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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
After Bath England we travelled by train to Caerphilly Wales. The Caerphilly Castle is the historic site in this lovely little town, built-in the 11 century in just 3 years, it occupies 30 acres of land, the river had been diverted to create the moat.
The castle was fun to visit, many of the rooms have exhibits set up telling visitors about the building, the weapons and life in the 12th century. It is now used for events and weddings. It would have been wonderful if the water had been still we would have had a wonderful reflection! oh well, maybe another day.
The Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, Bath England.
Before heading to Caerphilly Wales to visit cousins we stopped for a night in the beautiful city of Bath England. This is probably one of the most famous views of the Pulteney Bridge and the River Avon with its crescent shaped weir.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic bridges in the world, is one of a handful of bridges with shops built into it.
Yesterday was a long day, 11 hours in transit; bus to ferry, ferry across the English Channel, and finally a train from Portsmouth to Bath. We started our day at 5:30 in the morning and arrived in Bath about 5 pm. I am always amazed at how tired I am on days like this, because it seems the majority of our time is spent sitting watching the world go by, reading and eating, but exhausting it was.
I did promise photos of Caen, and I will get back to those before too long, but we have one day in Bath, so we are off to visit the Abbey and see the sights. Photos to follow