I finally made it out yesterday to take some photos of the fall colors in Ashland. The Japanese garden looks great right now!
I really wasn’t happy with my original exposure because the highlights behind the tree were blown. The clouds had just cleared and created problematic lighting. Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it work to my liking with a regular workflow, I went the painterly route.
I molded the light with some dodging and burning, along with some painting with light in photoshop. Then I used Topaz Impressions to get the painterly style. This was using the preset Van Gogh I.
Normally I don’t like my images this small, but this one actually looks better small. The level of detail was just right at this size, and something is lost when the image is larger. So, mini it is!
This weekend, I took a client out for a private photography lesson with her Canon. She was a total beginner that didn’t know anything about aperture, shutter speed, or ISO. After about an hour, she was getting some well composed shots. I was kind of surprised, actually.
I enjoy teaching other people how to use their gear, and how to go beyond snapshots. A few years ago, my first client went on to start her own photography business and made money shooting events and portraits. But, I digress.
One of the lessons I taught my client this weekend was about moving around and looking for different points of view. Everyone can take a photo from their normal eye level, but not everyone is willing to get down on their belly, or crouch down for a different angle.
This is an iphone photo taken from my eye level.
It’s not a bad view, but I’m sure its been done a lot. Next, I crouched down by the water and put my phone very close to the ground for a more unique angle. I also edited the shot below with Artista Impresso, for the painterly look.
All it takes is a different angle, and you can create images that are very different from the norm, which is a good thing!
I wasn’t going to post an image today, but I just bought Artista Impresso and think I like it. I’ve been wanting an impressionist style app for a while, so this is a nice surprise. I might do a proper review soon, time permitting.
I consider this image just a snap because I hardly stopped, and I shot from the hip. If I was to shoot it again, I think I would get lower, and have the iphone parallel to the front posts. Still, I think it turned out good enough to share.
This charming little bridge in Lithia park was begging to have its photo taken. There were too many good elements to pass up, and I didn’t have to place a leaf anywhere for interest. If you let your eyes explore the image, you’ll notice a walking stick in the bottom right of the frame, a leaf stuck to one of the posts on the top left, and fall color everywhere.
If I hadn’t been on the road so much this fall, I would have definitely found myself in Lithia park more often. There’s always next year, but it looks like I’ll be on the road with Shannon again, at least for a little while, next fall as well.
Oh Lithia Park. You’re one of my favorite places during fall. The Japanese garden alone is enough to keep you and your camera busy for a while. I could totally put on a workshop here. Too bad I didn’t think of that before the peak had passed. I suppose there is always next year.
I didn’t spell out “fall” with the leaves, it was already there, so I got a quick shot of it. I wouldn’t take the time to do something like this because it’s too instagrammy for my taste haha. If someone else goes through the trouble, though, I’ll snap something.
If I share a photo a day from my hour spent in the park that day, I would have awesome photos to share for a couple of weeks. But, I probably won’t do that to you. I have quite the backlog of images now. Thats probably a good thing, just in case I end up hibernating this winter.
I also have some awesome images that I created to troll Tinder. My friends suggested I join, and create some ridiculous photos in photoshop, so I did. They’re kind of a hit haha. Quite a few girls are eager to talk to the photoshop wizard that created a sexy centaur and a sexy merman of himself. You know you want to see that. The question now is, do I want you and the rest of the public that google me to see it?
If you’ve never been to Ashland, Oregon, the deer aren’t scared of people at all. If you go for a walk in Lithia Park, you’ll probably see some…along with some tourists trying to get as close as they can for photos. Please don’t do that, btw.
This doe came down into the park for a snack with 2 fawns while my friends and I were sitting on the grass. They were all eating for about 20 minutes while people stood, stared, and tried to get photos.
I had my Nikon on me all day and hadn’t used it much, so I put it back in the apartment because I was tired of wearing the backpack. It figures that this would be when something interesting would happen.
As the doe and fawns grazed, they slowly migrated over towards us. Thats when I started to use my iPhone and got the above photo. I knew the lighting wasn’t great. The shutter speed might not be fast enough to keep moving animals sharp. I figured I would shoot anyways.
Next thing I know, the doe is walking right up to me and ended up getting about 6 feet from me. I tried to lower my iPhone and steady it near the ground. As you can see below, the shutter speed really wasn’t fast enough to freeze the action.
This is the type of situation I’d like to test how the iPhone5s performs. My guess is the 5s will create a higher quality image for a few reasons. First, the larger sensor and wider aperture will allow more light in, which allows for faster shutter speeds. Also, you can shoot in burst mode, up to 10 frames per second, and the iPhone will choose the sharpest version. If I understand correctly, the 5s is also capable of taking 4 photos of the same image and merging the sharpest parts of each to create the sharpest possible photo. Combine all of those technologies and you’re sure to get a better image.
Before this weekend, I had two apps that I used to create reflections on the iPhone, Water My Photo and WaterBooth. Neither one did a great job, which is why I kept both. I couldn’t decide which one was worth saving.
This weekend, I found another app called Reflection. The price was right (free) so I downloaded it and started playing with it. The app offers something that the others didn’t, the ability to choose what shade of blue the water is. This little feature allows you to choose a shade that looks most natural for whatever photo you’re working on. There are also filter packs that you can buy. One of them is free, and if you use the app long enough, an easter egg will pop up and tell you that you can get another pack of filters for free if you rate the app.
The reflections look remarkably natural. In my opinion, they’re clearly better than WaterBooth and WaterMyPhoto. Plus, you don’t have to fidget with wave size or frequency. It’s all taken care of.