Tulips in Black and White

Tulips

Tulips 

we have been busy getting our lives organized here in Calgary, I am not sure where the time goes, but my routine for photography, blogging, exercise, and reading seems to have gone right out the door!

I hope you enjoy the tulips, I am hoping to start back into photographing at least one still life a week! I think that should be feasible?!

Drop a line, let me know what you think of the tulips. Share the post with your friends if you like it, and you can find me on instagram if that is where you like to hang out to look at pretty pictures!

My Sunday Still-Life; Tulips for the Table

Sunday Still-life Tulips; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Sunday Still-life Tulips; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015  

Working on a still-life, or table-top image once a week is a great excuse to have flowers in the apartment, and the tulips are at the flower market in town.

I am not sure what I am going to do next week, as we are on the move, more trains, planes and automobiles as we travel from Malaga Spain to London England to Toronto Canada, we are going to enjoy a little time with some family.

Be Still and Breath

Treasures at the Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Treasures at the Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

I wrote last week that I was enrolled in an online still life course, BeStill 52; the class manifesto from  Kim:

I believe ….. there are bits of lovely everywhere….stop, PAUSE… look…see…
Shadow, light…. lines and cracks…the weathered, the worn….tattered, torn….
Life is messy………ups, downs… ins …. outs….
Amongst it all… there’s beauty …just waiting to be found

I too believe there is beauty everywhere, we just have to take time to see it. We have been spending time reading and relaxing at the beach, walking down the shoreline and find little treasures.

A simple subject, and an uncluttered background! I hope you are having a great weekend.

Daisies on the kitchen table

Daisies on the kitchen table; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Daisies on the kitchen table; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

This is the first time in almost a year that we have been in one place long enough to warrant buying flowers, and the flower market in Malaga is lovely. We have been here for almost three weeks and I have brightened up the little apartment with potted herbs, and fresh flowers. I bought candles to light during dinner, a couple of  pieces of art to set on the shelf and a beautiful table-cloth. Some might say I am ready for a few of the comforts and pleasures of a home.

I have also started one of Kim Klassen’s online photography course called BeStill_fiftytwoKim calls it a year of still life inspiration. I have followed Kim’s blog for quite sometime, occasionally using her textures in my work, and her photography as inspiration. I thought it was a good time, after a year almost a year of travel and photographing everything in front of me, to explore, something a little quieter. Kim has a wealth of information about using textures, layers and Lightroom to share in her classes, and she has a gentle and calm approach that is inspiring. I am sure I will learn a lot.

Sundays mornings are quite here in Malaga, and it is raining, so our morning walk will be a little different and I am curious to see what Malaga is like in the rain. How are you going to spend your Sunday, what is inspiring you?

Coffee Shop Window

Coffee Shop Window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Coffee Shop Window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, 1945

Well it hasn’t snowed here yet, it has been cold and grey outside. Lucky for us we have found several beautiful coffee shops. We can enjoy the view out the window, while we sip a warm cup of coffee. Another lovely day snow or no snow.

I added a pink texture layer to this image, something that would bring out the pink in the flowers and give it a slight more rustic feel, do you like it? I am still trying to figure out if it is too much!

Going to Seed

Going to Seed; copyright jmeyersforeman

Going to Seed; copyright jmeyersforeman 

As much as most people hate the little yellow dandelion flowers growing in the yards I love the delicate little seed heads, and they make a great subject for a macro still life.  The delicate seeds ready to fly off in the next breeze.

Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee 

Every once in a while coffee looks so good, I just have to take a picture. Looking back through my blog posts I seem to have a few images of my morning coffee! Each one a little different from the last. I thought I would add a textured frame to the image, and I haven’t quite decided if it improves the image or not, or if there is something else I should do, or if I should just leave the frame off altogether.

It has only been recently that I have started to add frames to some of my images. I have always felt that it is  a style that can by used for some images, and maybe good for a series to hold it together, but there are times when I feel it can be a bit gimicky, if gimicky is even a word.  I wonder if I want them to be representative of my work.

So tell us your thoughts on frames, love them, hate them, use occasionally. Have you experimented with them? leave a comment on your favourite framed image, it would be great to see some examples if you have any.

 

Lugar del Vino; Merida Spain

Lugar del Vino; Merida Spain

Lugar del Vino; Merida Spain 

we were first attracted to the wine store by the great graphics both out front and inside the store. But sitting outside looking in we couldn’t decide if it was a wine store or a tapas bar, you see there were shelves of wine, spirits and food, but there were also tables set for service. We decided to go in and check out the store, we ordered a glass of wine and a couple of tapas. Before long were “chatting” with the help of our smartphone translator to Manuel Tirado Marín, of Lugar del Wines, and we were coming back to do some more photos.

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Manuel Tirado Marín

Manuel Tirado Marín 

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Walking through wine country along the Via la Plata, Spain

new vineyards in Extremadura Spain, along the Via la Plata

new vineyards in Extremadura Spain, along the Via la Plata

We had another day of walking while a harsh cold wind blew in our face! But the country side is beautiful.

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Morning Coffee

morning coffee

morning coffee

I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.
Lewis Black

There are some who believe that the day can only be as good as the your first cup of coffee.

A great way to start the day, a cup of coffee; sometimes an espresso, sometimes a cappuccino, or in Spain coffee con leche. Today I decided on an espresso and I decided to photography the coffee once it was made. Once photographed I decided to process the image using a warm antique photo filter, slightly tinting the image to warm coffee tone.  On hindsight the image, and the coffee cup is cropped a little tight, if I were to photography this again I would allow a little more room around the cup, maybe tomorrow’s cup of coffee?!

How do you like your coffee?