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We had a great time in Melbourne, getting out to see all the sights. I loved riding the old tram. Free throught the City Center the trams they are a great way to get around to all the different things to see.

I want to thank Leanne Cole, who was kind enough to get up before dawn and take the train into the city. We spent part of the morning waiting for sunrise! While we had a beautiful blue hour, when the Yarrow River was magnificently still, we did not get a colorful sunrise. While I would have loved to see the sky full of pick’s and purple clouds, I am more than happy with the wonderful reflections of the city buildings and bridges in the river. If you are interested in learning more about dramatic range photography, long exposures, head on over to her website and order the Dynamic Range Magazine it is full of great information.






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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Praia la Rocha, Portimao Portugal
Praia la Rocha, Portimao Portugal 

We have been home in Calgary for a couple of days now, well home but still homeless! We don’t get possession of our own house until end of May, but we have a roof over our heads, and a soft bed to sleep in thanks to my lovely daughter.  It seems there are many things to get organized, like a phone, cloths from the storage locker, and seeing all of our friends.

This image was taken during our visit to Portimao Portugal, almost one year ago, March 9th 2014 to be exact. It was the beginning of our epic journey through Europe.

We have only had sporadic internet service over the last 2 weeks, it has been a real holiday from photography and blogging! Now it is time to get back into the routine. Tuesday I am going to be dedicating to black and white, or monochrome images, and contribute to Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole, she has been hosting this weekly blog for 51 weeks now.

The Painter and the Ponte Vecchhio, Florence Italy: Monochrome Madness week 48

Painting the River Arno; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Painting the River Arno; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

I have been travelling back in time, going through my (many) photo files, finally finding time to process a few that were take last October while we were in Florence. So many wonderful memories of our time in the city. Wandering the streets, getting lost in the laneways! I use to love walking along the river pathways, so much to see.

Buskers and mimes of all descriptions providing enterainment, vendors selling just about everything a tourist might want to take home, tourist reading guide books, taking photos, and getting lost. One of my favourites to watch was the various artists who set up their easel and begin to work. Watching them transform a plain white piece of paper or canvas to the scene in front of us is both magical and inspiring.

It is Tuesday, and Leanne Cole has her weekly Monochrome Madness blog, if you like black and white photography head on over to her page and check out some of the image submitted by the other photographers.

The Mosque Cathedral for Monochrome Madness Week 47

The Mosque Cathedral, Cordoba Spain
The Mosque Cathedral, Cordoba Spain 

Last week I showed you the Mosque Cathedral, here is a view from the Mosque area into the Cathedral. While the Mosque is lite with small lights in the traditional candle holder hanging from the ceiling the Cathedral is lite by large windows in the dome. You can see the dramatic difference.

There is a man standing near the left side of the frame, his presence gives a sense of size. He is difficult to see with the lighting, and of course this size of image; his feet planted flatly on the ground, but his head is tilted up as he is looking towards the arches and the ceiling, trust me when I say there is a look of awe on his face. The mix of architecture, the size, the detail in the paintings and carvings, and the fact that some of this has been around for at least a 1000 years is impressive, even daunting. Impossible to show in a single image, and for me impossible to describe in a few short sentences. If you get a chance you should visit the Mosque Cathedral for yourself.

I have submitted the image for Monochrome Madness, a weekly blog post by Leanne Cole, she is up to Week 47. Forty-seven continuous weeks on monochrome images submitted by various photographers around the world. For me it keeps me thinking and processing, at least, some images in black and white. Hop on over to her blog to see more black and white images.

Praia da Rocha, Portimao Portugal

 Praia da Rocha_ Portimao Portugal; jmeyersforeman 2014
Praia da Rocha_ Portimao Portugal; jmeyersforeman 2014

We visited Portimao the first part of March last year, and I managed to get some image of the wonderful Prais da Rocha beach posted before, the Algarve is a popular tourist destination, and during the summer the beaches would be quite busy. This was taken during the winter months and I love the peaceful feeling.

I love the long sandy beaches, the reflections of the big rocks in the water, and wide shallow surf. It was not sunbathing weather, so there were only a few people strolling on the beach, the stromy clouds and the brisk wind  were doing there best to keep people indoors! It is perfect light for landscape photography.

It is tuesday once again, and Leanne Cole is hosting her Monochrome Madness post, if black and white photography interests you, head on over to see what has been offered up this week for our enjoyment.

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Reflection: Old in New

Reflection; Old in New Architecture; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Reflection; Old in New; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015  

so many places we have travelled to this last few month have had a wonderful combination of old and new architecture. I love to find the reflection of the old stone buildings in the windows of the new glass and steel structures that are sitting near by. I find the reflections make wonderful abstract images.

I have submitted this image to Leanne Cole’s blog, her first Monochrome Madness of 2015. Preparing a blog post each week for this forum  will be one of my goals for the year. I have found that participating the the forum I have become more mindful of the images that might be better suited to monochrome processing rather than colour. I have also learned several different ways to process an image, every software that is used to process images will have at least one way to change an image from colour to black and white. It is all about experimenting with the tools you have.

For more inspirational monochrome images head on over to Leanne’s Blog if the weekly Monochrome Madness isn’t up yet it will be soon.

Paintings needing a good home

Painting needing a good home; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Painting needing a good home; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

We love to walk through the flea markets, so many interesting things for sale, and sometimes it is simply the way they are arranged that makes them interesting. This one stall was full of old paintings, hanging overlapping, sitting on tables and chairs, overlapping, I loved it. Most flea market vendors don’t mind when I take a few photos, but it is always important to ask permission first, as some are very protective of their wares.

This is my submission to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness, Leannne has a great blog and once a week photographers contribute a monochromatic image to forum page, I would recommend you check out her page for the great images, it is where I have found lots of wonderful (weekly)  inspiration.

Monochrome Madness; Salzburg in the evening

Bill on the steps Salzburg; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Bill on the steps Salzburg; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

I think it is the winter season here in the Northern Hemisphere, I am not sure, but I will suggest that the reason I am showing you so many evening images lately is that the days are so short, and the nights so long.  I should be happy, it is a great time to practise working in low light situations, to get use to carrying a tripod, to use the flash in different situations, and basically try new things, and I am happy!

The other reason that you are seeing a lot of night images is that the days have been cloudy and grey, no snow thankfully, only one day of rain, but dull and flat, and it is difficult to get something dramatic to show you. Now I am not complaining, just letting you know conditions haven’t been perfect.

This was a perfect setting to practise the long exposure and flash combination again. There were some adjustments before I got this image. I am not sure if it is perfect, any suggestions let me know. It is my contribution to Monochrome Madness for this week.  Leanne Cole publishes a blog post once a week, a bunch of photographers contribute they black and white images, each week is different and worth a look!

Enjoying the mulled wine; Vienna Christmas Market

enjoying mulled wine, Vienna Christmas Markets_IMG_0513

I am not sure if the Vienna Christmas Markets are unique in their marketing of mulled wine, but each market has a special wine and a special mug that they sell. When you buy your first cup of mulled wine you also pay a deposit on the cup, once the wine is done you can order more wine or you can keep the cup as a souvenir.  It seemed every market we visited had a different wine and a different cup; great fun drinking mulled and collecting cups, don’t you think?

I have used the photo of Bill and our first cups of mulled wine for my submission to the monochrome madness this week. If you have been following the blog for a while you will remember the group of photographers who at least once a week submit black and white images to the forum, head on over to Leanne Cole’s blog to check out the other submission, they might not be as much fun as Bill drinking mulled wine, but you will find some great photography.

We are off to Salzburg Austria to see their Christmas markets and taste their mulled wine!