Sunny Saturday at Malaga Beach

BBQ on Malaga Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

BBQ on Malaga Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

It is Saturday, and it sunny, so I expect the beaches and the beach bbq restaurants near the Malaga Beach will be busy at lunch time. Sardines on a stick, the heat and smoke rising from the pit. I am not one to eat fish very often, but this looks worth a try.

What do you think? have you been tempted to try a new food or a new recipe recently? I find that when I travel, break my usual routine I am more likely to try something on the menu. Over the last year, travelling around to different countries, the menu’s not always in English, I have at time surprised myself! I realized after the food arrived I had no idea what I was going to get. I don’t care how they cook tripe or sweetbread I cannot eat them!

We are off to the beach today, maybe I will try a Barbecued Sardine, I haven’t yet decided………..

After-Before Roses

Roses_after; copyright jmeyersforem 2015

Roses_after; copyright jmeyersforem 2015

It’s Friday, and that means another After-Before Friday Blog Post, I am becoming a regular contributor to Stacy’s After-Before Friday Forum, were photographers share they photographs and their working process. For some, or at least me, it is an opportunity to read and learn some new Photoshop or Lightroom skills. The photographers who submit to Stacy’s forum range in skill level from novice to those with advanced skills. The one thing I have learned is  there is more than one way to process an image, and personal style is more likely to affect the final results as software! Each photographer has a unique way of looking at the photos and deciding the final outcome and I never fail to learn something, mostly keep it simple!

I have been taking an on-line still-life course with Kim Klassen, she has provided the inspiration for this weeks post. The florist down the street had these beautiful roses for sale! Kim’s Friday blog is Friday Finds, it is all about the week and what she has found this week. I am going to give a shout out to her this week as well, as I have found her on-line course very inspiration, and I have used one of her Lightroom presets on the image. But let me start from the beginning. Above, the image I ended with, below, the image I started with…..

Roses_before; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Roses_before; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

The work on this image was done in Lightroom, I love that, because I can go back through my history panel for details, it makes learning, and writing this blog post so much easier! First I cropped, that is pretty obvious. In the Basic Develop module I went to my auto button. I like to do this, sometimes Lightroom is right, and there is little to do after that.

For this image I also moved the Highlight slider to -24, then added a preset from Kim-Klassen called kk_truegrit.  This preset does affect the exposure, contrast, whites and blacks as well as clarity. Presets are a good way to establish a style or a particular look if you want a cohesive look for a group of photos, and to automate your workflow.

Next I moved down to the Lens Correction Module to enable lens profile and remove chromatic aberrations, added a little post-crop vignette, and I was satisfied with the outcome.

Stacy’s After-Before Friday Forum has links to several great photographers and you can read more “how it was done” type posts, and Stacy usually has a video showing her workflow, if this interests you. I always learn a something from the contributors.

If still-life, textures and presets is something you want to learn more about head on over to Kim Klassen’s Cafe.

My Friday find: beautiful roses, and learning about presets and how to use them in Lightroom. I hope your week has been a good one, and you get to spend time being inspired this weekend.

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The Statue of David; Florence Italy

Seeing David; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Seeing David; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

Looking back through the many photos taken over the last year, and found this image of the Statue of David.

Standing inthe Piazza della Signoria, a replica of the statue of David, one of the most recognized works of Renaissane art. The Piazza is filled with visitors, all snapping away with their cameras,  getting photos of the buildings, the different scuptures around the square and of course themselves and their friends.

As a tourist and visitor I want to document our time in a city, and the sights that we visit, but I also want to find a creative way to photograph the scene that is photographed hundrends of times a day!  The statue of David created by Michelangelo in the early 1500’s and became a symbol of strength and beauty. The shadow shows the pose and translates those qualities without having to see all the statue.  I used the square format to remove any distractions from the frame.

Many people I know purchase postcards, because they will “never get a picture that pretty” themselves. My great aunt use to purchase slides that were sold at all the tourist shop, many many years ago as a memory of where she had been and what she had seen. I remember looking at those slides when I was a little girl, maybe she planted that seed to travel and take photos!

When you travel, do you take photos that tells a story about where we you were?

The Mosque Cathedral for Monochrome Madness Week 47

The Mosque Cathedral, Cordoba Spain

The Mosque Cathedral, Cordoba Spain 

Last week I showed you the Mosque Cathedral, here is a view from the Mosque area into the Cathedral. While the Mosque is lite with small lights in the traditional candle holder hanging from the ceiling the Cathedral is lite by large windows in the dome. You can see the dramatic difference.

