Photos from my walk…

“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
Diane Arbus

Two posts in one day!   I decided to go for a walk and put what I had learned to work.  I was so happy with the results I just had to share.  This time of year is not all that photogenic, but I had faith I would find something… and I did.

Frozen

There wasn’t much to see until I got up to the Millhouse.  Management had turned off the running water, but the pond still had some standing water in it and it had frozen.  Everything the wind had blown that way had been trapped in place.

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I liked this configuration so much I took a shot with my iPhone.  I used the standard camera so I could run it through a couple of my apps.  When I got home I made some changes with Snapseed, which I haven’t used very much.  I like some of the effect I could create.  That was where I added the greenish hue.  I then pulled it through Instagram and finished it off.  I have to say I do love my iPhone camera.  I actually find this version of the shot more interesting.

Hydrangea laceHydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers.  I can never figure out which color I like the best.  Now I will have to include the lacy version in there with the others.  I love the skeletal, lacy effect of this beauty.

Design Path

This is my walking path.  Sometimes I like to make my photos more artistic by adding filters.  The shadow designs on the walkway were so pretty I wanted to make this more like a painting.

All in all it was a great morning walk.  The weather was briskly, chill.  The book on my iPod was “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd.  The reader is excellent and I highly recommend it.  Although I was not fond of “The Mermaid Chair,” I loved “The Secret Life of Bees.”  This has the same feel to it and may be just a little bit better.

Enjoy!

Have I Told You Lately that I Love My iPhone?

You have been warned!  Today’s post is about my iPhone.  I love my iPhone!  My current addiction is photography apps.  Today’s favorite is PowerCam.  Let’s take a look at a normal photo from this app.

Isn’t that a fabulous photo from a phone? 

This filter is a unique filter within a filter.

The swirl filter.  These were quick shots.  I can’t wait to find unique uses.

The tunnel filter.

And the mirror filter.  There are filters that mirror vertically and horizontally.  There are many more filters.  I haven’t had a chance to play with them all.  I really do love my iPhone.

Did I say today I love my iPhone? – HDR Photography App

I like to think I am kind of a techie person.  For my age group I am definitely a techie type.  When my friend Leslie comes around she always has something cool and techie to show me.  This time she showed me a couple of iPhone apps that are fun for photo enthusiasts.  The one I was playing with today is HDR Fusion.  The subjects I picked out probably don’t show it to it’s best ability, but I was pressed for time.  When I find something new and cool I just have to share it.  What I am pretty sure it does is it takes two pictures… a light version and a dark version and it fuses them together to give it more depth.  As you can well imagine, inanimate objects work best.  People will move between shots and you get a ghost effect.

Here is my first shot.

This one appears to be the darker… obviously when you see the second shot…

So the app fuses the two and comes up with this…

One of the reasons I’m not so sure this is a good example is that I like the first one best.  It has the richer colors.  But, none of these is touched in any way other than to re-size.  They were pretty good size files.

I wanted to do a close up comparison.

The first is on the left and the fused is on the right.  I still think I like the one on the left best.    I even went back and pulled number three into Adobe Photoshop Elements and doctored it a little and when I compared them, this was the more realistic.  Oh, well, experiment didn’t work, but get the app and experiment.  If you document or have examples please let me know.  Leslie took photos from the top of the Sears Tower (or whatever it is called now) and they were really effective.  Maybe because they were shades of neutrals and more linear…maybe?  I would love to see what others have done with this.