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Processing Memories and the Photo Archive, like Looking out the window again!
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"looking out the window" copyright jmeyersforeman

“looking out the window” copyright jmeyersforeman 

We have been back in our home town for a couple of weeks now, visiting friends, catching up on paperwork, occassionallyl playing tourist in our own back yard, and as our dear friends will know we are planning our next escape! 

While at home I have been processing images, going back through the photo files and having a second look, adding keywords as I think of them, i think my scrabble friends would enjoy this part of the process! I have also decided to learn more about Lightroom. It is now included with the Creative Cloud and I have read several times that it is a much more efficient way to catalogue, keyword, process images and share images, among other things. Learning a new workflow isn’t easy! Is it just me or does everyone else have trouble building new/good habits, and a hard time breaking old/bad habits. 

Anyone want to provide some good links to learning tools or videos send them on, all help is appreciated. 


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Tui to Santiago de Compostela
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Tui to Santiago de Compostela 105k in under 22hrs.

Tui to Santiago de Compostela 105k in under 22hrs.

We just leaving Praza Obradario, just in front of the Santiago Cathedral when we witnessed these 5 women march, with full packs and carrying their weapons, into the Praza.  As they arrived the other military personnel that where already there welcomed them with a cheer and loud applause. It wasn’t until the next day when we went back to the square that we found out what had happened.

The next day, in the square was a big celebration, with a military band, bagpipes and all,  we learned that the women were part of a group who had walked the Camino Portugues from Tui, Spain, a city along the Spanish Portuguese border, 105 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela in under 22 hrs!   The four teams, three men, and own women’s team, that had completed the camino received medals.

The ladies didn’t speak any English, but were happy to pose for a photo, it was one of the other officers who told me of the events. He also said many who walked ended with injuries, and a few who started didn’t finish.


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Tui to Santiago de Compostela
Tui to Santiago de Compostela 105k in under 22hrs.

Tui to Santiago de Compostela 105k in under 22hrs.

We just leaving Praza Obradario, just in front of the Santiago Cathedral when we witnessed these 5 women march, with full packs and carrying their weapons, into the Praza.  As they arrived the other military personnel that where already there welcomed them with a cheer and loud applause. It wasn’t until the next day when we went back to the…

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Pilgrims on the streets of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Pilgrim on the streets of Santiago

Pilgrim on the streets of Santiago

We visited Santiago de Compostela again, the last time we visited the city we had finished walking the Camino Francis in the fall of 2012. This time, while we walked a portion of the Via la Plata we arrived in Santiago de Compostela by train. The memories of our previous visit came flooding back, seeing all the pilgrims/peregrinos with their backpacks making their way towards the Cathedral.  I especially love this picture as the wet cobblestone street and the sunlight create a beautiful curved line drawing our eye to the pilgrim with his backpack a sight while common in the city is still very special. Maybe it is just my memories playing tricks on me!


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Circular Staircase
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circular staircase

circular staircase 

Staircases are, at least for me, visually interesting. The have rhythm of line, and a symmetrical balance that is pleasing I suspect because predictability, and ease at which the eye can move around the photo. Circular staircases have an added interest a vanishing point that draws the viewer’s eye in so naturally to the focal point. This staircase seems to be two stair cases wrapped into one, and one of the more interesting staircase I have seen in a while.


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Festival and Amusement Rides at Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Amusement Rides; Santiago de Compostela Spain

Amusement Rides; Santiago de Compostela Spain

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not time to chat, we are enjoying the Festival!


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Exhausted
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Exhausted

Exhausted 

Have you ever had one of those holidays; a new place, so much to see, so little time. You have a checklist of places the guide-book or tourist office has recommended, and by the time you get home you have a camera load of photos, a suitcase full of trinkets, two sore feet and a blur of memories!

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of these two young people. We were sitting enjoying our morning coffee at a little cafe in front of the Cathedral. These two, early for the opening, sat down, and before long were sound asleep against one another, and they slept like this for probably twenty minutes. About five minutes after the Cathedral doors opened they woke, stretched and headed inside, just guessing they collected for more photos and trinkets and memories, after all that is what holidays are all about, aren’t they?

What holiday place so intrigued you that you came home more exhausted than when you left?

ps. for all those back home who know us, we have not yet exhausted ourselves, I am sure you will be surprise to learn, we have learned to pace ourselves!


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Portrait; Street Performer; Sol Souvenir
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sol souvenir

sol souvenir

Sol Souvenir was performing on the streets of Granada while we were there, we like his music so much we decided to by a cd/dvd. This has to be a tough way to make a living. He was collecting a bit of cash in his guitar case, and had a few cd’s to see. But like most artists, and it doesn’t matter if you are a singer, dancer, painter or photographer, you are one of many. For some it is enough to just be doing the thing we love with the hope that others will also like what we are doing.

Sol Souvenir seemed to be just that type of artist, happy to be out on the street singing with his heart, and entertaining those who stopped to listen. I did find is Facebook page, but there was no music to share. As far as I can tell he hasn’t loaded anything on to you tube, and since we have no cd/dvd player on the laptop there is no way to share his music with you!

I choose to process the image with Nik Silver Effect’s Pro, Film Noir, with several changes to the preset, I wanted to the old gritty rock n’ roll look, and with the high contrast I was able to reduce the background to a few minor shadows that were less distracting than in the original image.

Sol Souvenir, if you see the blog, let us know where we can find your music and I will share it with my blog readers. We would love to hear from you.


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Train Travel; Spain
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train travel

train travel

At Carceres Spain, and about 300 km of the Via la Plata, we decided walking was no longer the way we wanted to see Spain, there was much to see! With some research we found we could by a 6 trip 30 day  train pass on the Renfe Train service, and was the best option for getting from place to place.

Since then we have travelled from Madrid to Tarragona, to Valencia, Cordoba, Granada, and up to Santiago de Compostela, and we have been able to see the varied countryside of Spain, as well as the beautiful cities and historic sites. From the snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada Mountains  just outside of Granada, to the beautiful Mediterranean Coast at Tarragona and Valencia, to the Meseta near Madrid, as well as the beautiful countryside of Galicia.  We have relaxed in comfortable seats, in air-conditioned cars and watched the countryside roll by. While it is not the same as walking the Via la Plata, we have seen a lot more of the historic sites with a lot less wear on our bodies.

The trains a comfortable, run on time, most if not all have a cafeteria car where food and drink is available. The train stations can be found in or near the city centre of each city or town, in most cases. In Madrid where there are several train stations, we found both metro service and city bus line that operates between the stations, and the airport. All easy to navigate with our very limited Spanish language skills.


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The Gardens and Fountains of the Alambra; Granada Spain
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white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain 

Reflecting the beautiful architecture, fountains and ponds are a feature of the palace with the soft sounds of running water said to aid in meditation, water is central to Moorish architecture, and essential to life.

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 


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