December, 2011 Archives

2011: A Look Back

December 30th, 2011 Permalink

Some of my favorite photos from 2011.

It’s the end of another year, and time to take a look back. I have found myself shooting more and more with my iPhone this year. The increasing number of photo apps has been part of the reason, and the convenience another. Mobile photographers like Doctor Popular have inspired me to push the iPhone to new limits. I also wrote Interlacer, a photo app for iOS devices.

However, I still shoot regularly with digital, and this year finally acquired the Canon 135 f/2L lens. This is a lens I have been wanting for several years, and it has quickly become my favorite lens. It’s sharp and the bokeh it produces is silky smooth. I’m looking forward to using it more in upcoming projects during 2012.

Here are twelve picks from the 1,600 or so photos I shared on Flickr during 2011. I don’t know if they are the best images I posted during 2011, but they are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

Bittersweet

Opera In The Alley

Drowning, Screaming

99 Cent Discount Outlet

Caferocks

The Smell Of The Warm Summer Air

Everybody In Town Today

Give Me A Start

Urban Sunsets

Now I Know How That Felt

Ya Vacancy

Just Assume That I Care

I am constantly amazed at the power of the photo processing apps on the iOS platform. This original image was shot using the Hipstamatic app. It was dark, the interior of the shop was poorly lit, and I was shooting through glass. As you can see, the image is terribly underexposed and grainy. Not much to look at:

However, after cropping and adjustments in Camera+ and applying noise reduction in PS Express, the image looks like this:

It take some time to learn what each app is best at, and to open and process the image in various apps, but it is time well spent. There are some great results possible. If you want to see more, I suggest you check out this group on Flickr that is dedicated to iPhone before and after shots, and look at the Appsperiments project that Doctor Popular is doing.

Happy shooting!