It has been a long day and I have been fighting a cold through out. It was a little difficult but I managed to teach the final class of my Basic Lighting class at SAIT. Still needed a shot for today's Instagram 366 photo so I took a self-portrait of my eye. Can you guess which Helmut Newton photo is reflected in my glasses?
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We had a terrific downpour today and while Cool was in at his Jazz Dance Class I decided to take a little walk out in the rain. The following are images I found during my walk.
I liked this reflection of the posts in the large puddle that had formed in front of it. No soccer tonight.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Well the long weekend is now over and I am happy as it was a busy one. Here are some of the photo's from Sunday and Monday.
This is my Instagram 366 photo for Sunday and I took it at St. Luke's Church from behind the alter. I like how the triangle window worked with the cross.
I shot these two photo's of my sister's dog who has the most interesting eyes. The first was processed with Snapseed to give it a little pop. The last was shot with the Hipstamatic app and I liked the way composition of the image.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
So I have a bit of variety today as well as posting two days worth of photographs. The following are images I posted to Instagram.
Finally this photo of the tulips in front of the rocks in our front yard and was yesterday's Streamzoo post.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Roses that Cool and Luke got their Mom for Mother's Day still loke nice 4 days later so I decided to use them for today's subject. The first image is entitled "Rose and Shadow" and this image was post processed in Snapseed and then OldPhotoPro to add the colour and texture. I posted this as my Instagram 366 photo for today.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
A photographer must always be aware of the light around them and understand how it will record on the tool they choose to use to capture the moment. As I was sitting waiting for the school council meeting this morning I saw this wonderful early morning light skimming across the pepper shaker and toothpicks on the table of the staff room. I took out my iPhone and snapped a frame knowing I would convert it to B&W and that the background would go black. I loved the way the light shaped the objects and gave texture to the pepper grains on top of the shaker. T his was my Instagram 366 photo for today.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Out at the Golden Acre Garden Centre today where I shot images 1 3 and 4. Image 2 was at the Varsity Community Association. The top one is my Instagram 366 photo for today and is a close up on a Hibiscus flower.. A little post processing in Snapseed to add some contrast, crop and frame
Inside of an Orchid. Cropped in with Snapseed and border added. Shared with Streamzoo.
I liked the way these two large Lilly's stood out together Some pot in Snapseed to darken the edges and background and the frame was added using CameraReal+. Added to my "tadaa Today" profile.
Monday, May 14, 2012
I had 45 minutes this afternoon between appointments to get out and take a little walk near the Bow River here in Calgary. We have an old bridge that has been converted to a pedestrian walk way named after John Hextall. I wanted to continue and test some of the various camera apps that I have to learn their properties, looks and styles. The first image is from the Retro Camera app and the Barbl camera. I find that this app has a few nice features and looks but is limited in the variety. They still don't have the share options that the others have thus you have to save to your camera roll and then share it to Instagram that way. This was my Instagram 366 photo for today.The following two photographs are from the Hipstamatic app and the more I use it the more I am getting to like some of the looks. Once you download all the available HipstaPaks you have a fair amount of variety as you can mix films and lenses. It also geotags the images, and records the camera info used. The share possibilities also are better allowing one to post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr.
The photo was created with the Roboto Glitter Lens, Float Film (both from the Shibuya HipstaPak). I got down low and placed the sun behind a girder to get the view I was looking for.
This photo used the Lucifer VI lens (Portland HipstaPak) and Alfred Infrared film (Camden HipstaPak). This mimics the look that Kodaks Colour Infrared film use to give. This was my Streamzoo photo for the day.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Today I reached 500 consecutive days of taking at least one photo. There have been struggles, some great shots, some not so inspired shots. Yet I have reached this milestone and I am very happy with doing so. I will keep doing it as long as I can and will let it run until something prevents me from doing so.
I shot these first two images at my brothers house and processed them both in Snapseed. Other then the conversion and cropping their was very little post production in the first one, my Instagram 366 photo for today.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Today was a beautiful day and I had to opportunities come my way. The first was a return to an activity that I had not had for a long time, to get out and play some golf. Last fall I was fortunate enough to win a set of irons and woods but by the time I received them we had snow on the ground. Now when I was younger I worked at one of the local private clubs as a pro shop attendant and on the greens keeping crew. I did a fair amount of golf but never really took it seriously as I wanted to go and take photographs more than I wanted to go out on the course for 4 hours after working 8 - 10 hours. So I never really got proficient with it. So today I was able to walk for nine hole and though I had a lot of inconsistencies it was such a relaxing day that I can see me getting out every couple of weeks to give me a bit of a break and a chance to recharge.
Later in the afternoon I had a meeting with Deidre from the Art Gallery of Calgary. Our discussion centred first on my doing a couple of weekend workshops on camera phone artistry similar to the lectures I will be doing at the Calgary Public Libraries in the fall.. The big difference here will be that after the presentation we will take the participants out for a photo walk in the downtown core so they can shoot and then work on their images. We also discussed the possibilities of me joining them and a couple of other photographers they are already working with to develop a photography program that will be run through the gallery. I am looking forward to exploring and building on this and having an exciting fall.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
As I close in on 500 days of at least one photo a day I have a few thoughts and observations to share.
The challenge of photography a creative image is a daunting one and one that can easily be derailed. When I also look that at this stage of my life that I am limited to a few areas and most of the images have to come from my time spent there it makes it even more difficult. I have photographed many items in and around my home, at SAIT where I teach, my boy's school, choir, dance or other activities. There have been times when travel to other locations have allowed me to explore a bit more but in general my sphere of activity is limited. I try hard not to photograph the same thing twice, but if I do I try to look at it in a different way and try techniques to make each image unique.
Saying this I was thinking today that if I was to suddenly stop that no one would really care. Sure I have some followers, but it would make no difference in their lives if they did not see something new from me. The only one whom it would affect would be me and I would be the only one who really noticed. I am really enjoying this and will do my best to stay true to myself.
I have also given myself permission to experiment and play with the photo's I create. Currently I am working exclusively with the iPhone and a variety of apps to give different looks and feels and a chance for me to express myself artistically. I do plan to shoot more with the DSLR this summer as well as some of my film cameras. This is about growth and expression for me, not recognition as such.
In doing this I hope to grow as a photographer, artist and person. I want to become even more familiar and proficient with a number of techniques and then be able to share with others. I hope that those of you reading this will stay with me and enjoy the trip.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
One of the first apps I downloaded with my iPod touch was Hipstamatic. I used it a few times but found that I was not comfortable having my shots limited to what I choose to use as far as film style, lens choice and camera type. I wanted to capture my image and then change it to the look I wanted. However I decided to day to get to know Hipstamatic as well as RetroCamera to see if I can get a better understanding of the looks one can achieve with these apps.
Since I had not opened Hipstamatic for a while I was pleasantly surprised to find an improvement in the sharing part of the app. Now one can share easily with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram. As I walked on the hill of the Bowmont Park Natural area I took these shots with a couple of different films and lenses. The first two were shared to Instagram and the last was posted to tadaa. Over the next few weeks I will be shooting more and will be posting the results here as well.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Out at the Varsity Community Association on a fine spring evening and I noticed that they had a variety of flowers coming up beside their building that I had not photographed yet. So I took out the iPhone and shot a variety of images. The first three were posted to Instagram and the first of the bleeding hearts was my Instagram 366 photo.The clouds were a little dramatic as well so I shot a frame of them and posted it.
Monday, May 7, 2012
My son Luke had the day off school today so I had the chance to have time alone with him. After playing in the morning at home we headed to the University of Calgary where Luke participates in some learning centre activities for the students there from time to time. He really enjoys going there and had a lot of fun today. Afterwards we headed over to Confederation Park as it was such a nice day out. We walked over to the large pond where we sat just watching the ducks. Since we were here I shot some photo's with my iPhone, zooming it in mid way to get the ducks to fill more of the frame. This is still one of the weak point's of the camera in the iPhone as the zoom quality is not that strong. However I captured the image below and liked the reflection of the sun on the water behind the duck. I decided that I could punch it up a bit using the Drama 2 filter in Snapseed and achieve a look I was happy with and could post as my Instagram 366 photo for the day.