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!

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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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