Last week for Morning Commute

It’s official, this is the last week for my morning commute series. I may comeback to this series some time in the future, as there are places that commuters walk or drive by everyday that we didn’t get to, there are different seasons that we didn’t photography fully, and different photographic styles and techniques that can be explored, but my days of walking to work in downtown Calgary have ended, at least for a while. Have you enjoyed the series, have you started to look out the window during your own morning commute and see things a little differently?

What’s next? Bill and I are planning to do a little travelling, I announced a couple of weeks ago, that we are going to walk camino to Santiago de Compostela once again. We are scheduled to be in St. Jean Pied de Port in south France April 19th, and begin our journey through the Pyrenees and across northern Spain on April 22, 2017.  We have been busy planning our days, places we want to stay, things we want to see, and photograph. Have you walked the camino, what was your favourite memory? Do you have any recommendations for places to see, places to stay? Do you have questions about the camino that I or the readers might be able to answer?

We are starting an exciting new chapter.

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Morning Commute; Instagram photos plus…..

Full disclosure; I live approximately 12 kilometres from the office. My morning commute includes a 20 minute drive and a 30 minute walk. When I started working at my current position we set up this up as part of our schedule. I say we because Bill walks to work with me, then carries on about his day. He returns at the end of the day for another commute home. We do this for several reasons, we love to walking, it keeps us out of the gym, and it gives me that creative time first thing in the morning, before the day’s work has begun.

The fresh morning air, watching the light change as the sun rises, at this time in my life, there isn’t a better start the day. I have even enjoyed the extreme cold we have had this winter, and have only missed a few days of walking.

I hope you are enjoying my morning commute series. My goal has been to post one photo a day, on instagram. This week I thought I would share a couple of extra photos that didn’t make it to instagram.

Do you post your photos on instagram, are you working on a series? Leave a message and your instagram link in the comments below so we can check out what you are working on.

Last week on Instagram

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I returned to work; a busy week at the office, means less time for photograph I am afraid! The days are getting longer, there is a little more light visible in the sky during my walk into work and on the way home.  This week the light through the windows was the most fascinating.

My goal this week is daily posts on instagram, and a different route to and from the office to see what new views I can find.

 

Downtown Calgary,

Downtown Calgary from Samis Rd. NE, copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Downtown Calgary from Samis Rd. NE, copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

I have lived here for a long time now and the skyline has changed a lot during that time. I never tire of walking down by the Bow River in the evening. I enjoy the quiet walk, as well as the view, if it isn’t too windy, I never tire of watching the sky or finding a new way to frame an image.

I remember a time when the Calgary tower was visible from everywhere in the city, today it is peaking out between the buildings if you can see it at all. I framed the image tightly, as  it seems to me that the downtown has filled up with office towers, with the Calgary Tower peaking out, and the Centre St. Bridge lighting the way into the downtown.

Olympic Plaza, Calgary Alberta

Olympic Plaza, Calgary Alberta, jmeyersforeman
Olympic Plaza, Calgary Alberta, jmeyersforeman 

Visiting my home town over the last couple of weeks has been great. Visiting family and friends of course the best part, but I have also had a chance to play tourist and see some of the city where previously I was too busy with work to see and enjoy. The Olympic Plaza just one the great gathering places downtown. It was built and used for the medal presentations when Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympic Games, and is now used for festivals and events. the pool is drained and bands play on the stage, there is square dancing during the Stampede, and during the winter the water is frozen and we can ice skate there. 

I used a fish-eye lens to capture as much of the skyline as possible, most of the high rise office towers in Calgary’s downtown core are to the west of the Olympic Plaza so we get a peek at the great Alberta sky, as well as the new Bow Building on the left side of the frame. The Bow Building is currently the tallest building.  

For the photographers who read the blog, to process the image I used Camera Raw, Lens Correction, Manual, it does an amazing job fixing lens perspective, and straightening lines. I was surprised! I also increased clarity and vibrance, and burned a little more detail into the clouds, but the work on it was very minor. 


 

 

The view from inside Wonderland at the Bow Building; Calgary Alberta

From the inside of Wonderland looking out at Calgary Alberta
From the inside of Wonderland looking out at Calgary Alberta 

Playing tourist in my own home town I am finally finding time to see some of the wonderful art on the streets of Calgary Alberta. 

 

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!

Wanda; Relationship Coach; Calgary Portrait Photography

wanda; spark change now
Wanda; Spark Change Now 

Wanda, Calgary based relationship coach. I love her motto: Life might not be the party we expected; but while we are here we might as well dance.

Knowing we need to make a change, figuring out what that change should look like, and then making that change is practically impossible for most of us. I  will be honest with you, bad habits seem so much easier to stick with than good habits, or is it just me?

We have all heard that working with a coach is a great way to help figure out priorities; determine the change that would yield the best results, and  keep us accountable to our goals. Wanda works with people making relationship changes and people wanting better relationships.

I first met Wanda at the BNI, Rocky Mountain Thunder meeting, and it was a great pleasure to work with her for business portraits, and learn a little more about her work.  Spark Change Now

Thanks Wanda, I going dancing!!!

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggty Jig

flying into Calgary on a cold and frost morning
flying into Calgary on a cold and frost morning 

We flew into Calgary yesterday morning, quite a temperature change from Yuma Arizona; all I can say is BUURRRR!

 

Luke, Evolution Tickets; Calgary Business Portraits

Luke - Evolution Tickets
Luke – Evolution Tickets

Luke Salt  President of Evolution Tickets Inc.  their motto “Any ticket, Any time, Any where” and have access to  hundreds, if not thousands, of choices for event tickets across the U.S. and Canada.  Not just sporting events, tickets for Broadway or Vegas!

Since joining BNI, Rocky Mountain Thunder he has helped several of the members acquire great tickets or sporting events, and concert. I enjoyed meeting with him, working on his portraits; it gave me a chance to visit and learn more about his business, and his goals.

Next time you need event tickets think of giving him a call.