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.

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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.

 

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.

 

 

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. 

Reflections of Bath in the River Avon, Bath England

reflection of Bath in the River Avon; Bath England; copyright jmeyeresforeman

reflection of Bath in the River Avon; Bath England; copyright jmeyeresforeman 

While we were in Bath we walked across the Putney Bridge, through the garden and down the riverbank early one morning, commuters were on their way to work, few tourists were around and it was wonderfully quiet. The morning light was perfect for getting reflections of the church steeple in the water.

It was a beautiful start to the day.

Reflections of Bordeaux France in the Water Mirror/Miror d’eau

Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

If you have followed the blog for a while you will know that I love reflections and I think that Water Mirror here in Bordeaux is about the best one I have seen so far. One of the reasons it is the best is that it was created expressly for the purpose of reflecting the architecture that surrounds it. Also called the “Miroir des Quais – the Quay Mirror” it covers a massive 3450 m2.

An ingenious computerized water system underneath alternates supplying 2 – 3 cm of water which when drained give the mirror effect alternates with a two meter high fog effect.

mist on the Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

mist on the Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

During the summer the mirror becomes a popular place where both kids and adults play around

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

 

Reflections, Clouds and The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; Leon Spain

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, and clouds; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, and clouds; copyright jmeyersforeman 

If you have followed the blog for a while you might already know that I love to watch the clouds. The constant shape changers affect the light we see, and the weather we are having or going to have. Another favourite subject for my photography and this blog has been reflections, two stories for the price of one, combining what is going on in front of me, as well as behind me.

When we walked up to The Museum of Contemporary Art in Leon, I was amazed at the reflections in the colourful glass panels, so clear was the detail it was as if someone knew I was coming and had washed the windows for me!

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; copyright jmeyersforeman  

just down the street was another building, this one an office building, deep blue in colour…..

clouds and reflections jmeyersforeman

clouds and reflections jmeyersforeman 

I feel I must tell you that I get some really strange looks from people as they walk by and try to figure out just what I am taking a picture of, some look at me as I have lost my mind, and several time I seen people who have been watching me, go and stand where I have stood (after I have moved on) to see if they can see what I have seen!

It was a great day in Leon Spain!

 

Umbrellas and a Rainy Day in Leon Spain

Red Umbrella, reflections on the streets of Leon Spain

Red Umbrella, reflections on the streets of Leon Spain ; copyright jmeyersforeman

Even the rainy days in Spain are nice, especially for photos.

Nothing better than wet cobblestone streets for reflecting the brightly coloured umbrellas that people sometimes carry.

Rainy Day; Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Rainy Day; Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Or watching the families walking together.

 

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one of the few days we have needed our umbrellas!

One of the few images we have of us together! We hope you are enjoying your friday.

Plaza de Maria Pita, A Coruna Spain

Plaza de Maria Pita after the rain

Plaza de Maria Pita after the rain 

We arrived in A Coruna Spain yesterday afternoon, just before the rain! By the time we checked into our hotel and headed out for a walk the rain had stopped. During our walk we visited the Plaza de Maria Pita the cities many plaza and gathering centre. It, like a lot of major plaza’s is surrounded by buildings filled with shops and restaurants. Today those shops and restaurants were not too busy, it was the middle of the day, and tourist season has not yet hit its peak. What was great, at least for me, was seeing the buildings reflected in the puddles! I just had to wait a few minutes to get a couple of people to walk through the puddle.

 

The Gardens and Fountains of the Alambra; Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain 

Reflecting the beautiful architecture, fountains and ponds are a feature of the palace with the soft sounds of running water said to aid in meditation, water is central to Moorish architecture, and essential to life.

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

 

Rainy day tourist

Rainy day tourist

Rainy day tourist 

Have no worries, it didn’t actually rain on us. It had rained early in the morning, just before we were up and about, but many of the squares and sidewalks reflected the images of those standing around enjoying the early morning sites.