St.Jean Pied de Port; the Camino Francés 

The Camino Francés traditionally begins in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.Two-thirds of pilgrims arriving in Santiago walk the Camino Francés, of which 10% start their journey here, walk south on the Rue de Citadelle, past the Notre-Dame church, and through the gate of Norte -Dame. 

I used a long exposure for the photo to show the pilgrims walking down the road. This represents the beginning of their journey.

We start our walk tomorrow. 

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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.

Ice Skating at the Christmas Market in Salsburg

Ice Skating at the Christmas Market, Salzburg Austria; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Ice Skating at the Christmas Market, Salzburg Austria; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

Great fun to watch young and old skating around, the Christmas Market only a few feet away, lots of room to stand and watch. This looked like a temporary set up, about 1 foot off the ground, all the workings for the artificial ice below, parked not too far away an ATV fitted with ice cleaning equipment just like a mini Zamboni.

The challenge with this photo, a long exposure for the low light , combined with a flash to catch the skaters moving around. With just the long exposure the skaters that were moving disappeared from the image. It took several images to get one that i liked, but I figured this one wasn’t too bad. This is a large area for the flash to handle, draining power quickly in the cold,  I was using a rear shutter sync, catching the action at the end of the exposure, rather than the beginning, this affects the “ghosting” in the image.

let me know if you think it was a success or if you have any tips.

One more; Charles Bridge, Prague, then we are off to Vienna

Charles Bridge, Prague; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Charles Bridge, Prague; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

We sat along banks of the Vltave River, not far from the Charles Bridge, where we could see the Old Town Bridge tower, the sun was going down, the lights were coming on and it seemed like the perfect time and a perfect place to stop for a mug of mulled wine.

This hour of day the dark blue colour of the sky mixed with the warm glow of the street lights is one of the most beautiful times of day, of course this time of year, late fall, sunset happens about 4:30. I think that it is a perfect reminder to change gears and slow down.

As a photographer low light means long time exposures and a tripod, causing, dare I say forcing me to slow down and enjoy the view. In this image we can see the lights of the river boats streaking by, they become a blur of light with the long exposures and contrast to the sharp detail of the Old Town.

Verona Italy, River Adige and the

Verona, River Adige and Ponte Pietra; copyright jmeyersforeman
Verona, River Adige and Ponte Pietra; copyright jmeyersforeman 

The Ponte Pietra is a Roman arch bridge crossing the Adige River in Verona Italy. It had been cloudy with spots of rain all day, so we didn’t think there would be much of a sunset! Lucky for us the clouds broke ever so slightly and there was a little bit of pink showing through. Using a long exposure so there is a softness to the clouds and water.  The second image is taken from the other side; the water has nothing to ripple over and the long exposure enhances the reflection. 

Verona Italy, River Adige and Ponte Pietra; copyright jmeyersforeman
Verona Italy, River Adige and Ponte Pietra; copyright jmeyersforeman 

It is getting dark earlier and the street lights are coming on earlier. We have been suffering a little jet lag so our days and nights a little confused and more than a little tired, but that is expected I guess.

We are off to Bologna today, just a short train ride from Verona.

On Saturday I am going to participate in the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk tomorrow, so I am looking forward to meeting up with some fellow photographers and seeing the lovely Bologna Italy! How about you, are you participating in the photo walk?

I hope your friday is a good one.

 

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?

Baiona Spain

long exposure, fast moving water
long exposure, fast moving water 

Near Baiona Spain there are a number of beaches, and it is a popular summer resort town, some of the beaches are beautiful sandy beaches suitable for enjoying the sun, watching the waves, and collecting seashells. Some of them are rocky and the waves don’t roll in, they crash in against the rocks, sometimes with big a big splash.

The trick to getting the beautiful white water is a neutral density filter, finding the right setting so catch some of the splash, and not smooth out the water too much is also a consideration, and personal judgement. For me I could sit there all day, watching the waves, trying out different settings, each image a little different. Different not just because of the settings, but on just how the water hits the rocks, if the tide is going out or coming in, the clouds in the sky all change the light on the water! So many variables!

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.

Plaza Espana, Merida Spain,

Plaza Espana, Merida Spain on a Saturday night
Plaza Espana, Merida Spain on a Saturday night

We were sitting having a glass of wine in the Plaza Mayor, here in Merida last night. It was full of kids playing, parents with strollers, and old people walking hand in hand.  Thought out the square there are about 4 or 5 Tapa bars where music was playing, and people were visiting. I decided a long exposure showing people moving about was a wonderful way of capturing the light, and the life of the square.

Photos are available through my gallery.

Old Pier along the Hudson River, NYC

Old Pier Post, Pier 59, NYC
Old Pier Post, Pier 59, NYC 

Bill and I have had a busy few days in NYC, visiting some of our favorite spots, and finding some new spots to add to our favorite list. Of course we have made a trip to B & H Photo, Chelsea market, Century 21, Times Square, among others. While wandering the pathway along the Hudson River I stopped for a few photos of the of the old piers, using a long exposure, and converting the image to black and white gives the water a misty feel.

Only a couple more days……