|The camera in the iPhone 4S (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
It's been a while since I added new photos to the gallery (featured in the sidebar on the left), so here's another batch. The first seven were shot with my usual wheelchair mounted camera rig (click here for info). I recently upgraded my camera to a Panasonic Lumix GH2 (click here), for which I am quickly developing an affection, but that's not the new toy I'm talking about in the title of this post…
My newest gadget is (drumroll please)… an iPhone! The remaining 11 photos posted down below were all taken with my new iPhone 4S, a device I resisted buying for several years because I just didn't want to join the cult of Apple. I know, I know, people love Apple gizmos and will line up for days to get the latest and greatest (I have an Apple Store on the corner of my block), but I've always found the whole Apple thing to be more than a little annoying. Maybe it's just the contrarian in me, but I generally don't like "smug", and Apple as a social phenomenon is nothing if not smug. Yes, their design studios turn out physically beautiful products, and they did reinvent the way we interact with our computers (remember the days of Microsoft DOS, blech), revolutionize the way we purchase and listen to music (and in the process destroy the monolithic music industry, which, even though it employed me, might not be a bad thing) and even change the whole concept of what a phone should be, but I always resisted the Apple siren song because of the smugfest that enveloped it.
What finally won me over was the inclusion of a relatively high-quality eight megapixel camera in the newest iPhone, and all the fun photography apps designed for it that I kept reading about on the various photo websites I like to poke around in. The Siri feature, which lets you talk to the phone and access many of its functions by voice command was also a selling point, as it’s a very disability friendly option, but the big draw for me was the photo potential.
Despite my initial reticence, I have to admit that the iPhone is a pretty neat device. I have gone a little nuts with the photo apps, but hey, at the cost of one or two bucks each I can afford to splurge, and many of them do some impressive tricks. Though I've always used Photoshop to process my photos, I generally try not to tinker with them too much, preferring to stick with traditional in camera photography and the digital version of old-school darkroom techniques. With the iPhone and all of its many photo apps, though, I just can't help myself but mess around with the photos in a zillion different ways, as you can probably see from the examples below. It's easy to overdo it with some of the effects because the apps make it so terribly easy and some self-control is definitely required, but there's something about making pictures with the iPhone that is tremendously addictive. The quality of the photos it produces is nowhere near that of a dedicated high-end interchangeable lens digital camera, but for a phone - zowie!
An unexpected benefit that I really didn't anticipate before getting the iPhone is that it allows me to handhold the camera, which is very liberating after years of taking photos with a camera firmly mounted to the arm of my wheelchair. The iPhone camera can be operated with one hand (which is a good thing for someone who only has one gimpy but for the time being still working hand), and the photos I take with it are much more like my photos of old, prior to MS (or whatever the hell I have) forcing a very disciplined style of shooting on me. Before MS stole the use of my right arm, I used lots of toy and/or antique cameras, because I loved the dreamy, seemingly haphazard, and often surreal images they captured. Well, the combination of the small footprint of the iPhone and its many available photo apps has allowed me to digitally re-create what I used to do organically. Naturally, I'd give my right arm (snicker) to be able to go back to doing things as I did in my healthy days, but, as they say, any port in a storm…
Okay, enough with my endless blatherings. Presented for your perusal are the following 18 photos (click thumbnail for larger image), on which I'd love to get your feedback. Feel free to critique at will, as I'd like to know which ones you hate as well as which you like, so please don't be shy about leaving your impressions in the comments section at the bottom of the post.
Oh, I almost forgot, since a bunch of readers have inquired if and where they might buy some of my photos, I'm looking into setting up a website that would allow folks to do so. I don't want to generate any income from selling them, but I would like to further MS research, so any profits realized would be donated to various MS charities. More details to follow, as they become available…
Hi Marc :)ReplyDelete
I an really hear and feel your excitement and that makes me happy :) It is proof that life still has plenty of greatness to offer and it lives up to one of my favorite quotes, "Everybody experiences pain but suffering is optional".
As for your pictures. I love them all. You take fantastic photos so please keep taking them and posting them. If I had to pick a favorite, I would say the Horse and carriage picture is very nice. As always, thanks for sharing!
Yes, life still has plenty to offer. Sometimes the limitations can be frustrating, but a little creativity goes a long way. Besides, I've no choice in the matter, other than to make the best of it. Suffering is indeed optional, although every now and then it is unavoidable. The key is practicing enough control to keep to a minimum.Delete
Thanks for your kind words about my photos. Very glad you like them.
