Pont Neuf, Paris   - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
A Fashionable Stroller in the Rain on Pont Neuf, Paris - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


Sacre Coeur Basilica and hillside artist colony in Montmartre, Paris. The Montmartre art colony was a starting ground for a long list of painters: van Gogh,  Dalí, Claude Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, and Modigliani to name a few... The history and stunning architecture make this one of the most visited attractions in Paris - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
Sacre Coeur Basilica and hillside artist colony in Montmartre, Paris. The Montmartre art colony was a starting ground for a long list of painters: van Gogh, Dalí, Claude Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, and Modigliani to name a few... The history and stunning architecture make this one of the most visited attractions in Paris - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


Moonrise over the Louvre Museum and I.M. Pei Pyramid in Paris France - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
Moonrise over the Louvre Museum and I.M. Pei Pyramid in Paris France - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


Ranch land near Calabasas, California. This is the former Home of the Chumash 'Indians', better known as Native Americans. The lands is, to a large degree, unchanged in a thousand years. Strange to know that just over those hills is a bustling town full of A-List Hollywood types. An odd contrast... John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
Ranch land near Calabasas, California. This is the former Home of the Chumash "Indians", better known as Native Americans. The lands is, to a large degree, unchanged in a thousand years. Strange to know that just over those hills is a bustling town full of A-List Hollywood types. An odd contrast... John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


A Tree Lined drive to a Mansion near Bruges, Belgium - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
A Tree Lined drive to a Mansion near Bruges, Belgium - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


Schooners Moored At Pont Neuf Paris. A Favorite Gathering Place For Young Locals, this bridge is a perfect place for travel, art, fashion and other beautiful photography - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
Schooners Moored At Pont Neuf Paris. A Favorite Gathering Place For Young Locals, this bridge is a perfect place for travel, art, fashion and other beautiful photography - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


Young Girl Plays on Swing in Tuileries Garden Paris with her grandfather. Near the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral, This garden was a training ground for great artists like Vincent van Gogh and Monet, A must visit for both tourists and locals  - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Young Girl Plays on Swing in Tuileries Garden Paris with her grandfather. Near the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral, This garden was a training ground for great artists like Vincent van Gogh and Monet, A must visit for both tourists and locals - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Cafe Les Deux Magots - This famous cafe on the Left Bank of the Seine, Les Deux Magots is popular with both tourists and Parisians, It has a long history as a meeting place for famous writers and philosophers. Deux Magots was once a favorite spot for existentialist writers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Bouvoir, and a favorite of Hemmingway and Picasso where he reportedly created cubism -  Image was taken with Canon 5D Mark III and a Series II 24-70 L Series lens  - JohnBrody.blogspot..com  / JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com
Cafe Les Deux Magots - This famous cafe on the Left Bank of the Seine, Les Deux Magots is popular with both tourists and Parisians, It has a long history as a meeting place for famous writers and philosophers. Deux Magots was once a favorite spot for existentialist writers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Bouvoir, and a favorite of Hemmingway and Picasso where he reportedly created cubism - Image was taken with Canon 5D Mark III and a Series II 24-70 L Series lens - JohnBrody.blogspot..com / JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com


This may put you to sleep, but I like this scene for the peaceful feeling of the birds at rest against the muted blur of lake and stones - The soft black, brown and taupe tones add to the mood, thanks to the kind weather and soft light... Well, that's an adjective loaded description, but it fits  --- White-Faced Whistling Ducks Resting By A Pond - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
White-Faced Whistling Ducks Resting By A Pond - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


A Little Rain Gives Solitude To A Stroller - He said the rain lets him enjoy peaceful strolls along Pont Neuf Bridge and the River Seine in Paris, an area usually swarming with people - AKA The Umbrella Man - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
A Little Rain Gives Solitude To A Stroller - He said the rain lets him enjoy peaceful strolls along Pont Neuf Bridge and the River Seine in Paris, an area usually swarming with people - AKA The Umbrella Man - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


