Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Keeping Up With Technology

Here is a picture I took with my iphone using a nifty accessory that I won last week on the Trover Photowalk in Austin. It's called the Holga Dial-a-Camera Effects. I would not have ever thought about such a thing, but since I won it as a prize, I figured I'd give it a try.

The Holga Dial-a-Camera Effects is a cool, inexpensive accessory that works as a protective case as well as provides you with 9 different filters. The filters, one of which quadruplicates the image like a kaleidoscope, can easily be dialed into place to add some pizazz to a photograph captured on the iphone. Read more about it at 

My husband was disappointed when he heard I won a prize using my iphone as a camera, rather than an image captured from the large investment of Nikon equipment I have. I am really trying to embrace today's technology and realize that the iphone camera is a damn good one and it is more AVAILABLE than my heavy camera. Here's me playing with the filter on my front lawn.

One of my young, fellow photographers also showed me an app on the iphone called Camera+ that allows you to create all kinds of effects with the photos in your gallery.  It kept me entertained yesterday when we had to sit in a service waiting room waiting for our car to be inspected.
I was able to play with the clarity, depth of field, give it a vignette - you can even make something look retro or grunge. And you can use this app to set up a 10 second exposure. It's got more possibilities than PhotoShop!

Well, I'm not about to give up my good gear, but in researching this article, I see I am miles behind on all of the information, groups, clubs and contests involving iphone shooting and apps. I am determined to catch up. It is a wonderful resource to realize you've got a pretty great camera right in your pocket whenever you need it. 

I was able to take these with my phone and post them right away to the Trover site to let folks know what a great place the Ladybird Wildflower Center is:

It was so nice to have my sister in town - let me get out and find new places to shoot and allowed me to have two very pretty models. 

Keep shooting friends, and challenging yourselves to the new technology that is available! Ciao!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Doing my best to capture Austin's weirdness

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.
I discovered an awesome PhotoWalk yesterday thanks to Photographers Adventure Group and Trover. The concept of Trover was brand new to me - it's a phone app that helps you share life's hidden gems, through photography, with others, and it is evidently very popular in other places in the world and is becoming a hit around here. So, the walk encouraged me to use my iphone as a camera way more than I would normally use it. That didn't stop me from taking close to 300 images with my camera - but it did open my eyes to the social networking capabilities of iphone photography and one of my fellow walkers also showed me some outrageous editing capabilites it has as well.

We were instructed to upload our photos as we took them, giving a bit of a description and posting them to the Trover site. This was a technological challenge for me, but I love a good challenge and, at the end of the day I actually won a pretty cool prize for one of the best photos! Here's my prizewinner:

Meanwhile, I met some great folks who were more than willing to share photography techniques, ideas on where to shoot as well as where to eat and we just had a fun day shooting.

And I discovered a new section of Austin that I hadn't previously known about - East Austin, which is artsy and colorful and jam-packed with good restaurants and cool murals. 
So, I had fun, learned a lot, made new friends and had a great day of shooting. If you'd like to see more, friend me on Facebook.

Meetups are great ways to find people who enjoy similar interests to yourself. I am feeling very fortunate to have found a great group like the ones at Photographers Adventure Group and I look forward to more meetups with them in the future.

Happy shooting, friends!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Feel Like I've Been Through a Cyclone

Moving is Nuts! The million and one decisions, variables, games that are played and work to be done is all exhausting and insane. But, we finally made it and are beginning to see progress in our new home. Of course, it has meant that I haven't gotten a lot of photography accomplished of late, and I'm definitely behind on blogging, but I am back in the saddle and looking forward to some great, new experiences.

Check out the bold colors we decided to go with. This is my new TEAL kitchen with the TERRA COTTA Dining Room in the background. I am loving the new vibes. We hope to re-do the cabinets in the future, but for now it's a pretty nice lace to cook. Here's a view from the other side:
Our living room is still a work in progress - desperately in need of some seating, but look how we changed it.
So, I guess you can see why the blog has gone neglected. But the best part of being in Austin is being able to enjoy my new status as a Grandma:
Look, she's already a Nikon fan!

This weekend I'm planning to get serious again, as I join a group on the East Side of Austin for a Photo Walk. I'm really looking forward to it. I hope the weather is warm and the Austinite Photography Community is friendly and welcoming. Looking really forward to get those creative juices flowing again! Enough with the boxes already, let's get shooting!

Happy shooting, friends.