Friday, September 30, 2011

Studio Notes: Hen and Chicks

When I used to photograph in a studio, I kept all my intermediate Polaroids and my notes on exposures and artistic direction in a spiral bound notebook to learn and for reference in future shoots.  With iPhone photo apps, there's less room to do that.  Without that record I often lose track of what I actually did in the photographic process.  That makes it not so repeatable if you find some combination of steps, apps, filters that you like.

So, I decided to start this again....on a smaller scale working up to include the intermediate steps.  I envision being able to do this about once a week.  Here's the first one.

I started out with a Hipstamatic photo of some hen and chicks outside Amici's Pizza using the Lucifer VI lens and Ina's 1969 film.  Later in the week I bought Decim8 because I was impressed with Docpop's photographic deconstructions on Flickr.  Though I played around with a lot of the filters in the app the resulting images were too severely deconstructed or not enough, particularly for a fairly organic scene.

So I made a line drawing of the original image in ToonPaint and blended it with the deconstructed image in PhotoWizard to restore some of the hen and chicks and some of the recognizeable subjects.

I also tried some textures in PicGrunger but ultimately decided it was just too much because it made the subject almost unrecognizeable. So I chose the earlier blended version and left it at that.  I took it through a final pass in Filterstorm to set IPTC tags and to make some final adjustments.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SwankoLab Experiment

Dahlia Darling 3 by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

I love dahlia's.  No way around it.  Here's one photo processed through SwankoLab probably using warm tones.

Dahlia Darling 2 by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

Here's the same photo processed using cool tones in SwankoLab.

Dahlia Darling 1 by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

And this is the original Hipstamatic image using Lucifer VI and AO DLX.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Photo News of the Week

Here are a curated group of great info I found last week while exploring the world of photography.  I've grouped them in apps, publishing, shows, gear, business and iPhone. A hat tip for this idea to Andi of Misadventures with Andi who puts together a Saturdays at Six post covering a select group of interesting reads of her week.  Anyway, here goes.

Apps: The hottest app of the week is Hipstamtic's introduction of the Wicker Park Pack.  I found out about this from Marty Yawnick's LifeinLoFi. Nox Dineen had guest posted an app update that the pack was finally here.  Here are 2 ways to check out the look of the new lens and flash:
Hipstamatic group pool on Flickr
* Hipstamatic Wicker Park Experiment showing the lens paired sequentially with 9 films

Publishing: Michael Mack is doing Al Gore's book one better by making photo books for the tablet aka iPad more scalable. But it still costs upwards of 12k euro to put one of these together. Someday folks like Blurb, Snapfish and Picaboo will make this accessible for even more.

Shows: If you are into Instagram there's a show of all Instagram art coming up in London called MyWorldShared. You can submit images through Instagram by using @myworldshared or #myworldshared.

Gear: The Canon Powershot s100, a replacement for the s95, is out.  I have the s90 and love this camera for quick on the go photography.  And the hot red Nikon J1 Mirrorless Camera is out. So far, most of the reviews I've read focus on the feature and not the benefit.  Faster focus is good for action.  Faster exposure probably means you can take better low light photos all other things equal. What we need now is an example of without and with so we can see.

Business: A great post from Elizabeth Halford about how to dip your toe into the business of photography even when that business requires all or nothing commitment. Working with clients changes everything and she outlines a few ways to even out the balance of power.

iPhone: We're all waiting to see if the Tim Cook speech in October is the moment for the iPhone5 release.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Sun in Sunday

Sun Horse by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson
Due to my lame ankle I did some illegal parking \0/ to get this shot.  Fortunately, the illegal parking was temporary.

App info:
Ina's 1969 film
Lucifer VI lens

Subject info:
Butterfield sculpture
Mountain View, CA near the Google campus
Incredible sunset, available many days, many places

Enjoy your day of rest:)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hipstamatic Wicker Park Experiment

Lucas AB2 Film Experiment
The Hipstamatic 225 Wicker Park pack is out today! I grabbed it and ran the Lucas AB2 lens through all my Hipstamatic "films" to see what the lens does with different film types.

From left to right and top to bottom the film types are:
1. Alfred Infrared 2. Blanko 3. Ina's 1969 4. Kodot XGrizzled 5. BlacKeys B&W 6. BlacKeys SuperGrain 7. Claunch 72 Monochrome 8. AO DLX 9. AO BW

My favorite color image is #2, or the Lucas AB2 with Blanko film. My favorite black and white is #7, Claunch 72 Monochrome.

What's yours?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Photo for the Day: La Bicicleta

La Bicicleta by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson
Rather crazy journey: I took this with my iPhone in July and let it sit for a few months intending to come back and have some fun with the orange bicycle 

App stack: Snapseed, Rays, Percolator, Photowizard (blended 3 images, 1 from each prior app) and Filterstorm.

I also thought the Rays version was worth a look:

Moving Fast by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Photo for the Day

Farmer's Market Finds
Processed in Percolator.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Exotic Environs at Home

Environs Series: 1 by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson
I love going to blogs that show me photos of foreign and exotic places, places I've never been, that inspire me to travel more and to see the world.

I also am really pleased when, in the comfort and confines of my own home, I find a portal into another world.  Often this happens while I'm accidentally staring through the "lens" of my iPhone or just off in space.  I see what's in front of me, a "first look", and am struck by or find some detail of it beautiful or interesting. I take a photo of this "second look".

Later, while messing around with the photo, I wind up  with an image that makes me feel like I've seen even another dimension, a "third look" at what I walk by every day.  I am so happy in these moments of insight and recognition.

In case you're curious I started out with an iPhone image, processed it in FilterMania, then Instagram, then PicGrunger then Filterstorm.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Porteen Photo Bags

I had the pleasure of buying a photo gear bag from Robyn Porteen through her Etsy shop.  The rich leather and wonderful fabric accents and soft textures were so inviting.  So I thought I would give it a whirl.

I found this bag perfect for 1 DSLR with 50mm lens attached and 1 more lens.  The 3rd lens pocket I use for my wallet and/or notebook.  The shoulder strap will not stay on my shoulder with the leather pad.  My advice is to ask for the rubber one.  It's totally customizeable.

Robyn answers customer e-mails and is truly wonderful to do business with.  If I didn't already have 4 photo bags I would order another one right away, one of which is a Crumpler bag and is quite capacious, the other 2 I have yet to blog about.  I stay away from Robyn's Etsy page because I am not sure I could abstain.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Photo for the Day

Whereas yesterday I used a blend of PC based and  iPhone tools, today I used only mobile photo apps....on mostly the same source images.

My app stack here is: Hipstamatic, Frametastic, Filterstorm, Instamatic.  I've added a new lower left photo for an additional perspective and swapped out the upper right.  The sequencing of images give a more successful vignette than yesterday's.

Here I've changed the proportion or aspect ratio from yesterday from rectangle to square.  My app stack is Hipstamatic, Photowizard, and Instagram. Photowizard allows me to control the opacity of the images giving me more control over the resulting blend.  I like this one better both for that reason and the overall composition.

I'm always amazed at what happens if I just keep asking "What if....I do x." Keep experimenting, even if it's with the same images.  You never know where the trail will lead and what you will learn.  Just keep doing differently.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Photo For Today

The collage feature in Picasa is useful for more than just blog headers.  Last night I had the distinct pleasure of helping a friend celebrate his birthday on a cruise of the San Francisco Bay that departed from the Oakland Ferry.  I love these cranes and had only seen them from afar while zipping down the freeway.  It was great to be so much closer.  Collaging the images together gives more of a sense of the place.  Playing with different layouts yields different stories too:

Here I replaced the far right image of cranes with one of a Matson ship.  It gives a more complete but less symmetrical picture of the activities in the area.  I took these images using the Hipstamatic app, Lucifer lens and Alfred Infrared film.  The ones below used the same app with the Jimmy Lens for a more sunny look:

Rather than collage these 2 images together side by side, I used the multiple exposure setting in Picasa.  Of course you can also do all of this collaging in your iPhone using Blender, PhotoWizard and/or Frametastic.  Keep the tools unlocked and use whatever is handy when creativity and the urge to explore, "What happens if?" strike.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Photo For the Day

Dinner out on a recent trip to El Paso, Texas at State Line was a fun introduction to a restaurant that straddles the state line between Texas and New Mexico. One side of the restaurant houses a liquor store. You can buy a bottle of wine or beer on one side, the waitress walks it over the state line for you, and you can drink it on the other side.

I originally took the photo in color on my iPhone, then converted it to an Instagram, used Tilt Shift Generator to selectively focus on the name banner and converted the image to black and white using the Gotham filter.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Patterns for Two

It's funny how little it takes to tell you there are 2 people in the scene.

This is the rug and the base of two chairs at Steve Smith's Tea in Portland, Oregon

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Photo for Today

I took this photo on the Stanford campus.  I started with 3 HDR exposures, processed them in Photomatix, then exported the result to the iPhone where I used Instagram to finish it off.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sculpture, Images and Intellectual Property

Unlike the Statue of Liberty, there will be no tchotchkes running around of Portlandia.  Artist Raymond Kaskey owns all the rights to the image for reproduction for commercial purposes.

This is an interesting idea and one that most other sculptors don't use.  What would happen if you, in your business, whatever it is, locked up all the rights to the duplication of your image, your work or your DNA?