This is an iPhone shot from my mini challenge shoot today. I hope I’m not the only slacker that waited til the last minute to shoot. I chose my SVT Focus as the subject because I’m selling it and need some photos. 2 birds, 1 stone.
Its time for something that can handle mountain roads. Lowered cars with low profile tires aren’t ideal for some of the places I’ve been in Oregon.
To submit your photos for the challenge, send them to email@example.com
Below is a fun percolator version.
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.
I have to give credit to Shannon for the title. Speaking of that delightfully silly woman, keep an eye on her blog tomorrow for our challenge to you guys. It’s going to be for those of you that really really want to improve.
Now smile at those amusing clouds.
I know I’ve done this angle a few times already, but I still like it. People probably give me weird looks when I go out into the middle of a road and put my phone on the ground. Oh well. I’ve learned to tune people out and focus on the photos.
I can’t decide if the rays are adding to the image or taking away from it. What do you think?
Shot with ProHDR, edited with simplyHDR, Snapseed, and Rays.
Good news! I got published for the second month in a row in the SLO Coast Journal. Its a local online journal with a good amount of readers. Even cooler still is one of you also got published in the journal. Congrats Lace! Go check out her photos on Flickr (shes not a blogger yet.)
My photo that got published wasn’t even one of my top 3 shots for the month, but the editors sure liked it. You can see it over here on my other blog. Continue Reading
I think this is what you might picture when you think of Highway 1 in California. The ocean off to one side, some rolling mountains, and poppies growing along the roadside. It’s really not like this the whole stretch, but I did manage to find a spot with the poppies growing out of control.
I saw some odd things while on the road the other day. Three separate times, I saw someone peeing out in the open, including a woman who was probably 50-60 years old. No bush or car used for cover. Maybe she was unaware of the bathroom that was maybe a 3 minute walk away. Or, maybe I was in hippie territory. Yes, the Big Sur area has lots of
dirty hippies unique individuals.
At this spot, there was someone down by the bluff either painting or shooting with a tripod. I couldn’t tell because it was so far away. Whatever he was doing, was really pumping him up. I heard him scream, while throwing his fists in the air, at the ocean several times as some waves crashed against the rocks.
idiot gentleman was riding his bike in the middle of traffic, weaving back and forth between both lanes, seemingly trying to aggravate tourists. I saw him 3 different times throughout the day, and he was doing the same thing each time.
Don’t let the weirdos discourage you from visiting though. They make for some good stories.
I’m back after a little break from this blog. I felt like it was taking to much time away from me and I wasn’t getting enough out of it, so a little r&r was needed. I do appreciate all the kind things people have been saying lately, but I’m still not sure if I’ll be posting everyday like I have for the past 3 months. We’ll see how things go.
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.
Today’s image was taken back when I was driving home from Oregon. Its been sitting on my phone because I wasn’t sure how to edit it best. I tried Snapseed, but the drama filter was overprocessing the image. The above image was processed with SimplyHDR and I’m quite pleased with the outcome. I didn’t think I’d be using that app often, but it actually gave me the look I wanted when Snapseed couldn’t. I don’t think that will happen often, but its good to know that SimplyHDR can create some nice pseudo HDR’s.
I also tried PhotoArtista Oil to see how the image would look as a painting. I think it looks pretty sweet.
Originally shot with ProHDR.
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…
I was out roaming the county yesterday and stopped off at Tolosa Vineyards. Unfortunately I didn’t stop for the wine, just for a few quick pics.
After playing with Dramatic Black and White, I wanted to blend black and white images with color like I sometimes do in photoshop. Check out this workflow.
1. Shot with ProHDR. I’m not happy with the weird color on the edge of the road and it needs a crop.
2. Snapseed edit #1. Add drama, selective adjustments, and crop.
3. Dramatic Black and White for the bw conversion. This looks pretty good and I wouldn’t mind stopping here, but I have something else in mind.
4. Import last 2 images into ImageBlender. Blend mode set to luminosity at about 65% opacity. You could also try overlay or soft light to get interesting effects. By setting to luminosity, the hue and saturation remain the same while the brightness is altered. I had this blend mode in mind because I wanted the vignette created in Dramatic BW to show up. It was a little strong for my taste, so I lowered the opacity to 65%.
5. TouchRetouch. There were some distracting elements that I wanted to remove.
6. Filterstorm. The noise in the sky needs to be reduced, even if just slightly. I also want to brighten the clouds and vineyard. To do that, I used a curves layer and pulled the midtones up slightly, then masked in the effect where I wanted it.
7. Snapseed edit #2. I want to put the finishing touches on it by adding just a little contrast to brighten up the middle of the image.
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 was treated to the longest and most amazing display of light yesterday on my drive home. There were golden rays of light beaming through the storm clouds and painting bits of mountainside with light. It lasted for about 3 hours. I really couldn’t keep my eyes on the road, so I pulled over a few times to snap some pics.
This one is from when I stopped in Artois. I pulled over, walked over to the middle of the road and took a few pics, but wasn’t thrilled, so I got down and put my phone on the road to get a different perspective. Luckily no cars or trucks came by for the 5 minutes that I was in the middle of the road.
Although this one doesn’t showcase the amazing rays I was witnessing, it does show the dramatic sky. Also, its not good practice to put the horizon in the middle of the image, but I did it on purpose this time because I felt it was more interesting. I’ll try to post some more today that will do a better job of showcasing the light.
Shot with prohdr and edited in snapseed.