Its been too long since I posted, which is a shame. I’ll try to get back into the routine of doing iPhone stuff. I still have apps to review and compare for you all. I’ve been a little busy with other photo stuff, one huge thing that I’ll announce tomorrow, plus building a new storefront, writing articles, and new ebooks.
If you haven’t heard the news, there was a fire this past weekend down in the bay area. In fact, the structure that went up in flames was the old shipwreck in my last post.
We lost an icon because some people were playing with fire for likes and exposure. Ok, it wasn’t really fire, but they were spinning steel wool, which creates a lot of sparks. Its probably not the best idea to do that on an old ship. I guess they got what they wanted though, because they sure as hell are getting exposure now, only for the wrong reasons.
I wasn’t there, I don’t know what happened, so I’m not going to roast anyone on social media. I just hope we can all learn from this tragedy and do our best to leave everything better than when we first got there.
Lastly, I hope we can all take a step back and re-evaluate this attitude of having to one-up each other for attention on social media. I know I’m going to start looking inward and creating for me again.
I shot this using Hueless from the top of Fort Point. I hadn’t seen the bridge from this angle before, and now it might be one of my favorite points of view. It’s a completely different experience. You get a better sense of just how large the structure actually is. Maybe I’ll make it back another day for a sunrise, or sunset.
I’ll be on the road for the better part of the next 3 weeks, save for a few days next week. I get to go to the central coast this weekend for my nephew’s 3rd birthday party. Then, next weekend, I’ll be heading to Oregon for some r&r, plus plenty of photography. If anyone wants to meet up to shoot, I may be all over, from southern Oregon, to the coast, to Eugene, and maybe to Crater Lake.
While I’m on the road, I’ll be able to test out the new product iLuv has sent me, the car mount for the Selfy case. No more holding my phone and looking at google maps while I drive…I mean letting my copilot give me directions. I’ll be sure to let you guys know how it works out.
The edit on this one was simple. I used Snapseed to level the horizon, crop, and make a couple basic adjustments. Then, I used iColorama for a very slight color treatment. I think it lifted the shadows, more than anything.
I hate to break it to you guys, but True love died almost 30 years ago.
All jokes aside, it was very interesting walking around the national cemetery in SF, seeing what wars the veterans had been in. One man had seen 4 wars. I can’t even imagine what his view of reality must have been. Probably extremely different from someone who might have taught kindergarten for 40 years.
Egmont also shared with us that he noticed people die near their birthdays or 6 months from them. We did find a few that died the day before their birthday. Mr. Truelove happened to die 6 months from his. Maybe there is something to Egmont’s theory after all.
This was a quick edit with Snapseed. I made some basic adjustments with tune image and then used the 3rd vintage preset.
I’ve recently talked with Cora Edwards (keep an eye out for a feature and interview soon) and Petyr Campos about creating video tutorials, so I finally thought I’d try a random video of me editing. I probably should have started doing this much sooner, but better late than never. This is my first time recording my screen as I edit. I only wish there was an icon to show when and where I tap on the screen. Oh well.
This is an image of the top of a headstone in the SF National Cemetery. There must have been an eagle on top at some point, but all that remains are the claws.
Since I didn’t add audio, I’ll let you know my thought process as I was going along. I started out doing basic adjustments to make a subtle change in the image. I wanted to see more detail pulled out, so I used the drama filter, but at a very low level. Next, I used center focus to brighten the center just a bit. I wanted more detail, so I used SimplyHDR for that. For this image, I really didn’t need much strength, otherwise it would have been overprocessed.
Next, I wanted to try a painterly app. I thought about which one to try first, and I ended up going with trusty TangledFX. I checked out how my custom settings looked on the image, and went with one of them. Then, I thought I’d try to reduce the effect, using ImageBlender. I loaded the TangledFX version and the SimplyHDR edit, then played with the slider until I was satisfied. I liked it, but thought the image could use some more contrast to make it pop. And there you have it.
What do you think about the video? Should I do some more? I hope you don’t mind me just jumping right in with no direction in mind haha. Not everyone has a clear idea of what they want to create all of the time 🙂
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting up in SF with some local iPhone guys, including Egmont, Allan Smorra, and Petyr Campos. It was great to finally meet Al, because I knew he had been following this blog for a while, and it turns out Petyr follows me too. Yesterday was a good reminder that, while blogs are a great way to share your work and ideas, face to face conversation is still much more effective, and faster. Plus, chatting with people that nerd out about photography, or in this case, iphoneography, is really fun. After talking with other artists, I always walk away feeling like I have so much to learn still. There are so many different perspectives, apps to edit with, and artistic choices to make.
We spent over an hour, exploring every inch of Fort Point, beneath the Golden Gate. At first, I wasn’t sure what to shoot, or how to best compose the scene. That quickly changed as I walked the dark halls, watching the light gently creep in to light the beautiful brick walls. When I first got into the city and saw the fog, I thought it was going to be a wasted day for photos, but I was very wrong. Now I have quite a few to share this week, if time allows me to.
Shot with the native camera app. Edited with Snapseed and Mextures.
It’s been a challenging 8 days for me. I worked 6 24 hour shifts and one 20 hour shift in that short span. Needless to say, I’m feeling overworked and stressed. My eyes have been twitching for about 2 weeks now. I’m ready to go seek peace out in places like you see in the photo from Slacker Hill in SF.
Lucky for me, my aunt has been generous enough to get me a hotel room in Monterey for the rest of the week, so I can try to relax. I already know I’m going to be out shooting sunrises and sunsets in nearby Big Sur and Carmel. Maybe I’ll even get a glimpse of the milky way.
After a few days on the Big Sur coast, I’ll be heading south to the Pismo area for some family time, and probably more photos. Hopefully I return recharged. I just have to hang in there for a few more months before I leave the bay area…hopefully for good this time.
Shot with VividHDR. Though the first attempt of using VividHDR minutes before yielded terrible results, this one turned out pretty good. The first few shots had terrible blends where there were dark pixels around the sun, where they shouldn’t have been. I still don’t trust you VividHDR! This image was edited with Snapseed and Litely.
One last shot with the golden gate bridge in it, for now. Though, the bridge isn’t really the main point of interest in this image. There were a lot of flowers on the path in the foreground, and the bridge was playing peekaboo with karl the fog, so I decided to try and get a shot featuring the flowers.
If you take the last exit before crossing the bridge, going northbound, you can park in a lot just down the street, and get some nice views of the bridge, when its not fogged in. There are lots of tourists taking photos, and lots of locals on bikes. We nearly got rundown, and I’m sure it happens on a daily basis, with as much foot and bike traffic as there is.
I shot this with the native camera app. Then, Snapseed to start off the edit. I felt like I wanted some more texture, so I tried out Stackables, instead of Mextures, this time. I really liked the way I was able to emphasize the fog with an overlay in Stackables. Next, I wanted to bring out a little more detail, so I used SimplyHDR. Then, I thought I would see how a painterly app would change the image. Brushstroke was the second one I tried, and it worked out very well. My only problem with it was the repeating brush patterns in the sky, so I ended up using ImageBlender to mask out some of the painterly effect in the sky.
Would you hang this one in your home? I think I might 🙂