Early Morning in Merida Spain; The Lusitania Bridge

The Lusitania Bridge early morning, and the lights are on; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Lusitania Bridge early morning, and the lights are on; copyright jmeyersforeman   

I a couple of days ago I showed you the old Roman bridge in Merida Spain, while we were photographing the cobblestone bridge we could see just down the river the new modern bridge Lusitania Bridge,  designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. The same architect who designed the Calgary Peace Bridge

As my wonderful husband said “isn’t the world a small place” it does seem a little odd to travel 1/2 way round the world, to the wonderful city of Merida, and see architecture by the same architect that caused such a stir in my home town! It is odd, Merida is a beautiful little city in central Spain that I had not heard of before starting on your walk north on the Via la Plata. As we walked north from Seville we learn a lot about Spain, and its history, and about its architecture.

The modern architecture is as fascinating and beautiful as the old architecture.

 

 

Early Morning on the Old Roman Bridge, Merida

Early morning on the Roman Bridge, Merida Spain

Early morning on the Roman Bridge, Merida Spain 

We have been spending time in Calgary, seeing family and friends, attending to different chores that need to be done before we are off again, this time to Italy.  It seems like a long time ago that Bill and I were visiting the ancient Roman sites in the Spanish city of Merida. While it seems like a long time ago, if was infact only 6 months ago that we visited the city.

The ancient Roman bridge, known as the Puente Romano is the longest surviving bridge from ancient times. It spans 755 meters with 62 spans, over the Guadiana River. Built over 2000 years old, it is a great place to witness the city awake. The street lights reflecting off the wet cobblestones, many pedestrian use this bridge on their way into the city.

Merida is along the ancient pilgrimage route north from Cadiz to Santiago de Compostela, known as the Via la Plata or the Silver Route. The Via la Plata was built by the Romans as a commercial route to transport goods, it became a pilgrimage route used by Mozarabic (Christians) so rich with history Merida was worth the visit, and the time spent there. A city I would happily visit again.

Visit my gallery to see more of images from Merida and the many pilgrimage sites we have photographed.

Arrow Lake British Columbia

The view from the ferry; Arrow Lake, British Columbia; copyright jmeyersforeman

The view from the ferry; Arrow Lake, British Columbia; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Another view from the Arrow Lake ferry in British Columbia. Take during our drive from Golden to Kelowna a few days ago.

 

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.

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.

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. 

Olympic Plaza, Calgary Alberta

Olympic Plaza, Calgary Alberta, jmeyersforeman

Olympic Plaza, Calgary Alberta, jmeyersforeman 

Visiting my home town over the last couple of weeks has been great. Visiting family and friends of course the best part, but I have also had a chance to play tourist and see some of the city where previously I was too busy with work to see and enjoy. The Olympic Plaza just one the great gathering places downtown. It was built and used for the medal presentations when Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympic Games, and is now used for festivals and events. the pool is drained and bands play on the stage, there is square dancing during the Stampede, and during the winter the water is frozen and we can ice skate there. 

I used a fish-eye lens to capture as much of the skyline as possible, most of the high rise office towers in Calgary’s downtown core are to the west of the Olympic Plaza so we get a peek at the great Alberta sky, as well as the new Bow Building on the left side of the frame. The Bow Building is currently the tallest building.  

For the photographers who read the blog, to process the image I used Camera Raw, Lens Correction, Manual, it does an amazing job fixing lens perspective, and straightening lines. I was surprised! I also increased clarity and vibrance, and burned a little more detail into the clouds, but the work on it was very minor. 


 

 

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.

Horse Racing on the turf at Woodbine

Horse racing on the turf at Woodbine; copyright jmeyersforeman

Horse racing on the turf at Woodbine; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Sitting at the racetrack, so much going on, so much to look at, to watch and enjoy. People scrutinizing the racing programs, carefully examining the statistics of each horse in the race trying to pick a winner, and how much to bet? Do you bet the favourite,  a sure thing, safe money, or do you play a hunch, or bet against the odds and pick a horse that has a chance “with a little luck, and the right jockey” to make some big money?!

Some horse lovers and racing enthusiasts will head out to the warm-up ring for a closer look, watching how the beautiful well-trained animals. Will the colour of the horse, the way it is walking, the choice of jockey affect the final decision of a bet? Some people watch the TV’s screens scattered around the club house, watching races that are happening at other tracks, or analysts discuss the horses, jockeys, track conditions, and trainers.

Once the decision has been made people are off to the betting machines to place their bet. Betting slips in hand some people head to the rail along the track while other people stand around the TVs to watch.  The horses arrive on the track and parade past the clubhouse before heading to the gate.

We hear the call to post over the load speaker, then the announcer, “They are loading the gate” “The gate is loaded……annnd theey’rrrre offfff” the excitement builds, the  people yelling out the numbers of their horse. People in the seated area stand, more people crowd the rail. The horses round the final turn, galloping full speed down the final stretch. The excitement reaches a crescendo as the horses thunder by racing towards the finish line. Suddenly it is over ” photo finish” flashes across the jumbo screen that is sitting outfield, and TV screens. The excitement continues as everyone watches the relay.

While people wait for a final decision on the race, they are already reviewing the program and looking to place their next bet, some people are off for a refreshing drink, a bit of lunch, some head to the winner’s circle to see the winning horse and congratulate the jockey.

So much to watch and enjoy and a great way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.