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Street Photography using the iphone

Hi all, took a trip to London again yesterday for some street photography using just my iphone4 and iphone5. Had mixed results! I started off at the Barbican Centre on the overhead walkway and managed to get some atmospheric images using the hipstamatic app with the Lowy lens/Blackeys supergrain combo. I handheld all the shots and because it was quite dark there under cover some of the shots had blurring! I need to either rest the phone on a wall or other solid structure or make a conscious effort to keep my hands steady!! Anyway here are some of the better shots firstly from the barbican centre..

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The first image is an overview of the Barbican centre, taken from one of the walkways. The second image is of one of the stairways leading down to a restaurant/leisure area.

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These two images were taken on the walkways where it was quite dark. The day being overcast didn’t help either!

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Two more “grab” shots from the walkways themselves.

From the Barbican I took a leisurely walk to Brick lane via Leadenhall and Aldgate. Stopped off at old Spitalfields market before heading home..

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Two images from Brick Lane..

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Finally the Underground back home. All these were Taken on the iphone which I would not have attempted 18 months ago, and although I had some blurring issues and exposure problems these can be overcome and with patience and practice the images will get better ( at least the quality, if not the content!!). So  take the plunge go somewhere with just your smartphone and see what can be achieved! thanks for reading and as usual please comment..Bye

 

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Hipstamatic combos and images

Hi, I’ve recently realised i’m shooting with the hipstamatic app more and more! I have about four or five different camera apps loaded onto my iphone including camera+, camera pro, 645 pro and others, but the go to app seems to be Hipstamatic time and again and here’s some reasons why.. Firstly variety! there’s so many different combinations of lenses and film it’s pretty mindboggling! you can customise your camera with different coloured cases and even different styles! and you can even save your favourite combos too. you can shoot with a low resolution (640×640 pixels) for web use right up to high res (2448 x 2448 pixels) for print quality. Just be careful you’ve got the high res switched on as it’s easy to knock the lever back down to low res as i’ve done in the past!! 

ok here’s some of my favourite combos and some images to show you..

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Lowy lens and Uchitel 20 film. Old fashioned look!

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Lowy lens and Robusta film. Lovely colour rendition..

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Yoona lens and Blanko BL4 film. I love this effect!!

 

 

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Tinto 1884 lens and D-type plate film..Old plate type effects..

 

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Sergio + maximus LXIX..Warm image rendition..

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Lowy + Claunch 72..For B&W lovers..

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John S + Blackeys supergrain. For gritty B&W lovers..

The combos go on and on so I won’t bore you with anymore. I just wanted to give you an idea of how good this app is. It’s free to download from the app store with some basic combos, but you can purchase loads more from 0.69 pence!! …

IMG_4969 You can share your images from the app onto Oggl, instagram twitter etc.. If you have Oggl ( a hipstamatic sharing site a bit like instagram) you can download all your combos there ( for a small fee) and share directly online even using it’s own native camera!!

I import my hipsta images into all my different editing apps and blend with other images taken from different camera apps to create all sorts of various effects so there really is no end to your creative urges!! I also print many of my hipsta images 10″ x 10″ and have even won some competitions with the finished prints so quality is first class! I will post about Oggl in the near future as this is a great sister app for hipstamatic with a growing fanbase and some stunning images there. Until then thanks for reading and hopefully be inspired to give Hipstamatic a go!!..

 

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Iphone editing on fuji x20 images.

Hi, just got back from a week in Wales which was great and it only rained once! Took my iphone5 and my fuji x20 and got some great shots. Just beginning to get to grips with the fuji and I’m quite pleased with the results. I always used to shoot raw but I’m finding that the jpegs straight from the camera are great. I’m also editing all my images on the iphone and the results are good. These shots were taken in Brick lane London on the fuji and edited on my iphone5 when I got back.. IMG_4034 IMG_4044 IMG_4039 IMG_4038 I used some of my favorite apps to edit namely Snapseed, Scratchcam and Filmnoir. I used the HDR filter in snapseed to bring out some details and then dialed it down to about 25-30%. My next image is of my son Callum taken against bright sunlight in Wales. I used a black and white filter on the fuji and spot metered of his face. I then adjusted in Lightroom and copied into my iphone to play with some filters, I quite like the results.DSCF6309 DSCF6309-21 The first image is the original straight from the camera, the second is after it went through lightroom. The next image is post iphone editing using snapseed, filmnoir, icolorama and scratchcam. cal (2)  

The next picture was taken at the same time, here’s the original..

