Somehow life got in the way of this blog, and creativity in general.
Work. Relationship. Exploring. Work. And did I mention work?
My life has been much busier in Maine than it ever was on the west coast. Thats probably a good thing, but its gotten in the way of my creative time. I have quite the backlog of Nikon images, which made me want to stop shooting for a while. I even stopped doing much with my iPhone 5s. Honestly, cutting back on the iPhone was more about it being on its last legs. The battery was barely hanging on by a thread. The colder weather here was draining it within minutes 😦
Luckily, there was a great deal that popped up at the right time, and I got myself the iPhone 7, which I never intended to get. What a huge jump in technology it is from the 5s to the 7. I’m loving the camera and the video, along with the processing speed. I feel a renewed sense of wonder with my phone and I can’t wait to see what creative things I do with it 🙂
Here are a couple of images from my first time taking it out to play.
The light was pretty cool. I only wish you could also see the snow falling in the light as the wind knocked it down from the trees.
This is what passes for a trail in Maine…
I may have finally figured this social media thing out. Yesterday’s photo got well over 17,000 views (and counting) without even making it to the front page of 500px. Easily, my highest rated and most viewed image yet.
This photo was created in Woodside, CA. There is an old historic general store with a blacksmith next to it. The inside of the black smith is set up to show you what it might have looked like at one point.
Today’s image was influenced by viewing a bunch of other iPhoneographrer’s photos. I see so many talented people on flickr using multiple apps to create amazing images. I have to admit to being lazy when it comes to my edits on the iPhone. I can spend an hour on an image in photoshop, at times, but I would never spend that much time on the iPhone. I’m always trying to finish the edit in less than 5 minutes.
For this image, I took my time and used multiple apps to create the look I wanted. First, I used VividHDR with an iPro super wide angle lens to get the shot. Then, LensLight to add some sun rays coming in from the window. Then, I used TangledFX set to brush strokes, for the painted look. It was way too stylized for me, so I used imageblender to mix the TangledFX version with the LensLight version. I decided to set the blend mode to soft light and use an opacity around 50% to make the brushstrokes much more subtle and to add some contrast. I think the final step was using Perfectly Clear to make it pop.
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.
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 know I’ve done this angle a few times already, but I still like it. People probably give me weird looks when I go out into the middle of a road and put my phone on the ground. Oh well. I’ve learned to tune people out and focus on the photos.
I can’t decide if the rays are adding to the image or taking away from it. What do you think?
Shot with ProHDR, edited with simplyHDR, Snapseed, and Rays.
Good news! I got published for the second month in a row in the SLO Coast Journal. Its a local online journal with a good amount of readers. Even cooler still is one of you also got published in the journal. Congrats Lace! Go check out her photos on Flickr (shes not a blogger yet.)
My photo that got published wasn’t even one of my top 3 shots for the month, but the editors sure liked it. You can see it over here on my other blog. Continue Reading
If you follow me on Tadaa, you might have seen me issue a challenge called the 10 minute challenge. The idea is you start from home or work and walk, bike, run, drive for 10 minutes and then stop where you are. This is your location to shoot something interesting. Its challenging because you don’t really know where you’ll end up or what the light will be like at that location.
I ended up right at this old garage that I’ve noticed a few times. Its not too inviting with all of the ‘no trespassing’ signs. I wasn’t sure if they were because its directly across the street from an elementary school, or because the neighborhood was sketchy. Either way, I didn’t venture far enough onto their property to find out. If I had, I’d have a much better angle on this old garage.
I really wasn’t happy with the original photo, but I decided I had to rise to the challenge and make something out of a mediocre shot. I used 645 Pro to shoot. I edited with Snapseed, ShockMyPic (review coming soon,) and lenslight. The result is so much more interesting than the original.
If this 10 minute challenge sounds like something you might be up for, go do it and share your photos on your blog. I recommend taking a few minutes to take in the sights and sounds of your location before shooting. Get a feel for whats going on there and try to figure out a way to share that with the viewer.