I recently downloaded PhotoStation because it was free and looked interesting. Today was the first time I tried playing with it. There are a lot of controls, which I like. It’s hard to find apps that allow you to adjust hue, vibrance, tint, color balance, highlights, and shadows. The only app that comes to mind this morning is FilterStorm, but I gave up on that one a long time ago because the 5-10 minute save times were unacceptable.
Just like FilterStorm, PhotoStation allows you to use layers. This is a great feature that allows for more creativity, such as adding textures or compositing images. In this particular photo, I duplicated my layer and set the top layer to soft light at about .40 opacity. Then, I used a gaussian blur filter. With those settings, it adds a softness or subtle glow to the image,along with some contrast and saturation.
Go grab the app here while its free. I will warn you that it wasn’t the most intuitive. There are a lot of features with icons that don’t always make sense. I think this one will require more use before I feel totally comfortable with it.
For instance, I didn’t mean to make that frame. I touched the image, or pinched, and it shrank on the screen, leaving some empty workspace exposed. I didn’t know the background would be turned into a white border. Next time I’ll be sure to lock it into place, which is an option. It also took me like 5 minutes to figure out how to save because one prompt didn’t make any sense to me…I had to click on load image to bring it back to the home screen where you save it.
I went out on an adventure to the eastern part of the county a couple of days ago. I’ve never been out that way before, so I didn’t know what to expect. First, we drove to a wildflower hotspot in Santa Margarita where there was no trace of any wildflowers being there this year. I know the peak was a month or two ago, but I thought there might at least be a few flowers and some grass. Not this time. It was all brown. All I found was a couple of tiny flowers in a dry creek bed.
After that disappointing find, we headed to Soda Lake. Before we left, I googled the lake and saw some cool pictures. When we pulled up, we were greeted by a massive salt crust in the shape of a lake. It was cool, but not what I had envisioned. The white lake bed was so bright that the camera’s sensor couldn’t handle the dynamic range of the scene. The sky ended up being very dark.
We walked out on the dried up lake because we drove all that way. Some of it was powdery and some was crunchy. I felt like I was walking on the moon. If you stood still, you sank into the ground another inch or two. It was a funny feeling.
I got some cool shots with my Nikon too. Hopefully, I’ll find some time to share those soon. I was able to capture one of the white dust devils (twisters) out on the lake.
This image was shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed. I included the before image below so you can see what I started with. I had to brighten it up and straighten the horizon. I chose to use the tilt shift filter on this one to bring the focus more to the dead bush in the foreground.
While heading home from a recent trip to Oregon, I stopped in Redding, California to check out Sundial Bridge. I’ve always wanted to stop, but I normally skip it and keep driving since its a 10 hour drive between the 2 places I’m living.
Its a very cool footbridge to see in person. There were some interesting characters hanging out around there. One random man said “up with beards” to me because I hadn’t shaved in about a week haha. It was definitely a great spot for people watching.
Shot with camera+. Edited with Snapseed.
Somehow, I ended up in Ashland this past weekend We didn’t plan on going there, but spontaneity took us there for a few days. It was great to feel at home again, even if just briefly.
I shot this out on the side of the road up to Grizzly Peak. It wasn’t possible to get up to the trailhead because of snow on the road. We didn’t have chains for the Prius and I don’t have much experience with driving on snowy roads. That didn’t stop us from making it up to Crater Lake though. I’ll post a pic from there tomorrow.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed.
A while back I downloaded an app called Textify.it because it was offered for free at the time. It looked similar to another app that looked cool, WordFoto. WordFoto is actually the only app to deny me a promo code. I don’t know if its really their fault though. They claimed to be out of them at the time and I never heard anything back. Their loss is Textify.it’s gain.
The original photo was shot here at the desk I’m currently using. Felicia has a fake flower here that looked interesting enough to be the subject of a snapshot. The real reason I was interested was because of the lines the blinds were creating on the wall.
The edited photo above is ok, but nothing special. It needed something to make it stand out. I browsed my 60 or so photo apps and saw Textify.it. I figured I’d see what I can do with this app I’ve only used a couple of times before.
I adjusted the font size, the character quantity, and even tried using different characters. The first one below was composed of RED. The one below that was a bullet point *+# and an accidental L, but it worked.
If you’re interested in Textify.it, its 0.99 in the app store.