I still can’t get over how awesome this tree was in person. I was walking through the woods, when it caught my attention. It was so much larger than the other trees, and the branches gave it character. I wish I had stood next to it for scale, because the base was very wide, and the super wide angle lens I used makes the tree seem smaller than it was.
I took photos from another angle, using TrueHDR, ProHDR, and VividHDR, so I could compare my favorite HDR camera apps. It was interesting comparing the results side by side. I’ll do a post with my thoughts within a week. I’m on my way to Oregon today for some time off. I need a break from caregiving, for my own sanity.
Shot with ProHDR using an iPro super wide angle lens.
It’s time to say goodbye to NY. I’m on a train to CT now, taking in a sunrise, feeling like a zombie. NY has to be the most impressive city I’ve been to yet. I’ll miss the jay walking, the stylish women, the accents, and the way they’ve mastered the use of the f word.
This photo, from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, shows the most fall color I found in NY. I changed my focus when I realized I just wasn’t going to find any amazing fall shots. I thought I should try to find a random girl to model for me. As luck would have it, I met a local girl, that was actually born in Japan, who wanted to be my tour guide/model for a day. We had a lot of fun together and I think I have a new friend to hang out with next time I’m in the city. I’ll have to share those portraits later this month after I get home and have time to edit them.
Edited with snapseed. I’m still just shooting with the default camera app on the 5s because I think it’s improved a lot and it’s lightning fast.
Tiny Planets is free today. You can use it to create tiny planets with your photos or you can do abstract stuff like this. If you couldn’t tell, this was the image I posted yesterday.
Tiny planets are usually best with tall buildings or big trees in the image so you end up with more than just a flat planet.
It’s been a very rough few days for me here. Grandma has been extra anxious and forgetful. I hear she has a hard time after visitors leave and my aunt just left after staying for a few days. It’s also been rough because my new Internet got connected on the 1st but its hardly faster than what we had and comes with the added benefit of instability. It constantly drops every few minutes so I can’t get anything done on the computer. In fact, I spent over 20 minutes trying to upload a photo and post this morning before I gave up and decided to use my iPhone. Someone should be here Friday to try and fix the connection. I hope to blog more regularly after that.
Now, about this photo. I went to hakone gardens the day after I shot the wedding. I had all that great gear and wanted to use it somewhere nice. The garden was $8 to enter and they charge extra if you’re taking commercial photos. We showed up with like $7000 in gear and they didn’t think to charge us extra haha.
The pond was nice, full of turtles and koi. There was even a nice waterfall flowing into it. I think it would have been a better experience for us if there weren’t children running around like the trails were for jogging. I might go back sometime, just not soon.
I finally have some time to post again! I’ve been really busy editing photos from the recent engagement shoot. Here are a few good ones that I gave a more artistic edit. There are more on my facebook page too. Also, if you or anyone you know is getting married, I not only do engagement sessions, but weddings too. I’m willing to travel to you, so contact me!
After working on people photos for over a week, I’m dying to work on some landscapes :)
These were all shot with my Nikon D7000.
For day 2 we decided to get up for sunrise because A) we both traveled pretty far to get to Joshua Tree and B) our sunset got snowed out the night before. Yes, we got snowed on in the desert. It was surreal.
We all got up around 4:30am to catch the sunrise at a spot I saw on the map the day before. It said there were views of the Salton Sea and even Mexico on a clear day. It certainly didn’t disappoint. The view was awesome and it was incredibly peaceful even as two photographers ran back and forth, shooting at a furious pace.
For all you travelers out there, I don’t recommend getting up that early when you have a 7 hour drive ahead of you. Having said that, I think I would still do it again haha.
I shot this with TrueHDR, but it looked nasty, so I cropped out the sky. Sometimes HDR just doesn’t work. I edited with Snapseed as I usually do.
Somehow, I ended up in Ashland this past weekend We didn’t plan on going there, but spontaneity took us there for a few days. It was great to feel at home again, even if just briefly.
