Even the horse thinks I am crazy!

Even the horse thinks I am crazy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Even the horse thinks I am crazy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015  

I wander around with my camera almost all of the time, and sometimes you will find me laying on the ground, climbing into a tree, hanging over a fence railing just to get the picture. I have gotten use to the idea that people will stop and stare I am sure they are trying to figure out what the heck am I taking a picture of. But when I got down really low to take this picture of the horse and carriage and the horse looked at me like I was crazy I knew it would be a great photo. It makes me smile!

How about you any memorable photos with crazy stories, share them on your blog and send us a link.

one year ago; walking the Via la Plata

Shadows on the road; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Shadows on the road; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

One year ago we were walking the Via la Plata. the long dust road from Seville to Santiago de Compostela. I am having a lot of fun sorting, processing and remembering our time in Spain!

Full disclosure, we made it to Santiago de Compostela, by train! after walking for three weeks we decided it would be more fun to see Spain by train….

Frosty Windows; Monochrome Madness

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Frost on the car window! Without the garage I am having to go out and warm the car up and clean the windows, if we leave first thing in the morning! my reward is the beautiful lace patterns. But I have to be quick it doesn’t take long for them to disappear once the heat is turned on.

For more black and white images head on over to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.

spring

Spring; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Spring; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

We have had a few nice days, and a few snowy wet days. The calendar notes the first day of spring has come and gone but it will be a few more weeks before we here in southern Alberta will see new growth on the trees a clear sign of spring.

The days have been a cloudy and grey but I have been taking my macro lens and capturing the tiny details, lacy snow and ice patterns, last season’s seed pods and berries. These tiny details that I often miss when out for a walk. Getting lost in my lens finding small beautiful detail that nature provides is a wonderful relaxing way to spend the day.

after-before Friday; Cherry Blossoms

spring in Ronda Spain, final edit; copyright jmeyersforman 2015

It is Friday and time for another After-Before image. This photo taken in Ronda Spain during our visit in January 2015. It will be another 6 weeks or so before we see the Cherry blossoms here in Calgary! On the plus side I will be able to see and photograph them again this year. For this post I wanted to describe a little of the editing choices I made, you can see below the image I started with….

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Spring in Ronda, original capture

After importing the image into Lightroom, I started my adjustments in the Basic Module, starting with auto tone, to see where the program would take the image. I modified tint to +13 bringing out the pink in the image. I then opened the image below in Photoshop.

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initial image opened in Photoshop 

I then added a textured layer that enhances the pink, warms the image slightly, and unifies the pink through image and the mottled background. Below is the textured layer that I used for this image, before adding to the layered texture to my cherry blossom image I modified it by increasing exposure +70, and decreasing clarity -6. I also increased saturation on the magenta and the red +6,  softening the colours and texture slightly and bringing out the pinks. I almost always modify the textures as needed for each image, to bring out the qualities I most want to enhance.

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The blend mode on the textured layer was set to soft light, at 70%, and the final result above gives us that bright spring day look.

For more after before image head on over to Stacy Fischer’s blog, she host a forum on Fridays, and photographers from all over the world participate. Sharing their work and their image process secrets. There is lots of inspiring photography and lots to be learned. I am looking forward to hearing from you, does the textured layer add to the image or detract?

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Spring in Calgary

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Spring is in the air, but there is still frost on the car window in the morning and I can’t resist taking mu camera with me for a few shots each morning. Tiny abstract landscapes. I hope you are enjoying your spring and finding gorgeous thing to look at.

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Spring snow storm always inspires me to go out with the camera!

Alcazar de Sevilla; Monochrome Madness

Symmetry in Ancient Architecture, the Alcazar de Seville; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Symmetry in Ancient Architecture, the Alcazar de Seville; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

I loved visiting the Alcazar, in Seville. The moorish architecture filled with lines, patterns, intricately carved stone, and lots of doorways that almost line up! So many things catch my eye and I could sit and study for hours. The gardens are wonderful to just sit and enjoy the quite.  The architecture lends itself to monochrome images, removing the colour simplifies the image and amplifies the line and pattern.

For more Monochrome Madness visit Leanne Cole’s blog.

Tea Time; still life

Tea pot, tea cup, and tea strainer, still life,

Tea Time; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Tea Time, my Aunty Margaret’s hand-me-down (very old tea-pot) Erin’s cute little robot tea strainer, and some homemade peanut butter cookies.

I set up this still life on the coffee table just in front of the couch, no special table top, or background, light coming from the patio window.  I have been following Kim Klassen’s Be-Still 52, an online still life course, and each week trying to create at least one still life. I am finding it easier to do this if the objects and still life have some meaning for me. Once I had captured a few image it was time to sit back and relax and enjoy the tea and cookies.

After-before friday; Leon Cathedral

 

Leon Cathedral; after; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Leon Cathedral; after; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

This week’s after-before image is an interior photo of the Leon Cathedral. I wanted to do something simple that showed the power of shooting RAW and processing in Lightroom, and with a just few simple steps we can straighten the columns, bring back the detail in the stain glass window, colour correct for the yellow cast. Below is the original image.

Interior Cathedral, interior; after; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Interior Cathedral, interior; after; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

In Lightroom in the Lens Correction panel, three simple clicks; Enable Profile Correction, Remove Chromatic Aberration, and Auto Upright. In the Basic panel I moved the highlight slider to -100 and clarity +25, Vibrance +25, shadows +61, and I used the auto white balance to tone the image. It always amazes me how just a few steps, and Lightroom can make a difference to an image.

The Leon Cathedral is one of the great Cathedrals in Spain, for more before and after image visit Stacy’s after-before blog and see what the other photographers have done this week.