I finally was able to catch a sunset at the beach last night. We’re getting our June gloom foggy weather already, which means sunsets are usually ruined. Lucky for me, last night the fog stayed off the coast just far enough.
This particular sunset wasn’t anything too amazing. I felt like I should use a few apps to make it look more beautiful in my eyes. First, I shot with TrueHDR. If you’re new to my blog, I use TrueHDR a lot because often times it makes for a more realistic image by combining two exposures. Next, I used Snapseed to brighten a little, add contrast, and bump up the saturation slightly. Then, I used TangledFX for the painterly/fibrous look. Finally, I used Snapseed again because I felt like the image needed more contrast and saturation.
So I downloaded a free app the other day called MasterFX. Its an app that allows you to add a lot of special effects to your image. I don’t think its an app I would use too often, but its very easy to use and does a very clean job of blending in different elements. There are a lot of freebies in the app, but also a lot of paid stuff. The stuff I used was all free.
I like all of the tools in the app that allow for greater control and creativity. You can resize elements, copy them, mask them, mirror/flip them, distort them, and you can even adjust the opacity.
In this image I added the sunburst and rays on the left, the white bokeh effect around the base of the palms, the hot air balloon, and the stars. It really only took a few minutes to complete the image. I have to admit it was fun to be creative again.
This was shot the same morning of my recent sunrise photo that I posted from my Nikon. I can’t quite figure out what that little cloud is. Maybe a hornet? I though it made the scene a little more interesting, along with the colors.
I hope you’re enjoying this photo from the comfort of your desk as you sip your coffee today. Good morning!
The clouds were pretty interesting the other evening. Just for a few moments, the light and the colors of the scene were awesome. I was lucky enough to be there to witness it. Stupid me didn’t wait around for the sunset though. I drove to another part of the coast, chasing a cloud that I was hoping would make for a great shot at sunset. Unfortunately, it evaporated before the sun went down and I was left in the middle of agriculture fields with nothing too exciting going on.
This was shot with TrueHDR. Edited with Snapseed, Tangled FX, and ImageBlender. I liked the Tangled FX version, but wanted to dial it back a bit by using ImageBlender to reduce the opacity of the effect to about 70% just to bring back a hint of realism.
I have a new app to review called Tangled FX. It’s pretty awesome. This is one of the first creations with it so far.
We took the horses out along the beach and up into the dunes yesterday. It made me wish I’d brought my Nikon. There were so many cool patterns in the dunes. I’ll definitely have to get back there soon.
Another shot from the D7000. I’m just throwing this up quickly so I have something to share today. I have “homework” to do. Best Buy wants me to write some tips for their mobile blog for taking better photos with your iPhone and I want to finish this app review for Aquarella today.
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.
I shot from a handful of different spots, but this is probably my favorite composition. I steadied my phone on top of my Nikon, which was on a tripod, so I have a similar pic I’ll probably share today or tomorrow. The detail in that one is awesome and its easily one of my favorite shots of all time. I had it up on my desktop almost all day yesterday, even when I wasn’t working on it.
We’ll consider this iPhone shot the low res preview. This is definitely a nice photo from the iPhone and it made the 24 hour feed on Tadaa for a while. Thats very hard to do because that place is usually reserved for those with 1000+ followers, not necessarily the best pics.
Shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed.
I haven’t had this problem in a while, I have too many good pictures to share. I took something like 700 pictures between the Nikon and iPhone yesterday. I left the house at 10am and got home at 11:30pm. I saw quite a few things and have a few stories to share from the road, starting with….I hit a bird. It was flying with another bird who dodged my windshield a couple seconds before. He must not have been paying attention because he didn’t try to pull up until it was too late. That makes 2 birds I’ve hit mid flight now.
I was thinking of building up to this picture of McWay Falls because its one of my favorites, but I’ll lead off with it. I’ve never been a fan of dumping all of your images at once. I know you can tell a story and let your viewer come along with you on your journey, but I’d rather have you enjoy the pictures one at a time.
This was probably one of the best sunset shoots I’ve had. The light was changing colors quickly just before the sun went down. Even if I didn’t catch the purple or gold hues with my cameras, I still got to see it in person.
Shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed. I suggest clicking to see it larger.
Another from the dunes I was out at the other day. I went over to check out those little mounds, and it turns out there was an old road there once upon a time. Now its busted up asphalt that nature is reclaiming.
Fun fact, this area has been used to film over 20 movies including the 10 Commandments (1923) and Pirates of the Caribbean (about a mile away at Pt Sal.) I hear you can still find bits of the Egyptian city from 10 commandments buried. Unfortunately, the area the city was built on is roped off most of the year because of the Snowy Plover, an endangered bird.
I was out in the middle of some sand dunes yesterday working on a photo project. I’m sooo sore today from the 2+ mile walk in the sand while carrying 15lbs of gear. This particular beach doesn’t get a lot of visitors and hardly any make it out to the spot I went to. There were lots of cool patterns in the sand carved out by the wind.
Below is a sneak preview of what I was working on with my Nikon. Some more elements will be added from other exposures to create something cool. The vision popped in my head yesterday morning and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Sorry, you’ll have to wait a while to see the finished result.
The warm weather is bringing the tourists back . Pismo Beach was crawling with them.
I shot this from the pier with camera+. I added a tilt shift effect with Snapseed.
Lately I’ve seen my friends posting about how they’re getting snow, hail, and rain, so I thought I owed it to them to go out to the beach and watch the sunset last night. The tripod and I nearly got taken out by a wave when I first started shooting on the shore. Luckily I saw it out of the corner of my eye when I was looking at my phone. I was able to grab the tripod and jump back onto some rocks just in time.
The first two images were created with Slow Shutter, which allows you to do long exposures, and edited in Snapseed. You really need a tripod to get long exposures as sharp as possible. I do use a tripod, but I don’t have a case to mount it on their properly. I just hold my iPhone as still as I can against the tripod. I think I need to break down and get some real equipment for better results because they could be sharper.
The third image was created with ProHDr, edited with Snapseed for the drama and selective adjustments. Finally, I used Filterstorm to tonemap the water and apply a curves layer to the sky in an attempt to lighten it up a bit. I like Filterstorm, but it takes so long to save an image. This one took about 2 minutes.
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
This is at a beach out by Guadalupe, CA, which is a small migrant town where a lot of field workers live. Its a neat place because its in the middle of nowhere and it feels like you’re in Mexico. I’ll have to snap a few pics of the town next time because it has some character.
This was shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed.
The other day when I got to the beach it was sunny and in the high 60s. I sat in my car playing with photo apps for a while and, by the time I looked up, a thick fog bank was rolling in. Foggy conditions make me change my approach from sweeping landscapes to specific details of the landscape. The great thing about fog is it turns the sky into a softbox, which makes for soft, even lighting. Thats as good a time as any to get in close to your subject.
This shot was created by kneeling down and placing my iphone on my shoe so I could take 2 exposures wtih ProHDR. Then I did minimal edits in Snapseed.