Louvre Museum And Pool Reflection, Paris, France  -  Always beautiful, the cloudless skies and the lack of crowds made this a stop and shoot moment. The visuals really seemed to 'pop' this night. This scene was as beautiful as the Mona Lisa inside  - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Louvre Museum And Pool Reflection, Paris, France - Always beautiful, the cloudless skies and the lack of crowds made this a stop and shoot moment. The visuals really seemed to 'pop' this night. This scene was as beautiful as the Mona Lisa inside - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Evening Sun on Pont Neuf. Shot from the Pont des Arts, the Bridge of Love in Paris - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
Evening Sun on Pont Neuf. Shot from the Pont des Arts, the Bridge of Love in Paris - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Landscape Art? - A Slice of Moonrise Through Jagged Rusty Metal. Having shot two exposures to merge them with the distant landscape in focus, I found this Macro with background bokeh approach to be much more Interesting. A judgment call, but I didn't want just another landscape, so I improvised --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com - JohnBrodyPhotography.com
Landscape Art? - A Slice of Moonrise Through Jagged Rusty Metal. Having shot two exposures to merge them with the distant landscape in focus, I found this Macro with background bokeh approach to be much more Interesting. A judgment call, but I didn't want just another landscape, so I improvised --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com - JohnBrodyPhotography.com


Sunset Over Cemetery in Dijon France - I shot this unusual lighting as the sun was setting behind me, getting dark except for a beam of light on the trees. This hilltop path is to the cemetery in Dijon, France, the home of Gustav Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, and, yes, Dijon mustard. I spent a week here and the town and surrounding countryside were quite pleasant and beautiful --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com
Sunset Over Cemetery in Dijon France - I shot this unusual lighting as the sun was setting behind me, getting dark except for a beam of light on the trees. This hilltop path is to the cemetery in Dijon, France, the home of Gustav Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, and, yes, Dijon mustard. I spent a week here and the town and surrounding countryside were quite pleasant and beautiful --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Autumn Colors in New England - Landscape, Travel and Art Photos

A cove from my latest trip, this one near Endicott College in Massachusetts  -  John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com - JohnBrodyPhotography.com
A cove from my latest trip, this one near Endicott College in Massachusetts - John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com - JohnBrodyPhotography.com


Photos from my New England autumn trip - Gorgeous season and great people! Here's one from a day down in Massachusetts, It's the church / town square from the classic movie Witches of Eastwick --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com
Photos from my New England autumn trip - Gorgeous season and great people! Here's one from a day down in Massachusett., It's the church / town square from the classic movie Witches of Eastwick --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com


Fisherman on the Distant Rocks at Lobster Cove near Manchester-by-the-Sea Massachusetts,. This site was exploding with Fall Foliage when we visited - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com
Fisherman on the Distant Rocks at Lobster Cove near Manchester-by-the-Sea Massachusetts,. This site was exploding with Fall Foliage when we visited - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com / JohnBrody.com


Harvard University Campus - A beautiful Rainy Day at Harvard at John Weeks Bridge across the Charles River and looking towards McArthur Hall and Soldiers Field - Near John F Kennedy Street and Memorial Drive - JohnBrodyPhotography.com --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com
Harvard University Campus - A beautiful Rainy Day at Harvard at John Weeks Bridge across the Charles River and looking towards McArthur Hall and Soldiers Field - Near John F Kennedy Street and Memorial Drive - JohnBrodyPhotography.com --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com


Autumn River on a Stormy Day in Massachusetts - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com
Autumn River on a Stormy Day in Massachusetts - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com



Autumn River on a Stormy Day in Massachusetts - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com
Autumn River on a Stormy Day in Massachusetts - John Brody Photography / JohnBrodyPhotography.com


Autumn Colors at Lobster Cove New England using Canon 5D Mark III and an iPhone XS --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com
Autumn Colors at Lobster Cove New England using Canon 5D Mark III and an iPhone XS --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com



Portrait of a Multi-Colored Sunset near Monterey at Point Lobos on the California Coast  -  JohnBrodyPhotography  - JohnBrody.com
Portrait of an Autumn Multi-Colored Sunset near Monterey at Point Lobos on the California Coast - JohnBrodyPhotography - JohnBrody.com



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Portraits of Landscapes :) John Brody Photography at JohnBrody.com


