Kaslo British Columbia

Kaslo, lakeside; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Kaslo, lakeside; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

It was a dark grey day in Kaslo BC. Most of the stores were closed up for the season, in the windows were signs “see you May 2016.” We walked the quiet streets, checking out the store windows, when we came across this old building roof, floor, and and windows gone, it was covered with graffiti, the yellows and blues a perfect foible for the environment.

It’s a colourful world;

a pilot getting his hot air balloon ready for flight

a pilot getting his hot air balloon ready for flight; copyright jmeyersforeman 

It has been a while since I attended a Balloon Festival, the High River International Balloon Festival is Scheduled for September 23 – 27th this year. There is lots of information available on their website if you are in the area, it is a great event to attend.

I had taken this image a few years ago, on Kodachrome slide film, the film type might just give a few of the readers an idea of just how long ago it was taken, the film has not been around for a long time!

This weekend I put the scanner to work, scanning a few of my old slides. It is a time-consuming process, especially when I find a lovely old image and I have to stop to process it, to get the best out of it! With this image I used Photoshop, Camera Raw, to crop out some distracting elements around the edges, then I added a little vibrancy, and contrast. I used the spot removal on a few spots that needed cleaning up.  From there I used Color Efex Pro, cool glow for the final image.

So much to learn about scanning, so many memories to revisit! Let me know if you have any good advise about scanning old film.

What to do on a snowy day!

Tulilps; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Tulilps; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

it snowed yesterday; so I played with the tulips. Tulips have a great way of brightening the room and allow me to ignore the weather outside.

After-Before Friday; Cee’s Garden Gate

Cee's Garden Gate

Cee’s Garden Gate

It’s Friday, and the after-before blog post, and the first friday of the month, If you have been following the blog for a while you might remember that on the first Friday of the month the One Photo Challenge to process another photographer’s image. I have to admit that this can be difficult.

For Cee’s image I decided to explore the Filter Gallery in Photoshop. Anyone familiar with this gallery will know that the range of options is staggering. I captured a couple of screen shots that show my settings, but you can see from the screen shot that there are many many variables, and each setting can be adjusted to personal taste. Using the Watercolor setting with the Watercolor Paper setting gives the image a painted quality.

Screenshot 2015-03-28 15.24.56

Screenshot 2015-03-28 15.25.09

Head on over the Cee’s Blog to see what she has done with her image and her final image.  Don’t forget to hop on over to Stacy’s Virtual Venturing blog, she hosts the One Photo Focus, and the After-Before blog posts, it is there you will see all the different edits submitted by several photographers.  I love to read this blog post, and see and learn from the creative photographers who participate.

Aspen Trees and Orange Sculpture in the Calgary Olympic Plaza

Aspen and orange sculpture_Calgary Olympic Plaza; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Aspen and orange sculpture_Calgary Olympic Plaza; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

I received an email this week ,in it a reminder that Calgary is a beautiful city, I believe that to be true. But there are day when i have trouble finding that beauty, and I realize we can only really appreciate the beauty of our surroundings if we are prepared to see it.

Along the north east corner of Olympic plaza you will find a small planting of aspen trees, long prairie grasses and a group of bright orange steel poles. I know there will be some who will wonder how large steel poles that are painted orange and planted in the ground could possible be considered art.  I think the installation is beautiful, it reminds me of those bright rays of sun shining through the trees at sunrise.

I hope you find some beauty in your day today.

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.

Monochrome Madness; Florence Italy

Florence Italy; Bikes and decorated doorways; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Florence Italy; Bikes and decorated doorways; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Tuesday, and it is time, once again for Monochrome Madness. Black and white images are featured on Leanne Coles blog each tuesday. It gives me reason to think in terms monochrome rather than colour. By dedicating at least one day a week to monochrome I have increased my awareness of pattern and line, and learned that not all images work well in black and white.

Head on over the Leanne’s Blog to see what other photographers have been photographing.

thinking about gardening;

succulents and macro photography; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

succulents and macro photography; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

With all the travelling we did last year I didn’t do any gardening, no regrets, we have to make choices and can’t do it all!

I will admit that I missed digging in the dirt. Spring is in the air and like a lot of Albertans I am itching to see things grow. When out for a walk I stop check for buds on the trees. I have become obsessed with Pintrest gardening and I have been reading books and blogs thinking about what I would plant when it gets a little warmer. I repeated remind myself that it isn’t safe for an Alberta gardener to put anything new into the ground before the May long weekend, as we will get frosty evenings and maybe even snow until then!!!

To keep me going I visit the garden centre and flower stores to breath in the smell of fresh dirt and photograph beautiful new grown.

Reflections, Ponte Vecchio, Florence Italy

Reflections, Ponte Vecchio, Florence Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Reflections, Ponte Vecchio, Florence Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015  

Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno in Florence Italy, one of the oldest bridges in Florence. A pedestrian bridge with shops built on both sides is more beautiful at night. The window light giving the buildings all a golden glow that reflecting in the river.

I have posted several pictures over the last year from Florence Italy. I have always love finding reflections in shop windows and rivers. Reflections can add symmetry to the image as it does here, or a interesting dimension to the images like when I find the clouds reflecting in the building windows! you can check out some of those images

Delft Potter at work; Jorrit Heinen Royal Gifts in Amsterdam; after-before Friday

Delft Artist at work; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Delft Artist at work; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

While visiting Amsterdam last December we stumbled upon the Jorrit Heinen Royal Gifts and Collectables, located in the Munt Tower.  We had were headed to the floating flower market, when Bill remember the store and we headed in for a look. Many of the pieces on the main floor of the shop appeared to be mass produced, hundreds of Christmas ornaments, cups, plates, and bowls all much the same.  Upstairs  many of the pieces were unique, single pieces each one with a different painting, this lady was hard at work painting a new piece. We watched her work for a while, the painting so delicate and detailed, so methodical and beautiful.

After watching her work for a while I asked if I could take a few photos. I wanted to show both the artist at work and the detail of her painting. Not always easy in the shop like this a busy environment, lots of distractions on her work table. She had a bright work light directed on the bowl, creating a deep shadow on her face. I tried several different angles from in front of her, and slightly above her work before settling on this image that showed her and her work without a lot of the distractions.

I processed the image in lightroom.  Soem quite steps that I always used; lens corrections, auto exposure, and a cross processing preset to bring add a little blue to the image. The cross processing for blue seemed appropriate given the subject!

Here is the origional image;

Deft potter; before; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Deft potter; before; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

For more after-before image and stories head over to Stacy’s After-Before Forum.