Carly and Mike


Carly and Mike, another great portait session. We ran out time and light before we ran out of ideas! 

So much fun being in the country. 


Delft Potter at work; Jorrit Heinen Royal Gifts in Amsterdam; after-before Friday

Delft Artist at work; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Delft Artist at work; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

While visiting Amsterdam last December we stumbled upon the Jorrit Heinen Royal Gifts and Collectables, located in the Munt Tower.  We had were headed to the floating flower market, when Bill remember the store and we headed in for a look. Many of the pieces on the main floor of the shop appeared to be mass produced, hundreds of Christmas ornaments, cups, plates, and bowls all much the same.  Upstairs  many of the pieces were unique, single pieces each one with a different painting, this lady was hard at work painting a new piece. We watched her work for a while, the painting so delicate and detailed, so methodical and beautiful.

After watching her work for a while I asked if I could take a few photos. I wanted to show both the artist at work and the detail of her painting. Not always easy in the shop like this a busy environment, lots of distractions on her work table. She had a bright work light directed on the bowl, creating a deep shadow on her face. I tried several different angles from in front of her, and slightly above her work before settling on this image that showed her and her work without a lot of the distractions.

I processed the image in lightroom.  Soem quite steps that I always used; lens corrections, auto exposure, and a cross processing preset to bring add a little blue to the image. The cross processing for blue seemed appropriate given the subject!

Here is the origional image;

Deft potter; before; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Deft potter; before; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

For more after-before image and stories head over to Stacy’s After-Before Forum.

Chalie Chaplin in the store window

Charlie Chaplin; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Charlie Chaplin; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

I love looking at the store windows, some of the designers are so creative. There are often an interesting juxtaposition between the products shown and the street scene reflected in the window, and there are times during the day when you can hardly tell where the street ends and the display starts.  Reflections are a great way to present a different perspective of the street.

Charlie Chaplin communicated expertly while using the minimum of movement and expression and he is the face I remember when we think of silent movies. Instantly recognized as he sits in the window I know exactly how he is feeling as he sits here on the curb, it is easy to forget that I was looking at him through a window.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted”  Charlie Chaplin 

I hope your making the most of your day, and it is filled with laughter and joy.

The Adorable Donia

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I received the annual stats report from wordpress, it should be no suprise that Donia’s photos were looked at more than any other image posted during 2014. I think that her adorable little face is worthy of a second look (if not divine worship) and a great final post for 2014. I like Donia explored my (many) environments, smiled at strangers, giggled, laughed and was surprised by my luck during 2014

we have been in transit for the last couple of day, moving from Paris to Malaga, we are tired from riding the rails, dragging our bags through train stations, eating fast food, and sleeping in small hotels rooms! But we are here now, ready to settle in for a month in one location, ready to celebrate all the gifts of  2014, and look forward into 2015.

We want to wish everyone all the very best in 2015, we hope that this is the year you make your dreams come true.

Bubblemaker or Dragon Catcher?

Bubblemaker or Dragon Catcher? copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Bubble-maker or Dragon Catcher? copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

If there is a tower I will most likely try to get to the top to see the city from a different vantage point. Yesterday 3 towers, just under 900 steps (counting up and down) and several different views of beautiful city of Prague, almost all of them I have seen on postcards around the city. So I thought I would show you something you won’t see very often, a bubble maker on the cobblestone street. It was Bill that pointed out the dragon, it isn’t something you see while it is happening, in fact the bubble shifts and reshape, colours moving so quickly I just enjoy the moment, because this dragon was soapy bubbles on the street within seconds!

Mortadella Festival in Bologna Italy

Along the Via Zamboni; copyright jmeyersforeman
 The Church of Saint Giacomo Maggiore, along the Via Zamboni; copyright jmeyersforeman 

The festival was on again, the streets were filled with people enjoying the music as well as the wonderful food.  I have read that Bologna Italy has over 53 kilometers of arcades, arch covered streets, in the historical centre, where people can walk, shop, and enjoy life.  Here is just a few images from my Sunday Street Photography practice…..

Bands play for the crowds, Bologna Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman
Bands play for the crowds, Bologna Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman  
Bubbles for the kids to chase, Bologna Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman
Bubbles for the kids to chase, Bologna Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 
Dinner in the sidewalk cafe; copyright jmeyersforeman
Dinner in the sidewalk cafe; copyright jmeyersforeman 



Hand in Hand; the decisive moment in

Walking with mom; copyright jmeyersforeman
Walking with mom; copyright jmeyersforeman

We have been visiting family and friends in Saskatchewan, and while I have been wandering around with my camera on a couple of occasions, it has been cold and rainy.

When not visiting with family and friends I have had time to process some of the images from our last trip. For this image I waited for the decision moment, Henri Carter Bresson style. Waiting for the mother and child to reach the apex of the bridge, while their feet where still visible, but the line of the bridge did not cut through the bodies.

I processed the image in Lightroom, it is very easy to edit between Lightroom, Photoshop and the Nik Software Plug-ins. This image was processed using the Lightroom black and white presets, I wanted to give the image and aged feel, and I added a touch of vignette. Stacey Fisher does a before and after blog post once a week, there are a few fellow photographers who contribute image and discuss their process, it is a great place to learn some processing and workflow tips. Head over to her site to check out the latest contributors.


Bill; a black and white portrait

Bill in Bordeaux; copyright jmeyersforeman
Bill in Bordeaux; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Taken while were standing on the platform of the Bordeaux train station waiting for our train. This is one of the many great images I used while working through the steps and stages of processing images with Lightroom 5. As many have said processing images in the Develop module of Lightroom 5 is quite similar to Camera Raw. One big difference I have found as been in output. In the Library module we have Publish service, once these are set up to your specific needs then it is a one button process to have the images sized, watermarked and exported to the location of your choice!

So much faster than my old processing steps. so far learning Lightroom has been worth the time! 

Family Portraits; Calgary

Calgary Family Portraits; Abbey Family
Calgary Family Portraits; Lindsay and Family 

We have been back in Calgary for a little while now, 10 days to be exact, and I am not sure where the time has gone. I bet you have been wondering what we have been up to! It has been great to see so many friends (still so many to see), getting some business organized, and even shoot some family portraits!

I have photographed Lindsay and her family before, and it is fun to see them again, and to see how much the children have grown during the year. This is one of the first photos we took, and one of the first photos I looked at when I opened the file. I was so excited I had to share it right away, now I have to go back to the file and see how many other great photos we have.

Lindsay – it won’t be long and I will have the proofs to you!

Re Carlson, Abtek Media; Calgary Portrait Photography

Re Carlson, Abtek Media
Re Carlson, Abtek Media

I first met Re at the Business Networking International meeting, he joined Rocky Mountain Thunder shortly after moving to Calgary.  With an amazing understanding of website design, social media he wants to work with small business owners develop their business with great websites.  Abtek Media is Re’s dream; and he is passionate about great “responsive” websites, that can be searched, viewed and accessed on all platforms.

As he got to know the members at Rocky Mountain Thunder, he quickly became involved in helping to set up the chapter’s social media pages, volunteering his time and knowledge. He also helped a number of members with their online presence you can see some of his work with JH Innovations, a Calgary based design and build contractor; Lad’s Auto a family owned car care centre ; and Go Digital, paperless solutions, from Alberta Printers. I am proud to tell you that Re is working on a new site for my photography we well.