This week on Instagram

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Instagram

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Over the last year I have been posting more to Instagram than to my blog. Working full time has had an impact on the time and energy that I have available for both my photography projects and to my blog, so I have turned to Instagram, and a photo-a-day, almost everyday…..

I still see photographic opportunities everyday, but carrying my DSLR for the 30  minute walk, back and forth to the office was something I wasn’t eager to do. Couple that with the growth and improvement of phone photography, I decided to explore phoneography, so I have been following several phone-photographers, watching their art develop, and exploring the different apps that are available. 

I hope you will follow along for the next couple of month while I share my Instagram photostream, the inspiration behind the photos, and some of my favourite Instagram photographers.

Some days days I will show you my morning or evening walk if the light or weather is inspiring, or I might be inspired by a quote from my art a day calendar! Today’s photo was inspired by FatMumSlim and her #fmsphotoaday. The challenge was to photograph a “flat lay” defined as ….”A flat is basically when you’re shooting items from directly above. Usually those items will be arranged or styled on a flat surface.”

I decided I would “flat lay” my sewing kit, it is like a giant puzzle with endless possibilities and no piece ever in the wrong place!! My sewing kit hasn’t seen this much activity in years, and I think I am going to enjoy the endless possibilities….

Let me know what you would “flat-lay” or where you find inspiration, it would be nice to hear from you.

Walking the Camino with a Instamatic Camera

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walking the camino to Santiago de Compostela Spain with an Instamatic Camera! 

in 2012 Bill and I walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela among the many things we carried, was the Fuji Instamatic Camera, and 5 packs of instamatic film. Each day we took a photo and mailed the photo home, my own postcard. Here are just a few of the photo. I have finally decided it is time I should put all of these memories in one place, another time I will show you the map book we used to find out way!

I had read about Polaroid Postcards, but at the time polaroid wasn’t easily available, so we travelled with a Fuji Instamatic Camera. Some of the photos didn’t make it home, some had lost their stamps but still arrived home. I put the address and stamp on the front so that the postmark and info would be on the same side as the photo. I eventually started to tape the stamp to the card to make sure they didn’t fall off.

Most people walking the camino try to adhere to the suggestion that the backpack should not be more than 10% of their body weight, it will come as no surprise to many who know me that my camera gear exceed this guideline, and this was before I added in the Instamatic camera and film. I do have to thank Bill, my wonderful husband, who always help to carry the equipment. The images are a wonderful keepsake from the walk

Little things

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I Love my old measuring spoons

 

The last year has been all about work, I haven’t been carrying my camera around as much or doing a great deal of traditional photography or portraits, I will tell you I have missed it. So, I upgraded my phone, and I have started to take more photos with it, play with different apps and posting more regularly on Instagram.

The camera phone is much easier to carry as I walk to and from work, truth is I carry it everywhere! There are so many great, or maybe they are just interesting apps available that it will take me quite some time to learn about all the features, and decide which ones I will use and which ones will be dumped in the bucket!

One of my favourite phone photographers Kat Sloma has a new book out that I have started to read, she has lead me to explore a more creative side of the camera phone. While I am at it I will introduce you to Kim Klassen and inspirational still life photographer that I have been following for sometime.

Working full time has left me with little time for photography over the last year, I am hoping that with the phone camera I can continue to explore the world of photography, with new tools. I am going to try to post a little more often than I have over the last few months, posting once a week as an update to what I have been seeing and learning. You are always welcome to follow me on instagram or facebook .

 

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.

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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.