Bologna Italy;


San Petronio and the two towers of Bologna; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Our first day in Bologna Italy, and we find the streets busy, many of the streets closed for a festival, bands and buskers performing everywhere and tents up in Piazza Maggore giving away and selling samples of their Mortadella.

San Petronio is the patron saint of the city and the two towers are one of the Bologna’s most famous landmarks. The skyline of  Bologna is distinctive with about 20 of the medieval towers remaining, power symbols belonging to the richest families. It must have been like the Manhattan of the middle ages! The twin towers here have become the symbol of the city.

Ms. Martodella, Bologna Italy, copyright jmeyersforeman

Ms. Martodella, Bologna Italy, copyright jmeyersforeman 

Ms Martodella, one of the many wandering the Piazza Maggore and enjoying the festival.

I did participate in the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk, one of two or three here in the city of Bologna, and these are just two of the many images taken during the day.

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!

Verona Italy, River Adige and the

Verona, River Adige and Ponte Pietra; copyright jmeyersforeman

Verona, River Adige and Ponte Pietra; copyright jmeyersforeman 

The Ponte Pietra is a Roman arch bridge crossing the Adige River in Verona Italy. It had been cloudy with spots of rain all day, so we didn’t think there would be much of a sunset! Lucky for us the clouds broke ever so slightly and there was a little bit of pink showing through. Using a long exposure so there is a softness to the clouds and water.  The second image is taken from the other side; the water has nothing to ripple over and the long exposure enhances the reflection. 

Verona Italy, River Adige and Ponte Pietra; copyright jmeyersforeman

Verona Italy, River Adige and Ponte Pietra; copyright jmeyersforeman 

It is getting dark earlier and the street lights are coming on earlier. We have been suffering a little jet lag so our days and nights a little confused and more than a little tired, but that is expected I guess.

We are off to Bologna today, just a short train ride from Verona.

On Saturday I am going to participate in the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk tomorrow, so I am looking forward to meeting up with some fellow photographers and seeing the lovely Bologna Italy! How about you, are you participating in the photo walk?

I hope your friday is a good one.


Verona Italy and the mythology of Romeo and Juliet

photos with Juliet

photos with Juliet; copyright jmeyersforeman 

The House of Juliet, where the real-life Cappello family once lived, is a mob scene. The tiny, courtyard is a spectacle, with visitors from all over the world posing on the balcony and taking snapshots of each other rubbing Juliet’s bronze breast, and hoping to get lucky in love.  The walls are covered with love notes and pennies stuck to the wall with gum.

love notes on the wall

love notes on the wall; copyright jmeyersforeman 

gum and pennies

gum and pennies; copyright jmeyersforeman 

and of course there is a tourist shop selling the usual tourist items, and love locks.

love locks and love letters

love locks and love letters; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Verona has so much more to offer, in the way of historical sites, wonderful quaint wine bars and beautiful piazzas, but everyone who visits the city stops here in this tiny courtyard, a pilgrimage of sorts, to great love story.





Piazza Delle Erbe, Verona Italy

checking out Piazza Delle Erbe; Verona Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman

checking out Piazza Delle Erbe; Verona Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman

Ciao from Verona Italy.

After about 19 hours in transit, travel about 7500 nautical kilometres we arrived in Verona Italy late Monday night just a little tired.

Tuesday afternoon we headed out to wander the streets and get acquainted with the city. With no clear plan we walked into the city centre, through Piazza Bra past the Roman Amphitheatre and onto the Piazza Delle Erbe or Market Square. Here poet Berto Barbarani looks out over the square. A lovely square filled with history, restaurants, and market stalls filled to the brim with tourist goodies!

Market Stall Piazza Delle Erbe, and tourist goods for  sale; copyright jmeyersforeman

Market Stall Piazza Delle Erbe, and tourist goods for sale; copyright jmeyersforeman


Travelling; Flying to Italy


"looking out the window" copyright jmeyersforeman

“looking out the window” copyright jmeyersforeman

“Once a year go someplace you have never been”

Dalai Lama

We have decided to visit as many places as we can visit in one very short year and now we are off  to Italy where the food and wine is as rich as the history and art. I am packing a little more camera equipment, a better tripod and a new portable storage device for all the photos I plan on taking!


