We’ve got quite a few new readers here since my interview was posted at iphonephotographyschool.com. The last two days have been my top two days for visitors since I started this blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. Anyways, for the new people that might not know my current situation, I moved in with my grandmother last month to take care of her because she has dementia. It’s so much more demanding than I ever imagined.
Yesterday, my aunt took grandma to see the doctor because shes had headaches for over a week now. We still don’t know what they’re from. We had a heat wave last week, she’s stopped taking one medication, and it could just be allergies. Who knows? She also got her wrist x-rayed and blood drawn. Next week she gets to wear a heart monitor because her pulse and blood pressure are low. Not what you want to see in someone that has fallen twice this year.
They were gone at the doctor for an awfully long time, so I decided to surprise her by picking up some flowers at the store. They looked very nice in the store, but when I got home and unwrapped them, one of the gerbera daises was snapped off the stem. Someone had just laid it in the bouquet anyways :(. Oh well, she liked them all the same.
Today looks like its going to be challenging. When we have a day that’s outside of her routine, like yesterday, she is extra confused, anxious, worrisome, and forgetful. Last night, she kept asking me if I ate dinner, even though I ate right in front of her. Then, this morning she asked me how long I’m staying, like I’m only visiting. Fingers crossed that she regains some clarity and we have a mellow weekend.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed. I added some pop with the drama filter and used a circular tilt shift filter to try and draw more attention to the daisy and blur out the background. It changed the image just enough to make a difference. Often times, when everything is in focus, its hard for the viewer’s eye to go where you want it. Using a vignette or blur is a great way to lead them to your subject.
I was approached last month by Emil Pakarklis, of iphonephotographyschool.com, for an interview. The timing was tough for me with the move and everything, but he was very patient and gave me all the time I needed.
As time consuming as interviews can be when you’re giving thoughtful answers, I find them to be a good exercise in redefining what you’re doing and why. It gives you a moment to stop, breathe, and reflect on what you’ve accomplished (or not) up to that point. I was forced to go through most of my iphone photos and choose the ones I felt represented my best work up to this point. Some shots still look great to me, others I had trouble appreciating because the perfectionist in me sees something I could have done differently to make them better.
Overall, I felt like I could have done much better because, although my iPhoneography is appreciated by more people than I could have ever imagined, I still haven’t taken it as seriously as perhaps I should. Most of the images are just fun, quick snapshots to me, which means I’m not taking my time to find the best possible composition or point of view. The perfectionist side of me wants to take this pursuit a little more seriously now and see what I’m really capable of. Now comes the hard part of remembering to follow through…
Yesterday I went out shooting with a new app that I’m going to review soon. The wind didn’t make for good shooting conditions, so I need to take some more time getting better images before I give the app a proper review. I don’t want to name it yet because I don’t want anyone to buy it before I give my opinion. Mainly because I’m not blown away by it and I’m not sure if I’d recommend it yet. I have to use it some more and see if some quirks were related to the shooting conditions.
2 apps that I used to edit were Snapseed and ShockMyPic.
Sometimes, if a photo doesn’t work, its because you need to be closer to your subject so it fills the frame. In the photo above, I was most interested in the clover at the bottom with balls of water on it. Unfortunately, I didn’t move in closer for the better shot. I don’t even know how much closer I could have gone with my iPhone. What I ended up with was a lot of extra space that doesn’t add to the image in this case.
To improve the image, I cropped very tight with Snapseed. Then, I used Tangled FX for the painterly edit.
On another note, I’ll be heading out of town again tomorrow. This time, I’m going to the bay area for an engagement session. Hopefully, I’ll remember to take some photos with the iPhone during it.
I finally dragged myself out of bed and decided to put some eye candy up. Better late than never. I swore I was going to take today off since I was forced to work yesterday when my mom made me do portraits of 3 babies and a family….all for free :(.
Here’s my little PSA: If you know a professional photographer, don’t ask them to shoot stuff for free, especially when they’re family and supposed to be relaxing. Also, if they’re nice enough to post the images on fb and tag you, don’t download the image, crop it, and upload it on your page with much lower image quality and a ruined composition haha.
Anyways, please enjoy this tulip. It was the first one to open up last week.
Shot with the default camera app. Edited with SimplyHDR.
I got a little creative with this one. I shot with mirrorgram and liked the image, but it was a little out of focus. I didn’t want to scrap it, so I used shockmypic for the painterly look. Finally, I used snapseed to add some contrast and darken the image slightly. The result is much better than a blurry photo, in my opinion.
I hope you’re a fan of symmetry because I’ve been shooting with mirrorgram the last few days. That means I have some cool new shots with symmetry to share with you over the next few days.
Shot with mirrorgram and edited with simplyHDR