Ponte Vecchio, Florence Italy

Ponte Vecchio; Florence Italy copyright jmeyersforeman

Ponte Vecchio; Florence Italy copyright jmeyersforeman 

We have been walking around Florence for a couple of days checking out all the recommended sights, seeing a few of the “must see” places, it seems there are so many more to see before we leave.  On everyone’s list of must see is the Ponte Vecchio, that crosses the Arno River. It is the most ancient bridge of the city, according to the history books, it has been rebuilt several times since Roman times. This current structure was built in 1345, on the parapets many shops. This is one only bridge that the Germans did not blow up in 1944; spared as a work of art. From the centre of the bridge is a beautiful view of the river.

One the streets of Florence there are many artists working and selling their pictures, pen and ink drawings, water colours and even small acrylic canvases, all of them quite beautiful. All of them are quite unique in their own way and they all show different attractions of this famous city. I have been admiring the watercolours, so I decided to try to make an image that looked more like the water colour paintings I was seeing and less like the photos I was taking!

What do you think, do you think I have achieved my goal?

 

Steel, Architectural Lines, and Bridges; Monochrome Madness Week 33

Steel, Architectural Lines and Bridges, copyright jmeyersforeman

Steel, Architectural Lines and Bridges, copyright jmeyersforeman

It might just be me, but I like the underside of bridges, abstract architectural lines, form great graphic lines. We found this bridge in London England this summer while wandering the streets. Shades of grey to black it is the perfect monochromatic image for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness, a blog post presented by Leanne Cole featuring submissions from more than 50 photographers. Check it out, there is some great black and white image from all over the world.

Last day in Verona; foggy, rainy, but warm and worth the visit!

Ponte Scaligero, Verona Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman

Ponte Scaligero, Verona Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman

One of the many bridges of Verona, and just one of the many places we visited during our three days in the city!

Despite the weather we enjoyed our visit, and we are now off the Bologna, a short 1 hour train ride south of Verona, and with one more good night sleep I will, hopefully, be over the jet-lag, and have something interesting to tell you about our visit!

Hand in Hand; the decisive moment in

Walking with mom; copyright jmeyersforeman

Walking with mom; copyright jmeyersforeman

We have been visiting family and friends in Saskatchewan, and while I have been wandering around with my camera on a couple of occasions, it has been cold and rainy.

When not visiting with family and friends I have had time to process some of the images from our last trip. For this image I waited for the decision moment, Henri Carter Bresson style. Waiting for the mother and child to reach the apex of the bridge, while their feet where still visible, but the line of the bridge did not cut through the bodies.

I processed the image in Lightroom, it is very easy to edit between Lightroom, Photoshop and the Nik Software Plug-ins. This image was processed using the Lightroom black and white presets, I wanted to give the image and aged feel, and I added a touch of vignette. Stacey Fisher does a before and after blog post once a week, there are a few fellow photographers who contribute image and discuss their process, it is a great place to learn some processing and workflow tips. Head over to her site to check out the latest contributors.

 

Bath England

The Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, Bath England.

The Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, Bath England. 

Before heading to Caerphilly Wales to visit cousins we stopped for a night in the beautiful city of Bath England. This is probably one of the most famous views of the Pulteney Bridge and the River Avon with its crescent shaped weir.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic bridges in the world, is one of a handful of bridges with shops built into it.

Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

I love sunrise, it is a quiet beautiful time of day. I will admit that in my youth I was more apt to witness the sunrise as a close to a beautiful evening! But now, a little older, I awake to see the sunrise, and it is the beginning of a new day. Today, we headed out to photograph the Roman Bridge, and Salamanca Cathedral, but there was not much of a sunrise, it was cloudy and dark, the streets were wet with rain.  This was the best shot of the morning, I decided to give it a textured, painted quality and processed it using one of Kim Klassen’s beautiful textures.  Continue reading

Walking with the Romans: Part 2

Roman Bridge over the River Guadiana. Merida Sapin

Roman Bridge over the River Guadiana. Merida Sapin

Merida is not a large place, with a population of around 64,000 people. A pleasant place, it is not different from many other Spanish towns, with friendly people, many bars and restaurants with one exception, that being that as being one of the Roman Empires capitals in the Iberian Peninsula it is home to some of the best preserved Roman Ruins in Europe. As a result in 1993 it was established as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.The town was founded in 25 BC, with the name of Emerita Augusta which means discharged soldiers – of the army of Augustus, who founded the city; the current name Mérida was derive from this, changed and altered by its conquest by the Muslims and other down through history. Its main purpose for all these conquers was to protect a bridge over the River Guadiana.