Vancouver skyline; After-Before

Vancouver skyline reflected in Coal Harbour in the fog; copyright jmeyersforeman

Vancouver skyline reflected in Coal Harbour in the fog; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Vancouver is on the list of favourite places to visit, it isn’t  just the great skyline and photo opportunities, but when we are in the city there is family and friends to spend time with. Even the dullest most boring places are made better with friends and family. Here is an image taken just a couple of weeks ago. Fog and mist hanging in the air, made for still water and great reflections.

I have been following Visual Venturing written by Stacey Fisher for quite sometime, she features an “After-Before Friday” blog. The posts provide an opportunity for photographers (amateur and seasoned, alike) to share their photos, and if they wish, their post-processing decisions. The photos provide the post-processing descriptions, the “how.” The goal is to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at others’ work while picking up helpful ideas along the way that each of us can use as we work with our own photos.

This photo and blog post has been submitted to the forum, the first time I have submitted to the “after-before friday”  There are many ways to process an image, each photographer has their own ideas, the tools I use and list below work for me. I am hoping to continue to learn from the other photographer and I am excited to be on of the contributors this week!

here is the raw/unprocessed image that I started with

Vancouver Coal Harbour; copyright jmeyersforeman

Vancouver Coal Harbour; copyright jmeyersforeman  

taking the image into Nik Colour Effects 4 and some of the steps that were required to make the final image.

Screenshot 2014-09-30 09.23.06

I added a Levels & Curve layer to the lower 1/2 of the image; using control points we are able to add or subtract adjustments to specific areas of the image. I then added a Cross Processing C-41-E6-C04 layer again to the lower 2/3’s of the image. I did not want the colour process to change the colour of the sky, but to the buildings and water. I then added a Classical Soft Focus layer to the image to enhance the softness to the foggy day. If you look closely to the last image I added a control point to the tall building to bring back some of the detail.  Bringing the image back into Lightroom I increased the exposure slightly to brighten the sky.

There are times when I know very specifically the image I want to create when I click the shutter, other times I appreciate the post processing tools that I have at my disposal, and use them to “find” the image that works. In this case I knew the image I wanted to create, knowing and working with the post processing tools allowed me to create the final image in a relatively short period of time.

I hope you will hop over to Visual Venturing and check out the other photographers work.


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.


Visiting BC Place in downtown Vancouver British Columbia

Reflecting on Vancouver; copyright jmeyersforeman

Reflecting on Vancouver; copyright jmeyersforeman  

Finding reflections in the windows is always fun. Okay, maybe not the all-inclusive cruise type fun, but for a photographer wanting to tell a story in a single image, it is fun, and this was a  good day.

I am not sure what Bill’s is photographing, but I took a step back to capture the photo of him taking the picture. This way I get a reflection of BC Place, the cruise ship that is parked beside it, and Bill all in one photo. It isn’t the typical tourist photo, of someone in front of a major attraction. This way we get a fun photo.

Reflections are a great way to see the city and merging two image into one, they are not always available, difficult to plan and must be captured and enjoyed.



Morning Swim; Monochrome Madness week 31

Monochrome Madness; copyright jmeyersforeman

Monochrome Madness; copyright jmeyersforeman  

Early one morning Okanagan Lake, near Kelowna British Columbia; swimmers head to the lake for their early morning swim. I loved the idea of the swimmer in a black wet suit as he walked into the water, keeping the swimmer in strong contrast while the detail in the water and hazy sky, as well as the buoys and other swimmers in the water kept soft.

I did submit the photo to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness, a weekly forum for photographers working with monochrome images. The blog has introduced me a whole bunch of new photographers, and heightened my awareness for monochrome images. I have been inspired and encouraged to experiment with monochrome images past the basic black and white adjustment layer in Photoshop to more selective adjustments that are particular and necessary to achieve the desired result, and enhance the magic of storytelling with photography.  Each of the photographers who submit to the forum are working on their storytelling.  I would like to encourage you to check out Leanne’s blog and the other photographer who submit their images.