Landscape Art? - A Slice of Moonrise Through Jagged Rusty Metal. Having shot two exposures to merge them with the distant landscape in focus, I found this Macro with background bokeh approach to be much more Interesting.  A judgment call, but I didn't want just another landscape, so I improvised --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com -  JohnBrodyPhotography.com
Landscape Art? - A Slice of Moonrise Through Jagged Rusty Metal. Having shot two exposures to merge them with the distant landscape in focus, I found this Macro with background bokeh approach to be much more Interesting. A judgment call, but I didn't want just another landscape, so I improvised --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com - JohnBrodyPhotography.com


Sea Reflections of Pelicans Over Sand Bar Fog Bank - Whiffing Spit - Vancouver Island British Columbia --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com -  JohnBrodyPhotography.com
Sea Reflections of Pelicans Over Sand Bar Fog Bank - Whiffing Spit - Vancouver Island British Columbia --- John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com - JohnBrodyPhotography.com


Duck Strikes a Pose in a Beam of Sunlight - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Duck Strikes a Pose in a Beam of Sunlight - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


A brownstone near Washington Square in New York City, NY - In the same neighborhood as the Home Studio of Annie Leibovitz - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
A brownstone near Washington Square in New York City, NY - In the same neighborhood as the Home Studio of Annie Leibovitz - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Something Bright and simple for a change! Is there anyone who's been to Paris and hasn't taken this shot? 😊 I doubt it, but here's another - My simple snapshot of the Eiffel Tower and surrounding grounds...
Something Bright and simple for a change! Is there anyone who's been to Paris and hasn't taken this shot? 😊 I doubt it, but here's another - My simple snapshot of the Eiffel Tower and surrounding grounds... 


Autumn Colored Leaf by the Pond - Simple shot of a backlit leaf with water droplet bokeh in the background. Big image but a tiny leaf, maybe an inch at most. Portrait Orientation - John Brody Photography / JohnBrody.com


Autumn Colored Leaf by the Pond - Simple shot of a backlit leaf with water droplet bokeh in the background. Big image but a tiny leaf, maybe an inch at most. Portrait Orientation - John Brody Photography / JohnBrody.com


Portrait of Light Beams from the Eiffel Tower over Pont des Arts Paris --- More Info FYI - All visitors to Paris take photos of the nightly light show from the Eiffel Tower; I have hundreds :)   For some reason this particular image stood out from the rest of my shots. It may be the location, where it's seen over the Pont des Arts Bridge and the d'Orsay Museum ( just an FYI, the D'Orsay is the best location other than Amsterdam to see the works of Vincent van Gogh), or simply the blaze of light with an unusually strong glow due to the soft fog of the evening. Whatever the reason, I liked it, so I thought I would share - Portrait Version ---  JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Portrait of Light Beams from the Eiffel Tower over Pont des Arts Paris --- More Info FYI - All visitors to Paris take photos of the nightly light show from the Eiffel Tower; I have hundreds :) For some reason this particular image stood out from the rest of my shots. It may be the location, where it's seen over the Pont des Arts Bridge and the d'Orsay Museum (just an FYI, the D'Orsay is the best location other than Amsterdam to see the works of Vincent van Gogh), or simply the blaze of light with an unusually strong glow due to the soft fog of the evening. Whatever the reason, I liked it, so I thought I would share - Portrait Version --- JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Sunset Over Cemetery in Dijon France - I shot this unusual lighting as the sun was setting behind me, getting dark except for a beam of light on the trees. This hilltop path is to the cemetery in Dijon, France, the home of Gustav Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, and, yes, Dijon mustard.  I spent a week here and the town and surrounding countryside were quite beautiful. (updated image) - John Brody Photography
Sunset Over Cemetery in Dijon France - I shot this unusual lighting as the sun was setting behind me, getting dark except for a beam of light on the trees. This hilltop path is to the cemetery in Dijon, France, the home of Gustav Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, and, yes, Dijon mustard. I spent a week here and the town and surrounding countryside were quite beautiful. (updated image) - John Brody Photography


