My girlfriend and I recently spent several days camping in Acadia. This gave me the opportunity to revisit places I shot a few years ago, including Jordan Pond. I also explored some new areas, but this pond might be my favorite spot out there.
I took photos there one afternoon, and then we returned again the next day with our kayaks, for a fun paddle on the water.
This image spoke to me, so I wrote some more meaningful words to go along with it:
Often, we seek reflections on water. We love to see a reflection because it creates a sense of harmony. We see something we love, and find it even more amazing when there is an exact replica.
Sometimes, the water isn’t reflective at all. Beneath the surface lies a different kind of beauty. This beauty takes effort and awareness to recognize.
[I know its a bit harder to tell in the black and white version, but the majority of these rocks are under water]
Shot with a Nikon D7000. Edited in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Topaz Impression 1.
Apparently, this is a famous building that everyone shoots, or paints, out in Rockport, MA. I shot this a couple of years ago, and never quite knew what to do with the edit. I’m not a huge fan of photos taken during the middle of the day, but this one worked for me because of the clouds.
It is a replica of a former fishing shack well known to students of art and art history as “the most often-painted building in America.”The original structure was built in 1840 and destroyed in the Blizzard of 1978, but an exact replica was constructed that same year.
I’d never sen it before, which is a good thing, because I wouldn’t want to be influenced by anything I might have seen. Honestly, there weren’t too many unique compositions for this scene, so I tried a long exposure with my 10 stop ND and then went with a painterly edit in the end.
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.
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 🙂
You’re probably wondering where the lighthouse is. I do have a photo of it, but we were stuck up on the observation deck because we got there 10 minutes after they stopped letting people walk down to it. I guess we should have researched that bit first. If we’d have known that, we could have done the lighthouse before the boat in Inverness. Oh well. Now you get to enjoy a shot of the path to the lighthouse.
This was shot just before a lot of god rays started pouring through the fog and tree branches. I kind of wish I had taken a wide shot with my iPhone, like this, but I was shooting with my 50mm on my Nikon instead.
I only used the native camera on the iPhone 5s and the chrome filter in the photo app. Nothing fancy needed this time.
These were the conditions we were faced with during the workshop. It wasn’t the sunset we were hoping for, but there was some opportunity for long exposures and black and whites. The real challenge, for me, was finding a unique composition on the beach. I feel like its silly to go and shoot the exact same shot that quite a few other people have done.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve copied styles and comps in the past, but I need something more now. I think this weekend I figured out a new approach that will allow me to create some more meaningful images…I hope. We’ll see how it works out, and then maybe I’ll share the approach.
The above was shot with my iPhone 5s, using the native camera app. I edited with Snapseed, using a vintage filter, followed by a black and white conversion.
We shot the golden gate bridge twice yesterday. Once, in the morning, on the way up north to the Point Reyes Lighthouse and Inverness area, and then again later that night, just before Shannon had to catch her plane home. Michael Shainblum was cool enough to invite us to join him and a couple of his buddies, to shoot the bridge from a few spots around sunset. Toby Harriman was busy shooting it from above, in a helicopter haha.
You couldn’t really see the bridge in the morning, because of the fog. I really expected it to be fogged in all day, but it pulled back just in time for sunset. We got some great shots, in spite of the strong wind and cold temps. This one was from my D7000. I’ll post some from my iPhone sometime this week.