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Sunday, July 29, 2012

iPhoto Art

This is an example of what I will be teaching Sept 9th at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts. Check out their newsletter, on page 9, announcement at bottom.

Link :http://slca-ctp.org/newsletters/Newsletter.pdf



You all know how much I love working with my iPhone and creating Artsy Images. This is an example of why Smartphones, like the iPhone have created a paradigm shift in Personal Photography. You drive by a gloomy willow in a frozen pond, you have your Best Camera with you, snap a few shots. Later when you have some time you edit and play with the image until you get something that is pleasing. This image was developed in Photoforge where I adjusted the levels to create more contrast, added a bit of watercolor and oil filters, then vignette. Sent it next to PS Express for the frame. Whew, what fun! Enjoy, Jeff

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Backstretch

I had the good fortune to be at Saratoga Raceway today due to the kindness of my friend Bob. Bob is a horse owner and thus provided me with a pass to the backstretch region of the track, allowing excellent positioning to capture the action. These types of shots are best done with DSLR and Tele lens. For this shoot I used a Fuji S3 Pro paired with a Nikkor 55-200 VR ED Lens. To stop action, reduce camera shake, I set the ISO to 800, Exposure to 1/1000 sec at F 9.5 or 11, depending on the light. With a tele lens and it narrow DOF at 200mm, it is important to set a high f stop to capture detail at this distance. All of the images were lightly edited on an iMac with iPhoto.

Here I focused on the body of this animal.

Notice how a1/1000 sec exposure stops even the flying dirt.

Here I focused on the legs. That is where the action is!

Post race portrait of Ramon Dominguez on Pleasant Prince

See, I don't just use an iPhone! Enjoy, Jeff

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Louvre as seen with Wood Camera

Original shot with Fuji x10 and just now edited in Wood Camera. This app has a cool bird filter that can be overlaid on an image for a very cool effect. Enjoy, Jeff

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lady with Babushka

Shot on Broadway, NYC a few minutes ago. Shot with iPhone 4 , Camera+ and volume up button on the earphones. I was listening to Pandora radio, right??
Enjoy, Jeff

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hay Rolls

I saw this field this morning. I was reminded of the importance of farming in America. Shot this with my iPhone ( the camera always with me) in Camera+, further edited in Wood camera and Snapseed for filters. The birds were added in Wood camera, one of the coolest filters I have seen.

Before my Smart/camera phone I had to carry a regular cell phone and sometimes when I felt like carrying, a pocket digital camera. In the film days it was a Rollie Prego 35mm ( which is a great pocket camera), Needless to say I often tired of two items on my belt that always were getting knocked off when I sat in an armed chair! When the iPhone came along, I saw the wisdom in getting one and have never looked back.

Not only do you have a phone, but a decent camera now and the ability to edit on the fly, artsify and upload your images to your Blog , Facebook, Twitter, Picassa and other social media, as well as emailing pics to your friends.

It is a great time to be a photographer! Enjoy, Jeff


Monday, July 9, 2012

iPhone Street Photography

Shot with an iPhone 4 using the volume up button on the earphones as a cable release, the iPhone becomes a stealth camera for the street. It looks like a phone, like you are listening to music, not using a camera.

Capturing the rush in the snow, the urgency to get indoors made a good street shot. I like a more uncluttered street image, emphasizing the main subject. Angling the camera up helps. The image was processed from color in Simply B&W for the final result. Enjoy, Jeff

Macro with the Fuji X10

Macro photography is always a challenge!  Especially when the subject is moving!  I found this little beetle, brought it in with a large leaf for background, set it up on the table and placed the X10 on a Gorilla pod.  The X10 was then placed in Super Macro Mode at about 28mm with beetle 1 inch or so from the lens.  Focus was on the left front quarter. Note how sharpness falls off on the right.  Shot at f4.0, ISO 800 and 1/25 sec.  Took about 20 shots to get it right. Enjoy, Jeff


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Macro with iPhone 4 and Photojojo macro lens

This morning's gift to me. The first Rose of Sharon bloomed. To photograph it, I placed it on the table with window light, added a little light through the petals with a mini light Shot and framed with Camera+. The macro lens does a pretty decent job! Enjoy, Jeff

Friday, July 6, 2012

Macro with iPhone 4

This shot of Queen Ann's Lace was shot with the Photojojo macro lens for iPhone I placed the flower on a red folder and the iPhone on a magazine about 1cm above focusing on the flower. Shot and edited in Camera+. Enjoy, Jeff

Thursday, July 5, 2012

B&W Photo Hi Key

Check out this black and white photo I edited with Simply B&W : I love this app. It does a great job converting color to B&W . The filters applied mimic color filters I used in the film days. This portrait of Supermodel Rebecca West shot with my Maxxum 7D and a 60mm 2.8 macro portrait lens was converted with an orange filter to thus lighten the skin tones. I added a vignette and a little contrast to create this Hi Key portrait. Enjoy, Jeff

Sent from my iPad

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


July 4! Went out looking for a taste of American pride and found it in Voorheesville. Used my iPhone 4 with Camera+, clarity filter and then cropped and used curves in Photoforge. Back to Camera+ for the frames. Enjoy, Jeff

Monday, July 2, 2012

Popsicolor Photo App and Pic Stich

Two really fun Apps to create more artistic images. A wonderful portrait of our granddaughter Tali, edited first in Popsicolor and then collages in Pic Stitch. Enjoy, Jeff