Daily Prompt: OUT

Today’s prompt was OUT, for photographers, it suggested showing outdoors! Sorry, but when I go outdoors, I have to look at flowers! The colors make me happy! (these were taken with Camera+ on my iPhone)

Pink Day Lily

Pink Day Lily

Burnt Orange Day Llily

Burnt Orange Day Llily

Burnt Orange Day Llily in HD

Burnt Orange Day Llily in HD

Photography Challenge: Color

Since there really isn’t anything of color around my house right now, except for the previously posted toys, AND because I’m still having fun with my camera phone, I decided to take some images at a local home improvement store’s garden center. Even without the drought, my place doesn’t have a lot of pretty floral colors, mostly just green, because we cultivated a LOT of trees to provide cooling shade on our house against the harsh Oklahoman sun. That said, I often have to get outside my “comfort of home” zone to get anything floral on film (what do you call digital images? on data? on pixels?).

Color, color everywhere!

Color, color everywhere!

The HD feature, makes these lovely ladies bigger and bolder!

The HD feature, makes these lovely ladies bigger and bolder!

These delicate little ladies are pulling out all the stops to show us their true colors

These delicate little ladies are pulling out all the stops to show us their true colors

Like an erie spider opening up to the sun, this bloom begins to unfurl its petals for all to see.

Like an erie spider opening up to the sun, this bloom begins to unfurl its petals for all to see.

But I have noticed something about the way we humans view photographic images these days. We seem to be drawn for the over-the-top, over saturated images that come from High Definition. Is it because we view everything on HD from our computer games to our favorite TV shows? What is this inexplicable urge to change images into almost cartoon-like art? I have to admit, that I too am loving the brighter, larger than life images captured in HD. Is this just a fad? Will this too so pass? Are we as photographers losing our creative edge, bowing down to instant gratification of digital darkrooms???!!!

This bloom is similar to the one above, but the wind blew its tiny petals around just as I clicked (no shutter speed on an iPhone). But with a bit of darkroom magic, it can still become an interesting image instead up ending up in the trash.

This bloom is similar to the one above, but the wind blew its tiny petals around just as I clicked (no shutter speed on an iPhone). But with a bit of darkroom magic, it can still become an interesting image instead up ending up in the trash.

This is a copy of one of the above images, taken into Photoshop and embellished even more! Like I've mentioned before, you can't make copies in Camera+

This is a copy of one of the above images, taken into Photoshop and embellished even more! Like I’ve mentioned before, you can’t make copies in Camera+

Another dud of an image because of the wind, but the blurry, out of focus look blends well with the vintage and vignette from the iPhoto app.

Another dud of an image because of the wind, but the blurry, out of focus look blends well with the vintage and vignette from the iPhoto app.

Well, now that I’ve fallen off my soapbox, I hope you enjoy the pics as much as I did creating them!

Phoneograhpy Challenge: Feel The Burn

I love fire and I love fire images. But trying to take close ups of the beauty of fire is pretty tough and hot with an iPhone, so after a few attempts at flame images (for some really nice fire images see my Fire Series in Just Photos) with my iPhone, which I felt would melt right in the palm of my hand, I concentrated on the aftermath of destruction that a fire leaves in its wake. I discovered that, when studied, that burnt objects have a beauty all their own! I have had fun with the Phoneography Challenge, but I doubt that my phone will ever replace my cameras!

On this one, the heat had my hands a little shaky; but none the less, a bit of photo editing, made it interesting.

On this one, the heat had my hands a little shaky; but none the less, a bit of photo editing, made it interesting.

I was able to steady my hand and get a cleaner shot. I think I prefer using a long lens for this kind of shot in the future!

I was able to steady my hand and get a cleaner shot. I think I prefer using a long lens for this kind of shot in the future!

The remains of a post - concrete won't burn, just in case you were wondering.

The remains of a post – concrete won’t burn, just in case you were wondering.

I took this image into photoshop to give it an extra something by adding a LAMO feature over what I had done in Camera+

I took this image into photoshop to give it an extra something by adding a LAMO feature over what I had done in Camera+ I like this finished product much better. 

This was shot and edited in Camera+, I love the ethereal look achieved by over saturating.

This was shot and edited in Camera+, I love the ethereal look achieved by over saturating. I got these two images out of order and was too lazy to correct it. 🙂

The same subject, different shot and special effect

The same subject as the third shot, different shot and special effect

This was the same shot at the first one, but I took it into Photoshop to save as a sepia tone. That is the only problem with Camera+, you can' only save a shot one way.

This was the same shot at the third one, but I took it into Photoshop to save as a sepia tone. That is the only problem with Camera+, you can’ only save a shot one way.

Have a great day, and keep shooting!

March Phoneography Challenge: TOYS

Here are some more iPhone shots, edited with Camera+

There isn’t a lot to shoot around my drought stricken yard yet; I’ve been keeping my eyes on the budding trees, just waiting to capture some color. So in the meantime, I turned my iPhone to the toys that my grands left scattered like last autumn’s fallen leaves around my place. 🙂

I am adding this image to this blog, because it doesn't fit anywhere else. I shot it a couple weeks after the other toy images, but I really liked it and wanted to add it to my challenge!

I am adding this image to this blog, because it doesn’t fit anywhere else. I shot it a couple weeks after the other toy images, but I really liked it and wanted to add it to my challenge! I love the way the light plays over the new batch of chalk that I put out for my grands on Easter morning! Shadow and light make even the most mundane subject spectacular.

These play garden toys lay were they were left by my grands after playing in the dirt. The red is what is common for dirt here in Oklahoma - hence, The Red Dirt State.

These play garden toys lay were they were left by my grands after playing in the dirt. The red is what is common for dirt here in Oklahoma – hence, The Red Dirt State.

This Radio Flyer wagon has been around since my girls were little. Edited in Camera+

This Radio Flyer wagon has been around since my girls were little. Edited in Camera+

A rusty wheel. Edited in Camera+

A rusty wheel. Edited in Camera+

The same wheel, but I wanted it in sepia tone so had to take it into photoshop to edited and save this way without losing the original. That is the only drawback of Camera+, you can only chose one feature to save.

The same wheel, but I wanted it in sepia tone so had to take it into photoshop to edited and save this way without losing the original. That is the only drawback of Camera+, you can only chose one feature to save.

Wagon edited in Camera+

Wagon edited in Camera+

Same wagon with further features added in photoshop. LAMO

Same wagon with further features added in photoshop. LAMO

Slide with HD added in Camera+

Slide with HD added in Camera+

Bike wheel edited in Camera+

Bike wheel edited in Camera+

Bike wheel edited in Camera+

Bike wheel edited in Camera+

Swing set with HD added in Camera+

Swing set with HD added in Camera+

Keep playing with your phones!

Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

I don’t actually live in a neighborhood. I live in a rural area where I and many of my “neighbors” have a least five acres. So when WP set the phonographic challenge of photographing my neighborhood with my iPhone, I was at somewhat of a disadvantage. Plus, since we are in the midst of winter in Oklahoma, it is rather a bleak looking landscape.

I accepted the challenge and walked around my place photographing small portions of my landscape. I hope it meets the criteria. 🙂

Ivy on a metal pedal

Ivy on a metal pedal

Sunshine on ivy (the ivy is the only green things in winter)

Sunshine on ivy (the ivy is the only green things in winter)

Tiny little violas no bigger than the tip of my pinky grow heavily amongst the weeds. My grandchildren love these little flowers and hate when I mow them under.

Tiny little violas no bigger than the tip of my pinky grow heavily amongst the weeds. My grandchildren love these little flowers and hate when I mow them under.

I guess there is a bit of green in these weeds.

I guess there is a bit of green in these weeds.

 

The only thing that I have found that the iPhone can't do is focus on something small in the foreground when there is a lot going on in the background. This was the closest I got; if anyone knows how to accomplish this, please let me know.

The only thing that I have found that the iPhone can’t do is focus on something small in the foreground when there is a lot going on in the background. This was the closest I got; if anyone knows how to accomplish this, please let me know.

 

These dried weeds grow on my creek; they are about 7-8  feet tall. With the upward angle and the bright blue sky, they were a perfect subject for my iPone's capability.

These dried weeds grow on my creek; they are about 7-8 feet tall. With the upward angle and the bright blue sky, they were a perfect subject for my iPone’s capability.

I tried for a silhouette on this one taken on my creek bed.

I tried for a silhouette on this one taken on my creek bed.

I sepia toned these on my camera; I love the old world look give to these dried weeds.

I sepia toned these on my camera; I love the old world look give to these dried weeds.

Have a great day!

March Phoneography Challenge: Tabs

This is my second blog featuring my new-found iPone app, Camera+. I am still having a good time with the new app, except for the part where it ate all my data allotment for the month – going to have to figure that one out. But if you are not like me and have unlimited data, they you will thoroughly enjoy this app. Beware that this program eats up all your data. I’ve got a smartphone and it is not grandfathered in so I can’t get unlimited data (and more is very expensive). I was told that it is the editing process that eats up your data, so I will be doing some experiments to confirm that next month when my data starts over. 🙂

This is close up of my sleeping cat, Tabs

This is close up of my sleeping cat, Tabs

Even closer, all editing done in Camera +

Even closer, all editing done in Camera +

I sepia toned this shot.

I sepia toned this shot.

This is some images of my big ol’ fat tabby cat named Tabs (I know, not very original). He is very fat and very lazy, spending most of his day asleep on the end of my bed. I wanted to try some indoor shots and found that if you are working close up without the window light coming through, the app works quite nice.

I love kitten toes; again edited in Camera+

I love kitten toes; again edited in Camera+

All of these images were edited on my iPhone.

Phoneography Challenge: iPhone Maddness

Okay, I’m not afraid to admit that I have never taken a decent iPhone photograph.  I am a photojournalist, and I work with Nikon SLR’s; I guess you would say that I’m a bit of a camera snob.

This is how most of my iPhone pics look, no thought to composition; why work on it if the image quality is so poor. I used my iphone as a desperate measure for times I didn't have my camera.

This is how most of my iPhone pics look, no thought to composition; why work on it if the image quality is so poor. I used my iphone as a desperate measure for times I didn’t have my camera.

But then I opened up my emails today and had a new posting from a blogging friend of mine, Island Traveler. His images were stunningly beautiful and all taken with his iPhone. He gave a hint of a new camera app that he purchased that apparently made all the difference. I was sure that he must have the top of the line iPhone, mine is just a 4GS, and not with the snooty Suri.

Not all my pre-Camera+ images were awful. This one turned out quite decent. As long as I had good lighting and was outdoors, they were okay.

Not all my pre-Camera+ images were awful. This one turned out quite decent. As long as I had good lighting and was outdoors, they were okay.

So I searched the app store for the afore mentioned app and found Camera+ was only a mere 99 cents! What’s to lose, its only a buck? So, naturally I downloaded (or is that uploaded) it and then went outside to my drought-stricken, post winter yard to see what I could find. (I also tried some inside shots as well). I attempted and few trick shots that IT had shown – note: staring up at the sun while you figure out where your camera angle is causes extreme tearing of the eyes!

This is the shot I duplicated from I.T. It was a lot harder than you would think to hold the camera steady, get the sun lined up in the lens and push the button with one finger.

This is the shot I duplicated from I.T. It was a lot harder than you would think to hold the camera steady, get the sun lined up in the lens and push the button with one finger. I love the flower flare caused by the sun.

Okay, surprisingly enough, it is really hard to take a picture of your own hand while holding an iPhone. And my eyes were watering like crazy.

Okay, surprisingly enough, it is really hard to take a picture of your own hand while holding an iPhone. And my eyes were watering like crazy.

This was my first Camera+ shot; to say I was surprised at the outcome would be an understatement.

This was my first Camera+ shot; to say I was surprised at the outcome would be an understatement.

When I came back inside and edited the images in Camera+ I was truly amazed. Even my simple 4GS phone took images to rival my big camera! Needless to say, I managed to drain my phone battery before lunch!

This is of the same kitty only he is much older. I played around with some of the editing features giving him a warmer look.

This is of the same kitty only he is much older. I played around with some of the editing features giving him a warmer look. I’m amazed at the amount of detail from a phone camera!

The Phonegraphy Challenge has forced me to go back to my roots in photography; without all the fancy lenses I had to get up close and personal and hunt for interesting things to photograph in my dismal yard. It was just what the doctor ordered to get my creative juices flowing.

Straight up through winter dead branches to behold the bright blue sky.

Straight up through winter dead branches to behold the bright blue sky.

Thanks I.T. for giving me a swift kick in the photography tush to get me out of my rut of thinking there is nothing to photograph if you can’t travel to an exotic place.

I will be posting my images throughout March’s Phoneography Challenge month! Because the image files are so large (5 mb), it does take a long time to save the images to my phone and even longer for them to be transferred via iCloud to my computer!

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