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.

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.

Morning Coffee Still-life

Morning Espresso in a Green Glass cup, the perfect way to start the day

Morning Espresso in a Green Glass cup, the perfect way to start the day 

Yes another cup of coffee! I love my morning coffee! I think there are so many ways to serve and of course photograph a cup of coffee. I love these little green glass cups, almost as much as the coffee that is served in them, or maybe because of the warm dark aromatic liquid it holds.

It has been a busy couple of weeks, getting home after months travelling around, spending time with family and friends. It has been a wonderful few weeks, and there are still so many friends to re-connect with. All this has taken time, and while I believe there is always time for coffee with a friend, it is now time to building a new routine that involves the camera, and taking photos.

I have enrolled in Kim Klassen’s Be-Still 52, she describes it as a year of artful inspiration, each week there is a new lesson, and new inspiration for still-life photography. I want to spend a little more time learning to photograph still-life images; little vignette’s of my day to share with you.

Tulips in Black and White

Tulips

Tulips 

we have been busy getting our lives organized here in Calgary, I am not sure where the time goes, but my routine for photography, blogging, exercise, and reading seems to have gone right out the door!

I hope you enjoy the tulips, I am hoping to start back into photographing at least one still life a week! I think that should be feasible?!

Drop a line, let me know what you think of the tulips. Share the post with your friends if you like it, and you can find me on instagram if that is where you like to hang out to look at pretty pictures!

My Sunday Still-Life; Tulips for the Table

Sunday Still-life Tulips; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Sunday Still-life Tulips; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015  

Working on a still-life, or table-top image once a week is a great excuse to have flowers in the apartment, and the tulips are at the flower market in town.

I am not sure what I am going to do next week, as we are on the move, more trains, planes and automobiles as we travel from Malaga Spain to London England to Toronto Canada, we are going to enjoy a little time with some family.

After-Before Roses

Roses_after; copyright jmeyersforem 2015

Roses_after; copyright jmeyersforem 2015

It’s Friday, and that means another After-Before Friday Blog Post, I am becoming a regular contributor to Stacy’s After-Before Friday Forum, were photographers share they photographs and their working process. For some, or at least me, it is an opportunity to read and learn some new Photoshop or Lightroom skills. The photographers who submit to Stacy’s forum range in skill level from novice to those with advanced skills. The one thing I have learned is  there is more than one way to process an image, and personal style is more likely to affect the final results as software! Each photographer has a unique way of looking at the photos and deciding the final outcome and I never fail to learn something, mostly keep it simple!

I have been taking an on-line still-life course with Kim Klassen, she has provided the inspiration for this weeks post. The florist down the street had these beautiful roses for sale! Kim’s Friday blog is Friday Finds, it is all about the week and what she has found this week. I am going to give a shout out to her this week as well, as I have found her on-line course very inspiration, and I have used one of her Lightroom presets on the image. But let me start from the beginning. Above, the image I ended with, below, the image I started with…..

Roses_before; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Roses_before; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

The work on this image was done in Lightroom, I love that, because I can go back through my history panel for details, it makes learning, and writing this blog post so much easier! First I cropped, that is pretty obvious. In the Basic Develop module I went to my auto button. I like to do this, sometimes Lightroom is right, and there is little to do after that.

For this image I also moved the Highlight slider to -24, then added a preset from Kim-Klassen called kk_truegrit.  This preset does affect the exposure, contrast, whites and blacks as well as clarity. Presets are a good way to establish a style or a particular look if you want a cohesive look for a group of photos, and to automate your workflow.

Next I moved down to the Lens Correction Module to enable lens profile and remove chromatic aberrations, added a little post-crop vignette, and I was satisfied with the outcome.

Stacy’s After-Before Friday Forum has links to several great photographers and you can read more “how it was done” type posts, and Stacy usually has a video showing her workflow, if this interests you. I always learn a something from the contributors.

If still-life, textures and presets is something you want to learn more about head on over to Kim Klassen’s Cafe.

My Friday find: beautiful roses, and learning about presets and how to use them in Lightroom. I hope your week has been a good one, and you get to spend time being inspired this weekend.

Share your thoughts with us, in the comments box below,

remember to share with your friends if you think they might be interested

Daisies on the kitchen table

Daisies on the kitchen table; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Daisies on the kitchen table; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

This is the first time in almost a year that we have been in one place long enough to warrant buying flowers, and the flower market in Malaga is lovely. We have been here for almost three weeks and I have brightened up the little apartment with potted herbs, and fresh flowers. I bought candles to light during dinner, a couple of  pieces of art to set on the shelf and a beautiful table-cloth. Some might say I am ready for a few of the comforts and pleasures of a home.

I have also started one of Kim Klassen’s online photography course called BeStill_fiftytwoKim calls it a year of still life inspiration. I have followed Kim’s blog for quite sometime, occasionally using her textures in my work, and her photography as inspiration. I thought it was a good time, after a year almost a year of travel and photographing everything in front of me, to explore, something a little quieter. Kim has a wealth of information about using textures, layers and Lightroom to share in her classes, and she has a gentle and calm approach that is inspiring. I am sure I will learn a lot.

Sundays mornings are quite here in Malaga, and it is raining, so our morning walk will be a little different and I am curious to see what Malaga is like in the rain. How are you going to spend your Sunday, what is inspiring you?

Old Musical Instruments; Waiting to be played

waiting to be played; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

waiting to be played; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

there is a little music store just down the street, some very old muscial instruments that have been restored and waiting for someone to pick them up, take them home. Imagine the beautiful music that could be played if picked up by the right artists.

Christmas Ornaments, hanging on the tree

Christmas ornaments on the tree; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Christmas ornaments on the tree; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

At the Christmas Market in Bamberg you could buy and hang a christmas ornament on the tree, or you could pay and hang an ornament you brought from home, all the money went to charity, and there wasn’t a branch that wasn’t loaded with ornaments. The tree was sitting in the middle of the main square surrounded by market stalls, and each day more ornaments were added, there they sat, night and day, the tree growing more beautiful every day.

Each day as we walked by I would grab a couple of photos of the different ornaments, one day this little teddy bear caught my eye, he is lovely surrounded by all the bright christmas balls, and lights. I processed the image ussed Kim Klassen’s kk-everyday texture. I have talked about using her textures before. When I look at this image it makes me think of old Christmas Cards. I remember when we use to get Christmas Cards full of writing from our cousins. It was great fun to go to the post office and pick up the mail this time of year.

Kim is offering a still life class, Be Still – 52 class that begins in January, I have been a follower and fan of Kim’s for quite a while, and I have decided to take this course, “it is a year-long community centered course containing once weekly lessons/inspiration/prompts centered around still life photography”. For me 2014 has been a very busy year, travelling to many different cities, we have taken trains, planes, boats, ferries, cars, and buses, and I think it is time to find a little stillness in our lives. After the new year we are going to slow down some, move around a little less often. Kim’s internet based class and community looked like the perfect way to enjoy a little stillness, and learn a little about creating still life images.

Let me know if you like the Christmas Card image, do you send real or electronic Christmas Cards to your family and friends?

Coffee Shop Window

Coffee Shop Window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Coffee Shop Window; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, 1945

Well it hasn’t snowed here yet, it has been cold and grey outside. Lucky for us we have found several beautiful coffee shops. We can enjoy the view out the window, while we sip a warm cup of coffee. Another lovely day snow or no snow.

I added a pink texture layer to this image, something that would bring out the pink in the flowers and give it a slight more rustic feel, do you like it? I am still trying to figure out if it is too much!