Eureka! Honeymoon! (the view)

Enjoying tea and a beautiful sunrise over the fog-filled valley with my beautiful bride (!!! Alhamdulillah!). I’ll keep the tea and the bride to myself for now, but here’s the view: Subhanallah.

Phoneography Friday #1

In an ongoing attempt to get more content onto this blog in a more regular fashion, I present the first in what I hope will be a long series of Phoneography Fridays. (I wonder if that should be “Phoneography Phriday” or maybe “Foneography Friday”?)

I probably won’t say much about these shots, maybe describe the app-juggling process, or give little mini reviews of apps, or tips, or something; maybe not. Either way, I hope you enjoy!

iPhone 5. Built-in Camera app, in HDR mode. Resulting images combined/tweaked in TrueHDR, refined in FilterStorm, and cleaned up a bit in Lightroom.


7/52-06 coming up squares

I struggled a bit for a theme early in the week, but remembered or read something about pre-visualizing aspect ratios (perhaps here) and decided to try pre-visualizing square crops from the 4×3 aspect ratio of the iPhone.

It proved remarkably easy to do, somehow. I expected it to be considerably harder.

But despite succeeding at this experiment, I feel a bit bad for having neglected the D7000 all week, like I took the easy way out, or cheated or something. Oh well.

Most of these were shot with the built-in Camera app, in HDR mode, and the resulting images combined & tweaked in the TrueHDR app, then cropped & tweaked in Filterstorm. Three were shot from the car window, one just before entering the car, two from the back patio, and one just after depositing the cat droppings in the dumpster, but that’s probably more information than you wanted…

365.368 last sunrise with the iPhone 4

Well, I went and did it… I didn’t intend to, but I ended up at the Apple store, and so I pulled the trigger on an iPhone 5. I didn’t really need a new phone, but I spent much of the morning fighting with technology of various types, and I did need a treat of some sort. Chocolate or a milkshake would’ve likely been better ideas, but neither were there in the Apple store with me, so…

I shot this gorgeous sunrise on the way to take the laundry out this morning. It was so pretty that I stopped and shot a few frames. I’m glad I did, too, because I have no will left to pull out the big camera and make a picture, or even to try one with the new phone.

Oh well. It’s almost dinner time, many of my tedious tech projects will end overnight tonight or early tomorrow, and I’ll hopefully be able to spend a couple of days actually relaxing on this end of year vacation.


iPhone 4. Built-In camera app in HDR mode. Two shots combined and tweaked in TrueHDR, then had a B/W luminance layer added in Filterstorm, then went to Dynamic Light to blow up the color a bit, then back to Filterstorm for the crop I forgot to make earlier.

I’ll miss you, iPhone 4. You were my first smartphone, and you were the one that got me shooting seriously. Here’s hoping your cousin can be even half the camera you are.

365.356 work party abstraction

So the annual holiday White Elephant gift exchange happened this afternoon at work, and I had some errands and phone calls to make after work, so I went ahead and shot the 365 with the phone this morning. Ends up, the party got me out of work earlier than expected, the errands took no time, and the phone call was an absolute pleasure.

(Believe it or not, the main phone call was to set up moving internet service from the current place to the future place, and was completely painless! Time Warner have listened to their customers and stepped their game up somewhat in the customer service department, and I should have 1) no interwebs downtime; 2) faster speed; 3) a tiny increase in price for the much faster speed, all of which were completely unexpected! I should go buy a lottery ticket…)

I dropped most of the $10 maximum on wrapping supplies, as my gift for the White Elephant came to me in 2010’s White Elephant… (its third appearance in said gift exchange), and I therefore had the fanciest wrapping in the house. This is some of the plastic foil wrapping sheets that I used in place of tissue paper. It looked so interesting on the desk… it had to be shot, and so it was.

And now I have a few minutes to dust the empty bookshelves before dinner time! GoGo.

iPhone 4. Built-in Camera app, in HDR mode. 4 shots made at different exposure points, and combined/recombined in TrueHDR app, with a very minimal crop in Aperture.

365.335 phone’d in

Apologies for not putting more effort into today’s pic. After working 9.5 hours, I went and viewed an apartment I’m thinking of moving to (probably will move to), then went to the grocery store, and by the time I got home, it was time to make dinner. I spotted this nice light on the entryway, and snapped a phone shot rather than fetching the big boy camera.

I like the colors, but that’s about it.

iPhone4. Built-In Camera, in hdr mode. Two shots combined in TrueHDR; emailed to the desktop; perspective corrected (poorly), and contrast/levels adjusted in PhotoShop; then a bit of slider play in Aperture.