Dream; After-Before Friday


Dream; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 (after)

Dream; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 (after)

As part of the After-Before Friday, hosted by Stacy Fisher I was inspired to try something a little different this week.

There is so much to tell you about this image. It started with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, one of Europe’s premier museum, and a place that I became completely absorbed for about 2 1/2 hours, until my feet were tired, and I desperately needed coffee! During my visit to this, or any museum for that matter, I, if I can, take photos of some of the works of art. Typically information I want to keep for reference, a study of how the artist used light, colour, shape, or line to draw us in. Sometimes it is the posing of a people, a couple or of a female that I might keep for future reference and inspiration. Among the image I took during our visit was this stone relief of a female, it looked as if she was dancing, as if in a dream world all of her own. There were 6 figures along the 6 inch high relief sculpture, this one seemed the most interesting for me.

When I was reviewing my photos and wondering what I would do with this one, and what I might prepare for the after-before image I decided to work with a layer texture, as specifically one that was created by Kim Klassen, she has created some wonderful textures, and has some e-learning programs if you are interested in working with texture layers but don’t know where to start.  The two images I started with……….




















I started with the image on the right in Lightroom 5, adjusting with the Infrared preset, then moving the image into Photoshop I cleaned of the edges removing the distraction with the content aware fill tool, and smoothed the texture of the stone on the face. Then dodging the face, neck and shoulder to lighten those areas, and burned some of the details in her dress to make them a little stronger.  My next step was to open kk-dream texture from Kim Klassen, copied it and then pasted a new layer onto my original image and using the Transform tool to re-shape and cover the image.  I changed the blend mode on the texture layer to Colour Burn, and the opacity to 79%, this allows the image of the “dreamer” to show through.  It sounds complicated and I apologize to the readers who might not be familiar with some of the terms. If you are interested in learning more about using textures with your photography I would suggest checking out Kim Klassen’s website or do an internet search, there are plenty of tutorials. If you have questions regarding my process I would be happy to answer them, as best I can.

It is quite amazing to think about all the inspiration in one museum, we never really know where it might take us or what creative doors it might open for us. Where do you find your inspiration?  I recommend heading over to the After-Before Friday post by Stacy Fisher to see what other photographers are doing, I know there is lots to learn from the other photographers that contribute each week.

Venice; Art and Architecture, even the Pigeons add to the Ornamentation

Venice_Lamp Post in St. Mark's Square; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Venice_Lamp Post in St. Mark’s Square; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014  

While we are visiting Vienna, my heart, and work remains in Venice, what can I say other than I love the city. A place where everywhere you look there is beauty, even the pigeons seem to be part of filigree, adding extra ornamentation to the lamp posts!

We are off to visit the Belvedere Place and Museum in Vienna, and I hope to have images of Vienna for you soon!

Time for Coffee?

time for coffee? cappuccino;  copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Time for Coffee? copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

While on this little trip we have been using a couple of different sites to book apartments in the different cities we are visiting. It does make it easier to relax if we have more than a small hotel room. There is also the advantage of being able to fix our own meals and morning coffee before heading out the door for some sight-seeing. The coffee we make in the morning never looks this good! We haven’t developed the hand for coffee art!

The coffee cup was a plain glass table top, lights from the ceiling shining down, so I decided to experiment with one of the many textures I have collected through the years. I added a layer in Photoshop, this one an old piece of sheet music seemed to make sense, since the sound of the coffee machine is music to my ears, the colours, tone and grungy nature of the paper seemed perfect for the images.

I think this would be a perfect card to send to a friend, and inside it would say; Time for coffee?

Hopefully the next time I am in town you we will have time together for a cup of coffee!


Cathedral of Santa Maria; Duomo di Firenze at sunset; Monochrome Madness Week 35

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Florence Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Florence Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Everyone loves a sunset, and I never imagined that they could look better as a black and white image, then they do as a colour image, after all we watch or photograph a sunset for the colour, don’t we?!  Bill and I walked up to the Piazza Michelangelo specifically to watch the sunset. It was our last night in Florence, it was the first clear evening during the week we were there, so we had one chance to see it.  When we arrived on top of the hill, it was crowded. Other tourists who had made the walk, vendors who are selling their wares, and at least one engaged couple getting portraits done, it was a hub of activity.

The Cathedral is actually south-west of the Piazza Michelangelo, so the sunset happens to our left as we are look over Florence,  the setting sun was lighting up the side of the Duoma, and colouring the clouds all across the sky, but the colour and drama just didn’t translate well into the digital photo. The lights in the city were starting to come on, the Cathedral was warmly lit by the street lights from below, and the colour in the sky was starting to fade, and I still did not have an image that I was happy with.

