Light Present and Past

Last week my uncle was baling hay and I couldn’t resist taking my phone and getting a few shots of the farm and bales one evening.

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I grew up going to his and my grandparents’ farm, staying weekends and weeks at a time over the years. Those were hot halcyon days filled with hazy, diffused sunlight and (barely) cool breezes blowing through the windows in the evening.

I was playing around with the Retrolux filter in the Snapseed app and came up with something that gets a little closer to what the farm means to me. The landscape shot through with memory, filled with light both present and past.

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A Little Fun with my iPhone on a Wet, Foggy Day

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There was a beautiful fog when I stepped outside work today. I love fog (see here and here). I will stop on the side of the road if needed in order to get a shot. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do that today.* The field behind the Y–right across the street–was beckoning with oh-so-many possibilities.

I shot in black and white with MPro, but when I came home I couldn’t resist playing around. I’m searching for a formula for a certain type of sepia and I haven’t found it yet. I’ll be patient. I’ve only recently started mixing different filters from different apps to find the perfect one. Today I played with the photos in Snapseed and Stackables apps. I didn’t get it today, but I definitely had fun trying. The collage was made with Moldiv.

*Does stopping by the library to get a picture of the water tower count?

Sunday Play: Digital Collage

Brain fog. The consequence of sitting for far too long at one Starbucks table reading about Lacan, Winnicott, and sadomasochism on a computer screen.

My escape from brain fog: photographing the fountain nearby, in the rain, and playing with the images for the rest of the afternoon. Violà! Six digital collages.

The collages started as black and white photos taken with MPro on my iPhone which I then collaged with the app Moldiv, processed in Stackables and Snapseed, and re-collaged a couple of more times. Only a trace is left of the original inspiration, but the results are fun!

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The Light Inside

A couple of years ago, I was playing with my point and shoot camera, bored with the shots I’d been taking. I was looking around in the yard for another possibility when I saw the heat pump and heard it whirring away.

What if I put my camera up to the air grille?

What resulted is still one of my favorite unexpected outcomes in my own journey as a photographer. Black and white versions of some of the photos from that day are in a post at Creative Thresholds.

Recently I revisited that same heat pump, this time with my iPhone. I wanted to play and see what resulted. It was just as much fun as before….

I used Snapseed for post-processing.

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