Judging by the photos my cousin posted after I left, I think I missed the peak color in Mass by about a week. There were still some nice colors at this pond when we went. We walked around the whole thing, to get every angle. He called it a pond, which makes it sound small, but it took a while to go around it.
Shot with the ProHDR, and I cheated this time…I used Photoshop because I was lazy and didn’t want to use my iPhone to edit. I removed all of the people from the scene and made a few adjustments.
I didn’t have time to go somewhere more interesting yesterday. I might go to Half Moon Bay to shoot today, but I’m waiting for an 11-16mm Tokina lens to arrive. Hopefully it comes early so I can make it out there. I have too many new toys to play with right now 🙂
This is a quick Snapseed edit. Not much was done to the image.
The first things I noticed while using the camera on the iPhone 5s were:
- Wow! It’s very fast! It meters faster, takes photos at a blazing 10 frames per second, and there isn’t any noticeable lag on the screen. There was noticeable lag when composing on the 4. The 5s is almost like looking through a piece of glass. You can even get a live view of 8 filters and the original, at the same time, without much noticeable lag.
- Speaking of 10 frames per second. You can shoot a ton of photos in a row. The process of choosing good ones, and deleting the rest, is very fast and easy.
- The 5s captures a wider scene when shooting from the same spot as the 4.
- The white balance seems more accurate than the 4.
- The HDR in the default camera app seems really good and way faster than using a 3rd party HDR app like TrueHDR. It shoots and combines the images in an instant. I’d like to test it out in more challenging conditions still, but it looks very promising.
- The metering while creating panoramas is so good. Everything looks properly exposed in my initial test shots.
- The slo mo camera is easy to use and looks pretty good.
- Did I mention how fast it is? Seriously, it’s impressive.
The fingerprint sensor is very responsive and handy. I had to add the prints of both thumbs and index fingers, for convenience. Before I added all of them, I found myself having to think about how to reach across my body with my right hand so I could use my thumb to unlock the phone. With 4 prints, I don’t have to think.
Let’s see if this link below to my first slo mo video works.
My friend Brandie (instagram: branvandam_ts) took this photo with her iPhone this week and asked me if I’d like to edit it for her. She was one of my first iPhoneography/photography pupils, so I said yes. I figured this would be a nice, quick challenge for me, on a photo that she really liked. Instead of editing on my iPhone, I used Photoshop so I could do a much better job of turning it into the magical scene I envisioned.
I used a few luminosity masks to target certain tones with curves adjustment layers, painted some light in on a soft light layer, burned some areas a bit, used Topaz Clarity, a Tony Kuyper action to add some glow, and finally, Topaz Simplify to smooth things out just slightly. I think painting with light really made a difference on this one.
I was approached last month by Emil Pakarklis, of iphonephotographyschool.com, for an interview. The timing was tough for me with the move and everything, but he was very patient and gave me all the time I needed.
As time consuming as interviews can be when you’re giving thoughtful answers, I find them to be a good exercise in redefining what you’re doing and why. It gives you a moment to stop, breathe, and reflect on what you’ve accomplished (or not) up to that point. I was forced to go through most of my iphone photos and choose the ones I felt represented my best work up to this point. Some shots still look great to me, others I had trouble appreciating because the perfectionist in me sees something I could have done differently to make them better.
Overall, I felt like I could have done much better because, although my iPhoneography is appreciated by more people than I could have ever imagined, I still haven’t taken it as seriously as perhaps I should. Most of the images are just fun, quick snapshots to me, which means I’m not taking my time to find the best possible composition or point of view. The perfectionist side of me wants to take this pursuit a little more seriously now and see what I’m really capable of. Now comes the hard part of remembering to follow through…
I saw this old couple sitting on a park bench, one chilly morning, not long ago. I thought I’d be stealthy and sneak behind them for a cool photo op.
Lithia Park was looking particularly beautiful last weekend. I shot this after checking out the monster dash.
This is a single exposure from my Nikon D7000.
I was just driving around in the mountains and saw this pond on the side of the road. I stopped to get a few shots because I love random scenes like this. Believe it or not, you can find lots of good backdrops for portraits just off the side of the road, wherever you live.
Shot with ProHDR. Edited with Snapseed and PhotoArtistaOil.