Aspen’s in Motion

aspens in motion; copyright jmeyersforeman
aspens in motion; copyright jmeyersforeman  

we are on our way to the cottage for a couple of days at the lake, the weather looks promising; lots of sunshine head. no phone, no internet, just time to sit beside the lake and read. It has been a couple of years, maybe even 10 since our last visit!

I can only photography the trees so many times before I start to experiment with intentional camera motion, as I have done with this image that was actually taken in a park in London England last week.

I am also looking forward setting up the tripod and spending a little time working with the neutral density filter on some long exposures of the lake and the sky.

What are you working on this week?

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London; the Metro train rushing by…..

London Metro; copyright jmeyersforeman
London Metro; copyright jmeyersforeman  

The London streets, buses, and subway trains are busy. Gatwick officials said this is a big travel weekend! 141,000 passengers through the airport today and another 144,000 through tomorrow! Here is a photo I took while waiting for the train!

we hope you are enjoying your weekend where ever you are.

 

Rushing by the Sunflowers and the French Countryside

rushing by the sunflowers and the French countryside
rushing by the sunflowers and the French countryside 

We took a four hour train ride from Bordeaux to Nantes, long train rides are usually good for getting a little work done but I find I often get distracted, watching the French countryside rush by.  I have commented several times on Spain’s train system, it was pleasure to travel with them I was convinced that they could not be outdone. Well the French might not have outdone the Spanish rail service, but it is just as easy, just as comfortable, just as easy to recommend.

During our four hour ride we watched the cities, towns and farmland roll by. I think this is as close as I will get to the sunflower fields this year! Robin has a great photo of a sunflower on his blog this week, he wanted to alert the photographers in his area that the bright beautiful flower is in bloom.

This image and others are available in my photoshelter gallery. I invite you to check them out. I have had the gallery, but just now finding some time to develop the site a little further.

 

Beach Day; Tarragona Spain

Beach Day
Beach Day

I have read that Tarragona has 15 kilometres of soft sandy beaches along its coastline, and after a couple of days of wandering the city we thought we would head out to the beach is which is just minutes from the apartment we rented for the week.

Ocean View and watching the clouds roll by.
Ocean View and watching the clouds roll by.

More about the beach later.

Foggy Walk from Fuente de Cantos, on the Via la Plata, Spain

foggy walk to Jafra Spain on the Via la Plata
foggy walk to Jafra Spain on the Via la Plata 

Yup, yesterday I was raving on about the wonderful spring weather along the Via la Plata, and sure enough we wake up to fog! Temperatures were reasonable enough for walking about 10 C  and it didn’t rain on us. The fog cleared about 11 am, in the meantime I tried to get creative with the landscape photos.

foggy landscape along the via la plata, Spain
foggy landscape along the via la plata, Spain 

later in the day, after the fog cleared we came across small stream that had to be crossed, our biggest challenge; not getting the boots wet or falling down.

crossing the stream along the Via la Plata, Spain.
crossing the stream along the Via la Plata, Spain. 

Always something new along the Via la Plata.

 

 

Watching the waves; Lagos Portugal

watching the waves at Lagos Portugal
watching the waves at Lagos Portugal

We spent part of the day, yesterday wandering around Lagos Portugal a beautiful little seaside resort in south Portugal. We also spent sometimes sitting in the harbour, watching the waves and testing out the Var Fader II filter, a neutral density filter that can add 6 to 11 stop to the time exposure allowing for the movement in the waves, and the white water.

The Var Fader II filter is one of the few “extras” in the camera bag.

more images from Portugal visit my gallery.

 

Long Beach California; shades of blue

Hazy Morning, Long Beach California
Hazy Morning, Long Beach California

Sunday Morning we were in Long Beach California, picking family up from the cruise terminal, we sat and watched the many people disembarking from the ship, there were many! It seemed they streamed off the ship forever.

Sitting and waiting, it was the first time in quite a while that I have had time to look around and just image what I might photograph.  I had recently purchased a new multi-stop neutral density filter, and wanted to spend a little time discovering the possibilities. The coastline was hazy, and there was hardly a line between the sky and the ocean. The ocean is in constant motion, so I thought I would use the filter to allow for a long exposure, softening the waves and eliminating any distraction on the surface of the water, or birds that might be flying by. Giving a photo of soft blue in just about as many tones of can be imagined.

 

Forest and Trees; motion and long exposure

seeing the trees amoung the forest
seeing the trees amoung the forest 

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~Kahlil Gibran

I have been spending a lot of time doing both family and business portraits over the last year, and enjoyed every minute. Luckily I have also had time to spend getting out of the studio/home and thinking about landscapes. I love the trees as they blow in the wind, the tall pine trees had been covered by the wet snow, long white streaks against a dark background.

I have been exploring and experimenting with long exposures, motion and blur, and love the feeling of the image, white streaks representative of the growth, reaching for the sky, enhanced by the snow stuck to the side of the tree.  Freeman Patterson has always been one of my favourite photographers, and this photo is reminiscent (at least for me) of his work.

 

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one billion rising; Calgary Alberta; Feb 14, 2013
one billion rising; Calgary Alberta; Feb 14, 2013  

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of livingAnais Nin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stampede Midway, after dark – Reblog

stampede midway after dark
stampede midway after dark

I wanted to reblog this image for a couple of reasons, the Calgary Stampede is less that three weeks away, it is always great fun with lots of photo opportunities. I also wanted to share with you some news; I have learned this week, that this image has been licensed for publication through Alamy. Unfortunately I never find out who purchased the rights to use the image, I do know that it is a large business who will use for marketing material.

The original post from Stampede 2013: I was down at the Stampede Grounds yesterday, after volunteering at the Western Photo Gallery for a shift, Bill and I headed over watch the chuck wagon races.  We indulged in the usually beer and hot dog, not bad, then tried the mini donuts,which we had to throw away because they were undercooked. The inside was still raw and runny!

Walking about I took a few pictures of the the midway with my fish-eye lens. The sky over Calgary just starting to change colour to a dark blue after the sun has set. Catching all the rides moving at the same time was a stroke of luck!

I hope you enjoy the Calgary Stampede.