I’ve been in a Maine for a week now. I have to say that this place is the opposite of where I grew up in Silicon Valley. I was pretty worried the first couple of days, because of culture shock. I knew this town of 4000 people was going to be small, but it felt even smaller once I actually saw it. It’s definitely going to take some time to slow down and adjust.
I feel like I’m going to be forced to disconnect from the 21st century and get back to nature. Thats not necessarily a bad thing. The few times that I’ve been able to get out, I’ve found Maine to be incredibly peaceful. There are so few people that its very easy to find yourself in a remote area surrounded by nature.
My biggest challenges are not having a car, cell phone service is spotty, and wifi signal is awful in this house. If I go anywhere outside of civilization, my cell phone is useless, so I need to get a physical map and a compass, since I don’t know my way around. And a new challenge that just popped up is my iMac suddenly lost power while typing this up. Yay for old farmhouses.
Thats enough complaining. Trust me, I could go on about several other things, but I’m just going to have to accept that my old way of life isn’t possible here right now.
On the bright side, I already made a new photographer friend here. She is still learning, but is already creating cool surreal composites. She was nice enough to show me around the other day while she searched for the perfect pond with lily pads. There doesn’t seem to be too much talent out here outside of the two of us, and maybe one or two other people. I suppose thats a good thing for me. She already wants to open up an artist space together to display our work and run workshops. I’m still feeling the market out before I commit to that though.
(This was shot with the default camera app on the iPhone and edited with Snapseed.)
A couple of years ago I took a bunch of photos of animals at the natural history museum in NYC. I thought I would do something cool with them eventually. And it only took like 2 years for me to play with a few of them.
This was edited in Snapseed, Mextures, and iColorama.
I was nominated for a 5 day black and white photo challenge by Meri Walker. I just finished up a 7 day nature photo challenge…thanks a lot Shannon. Normally, I don’t care for these challenges, but they’re helping me be more productive. I’m not going to inconvenience, or pressure anyone by nominating them. If you’d like to do a 5 day black and white challenge, go for it.
For the first day of the bw challenge I posted a Nikon shot, but since I was nominated by a mobile master, I decided the rest should be iPhone only.
This was shot out in Inverness, CA with my iPhone 5s and edited with Snapseed.
Are any of you using Steller?
Last month, Meri Walker encouraged me to give the app a try. She thought my Everglow post would be great as a Steller story. I’m glad I made the effort, because not only did Steller feature that story, but they have featured all 3 of my stories to date.
You can also follow Meri over there. She has some great artwork and stories.
Sometimes books catch your eye when you’re browsing at the bookstore.
I finally caved and went to buy one of those adult coloring books, but I also looked at the photography and art section, just to see what was there. This one book stood out to me, and gave me ideas for an edit, so I took a photo.
If you don’t have a coloring book, you should definitely consider getting one. It can be relaxing, but also great for your creativity. Not surprisingly, there are free coloring book apps too, if you search the app store for “adult coloring books.” Tapping isn’t the same as making the strokes on paper, but its free.
Heres to 2016 being full of wild art. Find your limits and push yourself beyond them!
(I used the default camera app, snapseed, and icolorama to create this.)
Happy New Year guys. Have you set any photography goals for the year yet? If you’re looking to improve in general, a 365 project is a great exercise where you take a photo a day. The problem with these is sometimes you forget, or don’t know what to shoot.
Well, Mission: Pic is offering a little extra incentive to do a 365 project (ok, its 366 this year) with them. If you post a photo everyday in 2016, you will get a special gift featuring all of the photos you took that year.
The cool thing about Mission: Pic is they will give you subjects to shoot and daily reminders to upload your photos. They’re making it easier than ever to complete a 365 project.
Plus, everyday people vote on their favorite images, and the winning photo gets a free 8×8 print sent to them. Now do you have enough incentive to take more photos this year and improve your photography?
Go to the link below for more info, and grab Mission: Pic here.
I’m finally home, after 10 days in CA. Yesterday, about an hour before sunset, I kept finding myself staring at the sky more than the road. I was keeping an eye on the height of the clouds, and the position of the sun, so I could best predict what kind of sunset it would be. The way things were set up, I knew it was either going to be a killer sunset, or a dud. All I needed was an opening on the horizon, which was behind the mountain.
I eventually trusted my gut and pulled off the 5 to find something like a beat up farmhouse to use in my foreground. I was pretty much in the middle of nowhere and a foreground of empty farmland would have wasted the sunset that was about to unfold. As I got off the freeway, I liked the way the mountains looked int he distance. I thought I might be able to drive for 20-30 minutes to get close enough for them to have an impact in the image.
Lucky for me, on my way toward the mountains, some water along a crossroad caught my eye. I immediately stopped in the middle of the road and turned around. The water turned out to be a rice paddy, which was perfect for reflections.
About 10 minutes after I set up my camera, I started to see some color show up. Thats when I knew I had the conditions I needed. As time went on, the color stretched across the whole valley. It was great because I could easily see what colors were going to end up over the rice paddy, which is the direction I was shooting with my Nikon. The deep pinks in the east slowly inched over the rice paddy and I got exactly what I expected. I wish all sunsets could be this predictable.
The photo above is an unedited iPhone shot. The pano at the top of the post has been edited in Snapseed and then touched up slightly in photoshop to brighten it a bit more and add a little contrast. It really looks great large, though I don’t know if you can view it larger on my blog anymore.