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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Symbols of Memphis

These photos were shot with my Fuji X10. The magic for me however is in the iPad where using several programs I combined them in a colorful, punchy way. I started with the jukebox in Blur Fx where I blurred the background, added a vignette. Then I took the Memphis sign, cropped it and saved it. Blender was next where I blended both images. From there it went to Camera+ for Clarify and Frames. What a fun, relaxing thing to do on a damp cold Saturday morn in the North East. Enjoy, Jeff

iphone Madness

The great joy in iPhoneography is the limitless creative fun one can have with an ordinary image. These colorful gum ball machines were snapped at the mall. The I put the image through Blur Fx, masking the blue gum balls from the blur. I used a Gaussian blur at 75%, boosted saturation and contrast. Next the image went to Photoforge to get a combined watercolor and oil painting overlay. From there to LoMob for a postcard look. Then I picked a pink color from the Benjamin Moore paint selection App, snapped a photo of it in the iPhone. Last step was using Blender to combine the images using Overlay at 75% to add the touch of pink. Voila!
C'est magnifique, no?!
Enjoy, Jeff

Friday, March 23, 2012

Memphis in Neon

One of the things I loved about Beale St was the signage. I closed in on this brightly colored sign and captured a partial reflection in the adjacent window. The Fuji X10 was set at ISO 1000, f3.5 and handheld. With Image Stabilization I was able to shoot at 1/80th second and capture this great fluorescent sign. BTW, the WB was Auto! Enjoy, Jeff

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bling and the Street

Beale Street, Memphis, St Patrick's Day 2012.

This young man stood out from the revelers. He was in contrast to the mostly intoxicated laughing and singing crowd. Always looking for an interesting street shot, I walked by him several times.. When he noticed me and my camera ( Fuji x10, ISO 1000, f3.5, no flash) I approached, asked and received permission to photograph him. Enjoy, Jeff

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Memphis. Home of Graceland, Beale Street, Rock and Roll and the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church. This is Rev Al Green, yes, the famous Al Green soul singer of the 60's and 70's, who founded the Church in 1976. We went there Sunday AM and had a great experience witnessing the praying , singing and intention of the participants. Notice the emotion captured. Camera: Fuji X10 at ISO 800, f3.5. Enjoy, Jeff

Saturday, March 17, 2012

59 Eldorodo

Gorgeous tail corner of a 59 Caddy in Elvis's car museum at Graceland. Shot with the iPhone 4 and edited in Camera+. Enjoy, Jeff

Friday, March 16, 2012

Rings of Iron

Artwork at the Albany airport. Shot with iPhone 4 and processed in Photoforge. I really liked the texture of the rings and wooden ball. Photoforge allowed for complementary editing. Enjoy , Jeff


At the airport with some time. I always find it pleasurable to walk around and look. Look for images with a photographer's eye. There were these little colorful toys with nice patterns. Shot with iPhone 4 and edited lightly in Camera+. Enjoy, Jeff

Old Stuff

This old clackety clack typewriter was on display at the Albany airport. Shot and edited in QBro, I had fun applying filters and then it went to Snapseed for final effects. Enjoy, Jeff

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Sea of Umbrellas

Patterns, colors and design. The joy of a downpour raising a sea of umbrellas!

This scene unfolded at SPAC during an Elton John performance.

Shot with my iPhone 4 and edited in Camera+. Enjoy, Jeff

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Dog

 Beautiful day in Albany and found this sweet mixed breed dog in Washington Park.  I had on my 50mm Nikkor set at 1.8 ( really 3.3 with the 1.5 crop APS sensor), focused midway between the eyes and snout as I wanted both to be sharp.  The 50mm lens wide open creates a shallow DOF as noted on the  blurred underside neck and chest region.  Only an SLR (full frame is best) can create this shallow DOF.  Pocket cameras are great for getting everything in focus, but not for this.  Camera was a Fuji Finepix S3Pro, 12MP set at ISO 160, f1.8, and AWB.   Enjoy. Jeff


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Spanish Dancing

Street Fairs are great people photography opportunities. Folks are having a great time and don't mind being your subject. I wanted to capture their mood, a combination of rhythm, passion and sexuality that this vibrant music creates. A moderate zoom at 5.6 allowed me the images I wanted. Enjoy, Jeff

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Snowscape with the Fuji X10

This is Stoney Creek, just before the turn off to Lapland Lake, taken with the Fuji X10, processed first in iPhoto, then enhanced a bit in Topaz Adjust. Lapland Lake is an idyllic Cross Country Ski Center in the Adirondacks near Northville NY. The overcast light was perfect for landscape photography. A bright, sunny day would ruin a shot like this. WB was Auto, f5.6 at 1/250 sec. Focal point was 1/3 in at the central snow mound in the water so that the image would be sharp front to back. Enjoy, Jeff