There is a man standing near the left side of the frame, his presence gives a sense of size. He is difficult to see with the lighting, and of course this size of image; his feet planted flatly on the ground, but his head is tilted up as he is looking towards the arches and the ceiling, trust me when I say there is a look of awe on his face. The mix of architecture, the size, the detail in the paintings and carvings, and the fact that some of this has been around for at least a 1000 years is impressive, even daunting. Impossible to show in a single image, and for me impossible to describe in a few short sentences. If you get a chance you should visit the Mosque Cathedral for yourself.

I have submitted the image for Monochrome Madness, a weekly blog post by Leanne Cole, she is up to Week 47. Forty-seven continuous weeks on monochrome images submitted by various photographers around the world. For me it keeps me thinking and processing, at least, some images in black and white. Hop on over to her blog to see more black and white images.

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.

Enjoying the Beach; Malaga Spain

Lazy day at the Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Lazy day at the Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

It isn’t really warm enough to be sunbathing, and the beaches are quiet this time of year, but it is still a good place to spend the afternoon with a good book, soaking up a little sunshine, and watching the waves roll in and the clouds roll by!

La Alcazabra, Malaga Spain; After-Before Friday Forum

La Alcazaba, Malaga; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

La Alcazaba, Malaga; after;  copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

La Alcazaba, Malaga built during the 11 century it is reported to be the oldest Alcazaba in Spain, in this image we have a view of the Patio de la Alberca (Pool). The young man isn’t as bored as he looks, he had just snapped a picture of his girlfriend snapping a photo of the pool, she has moved on, he is, I suspect, posting the image to some social media site! But his presence in the image gives some interest.

As it is Friday, I have submitted this to the After-Before Forum, on Stacy’s Blog and detail the process to getting to the final image, the image below was my starting point.

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In Lightroom I start with Lens Correction, ticking the box to Enable Profile Correction and remove Chromatic Aberation. After that I cropped for the square format. The image is full of symmetry, and the young man provides a human element. Next I moved to the Basic Panel; and clicked on the Auto button, this doesn’t always achieve the results I want, but in this case it was perfect, then I moved the clarity slider to +36 Vibrance to +36 and Saturation to +18.

Done, I like processing when things are simple. Not every image has to be complicated, in fact the less work the better! If you found this information helpful, let me know, and head on over to Stacy’s blog for more after-before images and blog links.

The Mosque Cathedral of Cordoba

the Mosque Cathedral Cordoba

The Mosque Cathedral, Cordoba Spain; copyright jmeyersforemaan 2015

We took a short train ride to Cordoba on Monday to see the Mosque Cathedral, considered to be one of the accomplished monuments of Moorish Architecture in the Western World. It began as a Visigoth Basilica in the 6th century, became an Islamic Mosque in the 7th century, and remained so until the 1236 when it was reconsecrated as a Catholic Cathedral.

During it’s history each addition and modification added to the already excisting architecture, it is amazing to see the old moorish arches mixed with the cathedral dome and vaulted ceiling, with the light of the stain glass windowns colouring the marble floor and colums. It is quite stunning and impossible to put all of that into one photo.

 

Praia da Rocha, Portimao Portugal

 Praia da Rocha_ Portimao Portugal; jmeyersforeman 2014

Praia da Rocha_ Portimao Portugal; jmeyersforeman 2014

We visited Portimao the first part of March last year, and I managed to get some image of the wonderful Prais da Rocha beach posted before, but now I have had sometime to got back through last years images and see what they would look like as black and white.

I love the long sandy beaches, the reflections of the big rocks in the water, and wide shallow surf. It was not sunbathing weather, so there were only a few people strolling on the beach, the stromy clouds and the brisk wind  were doing there best to keep people indoors! It is perfect light for landscape photography.

It is tuesday once again, and Leanne Cole is hosting her Monochrome Madness post, if black and white photography interests you, head on over to see what has been offerred up this week for our enjoyment.

The Old Prague Astronomical Clock

the prague astronomical clock; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

the Prague astronomical clock; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

We have been enjoying a leisurely couple of weeks in Malaga Spain. the weather is good, wonderful if I were to compare it to the temperatures back at home in Calgary!

It is an easy 10 – 15 minute stroll to the beach, we have been spending some afternoons in the sunshine reading. Most mornings I have been reviewing the many photos taken over the last few weeks. I thought I would tell you about the  Prague Astronomical clock, then I thought, na, if you are interested you can go to Wikipedia or the tourist information site and read all about the clock, I am heading off into town for my morning coffee.

What are you going to do today?