November 6-12, 2012
I decided to go with an intentional theme this week–The iPhone!
For some reason, I had been avoiding using my iPhone as a primary camera. I don’t know why. I think it is because it didn’t feel serious enough. I read all kinds of stories about how great an iPhone camera actually is. Usually everyone agrees that in daylight, the iPhone does an admirable job. For low light conditions and with a flash, I generally dislike the shots I get. To combat the low light, I usually use my GorillaCam app to steady it. The results are better. And I find the color to be much less vibrant than with my Canon T2i.
However, once you bring the images into Photoshop, you can add a little color, fix the contrast a bit, and voila! Some rather nice images. So here is my week with the iPhone.
The shooting week began on Tuesday with election day. We got up and voted early. This is a shot I grabbed at the church where I voted. I did find it a little strange that my polling place was in a church. So much for the separation of church and state.
With the holidays beginning to get close, we started stocking up on wine. You get bonus points if you can identify the wines based on the labels from the top.
I found that with the iPhone, I tended to be less snooty about what I shot. In the past weeks of serious shooting, I wanted everything to be perfect. I wanted “serious” images. It had to be a stirring, artistic image. The iPhone allowed me to feel more day to day, diary, documentary about my images. These were merely images from my day. In fact, I felt a little less pressure to be creative shooting with the iPhone.
This next image I grabbed as I was walking back to my car from the gym. Notice how little snow we had back in early November. This is Alaska, remember.
On Friday, I got home and hadn’t shot a thing. It was dark, and I couldn’t think of anything better than my front yard. Remember what I said last week about this getting harder. There is a little snow out there, but not much. Usually by this time we have about a foot of snow out there.
With the holidays coming and my family coming down from Fairbanks to spend Thanksgiving with us, we end up doing a ton of house projects right before everyone arrives. This weekend we decided to paint our upstairs hall. Evan spent most of the day taping and doing the trim. It looks very nice now.
Sunday, we had friends to dinner and I made spicy vodka penne pasta. Would you like the recipe? It’s quite good and very easy to make. This was the beginning of a two week period where we spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing for the holidays.
Monday’s shot to end the week was of a parking garage in Anchorage. I like the lines of the garage and the brightness of the sky. This was taken in the late morning. Notice how low the sun is on the horizon this time of year. And from here this date, we still have a month of daylight loss. We look forward to Solstice and December 21 like no one’s business up here in Alaska.
I learned a lot about shooting with an iPhone this week. The best part was learning that I can use it for this project. Sure I don’t feel like a “real” photographer when I use it, but it allows me some flexibility, and if nothing else, it allows for some creativity on how to get the best out of it as a photography tool.
Do you shoot regularly with iPhone? Do you process the images? Do you have a favorite iPhone camera app? Please share you experiences with the iPhone camera.
Next week I approach the halfway point.