It was cold and the snow was deep. We didn’t bring any snow gear on this trip because we thought we were going to be on the coast the whole time. That didn’t stop us. I was knee deep in snow at some points.
The whole time I was looking at Wizard Island, I was thinking of my oreo truffles. I know you see it too.
Both images were shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed.
Mt. Shasta in the distance. I wanted the clouds to clear a bit, but no such luck that day.
Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.
I love how the landscape in southern Oregon is so different from the central coast of CA. It will take a long time for me to get bored with scenery like this out by Howard Prairie Lake.
Most of the time, I feel like the iphone lens is too wide. This was one scene where I wish it was wider. The composition would be much better if the barn, cow, and Mt. Mcloughlin weren’t so close to the edge of the image. There really wasn’t anything I could do to get all of these elements in a better position. Maybe an olloclip would fix my lens issues. Who wants to buy me one???
Boy, do I have a story to share later when I have time to set up my computer and type it all out. I was stranded alone, in the dark, at about 5900 feet with nobody around for miles. Did I mention my phone died before I was found, so there was no communication?
Aside from that mishap, it was an amazingly beautiful hike. I’ll tell you more later.
I walked up this big, rolling hill to watch the sunset last night. Its the same location that my banner pic is shot from. The difference is this is an iphone version and that was from my old Nikon D60.
Shot with ProHDR, edited with Snapseed and FilterStorm.
This is the mountain that I used in the Superimposer pic yesterday. I was driving from one beach to McWay falls when I noticed the way the light was hitting the mountain. It looked so good that I had to pull over and turn around. In my experience, its always a good idea to turn around when you see something cool. Or, if you don’t turn around, make note of the time of day so you can return when the light might be similar.
I couldn’t really decide how to edit this one. I sort of like the grunge look, but its a little dark. The one below is more true to what I saw, but its not as impressive as the real thing. Sometimes the iPhone isn’t the easiest device to edit with. If I used photoshop, I could probably get this looking the way I want in a couple of minutes, at most. Its a little more complicated when you have to bounce around between apps and hope they don’t crash (i’m looking at you filterstorm.)
Superimpose is free in the app store right now. Its a good way to combine multiple images together. It’s similar to ImageBlender, but has more selection tools. Of course, more tools and options makes for a more complicated user interface, but it looks like a very good app after using it for about 20 minutes.
This was my first attempt with the app. I’m sure the mask could have been done a little more cleanly, but I haven’t figured out all of the controls yet.
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…
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
I’ve been known to snap a few pics while driving, but its not something I ever recommend. The storm clouds around Black Butte near Mt Shasta City, CA looked pretty dramatic and I immediately thought it would make a killer black and white image. I still haven’t found an app that gives me full control for black and white conversion, so I’m not 100% pleased with the results here. I want something similar to Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro2.
Shot with Camera+, edited in Snapseed and PhotoToaster. The workflow was a bit different on this one. I had to crop first because I didn’t want the dash of my car in the shot. Then I made my edits in Snapseed for drama, converted to black and white with PhotoToaster, and then made some selective adjustments and added more drama in Snapseed.
I took this one while driving on I5. The light caught my eye and I just had to capture it at that moment. I wish it was a bit sharper but what do you expect when you’re moving 65-70mph. I cropped out the blurry foreground in case you’re wondering why it’s not noticeable here.
***I’m a trained professional so don’t try this at home haha.