Photography Quote of the Week – Ansel Adams 2

jmeyersforeman:

I love this quote; thanks PI Photography for sharing it.

Originally posted on PI Photography and Fine Art:

Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams

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Jellyfish, Oceanographics Valencia Spain

Jellyfish, Oceanographics, Valencia Spain; copyright jmeyersforema 2015

Jellyfish, Oceanographics, Valencia Spain; copyright jmeyersforema 2015 

I remember spending quite sometime watching the jellyfish swimming in the tank at Oceanographics in Valencia Spain. They were translucent orbs dancing around each other, fascinating to watch!

Another wonderful memory of our time in Spain.

Monochrome Madness

Imperial Sand Dunes, Yuma Arizona at Sunrise; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Imperial Sand Dunes, Yuma Arizona at Sunrise; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Tuesday and time for a black and white image. I have been going through my hard drive, trying to sort, catalogue, keyword and combine two Lightroom Catalogues. While it is a time consuming project, it has it’s rewards, I am finding gems among the forgotten, images that I still love, and memories worth revisiting!

This image for example, taken early one morning at the Imperial Sand Dunes near Yuma Arizona. We were last in Yuma Feb of 2014, visiting my parents, seeing the sights and enjoying a little time by the pool. I wouldn’t normally process an sunrise photo to monochrome, as it is the colour of the sunrise that inspires me to click the shutter. Here I was drawn to the shadows and lines in the sand and sun-flare. These details were muted and lost in the colour photo, processing the it to black and white enhanced the long sweeping lines along the dunes.

A year of learning, exploring and seeing new things has given me a new perspective, I will be giving at least some of these old photos a new look as I remember where and why they were taken.

I was too late getting this image processed to submit for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness, but hop on  over to her blog to see what the other photographers have been up to this week.

After-before Friday One Photo Focus

ab friday photo by Lore Dombaj for March 2015

ab friday photo by Lore Dombaj for March 2015

it is the first friday of March, that means it is time for the after-before, one photo focus post. If you have by following the blog for a while you know that on the first Friday of the month a group of photographers take one photo and edit to their liking. It is amazing to see the final image of each participating photographer and how they are all so different. You can check out the Stacy’s blog to see all the submissions.

Over the last few months I have beenfollowing a couple of different blogs, photographers who are using phone cameras to take images and phone apps to process their images, typically referred to a iphonegraphy. Photographers like Kat Sloma over at Kat Eye Studio as well as Bob Weil at Iphoneartist and Emil Pakarklis at Iphonephotography School

I received the email with a link to the group challenge photo while visiting Chicxulub Mexico, there was no internet service at the apartment my parents had rented, so I decided to download the photo to my phone while sitting in a coffee shop. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a few of the apps I had been reading about and experimenting with.  Using the Mextures App I cropped the original image and played around with different textures and layers until I was happy with the results. To be honest I made so many changes back and forth returning to the original and starting over again, and again I could really tell you the exact formula I used for this image. I really do need to keep better notes!!!

Here is a side by side of the after and before images….. Thanks Lore for the image, and the opportunity to use some of my iphone apps for this group post!

Head on over to Stacy’s blog to see just how the other photographers have edited Lore Dombaj’s image, head on over to Lore’s blog to learn a little about the image and how Lore processed the image.

Good Morning

Good Morning Sunshine; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Good Morning Sunshine; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Good Morning, I took this photo in southern Ontario during one of our many visits to the family. I have always loved the layers of farmland and shrubs that run along the lower part of the image and the sun breaking through the tree branches.

We have been home in Calgary almost two weeks now, and I have been working to combing two catalogues in Lightroom, and organized the photos, a task that is much more time consuming than I would like it to be. On the positive side I am finding some great treasures that are sparking some wonderful memories.

Pilgrimage through Leon Spain to Santiago de Compostela

Pilgrimage through Leon Spain

Pilgrimage through Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Bill and I have travelled through Leon Spain a couple of times, first as part of our walk along the Camino to Santiago de Compostella the autumn of 2013 the second visit was the summer of 2014 when we spend about three months visiting the beautiful cities of Spain.

