I’ve been down in California for over a week now. Most of the sunsets have been uneventful. A couple of days ago I decided to go down to the beach anyways, to take in whatever materialized.
Skies like this don’t motivate me to shoot at sunset. However, clear skies are good for astrophotography, which I’ve been doing a bit of the past 2 nights. Last night I did something totally new and challenging. I had a model that wanted to pose nude on a beach under the milky way. I was really nervous about being able to make the images work, because I didn’t think there would be enough light to freeze the model in the image, but I managed to improvise with a flashlight and got some good shots.
Back to this photo, on that particular day, I ended up playing with some apps, trying to compare HDR apps with the new relight app that I was given a promo code for the other day. The best shot I got (above) was taken with ProHDRX. Thats not to say its the best app. I need to do serious test shots on a tripod, instead of handheld. I have a bunch of stuff to do when I get back to Oregon, so I hope I remember to compare those apps soon.
Shot with the iPro super wide angle lens using ProHDRX. Edited with Snapseed.
I’ve got a little bit of a backlog of images, after being on the road for the holidays. In case you missed it, I was interviewed on Christmas Eve, by Geri over at Art of Mob.
I had plans to do a few posts to get some interaction going with you guys, and hopefully provide a spark to help us all reflect on 2014, and set some photography for 2015, but the first post didn’t get much interaction. Maybe now that the holidays are officially over, we can try again soon. We’ll see.
Now, about this image. I snuck out to the living room to get a shot of the calm before the storm on Christmas. I had to use my iPro super wide angle lens to even capture all the gifts with the tree. I decided to go with a painterly edit, so I used TangledFX. Then I took the TangledFX version and combined it with the original image in ImageBlender, to let the xmas lights shine through the painterly effect. I liked it much better than the swirls of color they’d become.
Here’s an image of me modeling for myself, while modeling for myself…make sense? 😛
When I saw this tree on the Ancient Oaks trail at Russian Ridge, this image came into my head, so I stopped to create it. I was running short on time, which made this feel a bit rushed to me, but I did it. I definitely want to go back and explore that area some more. The trees were pretty awesome.
I used my iPro case and super wide angle lens, on a tripod. I also used the remote from the Selfy to trigger the shutter from a distance. Shot with camera+, used levitagram to mask in the crouching me, Snapseed and simplyHDR for the final touches.
Also, if you haven’t entered to win a Selfy yet, you can still go leave a comment here. There are only 7 people entered right now, so the odds of winning are really good.
My friend was driving me around southern Oregon, when we spotted this truck in a field. She decided we should stop so I could take photos of it.
Sometimes, people can be funny when they find out I’m a professional photographer. They want to show me all of the places, or things, in their area that they think are cool, or beautiful. Most of the time, its something mildly interesting, so I’ll play along and say “nice,” or something to that effect, and snap a quick shot that I’m never going to use, because it wasn’t amazing. One big problem is that they don’t understand the importance of light, and think we can go create awesome photos in the middle of the day. If I take a photo in bad light, I consider it a scouting shot, and I try to go back in better conditions.
Anyways, every once in a while, they do show me something interesting, like an old truck in a field. Although it was about 1pm when I shot this, the clouds helped created an interesting image because they were really amazing that day. I found myself watching them constantly on this trip.
Though this was a brief trip, it was jam packed, so I have more to share. I got snowed on while hiking in the snow, found some falls, explored an abandoned property, and had a wonderful conversation over beer with Meri Walker (iphone art girl.)
Shot with ProHDR using an iPro super wide angle lens. The first image was edited with TangledFX. The second was edited with Snapseed.
I still can’t get over how awesome this tree was in person. I was walking through the woods, when it caught my attention. It was so much larger than the other trees, and the branches gave it character. I wish I had stood next to it for scale, because the base was very wide, and the super wide angle lens I used makes the tree seem smaller than it was.
I took photos from another angle, using TrueHDR, ProHDR, and VividHDR, so I could compare my favorite HDR camera apps. It was interesting comparing the results side by side. I’ll do a post with my thoughts within a week. I’m on my way to Oregon today for some time off. I need a break from caregiving, for my own sanity.
Shot with ProHDR using an iPro super wide angle lens.