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.

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.

one year ago; walking the Via la Plata

Shadows on the road; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Shadows on the road; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

One year ago we were walking the Via la Plata. the long dust road from Seville to Santiago de Compostela. I am having a lot of fun sorting, processing and remembering our time in Spain!

Full disclosure, we made it to Santiago de Compostela, by train! after walking for three weeks we decided it would be more fun to see Spain by train….

Frosty Windows; Monochrome Madness

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Frost on the car window! Without the garage I am having to go out and warm the car up and clean the windows, if we leave first thing in the morning! my reward is the beautiful lace patterns. But I have to be quick it doesn’t take long for them to disappear once the heat is turned on.

For more black and white images head on over to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.

spring

Spring; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Spring; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

We have had a few nice days, and a few snowy wet days. The calendar notes the first day of spring has come and gone but it will be a few more weeks before we here in southern Alberta will see new growth on the trees a clear sign of spring.

The days have been a cloudy and grey but I have been taking my macro lens and capturing the tiny details, lacy snow and ice patterns, last season’s seed pods and berries. These tiny details that I often miss when out for a walk. Getting lost in my lens finding small beautiful detail that nature provides is a wonderful relaxing way to spend the day.

Spring in Calgary

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Frost on the window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Spring is in the air, but there is still frost on the car window in the morning and I can’t resist taking mu camera with me for a few shots each morning. Tiny abstract landscapes. I hope you are enjoying your spring and finding gorgeous thing to look at.

Alcazar de Sevilla; Monochrome Madness

Symmetry in Ancient Architecture, the Alcazar de Seville; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Symmetry in Ancient Architecture, the Alcazar de Seville; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

I loved visiting the Alcazar, in Seville. The moorish architecture filled with lines, patterns, intricately carved stone, and lots of doorways that almost line up! So many things catch my eye and I could sit and study for hours. The gardens are wonderful to just sit and enjoy the quite.  The architecture lends itself to monochrome images, removing the colour simplifies the image and amplifies the line and pattern.

For more Monochrome Madness visit Leanne Cole’s blog.

Tea Time; still life

Tea pot, tea cup, and tea strainer, still life,

Tea Time; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Tea Time, my Aunty Margaret’s hand-me-down (very old tea-pot) Erin’s cute little robot tea strainer, and some homemade peanut butter cookies.

I set up this still life on the coffee table just in front of the couch, no special table top, or background, light coming from the patio window.  I have been following Kim Klassen’s Be-Still 52, an online still life course, and each week trying to create at least one still life. I am finding it easier to do this if the objects and still life have some meaning for me. Once I had captured a few image it was time to sit back and relax and enjoy the tea and cookies.

After-before friday; Leon Cathedral

 

Leon Cathedral; after; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Leon Cathedral; after; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

This week’s after-before image is an interior photo of the Leon Cathedral. I wanted to do something simple that showed the power of shooting RAW and processing in Lightroom, and with a just few simple steps we can straighten the columns, bring back the detail in the stain glass window, colour correct for the yellow cast. Below is the original image.

Interior Cathedral, interior; after; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Interior Cathedral, interior; after; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

In Lightroom in the Lens Correction panel, three simple clicks; Enable Profile Correction, Remove Chromatic Aberration, and Auto Upright. In the Basic panel I moved the highlight slider to -100 and clarity +25, Vibrance +25, shadows +61, and I used the auto white balance to tone the image. It always amazes me how just a few steps, and Lightroom can make a difference to an image.

The Leon Cathedral is one of the great Cathedrals in Spain, for more before and after image visit Stacy’s after-before blog and see what the other photographers have done this week.

 

Jellyfish, Oceanographics Valencia Spain

Jellyfish, Oceanographics, Valencia Spain; copyright jmeyersforema 2015

Jellyfish, Oceanographics, Valencia Spain; copyright jmeyersforema 2015 

I remember spending quite sometime watching the jellyfish swimming in the tank at Oceanographics in Valencia Spain. They were translucent orbs dancing around each other, fascinating to watch!

Another wonderful memory of our time in Spain.