I made it a point to go get some fresh air someplace where I could be alone, yesterday. I ended up walking part of a trail through a redwood forest. It was so quiet and peaceful. There aren’t too many places like that around here.
Shot with the default camera app and a wide angle iPro lens (which caused distortion.) Edited with snapseed and nir color.
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.
I just saw that NIR Color is free for a day. It’s one of those apps that I could go either way on, but since it’s free I’d grab it.
The effects are very different from most other apps. If you’re looking for filters that will give you unique images, this is a good app to have.
We have a few opening up around the yard now.
I tried something different here by blending an NIR version with one I edited in Snapseed. I had like 7 different versions of this image, but this is my favorite.
I think I have something like 45-50 photo apps on my phone right now. Thats after deleting a bunch that aren’t up to my standards. For this image, I used more apps than I ever have on a single image.
- LensLight- Added the moon
- FX Photo Studio- Created mirrored image
- Tadaa- Added a couple of filters to get spacey/rainbow colors.
- NIR Color- Made a copy to blend in image blender at low opacity.
- PhotoArtista Oil- Made a copy to blend in image blender for the painted reflection.
- FilterStorm- Separate curves adjustments for the sky and reflection
I’m pretty surprised I remembered all of that. You should click on it to see the large version.
So what do you think of the final outcome? Was it worth the trouble?
I also want to share a few blog posts that I contributed to recently. This one is on iphoneography, instagram, and being part of the in crowd. I’ve enjoyed my recent conversations with Shannon. She knows what shes talking about.
I did two posts for Mariam where I shared what I think helped me become not only a better photographer, but a more creative individual. Here they are: 1 & 2. In the second post, I share a popular training website that offers 24 hour free trials to all of their videos. Go check it out!
I decided to give NIR Color another try after my sunset shoot tonight. I think it makes for a very interesting effect for the right image. Talk about surreal…
I went out to shoot with my DSLR, but I haven’t even transferred the images from my camera to the computer yet. Its so much easier, and fun, to shoot and edit with the iPhone, limitations and all.
NIR Color is another app by JixiPix. The main screen is just like their other apps, dramatic BW, PhotoArtista Oil, etc. There are presets of color combinations that they think make for interesting looks. There are also some easy to use sliders to fine tune your image. I like how jixipix keeps the same user interface for the majority of their apps. It makes it easy to pick up and use if you’ve tried their others.