I shot this using Hueless from the top of Fort Point. I hadn’t seen the bridge from this angle before, and now it might be one of my favorite points of view. It’s a completely different experience. You get a better sense of just how large the structure actually is. Maybe I’ll make it back another day for a sunrise, or sunset.
I’ll be on the road for the better part of the next 3 weeks, save for a few days next week. I get to go to the central coast this weekend for my nephew’s 3rd birthday party. Then, next weekend, I’ll be heading to Oregon for some r&r, plus plenty of photography. If anyone wants to meet up to shoot, I may be all over, from southern Oregon, to the coast, to Eugene, and maybe to Crater Lake.
While I’m on the road, I’ll be able to test out the new product iLuv has sent me, the car mount for the Selfy case. No more holding my phone and looking at google maps while I drive…I mean letting my copilot give me directions. I’ll be sure to let you guys know how it works out.
The edit on this one was simple. I used Snapseed to level the horizon, crop, and make a couple basic adjustments. Then, I used iColorama for a very slight color treatment. I think it lifted the shadows, more than anything.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting up in SF with some local iPhone guys, including Egmont, Allan Smorra, and Petyr Campos. It was great to finally meet Al, because I knew he had been following this blog for a while, and it turns out Petyr follows me too. Yesterday was a good reminder that, while blogs are a great way to share your work and ideas, face to face conversation is still much more effective, and faster. Plus, chatting with people that nerd out about photography, or in this case, iphoneography, is really fun. After talking with other artists, I always walk away feeling like I have so much to learn still. There are so many different perspectives, apps to edit with, and artistic choices to make.
We spent over an hour, exploring every inch of Fort Point, beneath the Golden Gate. At first, I wasn’t sure what to shoot, or how to best compose the scene. That quickly changed as I walked the dark halls, watching the light gently creep in to light the beautiful brick walls. When I first got into the city and saw the fog, I thought it was going to be a wasted day for photos, but I was very wrong. Now I have quite a few to share this week, if time allows me to.
Shot with the native camera app. Edited with Snapseed and Mextures.
It’s been a challenging 8 days for me. I worked 6 24 hour shifts and one 20 hour shift in that short span. Needless to say, I’m feeling overworked and stressed. My eyes have been twitching for about 2 weeks now. I’m ready to go seek peace out in places like you see in the photo from Slacker Hill in SF.
Lucky for me, my aunt has been generous enough to get me a hotel room in Monterey for the rest of the week, so I can try to relax. I already know I’m going to be out shooting sunrises and sunsets in nearby Big Sur and Carmel. Maybe I’ll even get a glimpse of the milky way.
After a few days on the Big Sur coast, I’ll be heading south to the Pismo area for some family time, and probably more photos. Hopefully I return recharged. I just have to hang in there for a few more months before I leave the bay area…hopefully for good this time.
Shot with VividHDR. Though the first attempt of using VividHDR minutes before yielded terrible results, this one turned out pretty good. The first few shots had terrible blends where there were dark pixels around the sun, where they shouldn’t have been. I still don’t trust you VividHDR! This image was edited with Snapseed and Litely.
One last shot with the golden gate bridge in it, for now. Though, the bridge isn’t really the main point of interest in this image. There were a lot of flowers on the path in the foreground, and the bridge was playing peekaboo with karl the fog, so I decided to try and get a shot featuring the flowers.
If you take the last exit before crossing the bridge, going northbound, you can park in a lot just down the street, and get some nice views of the bridge, when its not fogged in. There are lots of tourists taking photos, and lots of locals on bikes. We nearly got rundown, and I’m sure it happens on a daily basis, with as much foot and bike traffic as there is.
I shot this with the native camera app. Then, Snapseed to start off the edit. I felt like I wanted some more texture, so I tried out Stackables, instead of Mextures, this time. I really liked the way I was able to emphasize the fog with an overlay in Stackables. Next, I wanted to bring out a little more detail, so I used SimplyHDR. Then, I thought I would see how a painterly app would change the image. Brushstroke was the second one I tried, and it worked out very well. My only problem with it was the repeating brush patterns in the sky, so I ended up using ImageBlender to mask out some of the painterly effect in the sky.
Would you hang this one in your home? I think I might 🙂
Shooting street photography in SF was a good experience for me. Life is not all about pretty sunsets in gorgeous landscapes. There are stories all around us waiting to be told with your lens. It’s really just a matter of being able to capture that moment.
Watching Egmont shoot helped me to understand how we might capture even the most mundane stories, and make them look more interesting. It didn’t matter if people were just buying produce from the market, chopping meat, or standing by a cart of pastries, there was a decisive moment when you could take a photo and tell a story. As the day wore on, I realized it was when the people were totally engrossed in what they were doing. Egmont literally got within 2 feet of a man’s face without him even realizing he was taking a photo of him, and what he was working on, until it was already done.
Now, about this photo. The rest of the group had gone home, so it was just the two of us left to explore the markets. At the back of one, there was a narrow hallway with an office and another room, both with large glass walls. I’m sure they would have preferred the glass wasn’t there, because they had a tarp over the stack of caged animals. I think there were 3 or 4 stacks, each with 3-4 cages on top of each other. There were rabbits, chickens, and other birds, all crammed into the cages. It looked dreadful and I got the feeling that I was looking at death row.
Before I even took the photo, I saw in my mind, an image of one of the birds sticking its head out and looking at me, as if pleading for help. I put my phone up to the glass to cut down on reflections, and composed my shot. Thats when the bird decided to stick its head out through the cage and give me that look. I didn’t bother taking more than one photo, because I knew that was the shot I was meant to get.
This was shot with the native camera app and edited with Snapseed and iColorama. I had iColorama on my phone before, but never really used it. Meri Walker raved about it during the photowalk, so I decided to download it again and give it a shot. It’s surprisingly loaded with features and filters. I’ll have to use it more often.
Yesterday was a real treat. I met up with Egmont van Dyck, Meri Walker, Ali Jardine, and Stan Phillipe in SF. I had never heard of any of these awesome people, other than Egmont, until a couple days ago. Together, we explored every nook and cranny in Chinatown. Surprisingly, we only got scolded by one angry Chinese man.
I’ve never done a photowalk with other iPhoneographers before, and it was a lot of fun. If you have the opportunity, seize it. Shooting alongside this group of mobile artists was practically like attending a workshop. Actually, given everyone’s experience, I’m sure we could all lead our own. In fact, Meri does. I’m not a street photographer by any means, but I feel like I learned a lot on this outing.
An amazing thing happens when you gather alongside other talented people, at least for me. I develop a healthy bit of competitiveness to push myself to get better shots and create something more interesting than I would if I were on my own. Not for bragging rights, but to prove that I belong in that class of talent.
This image was created using an iPro super wide angle lens, snapseed, and blendtexture. Blendtexture is cool, but the resolution leaves something to be desired.
It feels like I’ve been out on the road for a while again. After SF, I went down the coast to SLO county for a couple days. I got back to the bay area just in time to try and buy an iPhone 5s.
I could have ordered one online at midnight, but I decided I didn’t want to wait. I took my chances and found a short line at a Best Buy down the road. Unfortunately, they didn’t receive their total shipment. All they had available on my carrier was a 64GB space grey, and thats not what I wanted at the time. I was hoping for a 32GB, but if I’m going to get an iPhone before I head to the east coast on the 1st, it might have to be a 64GB.
This photo was taken from Alamo Square. Everyone was sat facing the Painted Ladies. A lot of people were stopping for photos too. I was tempted to take pics of the people shooting the homes, but I couldn’t get the shot I wanted.
Snaspseed and PhotoArtista Oil for the edit.