Going to Seed

Going to Seed; copyright jmeyersforeman

Going to Seed; copyright jmeyersforeman 

As much as most people hate the little yellow dandelion flowers growing in the yards I love the delicate little seed heads, and they make a great subject for a macro still life.  The delicate seeds ready to fly off in the next breeze.

Aurora Borealis; Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis; Northern Lights; copyright jmeyersforeman

Aurora Borealis; Northern Lights; copyright jmeyersforeman

I grew up watching the Northern Lights dance across the northern sky of Saskatchewan, but once I moved to the big city I rarely witnessed the dancing lights; city lights does make it impossible to see them. Known as the Aurora Borealis, the lights are most active from September to April and I had read that this week they were expected to be particularly beautiful and active due to solar flares. It was just plain lucky that I would be visiting my home town in Saskatchewan this week, and I had hoped to spend at least one evening out trying to photography them.  Monday we woke up to clouds and rain, Tuesday more clouds, well at least there wasn’t snow,  finally Thursday night the clouds cleared!

About 10 pm we headed north out-of-town. We didn’t to drive too far north before we were able to get away from most of the lights,  you see even in Saskatchewan where there is a population density of about 1 person per square mile, it is hard to get away from all the lights, so I was happy to get away from most of the lights!  We could see the green glow in the sky, drifting along, thin and hazy, a glow along the horizon that I would never really be rid of. To be honest the northern lights weren’t very impressive, at that moment. In fact there were naysayers in the car, but I had high hopes.

After setting up the camera, with the aid of the trunk light (I forgot a flashlight). I set the camera to as small an f-stop as I could manage with a 25 second exposure, I set the manual focus so the horizon lights were in focus, then I set a 2 second timer on the shutter and I locked up the mirror to reduce camera shake, I was ready to close the trunk lid and stand in the dark to watch the sky.

Before long the lights got a little stronger, a little brighter, and a little more beautiful. The moon was shining brightly over my right shoulder, and the longer I stood out there the more my eyes became accustom to the dark, and before long the Aurora Borealis started to get a little brighter. Before long I was able to capture the beautiful Northern Lights dancing across the Saskatchewan sky. I was thinking I would head out one more time on Friday Night, but the clouds returned and I was even more grateful for at least one clear night while here visiting my home town.

I don’t think this is too bad for a first attempt, and I think I have found a wonderful if not a perfect excuse to go for a late night drive into the country, don’t you think?

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!

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.

 

Queen Anne’s Lace in the rain

Queen Anne's Lace soaked from the rain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Queen Anne’s Lace soaked from the rain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Visiting family in Saskatchewan this week and it’s cold and rainy. It could be worse, watching the news and Facebook I have learned that it snowed in Calgary! We know that the snow and rain won’t last, well at least we live in hope!

Queen Anne’s Lace like everything else was drenched from the rain, but I love the way the tiny raindrops hang off the slender leaves and run along the stem.  I created this image in black and white, simplifying the image to textures, and to bring out the raindrops that rest so gently on the stems.

Leanne Cole published Monochrome Madness each week, and I have submitted this image for week 28 to be published Wednesday, if I haven’t left it too late, in the meantime check out Monochrome Madness week 27 for some amazing monochrome images.  Check out the latest submission for Monochrome Madness week 28. 

to view the flower gallery visit my website, purchase of prints and or licensing is also available.

Carousels; The Classic Double Decker Carousel in Bordeaux France.

Double Decker Carousel in Bordeaux France, copyright jmeyersforeman

Classic Double Decker Carousel in Bordeaux France, copyright jmeyersforeman

This beautiful double decker carousel sits in one of the main squares along Bordeaux’s main shopping street. The day we visited was a little cool and rainy, Sunday morning. Many of the stores would not be opening that day, so the streets were quiet. A good day to be out and about with the camera.

Still a kid at heart I love the painted ponies, and it is guaranteed to will bring a smile to my face as I watch the children ride up and down, smiling and waving to parents and grandparent, family or friends as they travel by, around and around. So where ever I travel I check to see if there is a carousel in the neighbourhood.

This and more street photography/urban living photography can be viewed and purchased by visiting my gallery.

Aged and Charming at the St. Michel Flea Market, Bordeaux France

Flea Market Find, St. Michel's Bordeaux France,

Flea Market Find, St. Michel’s Bordeaux France

Call it aged, antique or rustic, I call it beyond the need for repair and charming just as it is. I spotted the old table and chair set while wandering the flea market at St. Michel’s at Bordeaux France.  I love the old table and chairs and if I could have them sitting in my little garden patio I would! Picture a little plant and pot of tea sitting on the table! 

Processed entirely in Lightroom, I have figured out how to edit image with Nik Software as easy as a click of a couple of buttons, right in Lightroom.  Another couple of buttons and the image is sized, watermarked and sent to my blog file ready for publishing. Wow, I know there is still so much to learn, but I feel like things have gotten so much easier in just a week!

this and other urban living and stock photography image are available for viewing and purchase in the gallery. I invite you to check out the website and let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you 

Family Photos with Baby D and her family

I spent a little time at the park with Baby D, and her family, it is a great way to start the day, I smile for days after a family portrait session. First it is all the giggles during the session, and then I smile again every time I open the digital files to process the images. It took a little while Baby D and I to connect and get that perfect look.  

But it didn’t last long…..IMG_6669web 

I won’t take it personally that she found the grass more exciting then the photographer, I will just smile for the rest of the day! 

P.S. the rest of the family is pretty cute as well! 

 

Bill; a black and white portrait

Bill in Bordeaux; copyright jmeyersforeman

Bill in Bordeaux; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Taken while were standing on the platform of the Bordeaux train station waiting for our train. This is one of the many great images I used while working through the steps and stages of processing images with Lightroom 5. As many have said processing images in the Develop module of Lightroom 5 is quite similar to Camera Raw. One big difference I have found as been in output. In the Library module we have Publish service, once these are set up to your specific needs then it is a one button process to have the images sized, watermarked and exported to the location of your choice!

So much faster than my old processing steps. so far learning Lightroom has been worth the time! 

Processing Memories and the Photo Archive, like Looking out the window again!

"looking out the window" copyright jmeyersforeman

“looking out the window” copyright jmeyersforeman 

We have been back in our home town for a couple of weeks now, visiting friends, catching up on paperwork, occassionallyl playing tourist in our own back yard, and as our dear friends will know we are planning our next escape! 

While at home I have been processing images, going back through the photo files and having a second look, adding keywords as I think of them, i think my scrabble friends would enjoy this part of the process! I have also decided to learn more about Lightroom. It is now included with the Creative Cloud and I have read several times that it is a much more efficient way to catalogue, keyword, process images and share images, among other things. Learning a new workflow isn’t easy! Is it just me or does everyone else have trouble building new/good habits, and a hard time breaking old/bad habits. 

Anyone want to provide some good links to learning tools or videos send them on, all help is appreciated.