You and I are on a special journey together, uncontrollably spinning our way through the universe.
We have no idea where we’re going, when we’ll get there, or why we’re going at all.
At least, we have each other on this journey, if nothing else.
When I forget that, I can feel alone and overwhelmed.
Untethered, I drift between stability and chaos.
Bouncing aimlessly between the two.
Then, you grab me and hold tight.
Until I return to solid ground.
(This is my first, half-assed attempt at star trails with my Nikon. It was the end of a long day, plus it was chilly out. The next one will be better.)
These are the iPhone shots I got of the storm that passed through on Tuesday evening.
The one above was a pano that I created with the default camera. I didn’t edit anything, other than add a reflection. I have an app that I need to review, called Reflect Mirror Camera, that I used for the reflection. It’s really good, as you can see above.
This almost looked like the eye of a storm. The way that it spun in circles made me feel like the storm was alive.
I shot this one through the windshield, after I had been blown back to the car by the wind. Imagine this coming towards you quickly.
This is some of the insane color that showed up at sunset. I knew the iPhone wouldn’t be able to do it justice, but it did a decent job of showing how much color was in the sky and on the ground. As cool as this was, the end of the sunset was a deep blood red that was really something to see as well. I didn’t bother trying to capture those colors, though.
The bottom 3 images were edited wtih Snapseed. The last one was very minimal because the color already looked accurate.
Today’s image is from Little Lake in New Hampshire. It’s right next to Chocorua Lake…aka Chocolate Lake. If that sounds familiar, it’s because I posted an iPhone version of this while I was there. I know it doesn’t look like sunrise, but it was. There were just some clouds in the way.
Sometimes, when my body hurts, and I’m exhausted, I wonder why I get up for sunrises. The stillness of the early morning hours reminds me every time. I don’t care how cold or dark it may be, when I wake up. The moments of calm before the storm are worth it.
In a way, those quiet moments, when I’m alone with my camera are my moments of meditation. It’s my way of shutting the world out, letting my thoughts go, entering the flow state, and becoming one with whatever my subject is. I believe that connection is important for creating great images.
Two of my favorite places for this type of meditation are the beach, and waterfalls. The sound of the crashing waves, and falling water are so loud that they overpower any other noise. I find it funny that we think of waterfall photos, or beach photos as relaxing and serene, when, in reality, they are quite loud and violent, in person.
I’d never heard of this lake before, or the open space preserve it was located in. I was just out exploring along Skyline (35,) in the Palo Alto area. It was very peaceful (only saw one other person,) had a good variety of flowers in bloom, and was full of trees. One of the trails even went right alongside a christmas tree farm.
This was shot with the default camera app. Edited with Litely, which is an app I just grabbed last night. I like the subtle effects it adds. I also used Romantic Photo, and ImageBlender to reduce to the opacity of the effect of Romantic Photo.
Here is a shot of one of the flowers I saw out there too.
Snapseed and Mextures for the edit of this one.
I’m out visiting my grandfather in Auburn, near Sacramento. We were playing some frisbee golf last night and as we were walking back, the sky cleared a bit, from the muggy state it had been in, and the clouds started to reflect pink, or salmon, light. Clouds can be great reflectors at times 🙂
This made for some beautifully soft light on everything around us. There were some awfully friendly Canadian geese…maybe the stereotype holds true for animals too. They were walking along with us, hoping for handouts no doubt, and a few ignored us while they did their own thing in the water.
I couldn’t decide which shot I liked better, so maybe you can help me out.
Shot with the default camera app and an iPro telephoto 2x lens. The first one was edited with Snapseed, touch retouch, and perfectly clear. The second is just Snapseed.
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.
Sometimes, if you don’t hold the photo perfectly still while using an HDR app, like TrueHDR in this case, the image loses sharpness and is slightly off. In this image, the trees weren’t lined up properly, and I found it distracting at the top of the treeline.
Instead of just deleting the image, I thought I would salvage it by turning it into a painting. I have quite a few apps that can do the trick in less than a minute, but this time I wanted to actually take some time to work on it myself, so I used PhotoViva. With PhotoViva, you can choose your brush, angle, size of the brush, and make each stroke on your own. Or, you can choose the brush and let the app do the heavy lifting…or finger swiping.
Today, I’d also like to take a moment to thank Emil over at iphonephotographyschool.com for adding me to his list of The World’s Best iPhoneography Websites. I’ve put up a link to his fine website over on the right side of my blog now so you can find it easily.