Monday, November 2, 2009
I'm late arriving at the iPhone photo app party. There are so many apps that let you enhance and modify photos in the iPhone. A few days ago I saw some photos posted to Facebook that were created using one of the apps that modifies your photo to look like an old Polaroid. There are several apps that do this, and there are Flickr groups that specialize in "fauxlaroid". I downloaded a couple of apps immediately and got started. The next day I went out and captured these images. There is a great metal shed in Jefferson County KS near Perry Lake. I pass it on the way to Perry Lake and always think it would be great to photograph if the light is right. On Sunday I hit the time just right and used the opportunity to try some faux polaroids. Who can say if the color is "real" polaroid? There were so many different Polaroid films made over the years and each one had its own personality. It doesn't matter; I love the images. The app used for these is Shakeit Photo. http://shakeitphoto.com/
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
All afternoon and early evening I had a feeling that I needed to get out on the water tonight. It had been cloudy all day so I was watching for some break in the clouds. I finally went down to the marina about 20 minutes before the sun set. A nice bank of clouds was hiding the sun. I was hoping to get some nice reflections in the water, but it ended up not working out so well for reflections, but the silhouette of land mass against the sky with cloud bank made a great composition so I concentrated on that. I am excited about what I came back with. The nice thing about shooting digital is that I can get a feel for whether my motion technique is working in a particular situation, and then fine-tune what I am doing to get a better result. If I was still shooting film, it would be more hit or miss. Tonight, I shot over 350 photos and narrowed the results down to these 5 as the most promising ones.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Well, this seems to be an extension of the previous post. Different evening, different results. Another very quiet evening because there was no wind, and the only waves and ripples were the ones we created as we drove slowly around. Mary drove this time so I could photograph. I love the more abstract images. Of course I took a few minutes off from shooting to get in the water. Lovely!
Monday, August 3, 2009
What can I say, I love being on the water. Tonight, it was just me on the pontoon boat. There was only one other boat out on the lake. Very peaceful. I found a quiet cove where the water was fairly smooth and set the steering wheel so the boat went around in circles, while I sat on the back and took pictures. Then I stopped the boat, sat down on the bow and kicked my feet in the water to make ripples. Is it cheating to make my own waves so I can get more interesting reflections of the sky in the water? I don't think so.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
In late April we had a lot of rain. Rain has to go somewhere. Here it goes into Riss Lake, and the overflow feeds a creek that then goes down a series of waterfalls in the Parkville Nature Sanctuary. Normally the flow is moderate, and late in the summer it slows to a trickle. But after several days of heavy rain, WOW the lake level was high, the creek was out of its banks and the waterfalls were amazing. Felt like being in the mountains during spring snow-melt.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
After dinner I went down to the marina and worked on some more images for my marina series. I love water and keep trying to get water images with some motion and mystery in them. The wind was quite strong this afternoon, so there was good movement in the water even if I didn't move the camera. I like these two water images. The last image I am posting shows the marina structure, some boats, and the water with reflections of the sun. I really like the combination of vertical lines with horizontal bands of color and lots of variety in the strokes.