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.
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 🙂
These were the conditions we were faced with during the workshop. It wasn’t the sunset we were hoping for, but there was some opportunity for long exposures and black and whites. The real challenge, for me, was finding a unique composition on the beach. I feel like its silly to go and shoot the exact same shot that quite a few other people have done.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve copied styles and comps in the past, but I need something more now. I think this weekend I figured out a new approach that will allow me to create some more meaningful images…I hope. We’ll see how it works out, and then maybe I’ll share the approach.
The above was shot with my iPhone 5s, using the native camera app. I edited with Snapseed, using a vintage filter, followed by a black and white conversion.
We shot the golden gate bridge twice yesterday. Once, in the morning, on the way up north to the Point Reyes Lighthouse and Inverness area, and then again later that night, just before Shannon had to catch her plane home. Michael Shainblum was cool enough to invite us to join him and a couple of his buddies, to shoot the bridge from a few spots around sunset. Toby Harriman was busy shooting it from above, in a helicopter haha.
You couldn’t really see the bridge in the morning, because of the fog. I really expected it to be fogged in all day, but it pulled back just in time for sunset. We got some great shots, in spite of the strong wind and cold temps. This one was from my D7000. I’ll post some from my iPhone sometime this week.
This was shot on a summer day in San Francisco. Hard to believe, I know. I walked down Baker Beach, looking for a good spot to get a shot of the bridge, but it was socked in. Just before I got to the spot where I took this photo, there were a couple of gentleman laying out nude. I had a feeling I wouldn’t escape SF without seeing some sort of nudity.
Anyways, I finally got around to sharing this one, and it just so happens that I’ll be heading back to the city tomorrow. I’m finally going to spend the day with my aunt and my cousin, so they can show me around some cool spots for photos. We originally planned on going July 24th. I remember the date because thats the morning that my grandma fell. We’ve been through a lot together since then. I’m looking forward to hanging out under better circumstances.
Let’s hope the fog stays away this time so I can get some sweet photos.
I forget what I used to shoot this one. Either the default camera app or camera+. I used Snapseed to make some adjustments, including a tiltshift effect to give it some depth.
This shot of the Golden Gate Bridge (unedited above) was taken from a spot that a lot of tourists stop at for a quick shot before they head back to their car. I promise you’re not going to get the best possible shot, if you’re only spending a minute at a location. It’s hard to connect to a scene if you don’t take some time to become immersed in it.
I must have spent about 10 minutes here, as I looked for the best composition, and took photos for tourists (I get asked often.) I showed up with a negative mindset because I wanted a sunset shot of the bridge. I didn’t want fog after driving for an hour. I had to work past that and accept the scene for what it was. If I had just snapped one or two photos, while in that negative head space, and walked back to the car, I wouldn’t have any decent photos. This is where I’d like to use my background in philosophy to talk about the true nature reality, which I find very interesting, but I’ll save that for another post.
Instead, I’ll leave you with this edit I did with Popsicolor. I can’t think of a better effect for this scene, for a number of reasons. One being the sense that the original scene was left unfinished and I was left with the task of using my creative juices to finish it. What do you think?
As I think I said in the last post, it was really foggy on my last visit to SF. It’s not what I had envisioned when I left the house, so I was a little disappointed, but I went with it when I got there.
While I was walking along the Golden Gate Bridge, I was drawn to the way the cables just disappeared into the fog. I tried a few different compositions to get an interesting shot. I ended up leaning over the railing a bit to get this one. I don’t recommend trying that because the traffic really flies by.
The original image was a bit flat and muted because of the fog. I felt like this shot was a good candidate for something a little surreal, so I used NIR Color for the dreamy/surreal effect. I liked how it created some gold light where the cables disappear. It felt appropriate for the Golden Gate.