We decided to go on a road trip today, even though the weather was not great. But because we have a new car, and we wanted to learn how to use all the new gizmos! So we set our destination to “Fabyan Windmill” (Fabyan Forest Preserve in Kane County) and followed the directions in the new navigation system. It got us to the first boundary of the preserve, but not the entry point. Maybe best to get an address next time. So, amongst the goose poop, we walked around in the cool, damp air just looking. Except I can’t just look when there are Bur Oaks! I had my iPhone 7, so these images are iphoneography, and all editing was done on my iPad. I need to know that mobile solutions work! I don’t always have easy access to my computer.
The Apps I used: For capture, the iPhone 7 native camera and LenkaCam for black and white images. For editing, I used Snapseed and iWatermark+ for my logo. I’m still learning the best way to use the watermark app.
So imagine the cold, damp air, clouds overhead, with goose poop under your feet, and surrounded by a grove of Bur Oaks. Add the Historic Windmill at the top of the hill.
Sometimes, a photographer just want to see things in black and white. Texture and shapes, focal points and details, all shift when the color is removed. These are a few images from my yard and neighborhood, mostly taken by my iPhone 6s. Edited in Snapseed.
Always be ready to capture an image! This morning the bright morning sun was casting an interesting shadow on my floor. Quick, grab the iPhone 6s and capture the moment. I chose to use my favorite black and white App, LenkaCam. I like the image so much, I uploaded to Instagram, applied minimal edits, and posted it. You never know what Instagram folks will like, but this image was a winner! There are 84 Likes in 26 minutes! A new record for me. Here is the Morning Sun Shadows image:
There has been major construction in my life for two years. First the bridge, then our kitchen, and now the streets in the neighborhood. In each case, I’ve found patterns, shapes, textures and beauty in the process of construction. These are a few taken recently on my street.
Strange tracks in the mud.
DO NOT CUT! Electric, cable or phone lines.
Loops of cable. Purpose unknown to me.
More strange tracks. This time on blacktop.
That’s my neighborhood’s dirt on those tracks!
Where the grass isn’t supposed to grow.
More strange tracks in the mud and concrete.
Out with the old.
Dirt arises from the cracks in the concrete.
Where the old street meets the gravel dig.
The storm water won’t drain right now. I hope there’s no storms!
Spring was arriving. Green shoots were poking through the ground and dead leaves. A few early bloomers were showing off their color. And then, the Polar Vortex dipped south. The Polar Vortex and I have had encounters before.
Then the snow came. Not a lot, and it melted fast. But it is cold outside! The cold has made the daffodils wilt and buds are likely damaged.
And the little bit of snow brings photo opportunities! I had my iPhone 5s with me and I found interesting images in the snow.
Is this the last snow? Every year, summer arrives. 2016 will not be an exception!
Sometimes, it’s just good to play. Stop worrying about composition, color correcting, being at the right place at the right time. All these things are very good to do, and most of my photography does reflect time spent on various activities.
But sometimes, it’s just fun to play and see what comes of it!
This image came from a series where I was playing, and actually trying to learn how to use my iPhone 5s in different ways. But I really liked this image. I can’t tell you why precisely. Maybe because I know the source and find this image surprising? Maybe it is the gentle arcs of light against the dark background? Maybe it’s because I know you won’t know what it is, but I do!
My best sunset photos are often taken with my iPhone in the grocery store parking lot. Maybe it’s because I run errands late afternoon and when I come out the sun is setting? I do know there are no obstructions. I point my iPhone up and there are no buildings, electric wires, street lamps or “things” to get in the way of the glorious colors and how they reflect on the clouds. This sunset image was captured yesterday after a quick run to the grocery store.
Then when I got home, I had to quickly grab my iPhone again because I loved the way the clouds and colors peeked through the tree branches.
We are still doing remodeling in our kitchen. The tile worker who did our floor and was so amused at me need to lay on the floor to take photos of row upon row of screws. He saw me get out of the car and said, “You just can’t stop taking photos, can you?” So true!
How many photos do I need of sunsets and clouds? I’ll let you know when I find out. Seriously, the colors, the rays of light, how the colors reflect on the clouds, the shape of clouds…need I go on?