Friday, October 22, 2010

Cell Phone Photography

Last summer I met Harry Sandler in Iceland and watched with amazement the incredible work he was able to create with his iPhone.

I’m sure many serious photographers don’t take seriously the change in our universe that is being presented by cell phone cameras. I’m not ready to put my Nikon gear up for sale, nor do I envision that ever happening. The fact is that the cell phone cameras have their limitations. But at the same time I think the cell phone camera has the possibility to liberate you and allow the potential to free your creativity. David duChemin has a saying, “gear is good, vision is better”. I love my Nikon gear, but the gear is what enables me to capture my vision, it does not create the vision.

Here is a list of the current apps that I’m using on my Droid for photography. Camera Zoom FX, Photoshop Express, UniquePic, Photo Effect Oil, Photo Enhance and Foxy Editor.

I have been using my Droid to shoot and post pictures to Twitter. If you want to see some of my phone creations you will need to friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

I shot the photo above in Culpeper, VA about a week ago. It is a picture of the right fender of a beautifully restored Buick Roadmaster.

By the way, I wrote the draft for this blog on my Droid Incredible while rocking to Pandora. Try doing that with your DSLR.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fall is upon us

My favorite season for photography is here but looks a little disappointing. The leaves in this part of Virginia pretty much lack color. Fall conditions are looking a little better in West Virginia. I still have a couple shoots planned between now and the end of the month, hopefully I will find better conditions.

The shot above was taken last year. It is the eastern side of Old Rag Mountain on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Herndon Skatepark

The town of Herndon,Va recently opened a skatepark. Since it was close to home I thought I would check it out. Sure enough it did not disappoint.

Click here for a small gallery

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Unicorn

During our trip we frequently yelled STOP. This was one of those times. We had finished shooting after a very long day on the road, were riding along and I don’t remember if I yelled stop or someone else did. But everyone was in agreement that there was something special about this little peak. Gudmundur told us that the peak is called the Unicorn. Someone yelled out that it looked like something out of the Harry Potter novels. As far as I was concerned there was something magical about this one and I could have spent a couple of hours hiking and working the scene. Unfortunately we had stopped only for a minute or so when several other people drove up and needed to pass our bus. The road was so narrow that the other cars had to back down the road and we were on the other side of the mountain before we could let them pass. I guess timing is everything because prior to stopping we had not seen anyone else on the road for at least an hour. But I think we stopped at this one at just the right time nonetheless.