Even the horse thinks I am crazy!

Even the horse thinks I am crazy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Even the horse thinks I am crazy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015  

I wander around with my camera almost all of the time, and sometimes you will find me laying on the ground, climbing into a tree, hanging over a fence railing just to get the picture. I have gotten use to the idea that people will stop and stare I am sure they are trying to figure out what the heck am I taking a picture of. But when I got down really low to take this picture of the horse and carriage and the horse looked at me like I was crazy I knew it would be a great photo. It makes me smile!

How about you any memorable photos with crazy stories, share them on your blog and send us a link.

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Carriage Rides in Cordoba

Carriage rides in Cordoba Spain
Carriage rides in Cordoba Spain 

Imagine a romantic carriage ride through the narrow streets of Cordoba Spain, listening to the coachmen’s tales as he steers the ponies down the historic district of this beautiful city.

I wanted to re-create the feeling of an old romantic time, the little car following the carriage doesn’t really help, to reach the goal I used one of Kim Klassen’s textures, kk-waterfront18. Before adding the texture to the image I did a little work on it, first increasing the saturation and then taking it into the filter gallery to add the watercolour filter giving it a more textured feeling. Once this was done I added the layer to the image using overlay blend mode, giving it an old grainy photo look.  I then converted the photo to black and white using Nik Silver Effects Pro Software.

I read Kim’s blog regularly and her Texture Tuesday blog, dozens of photographers who use and experiment with textures link in, it is a great place to learn about the possibilities textures provides to change and add character to an image.

We haven’t tried the carriage rides yet, and with one day left in Cordoba I am not sure we will find the time, but I love to watch the horse and carriage drive down the street.

Day 1, Via la Plata; Seville to Santiponce Spain

Via la Plata, marker #1 outside the Seville Cathedral
Via la Plata, marker #1 outside the Seville Cathedral

Today we started our camino to Santiago de Compostela, following the ancient route called the Via la Plata from Seville to Santiago de Compostela.  We walked about 10k to Sanitponce, just outside Seville, this is not a traditional pilgrim destination on the camino, but we wanted to stop and explore the archeological site of Italica. The short distance also gives our legs and feet a chance to get use to the extra weight of the backpack. The sights from central Seville to Santiponce varied as much as any walk from the typical urban centre to the countryside,

sleeping baby, large mural in Seville
sleeping baby, large mural in Seville
oxen working the field
oxen working the field
carriage ride in the country
carriage ride in the country

we found the route to be well-marked with the yellow arrows.

yellow arrows of the camino to Santiago de Compostela
yellow arrows of the camino to Santiago de Compostela

We arrived at Santiponce mid afternoon, in time to visit Itallica, more about this historic site a little later.

Roman Statue at Italica
Roman Statue at Italica

 

 

 

 

 

Plaza Espana, Sevilla Spain in the evening

Plaza Espana, Spain Square in the evening
Plaza Espana, Spain Square in the evening

we had a warm cloudy night as we waited for the sunset and the street lights to come on around the Plaza Espana. Just as the lights came on the carriage stopped under the street light, as if to pose in the perfect light for this final image of the day.

The Plaza Espana, or Spain Square as it is called in English, is  located in the Parque de María Luisa was built in 1928 for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, and it is a beautiful place to spend the day when visiting Seville.