I shot this out on the side of the road up to Grizzly Peak. It wasn’t possible to get up to the trailhead because of snow on the road. We didn’t have chains for the Prius and I don’t have much experience with driving on snowy roads. That didn’t stop us from making it up to Crater Lake though. I’ll post a pic from there tomorrow.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed.
Last night I thought about getting up early for sunrise. I guess that thought was enough for my internal alarm clock to set itself for 5am. Since I tend to wake in pain these days, I figured I’d get up instead of laying there uncomfortably.
This was shot with my Nikon D7000. I did take some with the iPhone4, I just haven’t got around to editing them because I was more excited about the cool shots I got with the DSLR.
This was taken along the Salmon Creek Trail. There was a gushing waterfall just beyond this point that was looking very healthy after some wet weather we’ve been having. Side note, wet weather in California is like 2 days of rain in a row. Hopefully I can find time to edit and share the Nikon photos of the waterfall soon. I’m still playing catch up with all my photos.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed. I’m sure this would look cool edited with ShockMyPic as well, but I never got around to trying it.
I barely noticed this guy as I was browsing the plants at the local nursery. Not an amazing photo, but cool to be this close to a hummingbird and get a decent pic.
Today I woke up way too early and there actually wasn’t any fog when I looked out the window, so I thought I’d head out for a sunrise shoot. Everything was clear while I was driving to the beach, but when I got there, it was socked in with a thin layer of fog. So much for that idea.
I drove around for a while thinking I’d find some beautiful light somewhere. There were a few moments when I saw something I liked, but I couldn’t pull over on the freeway. I finally just stopped at a native garden near my house. I couldn’t think of anything cool to shoot around here. I’m pretty bored with my surroundings now. I’m even thinking of running down to LA for a day this week for the change in scenery, even though I hate LA.
The original image was ok. Kinda blah if you ask me. I tried to use LensLight to add some rays and interest. These are 3 different versions I came up with using the app. I need to play with it some more before I review it, but its cool so far.
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.
A little storm passed through yesterday that showed us just how clogged up our gutters were. Once it cleared up, I got up on the ladder and got all the nasty leaves and dirt out. You’d be surprised how much dirt gets up there when you’re living within a mile of sand dunes.
Camera+ and Snapseed.
Its a shame most people don’t have enough free time to enjoy sunsets like this more often.
I’m heading to the Sacramento area today to visit my grandfather and cut the long drive to Oregon into 2 5.5 hour drives. I do have another post scheduled for tomorrow so you get your daily dose of iphoneography.
Today I’ll leave you with some simple, but important, advice on how to become a better photographer. Shoot more, show less. Starting now.
What I mean is, take a lot of pictures. Hundreds a week if you can. The light can change from moment to moment, so take multiple shots of the same scene. Try different angles and camera orientations.
Right now I’m taking around 500 pictures a month with my iphone, which is about what I’d do in a week with my Nikon. This is the most important part though, don’t show off all of your pictures. Right now I’m only sharing my top 8-10% of my iphone images if you do the math. With my Nikon its more like my top 1-2% get seen.
Be an editor and pick the images that you think should be in an exhibit or a magazine and share those. The more you play the role of editor the better your photographic eye will get.
I hope you picked up Snapseed today while it was free. If you haven’t yet, go do it now! This post will let you behind the curtain and show you how I use the app to edit pictures on my iphone. The app has a lot of features, but I won’t cover them all in this post or it would be so much longer than it already is. Lets start with the before and after.
This is the original image taken with ProHDR:
For this image I’ll start with “tune image” I like to add some brightness because although it may look great on the retina display, your image will probably look a little underexposed on the web. Here I added:
- +8 to brightness,
- +23 to ambience which brings back some detail in the shadows and adds some saturation. If you go in the – direction, it removes detail from the shadows which can be interesting in some cases.
- +6 Ito bump the contrast up slightly
- +10 to Saturation for now. The image looked a little lifeless so I’ll try +10 for now and see what it looks like again when I get further along.
- +3 to white balance just to warm the image up slightly. In most cases you probably don’t need to mess with this. If you end up going too far with it, you can always go to the “Automatic” panel and play with the color correction slider until it looks normal again.