The path of the Camino Pilgrim will take you over this bridge with 64 granite arches that remain intact and in use to this day as a pedestrian walkway and is one of the longest Roman bridges remaining in existence.  At the end of this bridge stands the Alcazaba a fortress that was initially built by the Romans, but later occupied by the Moors. Over it main gate you will find a reference dedicating it to Allah.

from the Alcazaba in Merida Spain.

from the Alcazaba in Merida Spain.

In more recent history it was taken and occupied by Napoleon, and both opposing side of the Spanish Civil Wars, such was its strategic importance. Further into the town you will find sitting side by side, a Roman Forum and Theatre. The former similar to that found in Italica, was use for gladiator fights and as you proceeds down the stairs into the ring it offers life-size mock ups of the different types of gladiators, their specific armour and who they would normally fight. However of the two the theatre is the most spectacular. While breathtaking as a tourist attraction, it is still used for plays and festivals by the local population.

Roman Forum, Merida Spain

Roman Forum, Merida Spain

Roman Amphitheater, Merida Spain

Roman Amphitheater, Merida Spain

Equally as spectacular is the Temple of Diana. Surprisingly this building is surrounded by a simple fence low fence to protect it from errant tourists, is located close to the centre of town on one of Merida many pedestrian walkways, such that hundreds of working Spaniards walk by it ever day on the way to and from work.

Temple Diana, Merida Spain

Temple Diana, Merida Spain

more great stories and architecture tomorrow….

Text by W.E.Foreman Photos by JMeyersForeman

Walking the Meseta, Camino to Santiago de Compostela

Walking the Meseta; cool fall morning on the Camino

Walking the Meseta; cool fall morning on the Camino

I remember this morning very well, the day before had been rainy and wet, so we were happy to see the sun. It was a cool morning, and we had started just before sunrise. From this little creek we climbed to the top of Alto de Mosteleres.

Many of the people we met thought I was a little crazy, because I carried a full size DSRL camera with a couple of lenses. But having the camera with me, meant that as I was looking for images, I was more aware of my surroundings, rather than just walking along, lost in my thoughts.

I found that walking with my camera, thinking about how to show our trip to family, friends and blog readers, I was more aware of how the light changed during the day, as well as how the landscape, and our surroundings changed as we walked. I thought about how best to tell the story of our journey. I also tried to learn more about the places we were visiting, so I could pass along some of the stories.

Since being home I have found a couple of extra benefits to carryin my camera. The first is the friends that I made through the blog.  But the most unexpected benefit is having images for the stock photography. The image above is just one of the many images submitted to Alamy, and one of several images that have sold since adding them to the site. It is always rewarding when someone chooses one of my images to accompany their writing and or publication.

Yes the camera was extra weight, and there were days that were tougher because of that weight, but I am glad I had the camera with me.

 

one year ago today

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Calgary Peace Bridge, a study in symmetry 

one year ago today I eas talking about my visit to the, then, newly opened Calgary Peace Bridge! This weekend looks like it is going to be another great weekend to wander the pathways of Calgary, maybe we will see you out there.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Love Locks Pont de Arts, Paris France

Love Locks, Pont de Arts, Paris France

Love Locks, Pont de Arts, Paris France

Padlocks inscribed with lover’s names are locked to the bridge of Pont de Arts in Paris France, the key is then thrown into the river to symbolize their everlasting love. The padlocks began to show up on European bridge in the early 2000’s the source or inspiration varies depending on the city.  An increasing trend not only around Europe, but it is spreading around the world.  According to Wikipedia, the first padlock is said to have been locked to a bridge in Serbia before the World War ll over a betrayed love! Just a little ironic don’t you think?

There has been much controversy over the locks, for some it is an eye sore and considered a distraction from the heritage.  To others a romantic symbol of everlasting love in one of the most romantic cities in the world. The Pont de Arts Bridge in Paris France has this wire mess much like a chain link fence. From a distance the brass locks looking like shimmering brass leaves.  Up close we could see the locks that come in many shapes and sizes, some sold by the vendors just steps away, and inscribed with a permanent marker, while others are likely brought somewhere else and inscribed with an engraver.

We first encountered the locks in Florence Italy a couple of years ago, another wonderfully romantic city. Where have you seen them?

For more stories and images of this beautiful city:  Paris