Gothic Backstreet in Dijon France  -  I could feel the centuries passing by  as I walked further down this back alley. Some of the buildings are hundreds of years old, a few dated as old as 1,000 years...   John Brody / John Brody Photography
Gothic Backstreet in Dijon France - I could feel the centuries passing by as I walked further down this back alley. Some of the buildings are hundreds of years old, a few dated as old as 1,000 years... John Brody / John Brody Photography


A Butterfly Caught My Eye  -  This little lady was polite enough to pause for a portrait  :-)  Taken at the botanical gardens  - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
A Butterfly Caught My Eye - This little lady was polite enough to pause for a portrait :-) Taken at the botanical gardens - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Tulip Trail in Holland - A rainy day at Keukenhof Gardens near Amsterdam. The rain would stop for a few minutes now and then and I'd shoot the rain soaked flower rows and beautiful tree canopy. Miles of tulip trails, lakes and forest  - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Tulip Trail in Holland - A rainy day at Keukenhof Gardens near Amsterdam. The rain would stop for a few minutes now and then and I'd shoot the rain soaked flower rows and beautiful tree canopy. Miles of tulip trails, lakes and forest - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Small Village in Belgium or Germany between the Spa Francorchamps and Nurburgring Formula One race tracks. I crossed the border so many times that day it was impossible to know what country I was in... A good day of exploration and race track adrenaline :)   - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Small Village in Belgium or Germany between the Spa Francorchamps and Nurburgring Formula One race tracks. I crossed the border so many times that day it was impossible to know what country I was in... A good day of exploration and race track adrenaline :) - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Statue and Reflections at the Paris Opera House - While composing this shot of the Opera House and this statue, an architectural light show of red, blue and white strobes lit up in the windows' reflection. It's a busy image, with a lot going on, but it just highlights the vibrancy and mood of of this part of Paris. This scene had a feeling that attracted a crowd of close to a thousand people - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Statue and Reflections at the Paris Opera House - While composing this shot of the Opera House and this statue, an architectural light show of red, blue and white strobes lit up in the windows' reflection. It's a busy image, with a lot going on, but it just highlights the vibrancy and mood of of this part of Paris. This scene had a feeling that attracted a crowd of close to a thousand people - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Mystical Lighting and Cloud Cover Over Church - This scene seems like a composite, but it's not... The church was completely covered with clouds except for the small fingers of cloud breaks and light that pointed downward. I found it quite fascinating... John Brody Photography
Mystical Lighting and Cloud Cover Over Church - This scene seems like a composite, but it's not... The church was completely covered with clouds except for the small fingers of cloud breaks and light that pointed downward. I found it quite fascinating... John Brody Photography


Yellow Fields Under Cloud Cover in Luxembourg near the Roman Ruins - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Yellow Fields Under Cloud Cover in Luxembourg near the Roman Ruins - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Otter Posing during a  rare moment standing still. I waited for ages while he swam and dove and chased his friends, Finally he climbed a stunt and posed perfectly in front of some bokeh creating sunlit leaves. All in all I think it was worth it :)   -   John Brody Photography
Otter Posing during a rare moment standing still. I waited for ages while he swam and dove and chased his friends, Finally he climbed a stunt and posed perfectly in front of some bokeh creating sunlit leaves. All in all I think it was worth it :) - John Brody Photography


Pelicans Over Cove at Point Lobos California - - John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com
Pelicans Over Cove at Point Lobos California - John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com


Pelicans Over Sand Bar Fog Bank - Whiffing Spit - Vancouver Island British Columbia - John Brody Photography
Pelicans Over Sand Bar Fog Bank - Whiffing Spit - Vancouver Island British Columbia.
 John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com


Lone Cypress Seascape with Pelican Formation  - Carmel California. The rain storm brought out pelican formations by the hundreds  -  JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Lone Cypress Seascape with Pelican Formation - Carmel California. The rain storm brought out pelican formations by the hundreds, JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


A Very old and Very rustic church in Bruges Belgium -  JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
A Very old and Very rustic church in Bruges Belgium - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


A Puddle In Paris Holds The Eiffel Tower - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
A Puddle In Paris Holds The Eiffel Tower - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography




Monday, August 27, 2018

Stunning Skies Over Architectural Wonders by Frank Gehry & Parisian and Belgian Designers - John Brody Photography

Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles - High-Res HDR Image - The Rachmaninov concert inside was as great a work of art as the architecture was outside... JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles - High-Res HDR Image - The Rachmaninov concert inside was as great a work of art as the architecture outside... JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Sacre Coeur Basilica and the hillside artist colony shot from a nearby rooftop in Montmartre. The Montmartre hillside artist colony was a starting ground for a long list of painters including Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro and Amedeo Modigliani to name a few. This history and the stunning architecture make this one of the most visited attractions in Paris - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Sacre Coeur Basilica and the hillside artist colony shot from a nearby rooftop in Montmartre. The artist colony was a training ground for many painters including Vincent van Gogh, Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Monet, Mondrian, Pissarro and Modigliani to name a few. The history and architecture make this one of the most visited attractions in Paris   -   JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Portrait of Light Beams from the Eiffel Tower over Pont des Arts Paris --- More Info FYI - All visitors to Paris take photos of the nightly light show from the Eiffel Tower; I have hundreds :)   For some reason this particular image stood out from the rest of my shots. It may be the location, where it's seen over the Pont des Arts Bridge and the d'Orsay Museum ( just an FYI, the D'Orsay is the best location other than Amsterdam to see the works of Vincent van Gogh), or simply the blaze of light with an unusually strong glow due to the soft fog of the evening. Whatever the reason, I liked it, so I thought I would share - Portrait Version ---  JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Portrait of Light Beams from the Eiffel Tower over Pont des Arts Paris --- More Info FYI - All visitors to Paris take photos of the nightly light show from the Eiffel Tower; I have hundreds :) For some reason this particular image stood out from the rest of my shots. It may be the location, where it's seen over the Pont des Arts Bridge and the d'Orsay Museum (just an FYI, the D'Orsay is the best location other than Amsterdam to see the works of Vincent van Gogh), or simply the blaze of light with an unusually strong glow due to the soft fog of the evening. Whatever the reason, I liked it, so I thought I would share - Portrait Version --- JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Moonrise Over Pont des Arts Paris - This bridge is never a boring place. During my last trip I saw so many types here; locals and travelers, the friendly and the pick-pockets, painters and musicians. On my last night there, three motley guys pulled out instruments and broke into a blazing version of Sunshine of Your Love followed by a string of well played classics. They then bowed to the crowd and headed off into the night... I can't think of anywhere that would happen in Los Angeles. This footbridge is a very special place... JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Moonrise Over Pont des Arts Paris - This bridge is never a boring place. During my last trip I saw so many types here; locals and travelers, the friendly and the pick-pockets, painters and musicians. On my last night there, three motley guys pulled out instruments and broke into a blazing version of Sunshine of Your Love followed by a string of well played classics; a wonderful performance. They then bowed to the crowd and headed off into the night... This footbridge is a very special place... JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Mystical Lighting and Cloud Cover Over Church - This scene seems like a composite, but it's not... The church was completely covered with clouds except for the small fingers of cloud breaks and light that pointed downward. I found it quite fascinating... John Brody Photography
Mystical Lighting and Cloud Cover Over Church - This scene seems like a composite, but it's not... The church was completely covered with clouds except for the small fingers of cloud breaks and light that pointed downward. I found it quite fascinating... John Brody Photography


House on a Canal in Bruges, Belgium - I first saw the 500 year old house in the movie In Bruges, and I wanted to see the house and the village ever since. It was worth the trip - John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com
Mansion on a Canal in Bruges, Belgium - I first saw this 500 year old house in the movie In Bruges,  and I wanted to see the house and the village ever since. It was worth the trip - John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com


Louvre Museum And Pool Reflection. Louvre Museum Paris  -  Always beautiful, the cloudless skies and the lack of crowds made this a stop and shoot moment. The visuals really seemed to 'pop' this night. This scene was as beautiful as the Mona Lisa inside  - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Louvre Museum and Reflecting Pool in Paris - Always a beautiful location, the cloudless skies and the lack of crowds made this a stop and shoot moment. The visuals really seemed to 'pop' this night, as beautiful as the Mona Lisa inside - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Moonrise Over Pont Neuf Paris France.  When visiting The City of Lights, my days usually begin and end here, my favorite place in Paris. It's a swirl of activity with dozens of cultural greats surrounding it; the Louvre,  the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, the Seine Riverfront walkways and the D'Orsay Museum to name a few. The list is endless. A wonderful place you must visit. - John Brody Photography
Moonrise Over Pont Neuf Paris France. When visiting The City of Lights, my days usually begin and end here, my favorite place in Paris. It's a swirl of activity with dozens of cultural greats surrounding it; the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, the Tuileries Gardens and the D'Orsay Museum to name a few. The list is endless. A wonderful place you must visit.
John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com


The Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III at Sunset - A stormy dull day in Paris until the sun wedged itself out from between two clouds, and Pont Alexandre lit up. Dull skies replaced with blue white tones and light beams and the shadows moved across the sky like spotlights. From drab to beautiful in minutes. Just carry a camera and wait... JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
The Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III at Sunset - A stormy dull day in Paris until the sun wedged itself out from between two clouds, and Pont Alexandre lit up. Dull skies replaced with blue white tones and light beams and shadows moved across the sky like spotlights. From drab to beautiful in minutes. Just carry a camera and wait... JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Schooners moored At Pont Neuf in Paris - Pont Neuf is a favorite gathering place for young locals on nights and weekends. The first time I saw this place on a Friday night, it was vibrant to say the least. While it's active day and night, I'd never seen it so crowded. I could barely see the cobblestone riverside walkways which were covered by swarms of locals, mostly late teens and twenty-somethings. They sat in circles of friends, sharing wine and just hanging out from sunset to midnight, when the lights go out and the famous City if Lights goes pitch black, the night over. While peaceful and friendly, the mood was very playful and 'alive', a friendly feel to the whole crowd. Even a stranger with a sack of camera gear wandering through their crowd (me) was treated politely. I can't think of anything to compare with it here in the U.S. - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Schooners moored At Pont Neuf in Paris - Pont Neuf is a favorite gathering place for young locals on nights and weekends. They sit in circles of friends, sharing wine and just hanging out from sunset to late night. The mood was very always playful and vibrant, friendly even to a stranger (me) hauling a sack of camera gear along the riverside. I can't think of anything to compare with it here in the U.S. - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Small Village in Belgium or Germany between the Spa Francorchamps and Nurburgring Formula One race tracks. I crossed the border so many times that day it was impossible to know what country I was in... A good day of exploration and race track adrenaline :)   Square Aspect Ratio -  JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Small Village in Belgium or Germany between the Spa Francorchamps and Nurburgring Formula One race tracks. I crossed the border so many times that day it was impossible to know what country I was in... A good day of exploration and race track adrenaline :) Square Aspect Ratio - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Great Photo Trip - Paris and a Loop Through Europe - JohnBrodyPhotography.com

The trip was overly ambitious, ridiculously complicated, and as it turned out, perfect. Two weeks in Paris then three weeks driving a loop through Europe, then two more weeks in Paris.  The driving loop went through France to Belgium, Amsterdam, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Dijon France then back to Paris. Problems did happen, but even they  turned out to be blessings. For example: No little funky economy sedan at the rental house for our loop through Europe? No problem - we'll give you this fully loaded 5-Series BMW instead at the same price as an apology. No first floor no-view reasonably priced room in Switzerland? Very sorry sir, we'll give you a top floor view room overlooking Lake Lucerne and the Alps for six days... Yes, that really did happen.....

I have to say that the BMW fluke gave the trip a whole new dimension. It took us to places and heights that the car we had asked for could never have handled. Beyond that, what were planned as simple visits and tours to a couple of Formula One racetracks became very different events when I found out we could drive the circuits with no speed limits and I had the "Beemer." I have a whole new appreciation for the Nurburgring track in Germany now. M'lady was not be so fond of the track, but I loved it :) She may not have liked the drive on the tracks, but after 3 weeks and 4,000 miles in the car she's hooked and says her next car will be a BMW...