DSCF6308 After some minor tweaks in Lightroom I imported to the iphone and edited in this order..snapseed, filmnoir , scratchcam and snapseed again..

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IMG_4737 I prefer the first image but my wife likes this one best… All in all it took about 20-30 minutes per image so not bad or nearly as long as photoshop.

Thanks again for looking and please comment..

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Street Photography and iphone editing

Hi, today I’m posting three images taken on a trip to London’s Brick Lane in the borough of Tower Hamlets. This is a great place for street photography as it’s so busy and colourful with some amazing characters. It’s also a great place for a curry!! All three images were taken on my new fuji x20 and then transferred to my iphone5 and edited in just three apps, Snapseed, scratchcam and Noir ( a great B&W textures app). Here’s the  first image…

IMG_3998 I cropped and did all the basic editing in snapseed then imported it into Noir and scratchcam to try different textures and effects…

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IMG_3999 IMG_4001 I quite like the gritty film look especially the scratches on the second image. Heres the next image..

IMG_4012 I love the look just as I pressed the shutter….Again I processed in snapseed and used a subtle Hdr filter there to bring out the details more. I then processed in Noir and scratchcam to add some grungy effects to the image..

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Again I prefer the last image with it’s just found in the street effect!! The first two images were just developed in snapseed using the Hdr filter and the grunge filter..

Finally there’s this image..

IMG_4015 I once again used just the three apps to get some different results..

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I was quite impressed with the fuji x20. It only has a small sensor but coped remarkably well. It’s ideal for street photography as it’s retro, small and silent! It’s fantastic with B&W images and even the low light shots look grainy as opposed to noisy. It’s an ideal second camera.. Thanks for looking and please feel free to comment.

 

 

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Shooting and editing on the iphone5.

Hi, thought I’d share my latest edition to the Echoes series. This one is titled Leaving and as with a lot of my images it features the backs of people!! I don’t know if thats an issue or I’m scared of shooting people head on but I do like the feeling it gives to my images and to the series in general, that of shades or memories that have been retained by a building or location. This is how I achieved this image starting with the finished image..

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The background image is of a corridor in my son’s college which I’ve used for a few of my creations..

IMG_3469 This was imported into superimpose to be used as the background.

I then imported my foreground image which was taken using the hipstamatic app with the Yoona lens BlankBL4 combo.

IMG_3440 Using the mask tool I carefully erased everything apart from the three figures and their shadows which I positioned and resized using the transform tool over the background..

IMG_3470 IMG_3471 I then used the blending tool to reduce the opacity and merged the two images together..

IMG_3472 I then saved the image to my camera roll and reopened it in scratchcam where I played around with the different textures and effects. I normally try most of the textures to see how the image looks, although sometimes I have a pretty good idea…

IMG_3475 IMG_3473 When I’m happy with the effect I save to my camera roll and import into snapseed to finish off. I normally add a border and try out the different effects and textures before finishing the image and saving it. Here I just used a frame and a slight blur around the edges..

