Each day is a new day. Happy Tuesday, everyone!
A blast from the past (ok, 2019) when we visited Petaluma. It had just rained, and we spent some time walking around the downtown area near where we were staying. Petaluma is such a great town!
I took the photo below last summer at the beautiful Anchorage Museum- I just loved the graphic elements on the wall and the line of bean bag chairs, with the pattern broken by my grandson Miles. I brought it to my photo class yesterday for our assignment on Patterns.
As we were driving during the snowstorm of a couple weeks ago, I snapped a bunch of iPhone photos out the window. Here’s a fun one of the Apache Lodge, a Prescott landmark- edited in Snapseed and Distressed FX.
Lonnie and I went downtown for dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant last night and were presented with this incredible view as we stepped out of our car- a beautiful sunset behind the courthouse. I love downtown Prescott- especially at Christmastime. The only thing missing was snow- and maybe that beautiful full December moon we also saw last night (it was behind me). Photoshop could fix that- hmmm, maybe someday . . .
One of the iconic Prescott views is of Granite Mountain. I captured this shot through the windshield on our way home.
Beautiful light on autumn leaves. . .
I so enjoyed exploring this Petaluma alley- and I think the reason I took this shot was to document the amount of water in California currently- after so much drought. Look at the ferns growing out of the wall by the drainpipe!
This image is the second of two multiple exposures I took of the same flowers. I dearly love playing with this technique, whether in camera, in Photoshop, or on my iPhone. I’ve always loved impressionist and abstract painting and so enjoy creating images that are not a literal representation of the scene in front of me. I never know exactly how they will turn out, and I think it’s the unpredictability that is a big part of the appeal for me.
A week or so ago when I was taking reflection photos, I used my iPhone to create a series of flower images using multiple exposures.
Here is one of my favorites.
This is an abstract created using my iPhone to take a photo of a reflection on a scratchy table of an overhead light in an Albuquerque coffee shop. I took the photo, because the reflection amid the scratches looked like the sun to me. The blue shape on the lower right is the edge of my plate, the orange triangle is my napkin. The lighter blue on the left is more reflection. Other than adjusting the colors (using an iPhone app), the only thing I did in Photoshop was change the texture of the napkin so it would look less like a paper towel lying on my image, 🙂
We walked down to the water’s edge in the morning, and I was captivated by the little footprints disappearing into the surf.
If leaves could choose their colors, maybe they would look like this . . .
Autumn abstract captured with iPhone
There’s something due any day
I will know, right away
Soon as it shows
It may come cannonballing down through the sky
Gleam in its eye
Bright as rose
It’s only just out of reach
Down the block, on the beach
Under a tree
I got a feeling there’s a miracle due
Gonna come true, comin’ to me
– from West Side Story
I used to know all the songs from West Side Story by heart as a young teenager, so I guess it’s no surprise that this is the song that popped in my head when I spotted this gigantic cloud looming over the hills as we made our way into Augie’s restaurant last weekend.
Something’s comin’, something good
If I can wait
I don’t know what it is
But it is gonna be great!
Fireweed had just begun its bloom when we were in Alaska. I used a slow shutter speed with my iPhone to create this impressionist style image.
I was housebound for almost three weeks with a tenacious virus, and am glad to say that I seem to have recovered finally. I haven’t been out with my camera since our Holbrook trip, and as a result, have been pulling photos from the archives to edit and post here, the exception being the sunflowers and chair photos from last week. Next week, we will be in Alaska- and finally I will have some opportunities for photography!
When I’m sick, I tend only seem to have enough energy for Words With Friends and photo editing apps on my iPhone. Below is one of my favorite recent iPhone creations. I took the photo out the car window as we were approaching Prescott on the trip back from Southern California in March and then edited it last week on my phone. I cropped it heavily and layered it with several textures, playing with blend modes until it looked the way I wanted. I added one more texture to the trees in Photoshop- and voila!
It’s only fitting that when I edit photos on my phone that I also post them from my phone! I tried this years ago and made a mess- so let’s hope it works better this time.
So… here are some multiple exposure flower images for some Friday fun:
Taking a break from editing and posting this summer’s vacation photos. . .
Last week my friend, Gail and I gave a little presentation to our AAUW photo group on Mobile Photography. Although I have a zillion apps and use my iPhone camera all the time, mobile photography really isn’t my thing (or Gail’s either, for that matter). But we both did some research (I strongly recommend the free videos through iPhone Photography School) and played with apps- and somehow managed to talk for 45 minutes!
So, just for fun- here is a sunflower taken with AvgCamPro, which snaps photos as you move your camera around, creating a rapid fire multiple exposure. I want to play with this one more! I edited it with TangledFX, which gave it a look similar to Topaz Glow.
And here is the same photo edited with BrushStroke for a painterly look:
And now with some textures added with the Mextures app:
I think that at some point, I will be embracing mobile photography more- but I still feel tied to (and love) my Nikon. One of my classmates in my photo group uses her older iPhone most of the time and edits her photos in Photoshop. Her images are displayed regularly in galleries- and they sell!
Today I posted an iPhone image on Instagram and commented that I had fallen down the iPhone app rabbit hole and was wondering if I was ever going to return to regular photography. A very talented instagram friend replied, ” There is no “regular photography”, there is just photography and creativity, and there is nothing wrong with going down there and looking for wonderland.” Don’t you love that?
Today I had my photo club friends over to play with paint. We had a blast rolling out colors on the gelli plates and using stencils and all sorts of tools to create textures and backgrounds to photograph and use in our images. It was fun to do art with NO RULES, since rules are traditionally such a big part of photography- although artist/photographers everywhere are breaking them now (yay!).
The above photo (I know- it’s pretty psychedelic. . .) was quickly created after my friends left this afternoon and was edited totally on the iPhone. The texture used was actually the photo below, after it had been through a few apps (Roll World, Brush Stroke, Snapseed- maybe more)- then was combined with the flower in Image Blender and tweaked a little more in Mextures. I still love Photoshop for the control I can get- but with the iPhone or iPad I can be creative while watching TV or when I wake up in the night and can’t back to sleep!
This photo (angel hair lying across paint on a gelli plate) became the texture used in the flower photo:
I confess I’ve been playing more and more with my iPhone photo apps in the last week (mostly while watching TV at night) and have very little standard photography to share. My excuse is my busy schedule- I’ve had commitments and to-dos every day and it was much easier to take a few snaps or import older ones to the phone- all in the name of art. And- my grandboys (and their parents) are arriving tonight!
To my dismay, the lot across the street (where I often stand and shoot my “homescapes”) is being excavated and graded in preparation for building a new house. So instead of views of the hills and peaks, here are a couple multiple exposures of the construction equipment.
I had some iPhone fun this morning with the Roll World app.
Over the last couple years or so of having to give my photos titles for my club, class, and various shows, I’ve come to really enjoy the process. I’ve gone from feeling it’s so pretentious (and yes, it kind of is. . .) to seeing that it can add something to the art itself. So- here goes. . .
Into the Vortex:
Just a couple more winter images before it’s springtime!
This one is another intentional camera movement shot from Eklutna Lake in Alaska- with a bit of Photoshop magic:
The image below is a composite of a few iPhone shots from icy Alaska- and snowy Prescott- edited with iPhone apps: