Sunday, October 30, 2011

iPhone challenge Day 28

Is it recursive when I take a photo with an iPhone of someone in front of the Open Sea Tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium taking a photo with an iPad?

iPhone challenge Day 27

Playing around with night-time photographs with the iPhone.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

iPhone challenge Day 26

I would drive by this spot every morning on my way into work, and think that I should stop and take a photo.  Some days there would be a heavy mist just on the water. Today not so much.  Taken with the HDR setting on the iPhone 4.

Day 25, fog in the bay

The San Francisco Bay has an odd layout that allows fog to just sit on the water.  There are times that the top of the Golden Gate Bridge will be hidden, other times just the bottom will be hidden. I have seen the middle hidden by fog with the top and bottom visible.

It's not as visible as I had hoped, but the very top of Alcatraz Island is visible.  It's not the peak in the back left.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day 24


Just saw this little scene with the trees planted in a little grove.  It's the only grove of trees like this on the Letterman Digital Arts campus.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Day 23


I love the view of the Golden gate Bridge from this vantage point.

Day 22

Playing to see how close I could get, I couldn't get any closer without losing focus.  For this work I think I need an iPhone tripod...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

iPhone challenge day 21

I am really impressed by the close focusing of the iPhone.  This photo was taken at the entrance to a hangar at the Watsonville Airport.  The moth was very flat against the ground.  In taking the photo, and looking at it now, I have to question which was is up?  None of them are, since the moth was on the ground.  Yet this looks upside down...

Friday, October 21, 2011

iPhone challenge Day 20


Sort of a weird one.

I took a 8 second video of this stream at work, image stabilized that in Motion, exported the movie into "Keith's Image Stacker", and averaged the frames, and I get silky water.

Okay, probably a little too much work.

The image was tweaked in iPhoto, probably a little too much for my taste, it definitely has the weird contrast mapping problem.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Playing down low again. Day 19


But I need to watch for the blades of grass in the way of the lens.  Getting down low like this is not something I normally can do with my DSLR, so it's been rather fun to do this with the iPhone.

iPhone challenge day 18


I am always surprised at the color in the sky, and that the iPhone can pick it up.

Monday, October 17, 2011

iPhone challenge Day 16



Sometimes it makes sense to just try something.  In this case, I put the phone down on the ground and took the photo. It's not a position I could ever achieve.  Focus was off, but the image is interesting.

iPhone challenge Day 15, subjects.


I don't know, should I expect fill-flash to work on a black cat when the other cat sneaks into the photo?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

iPhone challenge Day 14

Sometimes what someone else does is just more interesting than anything I could pull off.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Not bad at sunsets, Day 13


Again, using the iPhone as a camera with the volume control being the shutter release, it's much easier to grab quick photos. I took this one after pulling off to side of the road on my motorcycle.  I don't think I would be able to do that with the old interface.

Friday, October 14, 2011

iPhone challenge Day 12

iOS 5 came out for the iPhone Wednesday, so I was playing around with some of the new controls. One of the nice ones is using the up volume button like a camera shutter, it's placed about where a shutter button would be on a normal point and shoot.

This cat is another of my test subjects, though a difficult one because she is black with very fine fur. She blends into the background very well.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

iPhone challenge Day 11


Moose Peterson advocates getting down low when taking a photo of a shore-bird and I was able to take the same approach with this butterfly. Of course, since I knew where the lens on my iPhone was, and could see on the back what I was shooting, I was able to just kneel down instead of lying down...  Much more comfortable in business clothes...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

iPhone challenge day 10

Occasionally I have to take a different route in to work due to traffic, construction or something along those lines. Yesterday morning, the fog was hanging around pretty thick, and based on driving this path before I was curious how the trees would stand out in the fog.  I had forgotten the trees were eucalyptus trees with the peeling bark, which really enhances the vertical nature of this photograph.  This is uncropped and unmodified from my phone.

Monday, October 10, 2011

iPhone challenge Day 8

Okay, not so good for low-light action sequences.  Unlike most cameras, the iphone doesn't have an actual strobe, it has a very bright LED.  So you can't use the strobe to freeze action.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

iPhone Challenge Day 7

Just a Halloween decoration. Zip-tied to a post. Sometimes these will be just funny pictures.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

iPhone challenge Day 6

It was a bit hazy, and this shot could use a little tweaking in the exposure but not too bad. The framing of the trees didn't work out quite like I was thinking.  I'm used to looking through a view-finder rather than at the back of the screen, and I'll stick with that excuse for a little while.

Friday, October 7, 2011

selective exposure (iPhone challenge day 5)


So, when you click on the screen, it defines both where to focus and where to pull the exposure from. Nice when combined with the in-camera HDR.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

iPhone photo day 3

The story behind this photo is something I noticed yesterday.  When I took a photo of the statue, I had "HDR on" set on my iPhone, and I noticed that there were 2 distinct (but run together) engravings on the statue stating who it was.  I thought that I might be able to use that time difference, since HDR is 3 separate photos joined together, to get a sort of silky water effect with the iPhone.

I failed, but it was an interesting experiment.  I'm glad I don't have to wait until I get the film back to figure that out.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Very deep depth of field. iPhone Challene day 2.

One interesting thing about the iPhone is the sensor size.  Because it is so small, the lens that is used for the camera is very short (3.85 mm if I discover that correctly) so the depth of field is very large. This photo was taken very near the flowers, and the head of Mr Farnsworth was around 7 feet away. Compared to most of the other cameras I have used, this is really deep. Makes for some interesting capabilities for photos.


Monday, October 3, 2011

iPhone photo challenge, day 1.


I'm trying an experiment.  I will be trying to take a photo-a-day with my iPhone. It's an interesting camera in that there is really no optical zoom, the lens is the equivalent of around 30 mm, and there really is no control over the aperture or exposure.  However, it can do HDR in-camera which is interesting.

This shot was one of the few sunny days at Letterman Digital Arts Center at the Presidio in San Francisco. The woman in the photo was enjoying the warmth, with her large hat and a book.  I was trying to figure out where I could shoot this, and came up with the combination of shade and sunny, leading up to her.