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That’s it, a fairly straight forward edit and another addition to my Echoes series. Thanks again for looking and feel free to contact me…

 

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Iphone Projects and creative workflows

Hi, I thought I’d show you some more images that I’ve created using my Iphone5 and two or three different apps. I’m currently working on a theme called Echoes in which I imagine what certain places or buildings would show us if they had memories. I love history especially that of Cities and how they have evolved over the centuries and all the millions of lives that have passed through them and are buried beneath the surface so I decided to create some images of things or events that these places have witnessed. Having some kind of project is a great way of keeping your photography interesting and focussed whether it be a daily photo challenge or a local history project of your local area, I find it’s a great way of  peaking my interest in photography. Up until a year ago I used primarily a Nikon D90 and a Panasonic GF2 compact camera with about six lenses between them and I was getting bored! So I decided to sell both cameras and all my lenses and use just an iphone5 to see if I could spark my enthusiasm again. I might add that I’ve been taking images for about 30 years and the last 6 years as a member of a local photographic society so it wasn’t a spur of the moment decision or an ill informed one. I generally like taking street images and some architecture and also messing around with different editing systems so it wasn’t a massive move for me as it would have been if my interest lay in wildlife photography or sports! Even so it was a challenging leap but most importantly great fun. I’ve discovered a thriving and extremely friendly  Iphone photography movement online with some truly stunning artists out there who consistently produce images that I could only wish to emulate. I leant to zoom with my feet and do some thinking before I started shooting, but mainly I’ve discovered the joy of making images again and the ability not to take myself too seriously and most importantly to take pictures for me first and foremost and if others like them, then, that was great too… so here’s some images from my Echoes series, let me know what you think, and thanks as always for looking.

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Speaker’s corner, Hyde Park, London.

IMG_2118 smll sze Today I’m posting some portraits from a recent shoot in Hyde Park, London, at Speaker’s corner. This is a meeting place where anyone who wishes can stand on a soap box and talk about, argue, debate, incite just about anything they wish to. As you can imagine it can get quite heated with various religious/political viewpoints being extolled/trashed depending on your standpoint. But it makes for some great photo opportunities and I’m never disappointed when I go there. I normally take my panasonic GF2 with a 14mm pancake and a 45-175mm zoom lens. I also always take my iphone5 for plenty of candid/street shots. Here’s some of my images from there.

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As you can see plenty of animated characters. There’s always an argument going on somewhere and plenty of crowd participation as well…

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So if your ever in London on a Sunday you could do a lot worse than Speaker’s corner for some great and unique photo oppotunities..Thanks for looking..

 

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Hipstamatic image editing and sharing in Oggl.

Decided to have a day trip to Portland, Dorset yesterday and get some more images just using the Hipstamatic app and the Yoona-blanko bl4 combo. First of all headed to Chesil beach which is a famous shingle barrier beach which is part of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. Took Loads of images and selected a few to share on Oggl after minor editing using the Snapseed app. Moved further up the beach towards the Portland end for some more image making after that. I will show you some of my images as well as a work though of my Snapseed editing process in the next few pictures starting with two images of the beach…

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Then some street images from along the Beach front….

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This next image was taken with hipstamatic and edited with snapseed and i’ve added some pictures of my workflow with it..

IMG_2463  Original image brought into snapseed.. My first task was to straighten and crop….

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IMG_2464 I added a very subtle HDR effect. It’s really useful that you can dial down the strength of all the effects to get the right feel for your images.. 

IMG_2467 Finally I added a slight blur around the image and a white grunge border to finish off..

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Finally I shared all my finished Images on the Oggl and Instagram photosharing sites…Thanks for reading and please leave any comments below…..

 

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Hipstamatic Street Trip

IMG_4634 IMG_4633 Visited London’s west end this week, a walk round Soho and Chinatown before finishing up at the Photograhers gallery just off Oxford street. By the way some great exhibitions up there at the moment, particularly the Mass observation exhibit which features some great images from 1937 through the 40’s 50’s and 60’s and revised in 1981 as a life writing project. Well worth a peek. The first image was taken in Soho Square a small green space in Soho. The Second image is an all too familiar site in many Capitals around the world.

IMG_4499 IMG_4476 IMG_4479 The First Image was taken in The Photographer’s Gallery and the next Two in Chinatown, which is a wonderful place to visit and eat!!! The great thing about the iphone is it’s compatibility with street photography. It’s small unobtrusive and people don’t seem to care that your taking pictures, just try doing that with a DSLR and see if you get the same reaction! add to that the great apps and your on to a winner. Hipstamatic is great for this and really is my camera of choice for street scenes.

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