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 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.
I finally took time for myself Saturday to go exploring. I had a hard time choosing between Napa, Tahoe, and Big Sur, but in the end, I drove up the coast north of SF. From SF to Humboldt county is the only stretch of coastline on the west coast that I haven’t driven before. I didn’t make it all the way to Humboldt, but I saw a lot that I hadn’t seen before.
I think one of the things photography can help with is learning to trust your intuition. Sometimes, while driving, I get a hunch or something tells me to pull over or turn somewhere, even if I’m unfamiliar with the area. That’s what brought me to Inverness, where this photo was taken. At the last second, I was compelled to turn instead of continuing up the coast. I was rewarded with this old ship and some great views of wetlands.
At first, I just sat, enjoying the view and eating a snack. The sky was clear blue…and boring. The photo I wanted to create needed some clouds or fog add another element of interest. Behind me, I could see fog spilling over the mountain rather quickly. I dropped my food and grabbed my gear, because I knew the sky could change quickly.
As I was out shooting different angles with my iPro lenses, I accidentally got within 12 feet of a hawk that had a good sized bird in its talons. It was still thrashing and trying to get free…unsuccessfully, might I add. That was amazing to see so up close. Figures it would happen while my Nikon is in the shop! I tried to use my iPro telephoto lens, but the image quality wasn’t very good because I also used digital zoom to get as tight as possible.
Shot with ProHDR using an iPro super wide angle lens. Snapseed for the edit.
Edit to add the hawk pics. The first one is with the iPro telephoto, no digital zoom, and no edit. The second is with the iPro lens, digital zoom, and a quick edit to try and bring some detail back (not happening.)