How many of you tuned in for both days of the iPhoneography workshop on CreativeLive? I thought it was great. I picked up some new tips and tricks in the apps that I use, and even learned of a few apps that I hadn’t seen before.
I also felt validated because when I first decided to review iPhone photo apps, I did it with the goal of finding the best of the best photo editing apps. I was hoping to find a few apps that would essentially give me photoshop in my pocket. Jack seemed to share the same opinions I did about Snapseed being the best. We are both also fond of quite a few other apps, but Snapseed is the workhorse.
It was also cool hearing Jack talk about the iPhone 5s. He got me even more excited about it because his enthusiasm was contagious. I’d like to get one on the 20th and start sharing photos right away. We’ll see if I’m lucky enough to get one.
I do intend on writing up a post soon where I lay out my favorite apps, why I like them over others, and what I use them for. You’ll have to bear with me though, because I’m notorious for forgetting stuff. I have so many notes on my desk that its not even funny. They don’t seem to be helping me follow through on all of my ideas.
On the drive back from Ashland, I stopped at Lake Shasta to stretch my legs and take a few photos. The lake was really low, which made for some cool cracks in the dirt. I even set up my Nikon on a tripod for some self portraits, but I haven’t checked to see how those turned out yet.
The above photo wasn’t doing a whole lot for me. I like drama in my photos or something a little more interesting than the norm. I tried a mirror image and liked the composition. If I wasn’t too lazy to go back and edit it some more, I’d add a vignette, but I have stuff to catch up on after being away for 6 days.
Shot with camera+. Edited with Snapseed and mirrored with CameraProFX. There are plenty of apps that you can create symmetrical photos with. I just happened to try CameraProFX because I downloaded it recently and wanted to see what it had to offer. I didn’t see anything that made me feel like I need to keep it on my iPhone.
Last year I hiked up Grizzly Peak, in Ashland, Oregon, and found myself lost in the dark with my cell phone about to die. Luckily, my friends were able to come and find me after my phone had died. It was quite the learning experience haha. This is the view from the spot where I was found. I had no idea it was this amazing, because it was already dark when I got to this area.
Monday was my second time hiking the 5 mile trail on this peak. I didn’t think it was going to go well because I was getting light headed pretty early on. I’m not used to the elevation, and the summit on this peak is 5,922′. This time I was smart enough to leave very early in the day and bring a friend along. We hung out at the top for a good half hour, just enjoying the view of this valley on one side and a view of burned trees on the other. I got some cool shots of them that I’ll probably share later this week when I make it back to the bay area.
Shot with TrueHDR and edited with Snapseed for just a bit of contrast and saturation.
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 got some good news yesterday. It looks like grandma will get to come home by Friday morning. She’s a tough old lady. The staff at the nursing facility and the doctors are surprised with how well she’s doing, even after the setback. She’s pretty happy about getting to come home soon. She’s been worried that she would be stuck in that place forever.
Today, I get to go in for some caregiver training, so I’m better prepared for when she gets home. The tiny, older woman that happens to be grandma’s case worker was asking me a bunch of questions yesterday. She wanted to know if I was going to be there on the weekends. I said yes. She asked what would happen if I met a girl and wanted my weekends free. I laughed at her and she said something like based on how I looked, I could meet a girl tomorrow. Fat chance hahaha.
Now, about this photo. I’ve been doing a lot of work in the backyard because everything was old and overgrown. The other day, when I was out pruning some trees, I saw this gigantic bee…or what I thought was a bee. What is it? I got really close for a few photos, then used snapseed to bring out some detail with the drama filter.
I took a quick pic of this statue in an art gallery in Big Sur this past weekend. It wasn’t anything too exciting, but I thought it might be interesting at the right angle, and with the blue sky/ocean background. As you can see in the original below, it was decent, but I wanted to challenge myself to come up with something more interesting.
I used Snapseed to adjust the color, add a vintage effect, and add some texture. Then, I used Rays to add the beams of light and blow out a lot of the image. For those that don’t know, blow out means there is no information in the highlights, aka they’re all white. Rays created a lot more highlights at the bottom of the image, where I placed the light source.
What do you think about the two images?
I haven’t been able to shoot or blog much lately. I’ve been busy with grandma and had to run down to the central coast for a few days. I caught a couple of sunsets on the beach, but really wasn’t motivated to take any photos. Its hard to do anything creative when you’re mentally drained. Grandma was doing much better this past week, but yesterday she came down with a fever and got quite ill. Turns out she has pneumonia and may end up back in the hospital :(.
Instead of sitting by her bead while she was sleeping/getting sick, my aunt said I should go do something. Lucky for me, a friend said she was looking for adventure and we ended up doing a spontaneous trip to Big Sur. It was my third trip there this year and her first time ever. I’m probably familiar enough with the coast there that I could do workshops now.
Since we left around 3, we didn’t have a lot of time to explore. I decided to take her to Julia Pfeiffer Burns to see McWay Falls because its the most gorgeous spot on the coast. This waterfall is on the same trail, but in the opposite direction. The tourists all go to see the waterfall on the beach, but this one is a nice surprise after a little hike along the creek and through the woods.
Shot with camera+. Edited with Snapseed.