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Landscapes with an iPhone

They say the best camera is the one you have with you… In most of our lives that means a mobile phone. I’ve not used my mobile phone much as a camera ever! So over the last 6 months or so I’ve been using the camera on my iPhone as an experiment. And I have to say I’ve been very impressed! You don’t have all the controls that you have on a DSLR, but being a photographer isn’t always about f-stops, shutter speed and all that. It’s also about composition, seeing the picture, the quality of light and having a camera to capture it.

Once you’ve taken the photograph, what do you do with it? This is where post-production comes. You aim to get the most out of the photo in very subtle ways. Crazy Photoshop post-production techniques has caused a bit of a backlash in society. On the iPhone I use “snapseed” for all my post-production. The skills I use to edit pictures are exactly the same as those I’ve learnt over the last several years. I’d have to say that learning to edit pictures is one of the hardest aspects of photography.

Below are a few landscapes taken with my iPhone and edited with snapseed…

I captured this on my way to the office in Norway. I liked how the water fountain appears as a big TV. I did go a little crazy with the post-production, but I liked it so I went with it.

The same scene as the previous image, but photographed in Winter.

Even or boring path can make a nice image! Photographed in the early hours on a Winter morning.

A beautiful sunrise on the way to the office.

The same location as the previous image, but photographed during Winter. You can see how the sea is frozen!

Over looking the park covered in snow.

A closer view of the frozen sea...

The boat marina iced over.

The snow actually falling and you can see how far the sea is frozen.

I just felt that this post-production style fitted this image.

Photographed near where I work in winter. I'm just amazed at the iPhone's low light performance.

Black & White just suited this image.

An empty boat marina photographed from my apartment in Norway.

And finally a scene from Prague...

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So far I’ve been in Australia for a little over 10 days and I thought I’d write about a few observations so far… in no particular order…

  • The homes in the suburbs are on wide streets with houses on each side. There’s plenty of space on the properties and looks like a suburb scene in a hollywood movie.
  • Melbourne is quite hilly which is something I didn’t expect. Very nice and varied. Good for walking! 😉
  • A lot of vehicles are automatics.
  • A significant number of vehicles run on LPG gas. To give you an idea of cost. A litre of petrol is $1.20 and LPG is $0.53 per litre.
  • Twice a year, homes can leave things they want to throw away on the verge of their driveway and the council will pick it up and dispose of it. This is really cool. People layout the goods neatly so that passers-by can see what’s there and pick up the things that can make use of. Everything from toys, sofas, washing machines, timber, cupboards, etc…
  • The FoxTel television appears to be based on the same system as Sky back in the UK. The remote control is the same and the menus are almost identical. One of the channels is UKTV which has content from the UK TV broadcasters.
  • The weather in Melbourne can get quite chilly from time to time.
  • Feel quite safe in the centre of downtown Melbourne.
  • The shopping centres are awesome!!! Probably the best I’ve seen. You can quite simply spend all day in them and not get bored.
  • Nice coffee shops all over the place.
  • From the outskirts of Melbourne to the city centre (Federation Square) takes about 30 minutes by car. Within 30 minutes drive outwards, your deep in the country side.
  • The country side is amazing! Lots of smaller communities…
  • The sky is really blue!! I’ve never seen skies this blue… Comparison below.
  • There’s only one mobile phone in use in Melbourne. Its an iPhone! Seriously, I’ve never seen so many people with the same phone. Apple must be very pleased!
  • Some days are very bright. I think its because I’m not used to it! I’ll probably need sunglasses.
  • Everybody in Melbourne is very friendly.
  • The restaurants I’ve been to so far have very nice food and loads of it!!! No skimping on quantity!
Very tall trees!! Probably 60 meters...

This is the photo I posted for Day 11. I desaturated the blue because I felt it was distracting attention from the trees.

Here is the original frame from the camera. Notice how blue the sky is!! The skies here are really blue!

Here is the original frame from the camera. Notice how blue the sky is!! The skies here are really blue!

Where Barry and I have had coffee a couple of times. Photo by Barry Johnston taken on an iPhone with the Photogene application.

Where Barry and I have had coffee a couple of times. Photo by Barry Johnston taken on an iPhone with the Photogene application.

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Today has been about catching up with Barry and of course “cameras” was a topical subject! 🙂 First we had breakfast at a lovely little place called “volumes”. They had a backdrop that would work great using a pair of flashes and a suitable model!! 😉 Then we popped over to the Apple store in a shopping center close by. Very nice!

The shopping center with the Apple Store.

The shopping center with the Apple Store. Photo taken with the iPhone.

Same location... Image processed with the Best Camera application on the iPhone. I deliberately went for an overexposed look.

Same location... Image processed with the Best Camera application on the iPhone. I deliberately went for an overexposed look.

Barry saw this guy sleeping in the chair and I couldn't resist not taking a photo of it! Image processed with Best Camera and Lightroom.

Barry saw this guy sleeping in the chair and I couldn't resist not taking a photo of it! Image processed with Best Camera and Lightroom.

After the shopping center… we went off had coffee at a lovely location not far from Barry’s home. Definitely have to go back with my gear for a portrait session! So many photographic opportunities there!

This is where we had coffee. Image processed with Lightroom and a Wonderland preset (Creative Catalyst 11).

This is where we had coffee. Image processed with Lightroom and a Wonderland preset (Creative Catalyst 11).

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