Leon was one city we remembered fondly during the camino, during this visit we only had one day to see the city. During our visit last summer we spent a week wandering the streets, enjoying the festival and seeing the historic sites. It is often difficult when visiting a city to find an image that hasn’t been taken, I want it to have personal meaning, and contect with people.  I think the statue of the pilgrim sitting resting his sore feet in Plaza de San Marcos in front of the Parador “Hostal San Marcos

What is now The Parador had originally been built during the 16 century as the western headquarters for the military Order of Saint James. Built on the site of an old pilgrim’s hospital that had existed to house and help the pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela. So the image of the pilgrim sitting resting his feet and looking at the convent, his resting place for the night reminds me of the first time we were in Leon.

 

Tuesday’s Monochrome Madness

Peace Lily in Black and white

Peace Lily in Black and white 

It’s Tuesday, and I am preparing my image for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Week 52. For 52 weeks now Leanne has been hosting a blog post featuring monochrome images from different photographers from around the world. Working my way through the gallery each week has been inspirational, so many great images, so many great blogs!

I have to admit, with all the travelling we have done I have been a little hit and miss, and over the last couple of weeks I have missed more than I have contributed to the post. So I offer Leanne this lovely Peace Lily, a heart felt congratulations for a job well done, and a big thank-you for introducing me to so many great photographers and bloggers. The world seems a little smaller, and people a little more connected through her work.

If you fancy black and white photography head on over to her blog and check out some of the other contributors and I have a link to some of the images and past blog posts for Monochrome Madness.

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Morning Coffee Still-life

Morning Espresso in a Green Glass cup, the perfect way to start the day

Morning Espresso in a Green Glass cup, the perfect way to start the day 

Yes another cup of coffee! I love my morning coffee! I think there are so many ways to serve and of course photograph a cup of coffee. I love these little green glass cups, almost as much as the coffee that is served in them, or maybe because of the warm dark aromatic liquid it holds.

It has been a busy couple of weeks, getting home after months travelling around, spending time with family and friends. It has been a wonderful few weeks, and there are still so many friends to re-connect with. All this has taken time, and while I believe there is always time for coffee with a friend, it is now time to building a new routine that involves the camera, and taking photos.

I have enrolled in Kim Klassen’s Be-Still 52, she describes it as a year of artful inspiration, each week there is a new lesson, and new inspiration for still-life photography. I want to spend a little more time learning to photograph still-life images; little vignette’s of my day to share with you.

Spring Flowers; After-Before Friday

Cherry Bloosoms in Spain

Cherry Bloosoms in Spain 

The Cherry trees were starting to bloom while we were in Spain, I couldn’t resist taking several images of the tiny buds and flowers. Now that I am back in Canada, home of the ice and snow it is nice to have these images to look at. I know that sometime in May I will have another opportunity to photography the lovely spring flowers!

It is friday and time for an after-before blog post. This is where I describe a little of my editing process. Some image on the blog have very little work done, others have way to much work, it all depends on the photo and what I want the final image to look like.

Here is the image that I started with……

spring blooms before

spring blooms before 

I edited the photo in Photoshop; the first step was to crop and remove the distracting branches in the bottom of the frame. Next I applied a Florabella Action called Soft Color Pop. Florabella has some great actions, templates and textures, I don’t use them a lot, but always fun to play a little. The action I used had a reduce red layer, and I masked the flowers to keep the nice pink color. I liked what the action did for the flowers, but it really washed out the nice blue sky.

Rather than mask the action to bring back the sky I thought I would add a textured layer, something that would add the blue with a painted quality.  I have a folder of textures I have collected over the years, from the internet artists like Kim Klassen, as well as painted papers, cement and stone walls, fabric, scrapbooking paper, I have photographed myself. The textured I decided to use was a soft blue painted paper. The edges of the blue paper is a little darker and has a little more texture than the center of the frame, this worked perfectly for the flowers. I sent the blend mode to darken, and the opacity at 80%.

There you have it, my custom-made spring flowers. I would love to hear from you if you have questions or comments regarding my process or photography. You can find more of my work on Instagram, or we can connect on Behance  If you would like to see more after-before images head on over to Stacy Fischer’s Virtual Venturing blog

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!