English Countryside

English Countryside; copyright jmeyersforeman

English Countryside; copyright jmeyersforeman

When I think of the English Countryside this is what I think of when I close my eyes. Imagine my surprise when my cousins took us to this lovely location last July, not far from their house. While the lush green countryside and a big white house sitting near the river could be one of many places, it is the size and shape of the house that has that only English charm to me.

If not English than where? does this photo remind you of someplace, if so let me know where and why. I would love to hear your story.

 

Foggy and Mistday drive through the Kootney Moutains

Foggy misty day in the Kootneys copyright jmeyersforeman

Foggy misty day in the Kootnays copyright jmeyersforeman 

the drive from Vancouver to Revelstoke BC was quiet and uneventful, the fog, mist and rain covered the mountains on and off during the day. The colour of the grasses and aspen trees now that autumn is in the air were beautiful, but could not compete with the dull grey skies. Using a slow shutter speed I moved the camera in a downward motion to bring the colour of the grasses and trees further upwards in the frame and created streaks of color I haven’t decided if the image works, but it is more pleasing, at least for me, than the first image.

Kista Peak, Beautiful Alberta Rocky Mountains

Kista Peak; Alberta Rocky Mountains; copyright jmeyersforeman

Kista Peak; Alberta Rocky Mountains; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Some of the beautiful views in the Alberta Rocky Mountains. We have travelled to Vancouver using the secondary highways, seeing some amazing scenery, and far less traffic than if we had travelled the Trans-Canada Highway. When not driving we have spent a lot of time visiting friends and family. So far we are having a great trip .

 

Shades of Blue; Upper Arrow Lake, Nakusp British Columbia

Shades of Blue along the Upper Arrow Lake, British Columbia; copyright jmeyersforeman

Shades of Blue along the Upper Arrow Lake, British Columbia; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Driving from Golden BC yesterday to Kelowna we decided to take highway 23. Much less travelled, but for a reason. The road is narrower, full of twists and turns, the speed zones from about 50k to 70k most of the time, with few passing lanes it is easy to get caught behind a camper van or logging truck and the only thing you can do is enjoy the scenery! In case you haven’t stopped to enjoy the view, there are two ferry crossings along the route, where you will most likely have an opportunity to get out of your vehicle. This is not a route for those in a hurry to get somewhere! We enjoyed the drive.

The early morning was a little foggy, by the time we got to the first ferry, most of the fog had lifted, but across the lake, even with the sunshine the view was enhanced with a blue mist.

Farm Fence and Big Sky Saskatchewan

Farm Fence, Big Sky Saskatchewan, copyright jmeyersforeman

Farm Fence, Big Sky Saskatchewan, copyright jmeyersforeman

While visiting Saskatchewan we made a trip out to the old farm. It is the place that my Grandfather received as part of his soldier’s grant after World War I, my father and most of his siblings were born there and where I with my brothers were raised. Grandpa has been gone for a long time now, mom and dad farmed there for almost 40 years before selling and moving to town. This was our first visit back in a while.

Most of the old sheds and granaries that my brothers and I play on and around are gone, as are the old cars that were parked between them. The old barn is just about ready to collapse the passage of time taking its tole.  A new, much young family has taken possession of the acreage round the house, the land sold to a rancher to raise cattle. There is a familiarity and a strangeness to walking around the yard where I grew up, but haven’t lived for years. While there has been many changes, there are still many views around the yard that felt familiar.

It was nice to visit the old farm,  to walk around the yard and recall favourite memories, and to talk to the new owner about his future plans. But most of all it was great to savour the views one more time.

 

Fall has arrived and the leaves are changing colours

Autumn, the leaves are changing; copyright jmeyersforeman

Autumn, the leaves are changing; copyright jmeyersforeman 

We see it everywhere, the fall has arrived and the leaves are changing colour. Driving the back roads in the Saskatchewan the crops have all turned a golden colour, many of the crops have been cut and or harvested. It has been cold and rainy, so no photos of the golden hills and big skies, maybe tomorrow!

In the Forest; Monochrome Madness

in the forest; copyright jmeyersforeman

in the forest; copyright jmeyersforeman

Another image from cottage country; while there I spent a little time walking around the cottage, thick dense forest. with lovely mushrooms growing out of the old stumps, wishing I had my macro lens with me. Accepting my limitations, and learning to work with the equipment I have, not always wishing for something else, I watched the sun’s rays stream down lighting small areas of the forest floor, and the leaves that were waving in the small breeze. I needed to have a shallow depth of field to separate the leaves from the busy background. I had to move around this little branch to find the right composition, I thought it made sense to have the branch flow from the bottom left to the top right where the sun flare magically lights the top leaves.  Occasionally when I am out with my camera I think more intentionally of the compositional rules, but most times, I work my way round the scene with and idea in mind until I find something that works, and many times I cannot even tell you why it work, until I get home and start review and process images.

A forest scene like this can be busy, all the different textures, and shades of green in the background, and I found that it was a perfect candidate for a monochrome images. Removing colour simplifies the image to shapes, flow and light. Once completed I decided to submit it to Leanne Cole’s monochrome madness weekly post that features many, many photographers and their best, their favourite monochrome image for the week. Through this block I have, at least online, met several photographers whose work I admire, studied different approaches to monochrome images, and photography in general, and spent several hours just enjoying the creative photography submitted.  I highly recommend you take a trip to Leanne Cole’s blog.

Cottage Country, dipping my toes in the water

Cottage country, dipping my toes in the water

Cottage country, dipping my toes in the water: copyright jmeyersforeman

We have been in Calgary for a few days, visiting with friends and family, but I wanted to share a few more images of our time in cottage country, Ontario.

Growing up in Saskatchewan we as a family did not head to the lake for weekends or holidays, and while I love to sit beside the water, and it doesn’t matter if it is a lake, seaside or ocean or even a pool,  I am not to likely to get much more than my toes wet! Sitting up at the end of the dock with a cup of coffee or glass of wine, feet dangling in the water is wonderfully relaxing. The view so peaceful, the air so fresh, and the world so quiet I can understand why so many people are drawn to cottage country. 

Postcard from the Cottage

Postcard from the Cottage; copyright jmeyersforeman

Postcard from the Cottage; copyright jmeyersforeman

Last week we visited the family cottage in Ontario, it was so quiet and peaceful sitting on the dock in the early morning watching the mist rise from the water

Monochrome Madness; The Thames River in Infrared Black and White

Thames River, United Kingdom, infrared image.

River Thames; copyright jmeyersforeman

My cousin’s in England live in the area of Reading, and while we were out touring the countryside visiting several little towns and enjoying the sites we crossed the River Thames several times. We found several pretty views, as we crossed bridges and walked in the parks. It seems like it would be a lovely peaceful way to spend a couple of weeks during the lazy days of summer, provided the weather was sunny.

I haven’t been doing a lot of black and white images lately, but I wanted to participate in Leanne Cole‘s a weekly blog post of Monochrome Madness.  Photographers from around the world submit their favourite monochrome image for the week. I recommend you head over to her site if you are interested in seeing more monochrome images.

For this image I used Nik Color Efex Pro 4, Infrared black and white to process the image. I like using the Nik Software, there is a lot of presets, but each preset has many ways to customize the affect to one that best suits the photograph. For this image I was able to adjust the highlight and shadow sliders, preserving detail in the image that had been eliminated with the original present and I was able to achieve that dreamy feel of a quiet afternoon landscape.