Back at our apartment when I started processing images I knew that I would want at least one photo to submit to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness post this week. So I picked a couple of the sunset images, figuring if I wasn’t happy with the colour in the images the light might seem more dramatic if colour was removed. I have to admit I wasn’t optimistic, but quite happy with the results.  Hope on over to Leanne’s blog and check out the other submissions for Monochrome Madness.

Gondola navigates the small canals in Venice Italy

Gondola navigates the small canals in Venice Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Gondola navigates the small canals in Venice Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014  

Venice Italy, with any small and large canals, bridges and alleyways, you can walk around the city or you can take a boat. I don’t recall seeing any bicycles, too many bridges to carry the bike over to make it worth the ride I guess. It seems every bridge we walked over we would see a gondola full of people. When the light is just right the reflections of the buildings fill the canal. Some canals were so small, and the corners so tight I wondered how the gondola would make the turn, but they always managed.  With the reflection of the buildings in the canal water, it looks as if the gondola has nowhere to go.

Friday in Venice Italy

love locks, Iron railing, bridge, Venice Italy, gondola on the canal in the background, copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Love Locks on a bridge in Venice Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

We spent Friday in Venice Italy, yes it is unfortunate that we had only one day to see this lovely city, but we made the best of it. We have been to Venice before, so it was a day to visit some of the lovely spots we hold in our memories, and catch glimpses of the Venice in the autumn light.  One of the new things we noticed this time, Love Locks are starting to appear on some of the bridges!  It could be that I have been too busy looking at the scenery to notice them before.

Lots of boats in the canals, but with the number of visitors to the city there are only a  few places to sit quietly, and enjoy the sunshine.

Lucy, a boat, a person, a canal in Venice Italy, copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Lucy, at the side of a canal; Venice Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Of course there are beautiful masks hanging on every stall waiting to be picked up and taken home by a tourist.

white Carnival mask with white feathers, copyright jmeyersforeman

Venice Italy, Carnival mask; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

A view from the bell tower in St. Mark’s Square at sunset. We had not visited the top of the bell tower before, so this was a new view for us, and of course the best time to go is at sunset, as the lights come on in the city.

A view of Venice from the bell tower at St. Mark's Square; copyright jmeyersforeman

A view of Venice from the bell tower at St. Mark’s Square; copyright jmeyersforeman

One of the favourite places to visit is the Rialto bridge. Even though both the canal and the bridge are crowded with people, it is a lovely spot to watch the sunset.

Grand Canal, night, Rialto Bridge, Venice Italy, copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

A view of the Grand Canal at night from the Rialto Bridge; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

It was a long beautiful day, we are off to Vienna Austria………….



After-Before Friday Week 23

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Bird’s Eye View of Florence and Sienna Italy

Cathedral of Santa Maria; Duomo di Firenze

Cathedral of Santa Maria; Duomo di Firenze; copyright jmeyersforeman

Cathedral of Santa Maria; Bell Tower

Cathedral of Santa Maria; Bell Tower; copyright jmeyersforeman

Piazza del Campo; Siena Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman

Piazza del Campo; Siena Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman

It has been a busy couple of days walking up many many stairs to get the bird’s-eye view of Florence and Sienna. Up and down the cupola and the bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore for some of the most famous views of Florence Italy. The next day we travelled to Siena and while we were there I headed of the tower to see the view of Siena and the Piazza del Campo.

It hasn’t been all hard work, we found a great gelato shop and had some tasty cinnamon and chocolate gelato as a reward for all the walking!

Rainy day in Italy

Rainy Day Ravenna red umbrella jmeyersforeman

Rainy Day in Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 

We have had a few rainy days, or at least rainy afternoons while visiting Italy, but the rain has not slowed down our sightseeing. The tables and chairs go unused but they are a great inspiration for street photography. The beautiful line of tables and chairs forming a leading line through the photo, to the windows, and the reflections of people and umbrellas. I think the red umbrella is the perfect example of the story coming together in one simple photo. Rain or no rain, it was another great day.

Monochrome Madness Week 34

Ravenna in the Rain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Ravenna in the Rain; copyright jmeyersforeman

I have been following and contributing to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness on a fairly regular basis; her monochromatic theme post with submissions from other photographers is catching on, and the submission are growing weekly! It has provided incentive to work a little more in black and white, and not every photo looks better when converted to this format. I must say it seems to me that this is often a good options for processing when the image is taken on a rainy day!

This image taken in Ravenna Italy of all the chrome table and chairs lacked luster, and seemed busy and chaotic, converting it to a monochromatic the repetitive circle and curved lines of the tables and chairs lead your eye to the gentleman with the umbrella. That’s Bill walking ahead, I am waiting at this end of the tables waiting for him the get to just the right spot to take the photo! This image would not have been possible without the rain, had the sun been shining the tables and chairs would have been full of people!

Jump on over to Leanne Cole’s blog, check out Monochrome Madness Week 34 and let me know what you think.