Paris, as always, was beautiful - the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre and D'Orsay Museums were their usual artistic treasures. Pont Neuf and Pont des Arts (bridges) were perfect for people watching and just taking in the French culture. Also, coming from L.A. and the 106 degree high temperatures, the cool Paris weather was a welcome relief staying in the seventy-degree range. We also made many forays into the countryside using my favorite trick for finding new places - just drive without watching a map or roadsigns, and intentionally get lost - I find some of my favorite locations that way, like the second image below.

There have been a few previous photo posts here. The photos below are a few new ones - random shots in random locations...

Small village near the Nurburgring Formula 1 Race Track in Germany - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Small village near the Nurburgring Formula 1 Race Track in Germany - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography



Night Photo of the Louvre Museum and Pyramid, Paris France --- JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Night Photo of the Louvre Museum and Pyramid, Paris France --- JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography



Field in Clery-sur-Somme in Northern france - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Field in Clery-sur-Somme in Northern france - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography



A Little Rain Gives Solitude To A Stroller - Pont Neuf Bridge over the River Seine in Paris, an area usually swarming with people - The Umbrella Man - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


The Umbrella Man --- A Little Rain Gives Solitude To A Stroller - Pont Neuf Bridge over the River Seine in Paris, an area usually swarming with people until the rains chase them indoors A Smart Man :) - JohnBrodyPhotography.com / John Brody Photography



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The Alpha bird at a pond in the Tuileries, Paris. Caught mid-flight at 1/2000th of a second shutter speed --- JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography



Intense game of chess at Luxemburg Gardens in Paris - Furrowed brows and dead silence. The gent at left won with only 3 seconds left...  JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Intense game of chess at Luxemburg Gardens in Paris - Furrowed brows and dead silence. The gent at left won with only 3 seconds left... JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography



Autumn Colored Leaf by the Pond - Simple shot of a backlit leaf with water droplet bokeh in the background. Big image but a tiny leaf, maybe an inch at most. Portrait Orientation - John Brody Photography / JohnBrody.com


Autumn Colored Leaf by the Pond - Simple shot of a backlit leaf with water droplet bokeh in the background. Big image but a tiny leaf, maybe an inch at most. Portrait Orientation - John Brody Photography / JohnBrody.com



Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III at sunset - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III at sunset - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography



Friday, October 3, 2014

Moonrise Over Pont Neuf, Paris France - John Brody Photography

Pont Neuf Bridge, my favorite place in Paris - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography

Pont Neuf Bridge, my favorite place in Paris - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Pont Neuf is my favorite place in Paris and maybe my favorite place on the globe. It's my personal "Heart" of the city, the center around which the rest of the city branches. An architechtural gem, it has been painted by greats like Vincent van Gogh, Renoir, Pissarro and countless others. It's surrounded by the Notre Dame Cathedral, Pont des Arts, the Eiffel Tower, the Opera House and hundreds of other monuments and attractions. It always has something to offer; great views, interesting people, a nice place to relax after a long day of shooting.

--- What most people don't know is Pont Neuf's odd and often deadly history. All through the 1700s, Pont Neuf was the center of Paris, busy with both crime and commerce. Benjamin Franklin wrote to his friends in America that he had not understood the Parisian character until had visited Pont Neuf. Several other writers describe how, even before the bridge was completed in 1607, gangs hid out under and around it and robbed and murdered people. It remained a dangerous place even as it became busier. For a long time, the bridge even had its own gallows for instant justice. This didn't keep people from gathering there, drawn by various street performers, acrobats, fire-eaters, musicians, etc., (much as they still do when I visit now). Prostitutes, pickpockets, and scam artists were ever present. There were respected tooth pullers, sellers of glass eyes and stones to beautify the face, wrinkle removers, wooden leg salesmen, news-vendors, jugglers, showmen, loungers, and thieves... I didn't mean for this to sound like a history lesson, I just find it all quite interesting. If you haven't been there, you must visit if you get a chance...

