I came across this free app today that looks pretty loaded with features. It’s normally $4.99, so grab it while you can.
Sorry about the title, I couldn’t help myself.
How about a behind the scenes shot from Maine today? This is the power stance of Canon shooters, sitting on the ground. Ok, I can’t really poke fun at her fun getting low. Low angles are great for creating interesting compositions. How often do you see things from your eye level? All day, everyday. Getting down low allows for a perspective that we don’t see too often.
If you’re going to shoot from a low angle with a DSLR, a wide angle lens is great. Just be sure to make sure your horizon is level, and keep an eye on the sky, as it will be overexposed in a scene like the one we were capturing on a grey day. Sometimes, theres nothing you can do about it, and you have to accept it, other times, you can look for different compositions to minimize the amount of overexposed sky in your shot.
The original photo of Shannon shooting down this path in the woods was nice and all, but I’m kind of in double exposure mode as I finish writing up that article today.
Here are the two images I used to create the above image in Union.
I’m pretty sure I used the multiply blending mode with the leaf image in the foreground. I’ll be discussing blending modes and how they work in the upcoming article. I’m trying to keep it simple and easy to understand. Math is hard…and theres a bit of math that goes into them.
Well, its back to work for me. Enjoy your weekend!
Yesterday, I decided I needed to get away from editing, and everything that goes into building a brand, so I went for a drive to check out some waterfalls that a new friend told me about. I was really impressed by the waterfalls, and can’t wait to edit those photos. I already have so much to edit though haha.
As I was driving, I saw some awesome scenery that I hadn’t seen before. Mt Thielsen looked pretty amazing with the leading lines that the road provided, which meant I had to stop for a shot.
I snapped one or two from the side of the road, but it really didn’t do the scene justice. I knew standing in the middle of the highway would provide me with symmetry, leading lines, and a better composition, so thats exactly what I did.
I definitely have to come back here for a sunset. What a view!
Shot with the native camera app, and edited with Snapseed.
I’ve been on a bit of an abstract kick, ever since Shannon and I made it a point to try them last month. This photo was taken out at Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland, OR. The owner and staff are super friendly and helpful. After tasting a couple of great tempranillo’s, I wandered outside by myself to check out the property.
I was on pain medicine that day, for an existing injury, which already helped me kind of see in an abstract way haha. I may have been a little loopy is what I’m saying. Anyways, I liked all of the trees I was seeing out on the lawn. At first glance, they were growing randomly, and it was hard to find a composition that really worked. Then, as I walked around the trees, I noticed there was some order to the chaos.
In the image you can make out 3 stands of trees going from front to back, or left to right. It was only at this angle, that I could finally see some order. Kinda makes you think that you can apply this little lesson to your life. You gotta have the right perspective, in order to make sense of things.
This image was created in camera on the iPhone, using LongExpoPro. With LongExpoPro, you can choose your shutter speed to create long exposures, even during the day. I believe this was a one second exposure, which allowed me to pan up with the iPhone while it was open. Then I edited with Snapseed and Mextures to lighten the image a bit.
Oh Lithia Park. You’re one of my favorite places during fall. The Japanese garden alone is enough to keep you and your camera busy for a while. I could totally put on a workshop here. Too bad I didn’t think of that before the peak had passed. I suppose there is always next year.
I didn’t spell out “fall” with the leaves, it was already there, so I got a quick shot of it. I wouldn’t take the time to do something like this because it’s too instagrammy for my taste haha. If someone else goes through the trouble, though, I’ll snap something.
If I share a photo a day from my hour spent in the park that day, I would have awesome photos to share for a couple of weeks. But, I probably won’t do that to you. I have quite the backlog of images now. Thats probably a good thing, just in case I end up hibernating this winter.
I also have some awesome images that I created to troll Tinder. My friends suggested I join, and create some ridiculous photos in photoshop, so I did. They’re kind of a hit haha. Quite a few girls are eager to talk to the photoshop wizard that created a sexy centaur and a sexy merman of himself. You know you want to see that. The question now is, do I want you and the rest of the public that google me to see it?
Earlier this week, my friend, Beth, was nice enough to model for me for an upcoming article on double exposures. I guess now is as good a time as any to share that I’ve started writing articles and tutorials for iphonephotographyschool.com. My first one, on symmetry, will be published soon.
I have to admit, it was pretty awkward for me, conducting a shoot with an iPhone, instead of my Nikon. I need a little weight in my hands, and something to put up to my face. This was my first time photographing a model for real, with my iPhone. I’ve photographed people, but always in a quick and casual way. For this shot, I needed the right conditions and the right location.
I kind of feel bad hiding Beth behind the pumpkin because she has awesome blue hair to match her blue eyes. I’m sure you’ll get to see the woman behind the pumpkin in some other images, though.
To start, I used the native camera app for a photo of Beth in the park. The other photo was of a pumpkin I had carved. In order to make the extraction of the pumpkin easier, I put a white sheet on my computer chair, set the pumpkin on the sheet, and rolled it out to the porch for some good light.
Next, I used Union to combine the images. Then, I used Mextures to mold the light and add some texture. It’s important to have consistent light and texture, if you want the two images to sit more naturally. After Mextures, I used Snapseed to play with ambiance, contrast, and structure. Next, I used PS Touch to mold the light some more, by painting on an empty layer set to overlay. Finally, I wanted to make some final adjustments to contrast with Snapseed.
It took a bit of time to create, but I think the results are worth it.
Its back to iPhone photos today, with a couple shots of WTC One, from my recent time in NYC.
Years ago, while studying philosophy, I really wanted to be a great thinker. I wanted to contribute to society by writing philosophy books, with hopes of making deep truths more accessible. Well, I haven’t exactly gone down that path yet, and I think that its been bothering me on some level.
Yesterday, when I couldn’t find the right words for the post, I had ideas in my mind that I was trying to flesh out and share, but I couldn’t quite figure out what it was I was trying to say. I ended up letting the ideas sit with me all day, and work in the background of my mind, while I carried on.
In the evening, I found myself watching Shots of Awe on youtube, and reading quotes about art and artists. There were quite a few that resonated with me, but one in particular felt like what I was trying to express earlier in the day.
The artist takes in the world, but instead of being oppressed by it, he reworks it in his own personality and recreates it in the work of art.
Then, I read another quote that seemed to help me realize the idea I had floating around in my head.
We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand..
So what exactly does this all mean?
Well, to me it means that I’ve finally stumbled upon my reason for creating via photography. I’ve been struggling with not understanding why I take photos, which was scary to me, because I could have very easily walked away from photography, if I couldn’t figure out some kind of purpose for it. Creating something pretty to put on a wall isn’t enough for me.
Now, I feel like my photography, or my art, is my theory. In a sense, its my philosophy of life. My photography is my way of filtering what I know about the world, and sharing it with whoever is ready for it. Maybe this won’t dramatically change the way my images look, but now that I have some understanding of why I shoot, I feel better.
With all of this in my mind now, I feel like I’m ready to dig deeper with my work, and make it more meaningful. I was just talking to Brandon Kidwell the other day, because I wanted to congratulate him on another upcoming interview, and I mentioned that I admired his work because of its depth. I told him I wanted to take time to go within and come up with some meaningful, thought provoking images of my own too. This moment seems as good as any to start.
If this doesn’t click with you yet, I hope it will through my work moving forward.