Transformations Through the Lens

 

With the New Year comes transformation.  After months of work, I have finished completely rebuilding my website.  With some new galleries it is now fully integrated with a purchasing option for my images in various papers, sizes and mounting formats.  To celebrate this I am offering a gift to the first eight people who sign up an account and try it out.  They will be entitled to a free 5×7 print of their choice.  Also, with any other purchase I will be donating a portion of the proceeds between these two personally meaningful charities.  The first being the ART for Cancer Foundation.  This non-profit charitable organization is committed to improving the quality of life of people living with cancer by providing an outlet for creative expression through the arts.  The other is 100cameras.org.  This charity teaches kids to share their perspectives through photography and then turns their stories into sellable products that directly fund medical, educational, and lifeline supplies for their communities.  For the free print offer enter code FIRSTEIGHT when checking out.

View my new site here:

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www.tonycicero.com

One other transformation was that of a school computer lab/library into my own mini gallery.  This past December I completed the installation of some more photographs that were purchased by William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute.  I installed three photos earlier in June and have completed the room with four more images.  There is something satisfying about having my work in a public space for many years to come.  Thanks again to all the staff and students at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute for their support.

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Québec La Belle Province

 

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After a weekend shooting in Quebec I renewed my appreciation for the culture and heritage this great province offers.  Capturing some great moments was effortless.

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Walking the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal, you instantly feel the French influence surround you.  From the architecture to the art and fashion scene, food and nightlife, the joie de vivre is definitely prominent.

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Québec City, one of North America’s oldest cities, is also very picturesque with a truly European atmosphere.  A short drive away you will find Montmorency Falls which are 84 meters high (30 meters higher than Niagara Falls).

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Old Québec City

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Montmorency Falls

Beats, Bikes and Beaches

 

Osunlade at the Beach Stage Worldwide Festival Séte 2015

Osunlade on the Beach Stage Worldwide Festival Séte 2015

#198 Emanuel Buchmann (Germany) BORA-ARGON 18 and #167 Daniel Martin (Ireland) TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN Tour de France 2015 - Stage 11 - Pau / Cauterets - Vallée de Saint-Savin- 188Km

#198 Emanuel Buchmann and #167 Daniel Martin – 2015 Tour de France Stage 11 Pau/Cauterets to Vallée de Saint-Savin 188Km

Stromboli black sand beach

Stromboli’s black sand beach

This past July I spent the month in Europe photographing some great events and locations.  First, I attended the tenth edition of the Worldwide Festival in Sète, France.  I then caught three stages of the 2015 Tour de France in the Pyrénées, ending the trip with a week in Sicily to wind down.

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Port de Sète

Sète, a small fishing village and resort creates the perfect setting for the festival as it has done for the past decade.  This area of the Mediterranean is home to a vast amount of oyster and mussel beds.  With a network of canals bringing the experience of the port and fishing activity right into the town centre.  The headliners for this edition were musical legends Roy Ayers, Louis Vega, DJ Harvey, and Laurent Garnier.

Here are more photos from the festival:

Here are some photos of the town of Sète:

Once the festival was over, I drove from Sète to Toulouse then on to Lourdes to catch up with the Tour de France as it commenced its week of climbing in the Pyrénées. 

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Walking up D132, Stage 10

These were the start of the mountain stages so the climbing was intense as was the scenery.  Driving in the Béarn region I passed through so many picturesque small towns such as Arette, attached to the ski resort La Pierre Saint-Martin, the finishing line for stage 10 at an elevation of 1,766 m (5,794 ft).

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For the first time I shot with the Canon 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide zoom lens.  The broad expanse of the landscapes allowed me to maximize the extremely wide focal length of this lens.

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Pierefitte-Nestalas

Here are more photos from the Tour de France:

Capo Skino Beach, Sicily

Once in Sicily I found some more beaches including some very remote and exclusive ones.  I took the hydrofoil over to the Aeolian Island of Stromboli to experience the black sand beaches which are created from the island’s active volcano. It erupts roughly every twenty minutes and I managed to catch a few shots of it sailing past.  Swimming in these waters can barely be described in photos: