Saturday, April 30, 2011

Carousel Redoux

Still playing around with blending option and textures.

This time Paintmee was used for the initial blending
The original was a Noir image - very much blue-black (pre-sharpened in Photoforge)
both were blended in Iris
the horses were painted back from the Paintmee Original
Sharpening and local tonality in Filterstorm

Friday, April 29, 2011

Iceland Farm

I am still playing with the new Iris and finding more and more to like about it everyday.

This image today is a redoux from a trip to Iceland last summer. Mostly used various applications to create textures and then blend them in Iris - not to mention creating a few textures in Iris. I used Photostudio Pencil Paint 2, Sketchmee and Photoforge on this image. Finished it off with Filterstorm and painted in various parts of several images to create the final look.

Filterstorm and Iris are a very powerful team when used in tandem.

Images originally was captured in ProHDR - hand held.

PS: I left the image slightly askew - not sure why - it just felt correct.

Off to New Orleans tomorrow for two days of shooting at the Jazz Festival...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Iris and Cape Cod

So I continue to play with the new Iris Photo Suite for iPad.

First I did a smudge (using the smudge tool in Photoforge) on the original image.  Next I loaded the smudged image into Iris and put a grunge texture on top of the smudge before making that the base layer to blend with another image.

Went back and loaded the original image and blended both together using the opacity brush to blend back in a bit more of the original color in the water. Finished it off with a frame and sharpened both the boat and object off to the right which was a docking buoy.

Fonthill - Redoux in Iris Photo Suite

This Fonthill image has been redone using the just released Iris Photo Suite application for iPad users. And for sure I was not dis-appointed at all.

At first the interface is complicated as they have moved icons from where they lived on the older version. But once you find everything it becomes quite simple to navigate the app.  Iris has added several new processing tools in the FX, Auto-adjust and Adjustments dialog box at the top of the screen. And finally we have brush size and opacity to paint in and mask out areas with more control - this is huge. Be sure to check out the filters at the bottom of the screen as they have added some new twists.

Couple of excellent much needed improvements are the file save directly to your camera roll and quickly I might add. Additionally when choosing an image the folder pops up on-screen for easy navigation and selection.

All this is after using it once this morning - will get more time to play over the next few days and see what else I can learn. If I have any complaint it would be making the image size adjustment a bit more clear. Possibly the go button in the dialog box along with the cancel icon...then it would seem to follow in order...but this is a very small nitpick compared to the rest...

In the meantime have some fun out there.

PS: Sorry but can't remember how I got to this image - just went in and played....

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Twilight Ridge 2

Twilight Ridge, iPhone4
Here is another image from Twilight Ridge - this time an iPhone4 capture using the Bracket Mode application. Added a vintage Polaroid Type 55 frame from lo-mob....

Lately I have been enjoying the way iPhone technology can create pictorial imagery similar to artists like Henry Peach Robinson, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Edward Steichen and Alfred Steiglitz to name a few. Among the methods they used were combining multiple negatives, soft focus, special filters, various lens choices and brushes to soften images and on and on. With the iPhone technology we use multiple applications and textures not so much different then these pioneers to create the same feel - something I enjoy coming from an alternative process background. Additionally, iPhone artists use brushes, play with various lens choices, textures and blending to create images. Not so different when you think about it.

I guess my point here is that this new iPhone technology in the right hands is not so different from what those photography pioneers did back at the turn of the 20th century. In some ways
iphone-ographers are going through the same criticisms about whether this technology is truly photography - my opinion is of course yes.

 If you have time take a look at he various website for these artists - you will not be dis-appointed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Old Hotel - Hudson Valley

It was raining on Sunday when I photographed this structure - need to go back this week with some better light....also need to get inside... did a good bit of post processing playing around with textures - always something new to learn...

Captured and Process using the iPhone4 and iPad2

ProHDR (5 images)
Sketchmee for texture
Artista Haiku for textures
Iris for blending
Photoforge for sharpening
Filterstorm for local tonality, composite work and blending

Now a bit of self promotion. I entered a PDN photo contest with one of my studio portraits. Trying to get some votes. If you have some time please click on the link below and vote for my image... thanks

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bastion Falls

I was up in the Hudson River Valley over the weekend staying with friends in Palenville, New York. The weather was atmospheric with a low fog hanging over the valley just after a hard rain. As we were driving to dinner on Saturday night we passed Bastion Falls and simply could not resist the light - a perfect storm so to speak.

Having always been drawn to the Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen images I used the iPhone4 to recreate an image with an alternative process feel - something the iPhone does very well.

Bracket Mode (on a tripod)
Auto Painter to create texture
photoforge to sharpen 
blended auto painter with original and added burnt paper
local tonality in Filterstorm
frame from lo-mob

Friday, April 22, 2011

Parachute Jump

Parachute Jump, Coney Island

Sometimes you jump from app to app and can't remember which ones you worked with - this was one of those mornings. I decided to play with different textures and blended various applications with one another about 10 different times. To the best of my memory:

Hipstamatic Original
Iris for blending

Originals were run through:

Photostudio for pencil paint 2
Dynamic Light
overhsharpened in Photofroge

My friend and professional iPhone-ographer Teri Lou Dantzler says we all need to play so that is what I did this morning. She is so right...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Coney Island

Coney Island Pier

Could not have asked for a better day at Coney Island today. Mist and fog rolling off the water most of the day.....and Nathan's Hot Dogs did not disappoint...

Image above captured with ProHDR (hand held)
Photoforge for sharpening
Iris for grunge and blending

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cape Cod

From last summer up in Cape Cod...

Captured and process in the iPhone4 using:

ProHDR (handheld)
perfect photo
pic grunger
PS Express

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Leaving Maine

Rockland, Maine

After the long week in the John Paul Caponigro and Kevin Ames compositing workshop I was up and out early on Saturday, 530AM, looking for one last image of Maine. Ended up down by the dock in Rockland, Maine and caught this sunrise both with my iPhone and high resolution camera.

This is the iPhone version.

TrueHDR (tripod)
Dynamic Range

Friday, April 15, 2011


Iceland, 2010

Late post today - needed to sleep last night after a long week of compositing in Maine. Found this image in class this morning while searching for composite components. Back to my class now...

It was photographed in Iceland with my iPhone 3Gs.....on a tripod

Applications used were:

filterstrom for local tonality
noise reduction and sharpening in Lightroom 3

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Das Boat..

Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland 
Photographed just outside Old Head Golf Course in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland on my birthday earlier this year.

This was quite a memorable day as my good friends Dougie and Tina from Glasgow had traveled to the hotel the night before and surprised me in the bar...And of course 'Dougie from Glasgow' has access to almost anything you need anywhere in the world...

iPhone4 photographed and processed using:


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Racetrack Playa, Death Valley
'In a little house pictures I keep, many pictures
hanging suspended -- It is not a fixed house,
But behold! it has room enough -- in it,
hundreds and thousands,
all the varieties'...........Walt Whitman  

Thanks to David Reinfeld for the inspiration for this image and to Lori Rotenberk for the Whitman quote.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Death Valley

Image captured with iPhone4 using TrueHDR
Sharpened in photoforge
local toning in Filterstorm

Learn how to create images like this with your iPhone. Check the class dates at the top left of this blog. For more information email 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pemaquid Lighthouse

Pemaquid Lighthouse - Bristol Maine
There are times when you simply do not need to use an application on an image captured with an iPhone.

Captured with TrueHDR (on a tripod)
local tonal control in Filterstorm
sharpened in Photoforge

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rock and Roll

Concert, Portland, Oregon

So many way to get creative with your iPhone. Check out my iPhone classes on the left side of this blog. Come learn ways to get your creative out with your phone, err, Camera...Everything from Capture, and resolution through Printing....

This image hand held at a concert in Oregon a few years back.

Captured with Camera+
Pic Grunger
Perfect Photo

Friday, April 8, 2011

Early iPhone

75 Rock

 Doing some organizing on my hard drives tonight I started seeing some of my early New York City iPhone images pass by on the screen. Can't remember what applications (it was severely limited) I used but most likely it was photoforge, ProHDr, Perfect Photo and Photostudio.

HBO Building - 42nd Street

Bryant Park Skaters

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Galway, Ireland

Sunrise, Galway, Ireland

Captured and processed on the iPhone4

ProHDR for capture
perfect photo

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Caddo Lake Sunrise

iPhone4 captured and processed:

Hipstamatic with Melodie Lens
BlackKeys B+W film
Photoforge for sharpening
Photostudio - pencil paint 2
Blended with original in Iris
re-blend of the blended image with the original again
Filterstorm for local tonal control

I wil be teaching a two day workshop at Peters Valley Craft Center on May 14/15. Peters Valley is located in Layton, New Jersey. See the link below for more information.

Peters Valley Craft Center

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Gone Fishing

A little slice of Americana from Uncertain, Texas - iPhone style.

Captured and processed with my iPhone4:

Hipstamatic Camera
Pic Grunger

Monday, April 4, 2011

Caddo Lake

Johnson's Boat Dock, Caddo Lake

Boat Dock - Caddo Lake

Hipstamatic Capture
Tejas - Black Keys
Photoforge for sharpening
Pic Grunger for outer frame
PS Express for black frame

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Horton Beach, Wales

Horton Beach, Wales

Hipstamatic grab shot on Horton Beach in Wales while waiting for the sunset. Sharpened in PhotoForge with tonal corrections in Filterstorm.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cotswald Topiary

When I first captured this image I had no idea what to do with it - it seemed like one of those images you capture and then never seem to do anything with. Possibly in a month or two I might discover something that I think works with an image like this but mostly likely it gets lost in the myriad of images on my computer and never sees the light of day.

Long story short I started playing with FX Photo Studio's Pencil Paint presets, then added that to the new upgrade for Dynamic Light. Something started to feel right about this image so I stuck with it and added a few new moves to my workflows - something that will pay off later on in spades.

Applications used for this image are:

ProHDR Hand Held - three vertical Images
Artista Haiku
Filterstorm  for toning corrections and frame
FX Photo Studio for pencil sketch
Photoforge for sharpening

If you are interested in learning to more creative with your iphone-imagery I am teaching a two day workshop at Peters Valley Craft Center (link below). This class will cover from capture to print and everything in between to include printing and capturing images. Here is the link to the class:

Peters Valley Craft Center

Check out my blog at for updated information regarding other classes over the summer.

Have a fun weekend.......