Per request, some basics... Called Pont Neuf (meaning New Bridge) during construction, the name stuck. Construction started in 1578. It's length is 781 feet or 238 meters. The Architect was Androuet du Cerceau....... Also per request I'm adding photo data: Canon 5D Mark II, Shutter 1.6 seconds, Aperture 9.0, ISO 1600, Focal Length 68mm. Cheers. --- John Brody Photography

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Monterey Marina in Midnight Fog - John Brody Photography

Cannery Row Marina in Monterey in Midnight Fog - The marina in Monterey depicted in the photo is an integral part of the waterfront described by Steinbeck in Cannery Row. I spent many nights in this type of drizzly fog during the two years I spent in Monterey, one of the more beautiful places I've lived. -  John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com

Pont Neuf Bridge, my favorite place in Paris - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


A beautiful Marina at the end of Cannery Row in Monterey California. JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


A beautiful Marina in Monterey California. At the end of Cannery Row it's an integral part of area portrayed by John Steinbeck in his novel by the same name. Below is the first paragraph of the wonderful short novel, a favorite of mine...

"Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses. Its inhabitant are, as the man once said, 'whores, pimps, gambler and sons of bitches,' by which he meant Everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, 'Saints and angels and martyrs and holymen' and he would have meant the same thing"

I spent many nights in this type of drizzly fog during the two years I spent in Monterey, one of the more beautiful places I've lived. Photo by John Brody Photography

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ballet Dancer in a Backstage Setting - John Brody Photography

I often find that some of my favorite photos from a trip are scenes that I had no idea I'd be shooting; a kid playing on a swing with her grandfather, a chess match in the Luxembourg Gardens, and in this case, an idyllic scene of a ballet dancer in a pre-performance setting. Maybe I'm biased, but I get a good feeling from the scene...

Ballet Dancer backstage - Reflection on photo of living and still life mix in France. National Ballet Pre-Performance setting - John Brody Photography / JohnBrody.com

Ballet Dancer backstage - Reflection on photo of living and still life mix in France. National Ballet Pre-Performance setting - John Brody Photography / JohnBrody.com

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Walt Disney Concert Hall - A Frank Gehry Masterpiece - John Brody Photography

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, A Frank Gehry Masterpiece - Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the most beautiful modern buildings I have ever been in. I found out after I got home that the unusual cloud formation was due to brush fires in the nearby drought singed hills - A beautiful scene from an unfortunate cause. John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com

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Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles - High-Res HDR Image - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography
Walt Disney Concert Hall - A Frank Gehry Masterpiece - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Night Photo - Louvre and the IM Pei Pyramid
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I've come to enjoy the grounds of the Louvre Museum and the adjoining Tuileries almost as much as the Artwork inside. Many nights I'd buy dinner and bring it to the steps in front of the museum, and I'd find myself surrounded by dozen of circles of locals doing the same. Great place to watch the sun disappear and the Museum lights come to life.


The Louvre Palace and Musee d Art and the Louvre Pyramid. Photo taken from The Tuileries Jardin - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sacre Coeurs Basilica on Montmartre Hill through d'Orsay Museum Clock
John Brody Photography

The Museum d'Orsay is one of my favorite places in Paris. Unfortunately, they've changed their policy and cameras are no longer allowed inside the art display rooms. Very unfortunate, because I always used to shoot my favorites by Vincent van Gogh, Degas, Pissarro, Monet, Miller, Bouguereau and many others... The good news is that you can still use your cameras on the balconies and a few other areas in the museum. This may not seem like much, but the vantage points from the d'Orsay balconies and other areas let you take photos of the Louvre and the Tuileries gardens that you can't get from anywhere else. The photo below of the Sacre Coeur Basilica seen through the d"Orsay clock was shot from the cafe inside the museum.

The Museum d'Orsay now has the policy that no cameras are allowed inside the art display rooms. Very unfortunate because I always used to shoot the works by Vincent van Gogh, Degas, Pissarro, Monet, Miller, Bouguereau and many others... The good news is, you can still use your cameras on the balconies and a few other areas - John Brody Photography / JohnBrody.com

Sacre Coeurs and Montmartre hill shot through the d'Orsay Museum Clock - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography