Saturday, June 30, 2012

Eddie Van Halen

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At times I will draw inspiration from my favorite artists when working on an iPhone/iPad image.

Today's image was made using my DSLR and imported into my iPad for processing. I was looking for the background to mimic James Ensor's 'Christ's Entry into Brussels'. I always liked his presentation of the crowd in that painting....gave a sense of depth to the image.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Iceland Waterfall

Iceland, iPhone4s
'A strong person and a waterfall always channel their own path'...Unknown

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Morning Ride

Mornign Ride
The original image was an ektachrome image scanned into the digital world and processed on the iPad.

To learn this process and so much more about your iPhone and Ipad take a Last Pixel Show workshop. Below find links to two August workshops. Additionally I teach one on one in my home studio.

August 11, 12: Cape Cod: Contuit Center for the Arts

Aug 17-20: The Palouse, Washington State

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Sometimes it just happens and we are along the ride - staying out of the way - and as much as one part of the brain is telling you no - the other is telling you yes...this has been one of those images.....I have no idea where it comes from or what it means.....It simply just happened.....

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel - Atlantic City
How many times have you worked on an image for a few days and the minute you post on a social network page or blog or other media a thought enters your mind with a new processing idea - countless times for me. That and going back in the archives and wondering how you missed an image in the first place...something I suggest everyone do from time to time...

The Ferris Wheel image today fits both of these criteria. It has been in the archives for quite some time - very much overexposed but with bit and pieces of color. After working on the image for several days it dawns on me to make a composite using one of my cloud images. PS: it is always helpful to save clouds and texture images in a folder for just this purpose.
Original Ferris Wheel
So after an hour or so I think I have it right, hit return and send it off into the cyber world. Needless to say that second I did that I realize it was the color that drew me into the image in the first place, and, of course, now have to go back and mask in the color...

Original Image

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Portrait Processing

Harry Chapin at Home
I talk a good deal about moving images from my iPhone over to the big boy computer for processing. Well it works both ways. One of my favorite things to do is scan old film images and move them on to the iPad for processing. It opens so many options and possibilities for being creative with your images.

In my archives I have a number of film images, both black and white and color,  from my days in the music business.  Over the last year I have been scanning these images into the digital world and experimenting with processing on my iPad.

Today's image is Harry Chapin, am image made for a music magazine, circa mid seventies.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

iPad Processing of Traditional Images

Howard - iPad Processed
Want to have some fun - process film or traditional camera images on the iPad or iPhone....So many possibilities to create using this technique.

This image is form 1975. The original was an ektachrome medium format chrome that I scanned intot he digital world and then processed on the iPad. 

Howard, Original scanned image

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Scotland, Church with Blue Bicycle

Edinburgh, Scotland
Yesterday a friend asked me why I process iPhone images on ,my laptop when most folks are using the iPad and iPhone.  I told him there were several reasons and have listed them below:

1. Pro Photo color space - largest color space
2. 16 bit image - more tones and shades
3. Use of available third party software - so many to choose from
4. ease of posting to various social media quickly - using Lightroom4
5. Digital asset management - folder structure using Lightroom4
6. Ability to sharpen for print in a way that fits my vision of the image

When I first started making images using my iPhone I always processed on the iPhone, and later on the iPad. I am not against using these mobile devices for processing and actually do when in the field. It is simply a matter of choice that I use my big boy computer whenever I have the choice.

My good friend Teri Lou Dantzler is doing really great work using only her iPad and iPhone. She trekked through Nepal and placers east without carrying a big girl camera - something I would never consider doing - both the trek and not carrying at minimum a point and shoot.

And now for the shameless promotion part of this blog. Teri Lou and I are teaching together under the name The Last Pixel Show. I mention this because we are so different in how we use iPhone photography that one can learn several approaches to this genre of photography at one of our destination workshops. We shoot, talk, process and on the last day we print. Check out The Last Pixel Show by clicking on the link above. The next workshop is August 16-20 at The Palouse in Washington State - we have 4 places open....

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Iceland, Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach, Vik, Iceland
There are many black sand beaches in Iceland. Today's image is from the town of Vik and the beach sits about 200 yards off the main road, which I might has only two lanes.

This image was made using an iPhone4 and the true-hdr camera application. It wasnot processed on the iPad or iPhone - it was processed on my mac computer using Nik's Color Efx4 and Photoshop CS6.

Did I mention the gas station located just beyond the beach has some of the best hot dogs I have ever tasted. It is always a must-stop on my itinerary when in Iceland. 

'The Last Pixel Show' has 4 spots open for the iPhone/iPad creativity workshop at The Palouse in Washington State. Click on the link above for more information. We will be covering all types of iPhone/iPad processing as well as the last day being spent on printing your images.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hipstamatic Portraits

Hobby Horse, Copenhagen
My main use for the Hipstamatic Camera is for portrait and still life work. I use only one lens and one film type most of the time - JohnS and Kodot Grizzled.. I like the edges and resolution so I stick to it. Of course I do experiment from time to time but usually go back to that combination.

This image is from 2010 on a visit to Copenhagen....

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Apple News

Coney Island Carousel Horses

Apple made a few announcements today with regard to the new Mac line, OS X and IOS 6 for iPhone and iPad.....