Feb 28 Photo

  
I didn’t get out much today. It was a “clean the house” kind of day, and I didn’t think pictures of used Swiffer sheets would be all that compelling. So, in lieu of something interesting, it’ll just have to be something pretty. Here’s a picture of the sunset, as seen through the trees outside my front door. 

See you tomorrow. 

Feb 27 Photo

 

One of the camera apps I really like is Provoke. Provoke was created in collaboration with Glyn Evans, one of the founders of iPhoneography. It was meant to evoke the black and white Japanese photographers of the 1960s. It takes incredibly interesting pictures, with lots of contrast, shadows, and grain. 

Provoke recently got an upgrade that included a couple of color films. There wasn’t much description as to the inspiration behind these color film options, but presumably they are also inspired by vintage films. The picture above is a sample of what one of the new color films looks like. 

The building is the backside of the church that stands in the center of my town. The light hits it in that “just right” way in the afternoon. I snapped this with Provoke and applied no post-processing. WYSIWYG. 

Feb 26 Photo

 
Here I am, finding more uses for the fisheye lens than I thought. Tonight was the annual Sweetheart Dance at my daughter’s school. Actually, it used to be called the Daddy Daughter Dance, but the school changed it up this year so that moms and sons could attend. This year, it was held in the gym (it had previously been held in the cafeteria) and to capture the full scope of the space, I used the Ztylus fisheye. 

Feb 25 Photo

  
This beast is sitting idle for now, and that’s okay by me. It’s a front-end loader with a plow attachment hooked onto the bucket. It’s probably seen some use this winter, but so far, knock on wood, we’ve had, what is for New England, a minor amount of snow. So for now, this beast sits, waiting. 

To get the full scope of the plow blade, I used the Zytlus wide angle lens. I then tweaked the look of the picture in Enlight. 

Feb 23 Photo

  
This view used to include trees. I have some pictures of the space when it was still trees. I walked by it everyday around lunch when I would go out to stretch my legs. Now it’s a construction site. This will be a Hilton Garden Inn when it’s done. Cause that’s just what the world needs…another hotel. Any time I encounter a situation like this, I automatically think of the Lorax. 

Today was an overcast day, with a weak sun poking through the clouds. I took the picture using ProCam, with the Ztylus wide angle lens attachment. I imported the picture into Snapseed, where I applied a couple of filters. The first filter was something called Drama, which can really make a sky pop out at you. The second filter was a black and white contrast filter. I like how ominous the result makes the hotel look. 

Feb 22 Photo

  
Honestly, this is one of the best things about coming home. The fact that I can kick off my shoes and stuff my feet into slippers. I haven’t had a pair of slippers in years. My feet are big, size 14, and I can’t just go into a store and pick up a pair, so I’ve put off getting a pair for years. Imagine my surprise  then when I got not one, but two pairs of slippers for Christmas. Now, the first I do when I come home is peel off the socks and shoes and shove my feet into one of my new pairs of slippers. 

Feb 21 Photo

  
I still really struggle with night photography on the iPhone. Then again, in fairness, the iPhone doesn’t have the full range of capabilities that a SLR camera has (the iPhone has a fixed aperture, which can’t be changed no matter what app you use) and I’m always trying to take picture of the moon (a really difficult subject). 

I snapped this one using night mode on ProCam. The thing I like most is that it captured the beauty of the clouds and trees in the moonlight. And Venus. I think that smaller dot is Venus. 

The thing I don’t like is that there was just no way to tone down how bright the moon was in the shot. It totally overpowered the rest of the sky. 

I’ll keep trying, but for now, this is what I got. 

Feb 20 Photo

  
We have such great trees where we live. I’m not sure what I expected, but such tall pines were a surprise when we moved the New England nearly twenty years ago. The pines in this picture are right outside my front door. The day was stunning, warming nicely and sunny as all get-out. I took this picture up into the underside of the pines, with the afternoon sun lighting the undersides of the branches. I added a filter at the end. It didn’t need one, but I liked ’70s summery feeling it gave the photo.