January 29, 2013

IPhone to the rescue...

Is it optimal?  In my world...not even close.  Sorta like that puke-green Maverick (the Mav) I use to drive in high school.  It got the job done, but I knew there was better out there...like an oil slick-gray Mav.   But in a pinch, it sure rescued the evening AND saved the Better Half's sanity (the IPhone, not the Mav).  Because seriously, WHO wants to waste a perfectly good snow in the city photo-op because I forgot a memory card and battery for "James Dean"?  Let alone WHO wants to listen to me b*tch all night about missing a perfectly good Philly snow photo-op?  Altho, props to the Better Half for doing a dang good job of it.  So thank you "Super IPhone".  You are my hero for pitching in during a crisis.  And I think the Better Half's patience owes you a kudo too.

I have to admit, not sure if it was the combo of lighting conditions, motion, inexperience with taking IPhone photos, or just dumb luck...but it sure produced some interesting effects.  Almost "painterly".  Let's just say I planned it that way.  Just like I planned to drive a puke green Maverick because THAT sure produced one huge effect too.



"Evening Rush Hour"
Philadelphia, PA




"A Chance of Snow"
Broad Street, Philadelphia




"The Yellow Shovel"
Philadelphia, PA




"Heading to Happy Hour"
Philadelphia, PA


For the most part, I am not a fan of IPhone quality for photo purposes. The graininess and lack of clarity kinda bug my Type-A personality.  Yet the convenience of being able to drink a glass of wine in one hand while snapping away with the other does have it's obvious merits.  So in this case, I will just say the graininess adds texture, the lack of clarity gives it an artistic vibe, and the wine made me realize what I genius I was to give "James Dean" the night off.  Thank you IPhone.

--Kathy

Disclaimer:  No Iphone apps were used in the processing of these photos.







40 comments:

  1. Kathy I think these turned out great. Looks almost like Thomas Kinkade. Thank goodness for Iphones in a crunch ( and all of those amazing apps too! ) Really good!

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    1. You know, I just can't get into all the Iphone apps for photos. I see some really amazing effects they can give, and I have no problem with people using them. They look like they could be fun. But I would NEVER get off my Iphone if I started delving into them. I was lucky that the conditions this evening produced some pretty interesting effects all on their own.

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  2. I say these turned out wonderfully!

    Ever since getting a phone with a fairly decent camera, I find that I don't lug my big girl camera out as much and rely mostly on my phone. The special occasions would still get the Big Girl, but every day as-you-see-it moments are mostly taken with the phone.

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  3. You've got some stunning shots here! I especially love the first one. I know what you mean, but the iPhone came through for you on these!

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  4. These are great! We had a crazy snowstorm last night, so I quickly googled "snow storm+Nikon+photograph+how to" and gathered a few quick tips. I had NO idea what I was doing, but I got some really cool effects. The exposure was a little blue, but that's a quick fix. I nearly lost my fingers (because who thinks to grab a coat and gloves in a snow storm?!), but I think I learned something. :) My iPhone has captured some great moments in time. I actually had a photo of my son printed to an 8x10 because I love it so (Instagram pics look amazing in print...who knew?). I can't always have my camera with me, or get it out as fast as I can my phone. It's a good backup for those times when 'real' photography isn't possible. Your photos are proof of that.

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  5. Pretty!!!! I love the Avenue of the Arts "A" in the snow!

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  6. I absolutely love all of your photos in this post. Incredible.

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  7. I love the picture of the guy on the bike in the snow... I wonder if knew the snow was coming or if he got caught out

    Mollyxxx

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  8. Very cool shots. We never get snow. Love looking at it through other's eyes.

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  9. Lovely photography Kathy! You are very talented and love to see your work all the time! and ...NO, you may not borrow my sweater. Awh, heck - ok, why not? LOL

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  10. Gosh Kathy, those are all great shots! James Dean probably needed a break!

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  11. Kathy, you have winners here! Totally awesome. I just might have to get an I-phone :)

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  12. I loved the one I saw on ig, the others are just as incredible!! My phone will never replace my big girl camera but it sure can take some good photos (for Ig) and it's fun. Love, love these!

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  13. Re the i-phone. Yes once in a while, but please not too often. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  14. Great photos!
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  15. These are great....no matter what you used.

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  17. i think they are just marvelous!! i adore my iphone!! i drove a green chevy in high school and for some reason, i thought it rocked. go figure!!

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  18. I love the artsy look, especially if no apps were used!

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  19. Thanks for the disclaimer info. The pictures are great! Made me cold.

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  20. Your disclaimer is funny! I phones are great in perfect lighting condition-0'dark thirty is not a good time for the iPhone!! These are cool though

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  21. I think these are so cool! I love having an iPhone on me at all times. I'm even deciding to just take my phone to Disney. I may regret that later, but it seems like a fun photography challenge.

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  22. These are great. I love that I always have a camera on me now. Sounds like a great weekend!

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  23. Those are some great shots indeed! Glad you were able to capture them, by whatever means necessary!

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  24. Those are rocking shots! If you didn't tell me I would have never guessed you took those with your phone! Nuts!?!?! It is your talent that gets those shots because I sure as heck couldn't have gotten them with my phone! I need a camera...I am a beginner but I think that if I'm going to do my blog any justice I need to invest...any recommendations for a newbie??

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  25. These shots really do look amazing. I am loving the way it captured the snow falling down.

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    1. Kathy ,what can I say that already hasn't beem mention in the previos comments.You are so very artsey fartsey thats what I love about you as well as practicle when needed, a rare combination indeed!So much talent and so little time. Continue what you are doing, it brings joy to many as well makes you happy,and in the end thats truly the measure of is something worth doing! CONGRATS ON SOME AMAZING PHOTO"S!

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  26. These do have a painted look and are just beautiful! Looks like a wonderful time!

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  27. We are supposed to get snow starting tomorrow (currently raining and has been warm enough for shorts the past couple of days) - and I can not wait to give the iPhone camera a go in the snow because I am totally loving the effect you got.

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  28. Like the graininess of the pictures- and drinking and taking photographs at the same time is multitasking at its best!

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  29. These photos have such a special quality.They have captured the real essence of a snowy evening and people attempting to get home. I love them.

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  30. These turned out great! I'm a little jealous of all that snow...enjoy your day!

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  31. Pretty pics! Snow is pretty for about 5 minutes then I want spring again - haha. I do agree though - I get frustrated with the pictures I take with my iphone ... as if they could be SLR quality - NOT! Just gotta take what you get! :)

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  32. Fantastic results Kathy, and I agree with an earlier comment that there is an almost Thomas Kinkaid look about these shots. Well done!

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