I’m on my way to the northern coast of California today. I’m going to shoot in the redwoods tomorrow and the. Probably head to Ashland for a few days to get my Oregon fix.
I’ve been up in Eugene, OR for a few days now. I had to get out of Ashland to clear my head and prep for the wedding I’m shooting this weekend. My aunt told me to go check out Mt. Pisgah arboretum and the trails over there. I didn’t make it to the top because I’m not in hiking shape anymore, so I didn’t get to see the amazing views from the top. This was pretty sweet though.
Shot with ProHDR. Snapseed for the edit.
This was shot on the California side of the OR-CA border. Behind me was the amazing view of Mt. Shasta and the valley, but it was really hazy and the sun wasn’t in a good position. This view wasn’t bad, but didn’t compare to the shot behind me.
Shot with camera+. Edited with Snapseed, ShockMyPic, and ImageBlender. After using ShockMyPic, I used ImageBlender to lower the opacity of the shocked version on top of the Snapseed version, making for a slightly more subtle shock.
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This shot couldn’t have come out much better. I was driving about 65 mph and saw this dirt path leading to an oak tree. I got my iPhone ready and pressed the shutter when I thought I could get a shot without a car blocking the view.
I kind of missed these oak trees. They’re my favorite. Of course, now I miss the forests of Oregon.
Shot with camera+. Edited with TouchRetouch, Snapseed, and FilterStorm. Ugh Filterstorm. It took about 15 minutes to save this time because of poor coding. If I cancel a filter, it shouldn’t go through the process of rendering and canceling it during the save process.
Back on the road again today with a 10 hour drive ahead of me. I’m heading back to California for a few weeks to figure out whats going on with my health. The timing kind of sucks because I was just about to set up 2 or 3 portrait sessions here.
If I see anything amazing from the road today I’ll post from my phone to keep me from becoming too bored.
Yesterday was a challenging day and by the time the golden hour started I decided I needed to just jump in my car and catch the sunset somewhere. The problem was I didn’t know where I was going. Normally thats how I operate, but not at sunset because there is only so much time before the light is gone.
I cruised by the beaches, but didn’t feel like shooting there AGAIN (trust me, it does get old.) I headed inland to San Luis Obispo with an idea in my mind that I’d find a rural spot with a field against the mountains. It was a little tougher than I expected to find something like that in good light.
As I was driving, that little voice in my head said “Turn around!” So I flipped a u-turn and pulled off on some random road and drove back a little ways to find an open field just before the sun went down. This would be a great spot for a portrait session if it wasn’t on private property.
Both images were shot with ProHDR and I made only minimal edits in Snapseed. In the second image, the sun had stopped shining on the field, which meant a slightly slower shutter speed was used. Thats why the wind through the grass gave it a cool painterly effect that you can see better if you click on the image and zoom in.
This is the road leading to Emigrant Lake by Ashland, Oregon. Its been sitting on my phone for a while because I felt like there was some way that I could edit it to make it more interesting, but I couldn’t figure out how. Then I kept taking better pictures that deserved to be worked on first. I finally got around to working on it yesterday and I think it came out better than I expected. I think the tilt shift saved this one because the scene was lacking focus before the effect was applied.
I recommend clicking to see it larger.
Created with ProHDr, edited with SimplyHDR and Snapseed.
Theres something about this scene from the hills near Ashland, OR that I like. There are a lot of little things that make this image interesting to me. The rocks and grasses in the foreground, the curves of the mountain road, and the hillside home surrounded by trees. No, its not perfect, but its interesting enough to share. I can’t wait to revisit this spot when the hills are green.
This was edited in Snapseed, then Dramatic BW, and finally blended with ImageBlender.
I recently entered this image into a phone photography contest. Ok, so I didn’t technically win the contest, but I got prize money for being a runner up. I should have shared the link and asked people to vote like others did. Between here and my facebook pages, I would have run away with it. Next time…