I love your photos!ReplyDelete
I share the irritation with overpriced Apple products and 'smugfest', but it's a good thing to discard prejudice, right?
Yes, no room for prejudice in this life. Even for the smug.Delete
Enjoy your new device (so much more than a phone) and apps. I lost my iPhone3 due to numb right hand so now wear my iPhone4 around my neck on a lanyard and love being able to grab it easily. Of course in NYC, somebody else could grab it, too, but you could tuck it in your shirt pocket.ReplyDelete
The photos are all fantastic and I recognize a few familiar apps. BNAC will be having another on-line auction soon for CCSVI research so hope to have some new and old Steckers to auction!
You know you can count on me when it comes to supporting BNAC.Delete
I'm not too worried about losing the iPhone, because it's usually either in my pocket, or in a handy dandy little cell phone holder I bought for my wheelchair. I am worried about dropping it with my fumbly hand, but I thought a protective case for it.
I can hear your joy at having this new toy. It, through you, takes wonderful pictures. I'm surprised at the clarity - even on my elderly laptop screen LOL.ReplyDelete
Have a great Spring. I'm still waiting here in the cool and rainy PNW of 2012. We're working on seven months since we're had a 70 degree day! Glad you can get out and enjoy ...
I was really surprised at the quality of the photos as well. The color and resolution are very impressive.Delete
It looks like were going straight from the warmest winter on record to summer. It was 85° here today, almost unheard-of in April. Let's face it, the weather has been strange…
Thank you, and thanks for being such an active participant on this blog.Delete
Your pictures are amazing! You've still got the touch, my friend!ReplyDelete
People say I'm a little bit touched, but I don't think they're talking about my pictures…Delete
They're all wonderful, as always, but I especially love the dream-like quality of the boaters in Central Park. BTW, glad to hear you've gotten over your (rather silly) Apple prejudice. Now you need an iPad. :)ReplyDelete
An Ipad, that might take some doing. Although I hear they have some wonderful photo apps for it, and it would be much more convenient than trying to squint at the little iPhone screen.Delete
Once again I love your photos. Many I would close to quickly re-open as I wanted to take a closer look at a part of it again. And for some strange reason on the last photo I want to put a sign in the 2nd floor window that saysReplyDelete
I guess you have to be driving one of those monster trucks in order to use that drive through. Happy you like my photos.Delete
The melancholy tooth enamule coloured pay phone taken by the leader of the wireless world brought a sadness to my irregular beating heart.ReplyDelete
Yes, pay phones are quickly becoming an anachronism. What I really miss are the old phone booths, a relic of the days when people actually valued their privacy… I haven't seen one in ages…Delete
I agree with Anonymous re: boaters (IMG_0276.jpg). I like the way you pushed the colors down. At least, I think you did. It gives the photo a washed out feeling, allowing the oranges and yellows to be emphasized. Against the blues, this is a nice use of complementary colors - but it is subtle.ReplyDelete
I'm not a big fan of the traditional sort of photos (like the graveyard pic or the happy couple) but that's just me. I like surprise or juxtapositioning. But taking these with an iPhone, yea, THAT'S freakin' impressive!
Well, the first seven were taken with my "real" camera.Delete
I did wash the colors out on the image you refer to. Back in the days when I still used film, I really liked the look of distressed photos, made with cheap cameras pushed to their limits. Now it kind of feels like cheating when I do too much manipulation to digital photos, it's just too easy…
Great photos Marc. Love the gritty NYC overkill photo. Love the painterly quality of the tulips. Happy coupe is one of my favorites too. I wonder what they are smiling about. Think about getting the iPad. I think you might be very happy with what it offers.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your input. I think the happy couple were just soaking in the day and each other, it was one of those perfect early spring days when it feels like the very air around you is your friend.Delete
Hey Marc, awesome pics! (I have a BFA in photo, and yea, 'awesome' is a technical photo critiquing word). Would you mind sharing what photo apps you like? I really love the first image. Makes me feel all Ansel-zone-system-y! I love tools that work well AND are MS-friendly ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for your "awesome".Delete
The first image was made using Photoshop, and a black and white conversion program called Silver FX Pro. It wasn't taken with the iPhone.
Some of the more useful photo apps I've found for the iPhone are Camera+,Lo-Mob, and Camera Awesome.
i think they are all great and can only imagine the energy both physically and emotionally you h ad to spend to do all this. Easy for people to forget what it takes. Im impressed...ReplyDelete
If I can impress the Greek from Detroit then I know I'm on a roll. Those guys from Detroit are some tough dudes…Delete
Nice article I like itReplyDelete