This was shot out in Sacramento a couple of months ago. We stopped in Old Sac, for a break, on our way from Oregon to the central coast. There’s a high concentration of candy shops within a few blocks of each other. That’s mainly what I remember. That and the cool architecture of the old, haunted buildings.
I don’t really remember the apps used. I think it was TrueHDR for the camera. I’m not sure if I edited with another app.
May this photo bring you some peace today
Looks like a reflection at a lake doesn’t it? I could have made it even more realistic by darkening the bottom half of the image a little bit, but I got kind of lazy, so you’ll just have to imagine its darker.
Lithia Park was looking particularly beautiful last weekend. I shot this after checking out the monster dash.
This is a single exposure from my Nikon D7000.
I’m back in California for a while. I still have health issues to take care of before I can really get my life started in Oregon. I caught the sunset at the beach last night and I wasn’t expecting much because there was some thick fog rolling in. Luckily, it stayed away from the pier.
The first 2 images were shot and edited with camera+. The last 3 were shot with TrueHDR. I’ve had TrueHDR on my iphone for almost a year, but never used it because I liked ProHDR better. Well, apparently, TrueHDR’s updates have finally turned it into an amazing app because the results are pretty fantastic. I may have a new favorite HDR app.
Yesterday I was getting annoyed with all of the marblecam pictures being posted to Tadaa and wanted to show people an example of creativity. Marblecam is a one trick pony where all you do is press a button and the app does all the work without allowing any adjustments. BORING!
I created this from the pier shot I posted yesterday. In total, I used 7 apps to create this image. ProHDR, Snapseed, SimplyHDR, FX Photo Studio,WaterMyPhoto, Tadaa, and ImageBlender.
I already have a few apps that do reflections. Some with water, one without. Photo Reflection is a free app that offers more than the free water reflection apps do. There are 4 different reflection layouts to choose from. You have control over how much is reflected and you can even fade out the reflection with a gradient. Photo Reflection even offers some basic editing tools. Not bad for a free app.
I shot this with ProHDR and edited with SimplyHDR before using Photo Reflection.
Yeterday I went out to Montaña de Oro state park in Los Osos, CA to catch the sunset. I ended up getting there long before the sunrise because I had to drop my dad off to pick up his car. Having all that extra time allowed me to walk along the bluffs and pick out my perfect spot.
I set up the tripod on the edge of a cliff and sat there for over 2 hours waiting for the perfect light, hoping there wouldn’t be an earthquake. Mostly because I didn’t want to see my gear go over the edge…who cares if I did haha. As I waited, I tried to shoot with my iphone a number of times, and the camera just couldn’t handle the wide dynamic range of the scene no matter what I did. It wasn’t until the sun was about to disappear that I got something useable.
One thing I noticed while sitting in the same spot for a couple of hours was I became much more aware of my surroundings. I was picking up on little details that I hadn’t noticed at first. It certainly helped that the cell phone service was very spotty. That forced me to be present instead of messing around online.
I think I have something like 45-50 photo apps on my phone right now. Thats after deleting a bunch that aren’t up to my standards. For this image, I used more apps than I ever have on a single image.
- LensLight- Added the moon
- FX Photo Studio- Created mirrored image
- Tadaa- Added a couple of filters to get spacey/rainbow colors.
- NIR Color- Made a copy to blend in image blender at low opacity.
- PhotoArtista Oil- Made a copy to blend in image blender for the painted reflection.
- FilterStorm- Separate curves adjustments for the sky and reflection
I’m pretty surprised I remembered all of that. You should click on it to see the large version.
So what do you think of the final outcome? Was it worth the trouble?
I also want to share a few blog posts that I contributed to recently. This one is on iphoneography, instagram, and being part of the in crowd. I’ve enjoyed my recent conversations with Shannon. She knows what shes talking about.
I did two posts for Mariam where I shared what I think helped me become not only a better photographer, but a more creative individual. Here they are: 1 & 2. In the second post, I share a popular training website that offers 24 hour free trials to all of their videos. Go check it out!
Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts.
I went out to Oso Flaco Lake again. I think I could watch the sunset here once a week and never get bored. It was just me and a handful of people fishing on the lake…just how I like it.
ProHDR and Snapseed used.
Yesterday I was searching the app store for photo apps and I stumbled across one called Photo Lake. Its the free version, which means no high res output. Luckily its still good enough to share online. I thought the effect was pretty cool and the app is very simple to use. Just set the water line and watch the ripples go.
I feel like it completely changed the second image. The freeway was in the foreground and, while it looked ok, I find the lake effect to be much more interesting, even if it is slightly unnatural.
This one is from back in Arroyo Grande, CA. I found a little path between some dense vegetation that led to this little creek. The majority of the plants in the water were dead, but there were also some signs of life.
Shot with ProHDR, edited in Snapseed, cleaned up slightly with TouchRetouch.
More from Oso Flaco lake.