Dream; After-Before Friday


Dream; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 (after)
Dream; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 (after)

As part of the After-Before Friday, hosted by Stacy Fisher I was inspired to try something a little different this week.

There is so much to tell you about this image. It started with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, one of Europe’s premier museum, and a place that I became completely absorbed for about 2 1/2 hours, until my feet were tired, and I desperately needed coffee! During my visit to this, or any museum for that matter, I, if I can, take photos of some of the works of art. Typically information I want to keep for reference, a study of how the artist used light, colour, shape, or line to draw us in. Sometimes it is the posing of a people, a couple or of a female that I might keep for future reference and inspiration. Among the image I took during our visit was this stone relief of a female, it looked as if she was dancing, as if in a dream world all of her own. There were 6 figures along the 6 inch high relief sculpture, this one seemed the most interesting for me.

When I was reviewing my photos and wondering what I would do with this one, and what I might prepare for the after-before image I decided to work with a layer texture, as specifically one that was created by Kim Klassen, she has created some wonderful textures, and has some e-learning programs if you are interested in working with texture layers but don’t know where to start.  The two images I started with……….

















I started with the image on the right in Lightroom 5, adjusting with the Infrared preset, then moving the image into Photoshop I cleaned of the edges removing the distraction with the content aware fill tool, and smoothed the texture of the stone on the face. Then dodging the face, neck and shoulder to lighten those areas, and burned some of the details in her dress to make them a little stronger.  My next step was to open kk-dream texture from Kim Klassen, copied it and then pasted a new layer onto my original image and using the Transform tool to re-shape and cover the image.  I changed the blend mode on the texture layer to Colour Burn, and the opacity to 79%, this allows the image of the “dreamer” to show through.  It sounds complicated and I apologize to the readers who might not be familiar with some of the terms. If you are interested in learning more about using textures with your photography I would suggest checking out Kim Klassen’s website or do an internet search, there are plenty of tutorials. If you have questions regarding my process I would be happy to answer them, as best I can.

It is quite amazing to think about all the inspiration in one museum, we never really know where it might take us or what creative doors it might open for us. Where do you find your inspiration?  I recommend heading over to the After-Before Friday post by Stacy Fisher to see what other photographers are doing, I know there is lots to learn from the other photographers that contribute each week.


Rio eBacino Orseolo, Venice Italy

Rio eBacio Orseolo, Venice Italy.  I have presented this image before, but wasn’t really happy with the results. This time I employed the square format, which provide a limited view, and I think a little tension; maybe the viewer wondering about the bridge and where it leads to?

I also used a texture layer on the images, Kim Klassen’s Cafe has some great textures, offers some great information on how to use them, and even runs internet classes for those that are interested.

you can see the origional Rio eBacio and let me know what you think.

Sunday, Oct 9 2011,

It has been a busy day  getting dinner ready for the family that could join us for turkey dinner!  I did have a bit of time to myself early this morning it fit in a short yoga routine.   While I would like to be able to post a photo of the amazing dinner, I have to admit that my dinner never looks as good as the one in the cookbook.  In fact I didn’t even get a picture of everyone around the table this year, as per usual.  I keeping with my post a day challenge, you will have to look a the beautiful people I worked with in Dubrovnik during the wedding workshop.

I did add some texture to the wall behind the couple, other than the large face above the couple the wall was pretty boring. The texture was provided by Kim Klassen Cafe, it is a great site with lots of information and textures to explore.

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian family and friends, I hope your day was as good as mine.



One photo; two ideas, two images.

  Dream butterfly and lunch butterfly 

I took the 2nd image shown here at the Butterfly Conservatory in Key West Florida.  

I converted the images above to a black and white image and then worked in one of Kim Klassen’s textures.  

I am not sure which one I like best.

 I have enjoyed visiting the Kim Klassen Cafe, I have learned a lot, and I have been inspired.  

If you are interested in learning more I would recommend checking out the site, there are lots of tutorials, samples and information