A flower falls, even though we love it.
I hate to be that guy, but I’ve never been a fan of this holiday. Probably because I spent too many of them alone. Shrug.
I’ll probably be spending the day eating junk food and doing something artsy to express myself.
I hope you have someone special to share it with. Don’t forget to spread the love and let your single friends know you love and appreciate them too.
This hyacinth was shot with ProShot and edited with Snapseed and iColorama. Then I used artista Impresso for the painterly look.
Is it the thing thats beautiful, or how we perceive it?
I’m sure most of you know the answer. For those that haven’t thought about this before, its a good question to ponder.
I got dragged to the dollar store the other day. Thats a place that you’d be hard pressed to find something inherently beautiful. Near the checkout, I saw a bunch of cheap fake flowers and thought I could create something pretty. My girlfriend looked at me like I was crazy to even try, but I knew a painterly app would make it so you couldn’t tell the flowers were fake.
I used the native camera app to take the photo and then processed the image with artista impresso.
While cruising around the Applegate recently, we stopped at Wooldridge winery, because you have to stop at a few wineries, if you’re in wine country. I didn’t care for the wine, and it was a strange crowd. I don’t know if its because this is Oregon, or because there was some bluegrass/country band playing live music. And there were dogs all over the place. Some were running loose, and a few were on leash. It wasn’t the winery experience I’m used to.
I made the most of my visit, when I saw bouqets of dead flowers for sale. Whoever put them together had a good understanding of color theory. The colors and textures worked very well together.
I shot this one with my iPhone a couple weekends ago in Big Sur, CA. There were many calla lilies growing in the wild, but this one caught my attention. I immediately noticed that the quality of light hitting the flower, along with the lack of light on the stuff behind it, was going to give me something special. I knew right away that this was going to be a low key type of edit, and I’m happy with how it turned out.
I used Snapseed and Romantic Photo on the edit. Then I used ImageBlender to reduce the opacity of the Romatic Photo filter because there was a little too much glow for my taste.
2014 –> 2015
I was hoping to ask you all some questions at the end of 2014, but I think we were all focused on the holidays, because my first post (since removed) was mostly ignored. Anyways, lets try this again!
I thought it would be useful for us to reflect on 2014 and share what the best iPhone photography tip was that you received. Was it something to do with editing? Shooting? Experimenting? Let me know in the comments.
Also, what is it that you want to learn about photography or iPhone photography this year? What are your photography goals for 2015? How can I help you reach them?
I’m going to have a few new avenues for teaching you this year. Stay tuned!
I haven’t been feeling well for a few days now. Somehow, I got a bad sinus infection, without even being sick. It was bad enough to make me consider paying a friend to smother me in my sleep. Needless to say, I haven’t been out shooting, or editing any of the 2000 images on my iPhone.
This morning, I found this shot from Cohasset, Massachusetts, and did a quick Snapseed edit. It was a pretty good exposure, thanks to the even lighting, so it didn’t need much done to it. I brightened it slightly, added some ambiance, and a touch more saturation.
Tomorrow, I’ll share another Nikon shot from Acadia, along with a photoshop action I made to create a painterly effect. So, if you like free actions, be sure to check back tomorrow.
These bushes were in full bloom at my parent’s house this weekend. I liked the way these flowers lined up to create an s curve.
I was able to test out the car mount for the selfy case on the long, boring drive, from the bay area to the central coast. I think it will take a little getting used to. So far, it has been fine. I don’t know that its made my life any easier, but I haven’t used it for directions yet. I’ll definitely be using it for that while I’m on the road for a couple weeks in Oregon. I was really looking forward to it, but southern Oregon is going to be in triple digits. I may have to start my adventure on the coast, or farther north, in Eugene.
This shot was edited with Snapseed and iColorama. The original image was pretty flat because of the overcast sky. I wanted to make the flowers pop, by adding contrast. I also made some selective adjustments to darken everything but the flowers.
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 🙂
You might need to click this one to view it larger, so you can appreciate the edit. I used tangledFX, but didn’t like the effect on the whole image, so I used imageblender to mask the effect only on the yellow flower. Before I did all that, I used snapseed for minor edits and a little tilt shift, to keep the focus on the foreground.
Don’t forget, the deadline to enter the Selfy giveaway is tomorrow. If you already entered, and you want an extra entry, you still have time to make a multiple exposure self portrait, and send it to me at email@example.com, or share the link in the comments. I’ll share the submissions when I announce the winners, on Tuesday.
Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend!
I’d never heard of this lake before, or the open space preserve it was located in. I was just out exploring along Skyline (35,) in the Palo Alto area. It was very peaceful (only saw one other person,) had a good variety of flowers in bloom, and was full of trees. One of the trails even went right alongside a christmas tree farm.
This was shot with the default camera app. Edited with Litely, which is an app I just grabbed last night. I like the subtle effects it adds. I also used Romantic Photo, and ImageBlender to reduce to the opacity of the effect of Romantic Photo.
Here is a shot of one of the flowers I saw out there too.
Snapseed and Mextures for the edit of this one.
I hope those of you in colder climates can appreciate a spring photo from California.
Shot with an iPro macro lens. Edited with Snapseed and Romantic Photo.
Since there are some flowers in the yard now, I wanted to go play with my iPro macro lens. I actually got quite a few images that I’m pleased with. So I hope you east coasters that are tired of snow can appreciate some color in my next few posts.
I edited this with Snapseed and TangledFX, using a preset I made. Then, I decided I wanted the effect to be slightly more subtle, so I used imageblender to reduce the opacity of the TangledFX version to 70%.
My custom preset that I used: TangledFX://?Sc=107&PreSh=2_20&Str=12_L&Sh=28_1&Smu=80&PostSh=1_13&C_C_G_H=6_15_-3_0
If you copy that jumble of text starting at “TangledFX” and ending at “-3_0” you can paste it into the app and have my preset.
The pre TangledFX version.
I thought I would show you a couple versions of these camellias so you can compare some apps that turn your images into paintings. If you’re waiting for some more giveaways, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. I have quite a few errands to run today, as I’m sure you do too. I was very surprised to get a call from the local camera shop, telling me my Nikon had been repaired early and I could pick it up today. I really didn’t expect to see it again until next month! Now I can finally take photos of my new nephew 🙂
Anyways, I didn’t want to post, create a frenzy, disappear, and leave you all waiting to hear back from me. Last time, I spent hours exchanging emails, commenting, and gifting apps. Be on the look out for another post this afternoon.
PhotoArtista Oil version
I don’t remember ever going to Golden Gate Park before. It’s really big, and I was expecting it to be awesome. When I got there, it was crowded and it was hard to find parking. I couldn’t help but compare it to my favorite park, Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon. There were some cool spots, but I don’t think it beats Lithia.
For one, I’ve never seen someone pull out a little potty for their kid to pee out in the open at Lithia. Also, you don’t have to pay to enjoy the little Japanese garden in Lithia Park, but you do have to pay to enjoy a couple of gardens in Golden gate Park.
They don’t charge to get into the Shakespeare garden, where this photo was taken. I was surprised to find that only a couple of people were in there enjoying the space. It seemed really peaceful compared to the rest of the park. I didn’t even bother with the Japanese Tea Garden because it was completely packed with tourists. I never would have gotten a clean shot off, which is too bad because I’ve seen some nice photos of the place. Maybe some other time…
Shot with Camera Awesome. Edited with Snapseed.
We’ve got quite a few new readers here since my interview was posted at iphonephotographyschool.com. The last two days have been my top two days for visitors since I started this blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. Anyways, for the new people that might not know my current situation, I moved in with my grandmother last month to take care of her because she has dementia. It’s so much more demanding than I ever imagined.
Yesterday, my aunt took grandma to see the doctor because shes had headaches for over a week now. We still don’t know what they’re from. We had a heat wave last week, she’s stopped taking one medication, and it could just be allergies. Who knows? She also got her wrist x-rayed and blood drawn. Next week she gets to wear a heart monitor because her pulse and blood pressure are low. Not what you want to see in someone that has fallen twice this year.
They were gone at the doctor for an awfully long time, so I decided to surprise her by picking up some flowers at the store. They looked very nice in the store, but when I got home and unwrapped them, one of the gerbera daises was snapped off the stem. Someone had just laid it in the bouquet anyways :(. Oh well, she liked them all the same.
Today looks like its going to be challenging. When we have a day that’s outside of her routine, like yesterday, she is extra confused, anxious, worrisome, and forgetful. Last night, she kept asking me if I ate dinner, even though I ate right in front of her. Then, this morning she asked me how long I’m staying, like I’m only visiting. Fingers crossed that she regains some clarity and we have a mellow weekend.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed. I added some pop with the drama filter and used a circular tilt shift filter to try and draw more attention to the daisy and blur out the background. It changed the image just enough to make a difference. Often times, when everything is in focus, its hard for the viewer’s eye to go where you want it. Using a vignette or blur is a great way to lead them to your subject.
Yesterday I went out shooting with a new app that I’m going to review soon. The wind didn’t make for good shooting conditions, so I need to take some more time getting better images before I give the app a proper review. I don’t want to name it yet because I don’t want anyone to buy it before I give my opinion. Mainly because I’m not blown away by it and I’m not sure if I’d recommend it yet. I have to use it some more and see if some quirks were related to the shooting conditions.
2 apps that I used to edit were Snapseed and ShockMyPic.