The view from inside Wonderland at the Bow Building; Calgary Alberta

From the inside of Wonderland looking out at Calgary Alberta

From the inside of Wonderland looking out at Calgary Alberta 

Playing tourist in my own home town I am finally finding time to see some of the wonderful art on the streets of Calgary Alberta. 

 

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.

The Clock at Bath Abbey

the Clock at Bath Abbey, Bath England; copyright jmeyersforeman

the Clock at Bath Abbey, Bath England; copyright jmeyersforeman  

Wile we were in Bath England, we visited the Bath Abbey. During the tower tour we were taken into the clock room, and this is a photo of the clock from the interior of the tower. The guide explained that before there was an electric light someone had to sit in the tiny little room with a lantern so the clock was lit and the people of Bath Abbey would know what time it was. I can’t imagine sitting in this tiny little room for 12 hrs at a time breathing in the fumes of the lantern.

 

Shadows and Sun-flare; Monochrome Madness

shadow and sun-flare; copyright jmeyersforeman

shadow and sun-flare; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Last week we visited Bath England, early that morning we were out wandering the streets, only a few people were on the street headed to work, so the streets were quiet. Early morning can be a great time to wander the streets with a camera, while the contrast between the light and the shadows can be strong and ruin many travel photos, interesting details and shadows can be found.

The bike culture in big in Bath, with plenty of bike rentals available for both tourist and residents to use, bike lanes make it easy to bike around the city. It isn’t unusual to see them locked up to every railing and lamp-post in the city, but it is unusual to find one bike alone, the shadow so clear, and so beautifully framed. In fact 10 minutes later I was back down the street and the bike was gone! It was a great day, even if we were still looking for a cup of coffee!

I have submitted this to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness blog post. Once a week photographers from around the globe submit their favourite black and white image and Leanne Cole curates the images into a single blog post. There is so many great images I recommend you head over and check out the work.

Weekend in Caen France

Refection of a boat; black and white image; copyright jmeyersforeman

Refection of a boat; black and white image; copyright jmeyersforeman

We arrived in Caen a couple of days ago. We have been busy seeing the sights and visiting the historic sights and memorials. For now I will show you this reflection of a small boat and hope that you are having a great weekend. I hope to show you more of Caen France early next week.

This image and more can be viewed or purchased at my gallery

Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain

Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Just a couple of days ago we were travelling from LLanes to Leon Spain, the gentleman in the photo spoke to us as we boarded the train, the usual “hola buen dia” I greeted him in return, as this is common practise for people in Spain, to greet those as you enter the train or a store. But he continued to talk, and I had to apologized “lo siento, no entiendo” another little bit of Spanish I have picked up! He sat quietly through the remainder of the trip looking out the window and watching the towns roll by.  The at one stop, he suddenly got up and began asking questions, the gentleman in from, told him the town we were at. The train was starting to roll forward when the conductor noticed him and pushed the button for the train to stop and helped the old gentleman off the train.

I have written about riding the trains in Spain before, there are at least a couple of different lines, each with their pros and cons for travelling, and the RENFE website provides lots of information and makes train travel through Spain easy and affordable. But that isn’t the best reason for travelling by train, that of course is the people you meet, and the countryside you will see.  The train lines seem to be used by people travelling to work, shopping or to visit friends,  school kids for outings, going to the beach or the skateboard park in the next town. I found a very relaxed pace to the people we meet on the train, and there is always someone around to help.

The weekly photo challenge on wordpress is between, so I have added this photo to the blog challenge, as this man is clearly between stations!

 

The Pinta; Baiona Spain

The Pinta; Baiona Spain

While we were visiting Baiona Spain we learned that the Pinta, one of the ships sailing with Christopher Columbus had arrived in where to announce to Europe that they had discovered the new world. The citizens of Baiona were the … Continue reading

FEVE; across the north coast of Spain

FEVE Train; northern coast of Spain

FEVE Train; northern coast of Spain 

Yesterday I mentioned we were travelling on a narrow gauge rail line operated by FEVE. Best described as quaint, it is used by commuters, school children as well as a few tourists and travellers. If follows what has been described as the rugged northern Spain through coastal towns; we have visited Ferrol, and Ribedao and Gijon.

view from the FEVE Train

view from the FEVE Train    

Accompanied by the clicky-clake of the train wheel and the gentle rocking of the car we watch the beautiful countryside amble by. I do say amble as the train travels at a leisurely pace, slow enough we can enjoy the view of hills, towns and hidden beach coves as they passes by.

foggy countryside of northern Spain

foggy countryside of northern Spain 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday; Chasing Pigeons and Black and White Photography

chasing pigeons

chasing pigeons

I might have mentioned this before but I love watching kids chase the pigeons. it is especially fun when I can stand close to the action and capture a few images. So it will be a wonderful day! More images of children chasing pigeons are available for viewing and purchasing through jmeyersforeman photography.

We are on the road again, taking the narrow gauge train run by FEVE along the north coast of Spain, following much the same route as the Camino North from San Sebastian west to Ribadeo. It isn’t likely that we will make this pilgrimage so we thought we would have a look at the country side and stop in some of the towns. I will tell you more about it when I have photos.

this weeks wordpress photo challenge; extra extra  “a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you could capture”

All for now, Happy Friday the 13th to you.

Portimao Portugal

Lighthouse at Portimao Portugal

Lighthouse at Portimao Portugal 

We visited Portimao Portugal near the end of February 2014, the weather is a little like the weather we are having in Baiona Spain.

It has been rainy over the last couple of days, so we haven’t ventured too far from the balcony of the apartment we rented, but that is okay. I have had time to work on some image, do some key-wording and sorting in Bridge, and even watch some tutorials.

I hope you are enjoying your Friday, where you are.