The more I visit Nevada the more I fall in love with all of it’s beautiful desert scenery. The colors, textures, and of course the details! I hope to go back soon for more in depth exploration and photo making.
Here are just a few photos from a visit to Red Rock Canyon that I captured with my phone.
“There’s gon’ be some stuff you gon’ see
that’s gon’ make it hard to smile in the future.
But through whatever you see,
through all the rain and the pain,
you gotta keep your sense of humor.
You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit”.
– Tupac Shakur
Here are a few of my favorite iPhone photos from a recent trip to Las Vegas. More to come soon…
A very late night trip to try the local Waffle House. Shot on iPhone to test the phone’s low light capabilities.
Airplanes have never been my favorite means of transportation, but this flight was totally different. This flight had more meaning. This was more important than a mere vacation flight. For the first time in 10 long years this flight represented a new beginning. I’ve dreamt of this moment night after night for years. I wasn’t exactly sure how I’d feel once the time actually arrived? I played the scenario over and over in my head on a daily basis. Finally, it was the big day, and the truth is, all I felt was tired. I was just ready for it all to be over!
I’m not a big fan of airports or the entire boarding process, especially the security checkpoint, but this trip ran rather smoothly. As for the flight itself, it was mostly smooth sailing, but it seemed to take forever to end! It felt like the longest 4 hours of my life! I guess that’s what anticipation does? It prolongs everything you’re looking forward to. Much like an agitated child, the closer we grew to the destination the more anxious I became. Just when I thought I couldn’t take anymore it was finally time to land. Thank goodness! We’re here, and we’re safe! Retrieving our bags even went surprisingly well, when it’s usually a very long, frustrating, ordeal. So far so good.
We stepped outside the sliding doors, immediately greeted by the lovely west coast weather. Such a huge relief! Somehow even the air felt different…Within minutes our ride happily arrived, excited to see us all. After exchanging hugs we quickly loaded up the truck and drove off. All I kept thinking was, “we’re almost there!”. A few short moments later, and after stopping off for dinner, we were pulling up to our new home. “Our new home”. It feels so good to able to say that! Now I can let my guard down a little and feel happy to be here. Time to put away the bags for now and get some much needed rest…tomorrow is the beginning of the next chapter of our lives.
The next morning when I opened my eyes I promptly thanked God. I walked over to the window, and opened the blinds. I was delightfully treated to a beautiful sunrise peeking over the swaying palm trees. With a hopeful smile I thought, “so it begins”…
The day of transition has finally arrived and I couldn’t be more relieved. Not happy, not excited, just relieved. After 10 long years in the same location I’m so looking forward to moving on and seeing what else this world has to offer. Creatively I’ve been totally drained and running off of fumes. It’s truly a terrible feeling. As a creator it’s definitely not how I choose to exist. Just getting by is never good enough! A fresh start will most certainly do my mind and creativity some good. I’ve been so mentally exhausted that it has started to take it’s toll on me physically. The last 2 and half months have been extremely difficult. So before I even think of picking up my camera and trying to explore again I’m going to need an extended recovery period! Recovery for my body and mind. All I want to do is rest… Once I regain my strength, God willing, I’ll be back to doing what I love. More from my journey within the coming days.
Happy New Year to everyone!
My very first post of the new year is a beautiful southwestern sunset captured a few days ago and shot with my iPhone 6 Plus. I know that I haven’t been posting as much, but I have been doing a ton of shooting lately and I have many new exciting images to share in the coming weeks/months. Stay tuned.
…between a daughter and her Mother.
iPhone closeup of ants of all sizes building their home near my home.
Standing in the checkout line at the local grocery store.
I captured this shot of my son with the reflection on the roof of the car while visiting a friend’s trailer style home during sunset a few weeks ago.
Happy Hump Day everyone! Today I’d like to share an image taken while in the passengers seat with the window down, in freezing weather, going 70mph. We were driving along the highway in Cartersville Georgia and I noticed these cows at the last second. I quickly rolled down the window, aimed my phone and took the shot. This was the result. I thought it was kinda cool because of the motion blur in the foreground and along the fence. Due to our speed the fence appears to be slanted. Shots like this don’t come along as often as I’d like but, when they do I try hard to pay enough attention to try and capture them.
I noticed this very tiny shell in my driveway while walking back from my mailbox. I took out my phone to shoot it but, the shell was so tiny I had to lay on the ground to get close enough. I thought that it was interesting because, despite only being about as big as a grain of sand, from it’s position on the ground the light from the setting sun hit it just right to expose the many fine details. I love discovering things that would typically go completely unnoticed.
This pic has been very popular on my other social sites so I thought I’d share it here. I shot this on Mother’s Day while walking around the downtown area checking out the construction to the new white water rafting park. The child in the shot seems so tiny in retrospect.
I was sitting in the car about to take a drink from my bottle of water when I noticed the cool looking pattern of water starting to build up on the outside of the bottle. I quickly grabbed my phone and took these shots. The first, clear one was shot straight through the bottle, and the blue colored one was shot with the label in the background.
I LOVE my daughters eyes! She gets her almond shaped extra light brown eyes from her mother and they are her stand out feature. I remember the day she was born, the nurse looked right at me and said, ” Oh my God, your daughter has the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen!” I agree, and trust me, she definitely knows exactly how to use them to get whatever she wants from me!!! 🙂 So when I decided to try out macro photography on my phone my daughter was right by my side. I forgot to mention she’s also my biggest fan! I remember I had taken a shot of a plant, the sun was shinning bright to the right of me and she asked me if she could see the picture? When I looked up the sun was shinning in her eyes and it was at that moment I realized that I should dedicate a series of photos to her lovely eyes. Well this is just one of many…funny thing is, she thinks they look gross because of all the details visible! “You did a good job Daddy” “You always do, but, the picture looks gross and scary!” Kids are so funny!
Hello Apple?! Can you hear me? As an exclusive user of your products since 1998 I think I need some type of endorsement or sponsorship for this shot!!! 🙂 It’s no secret to those that know me that I love my Apple products and I love my iPhone 5! As a camera it has proven to be a very useful tool, and pictures like this reinforce my belief. While no phone in my opinion can match a dedicated DSLR, the quality that our phones are capable of producing now is astounding! To think of how far camera-phone technology has come and continues to progress so rapidly is really a revelation. There will always be room for bigger more complex gear and even dedicated compact cameras, which are also on par with DSLR’s now, but for fast, free wielding ease of use the smartphone is definitely an immediate option. While it’s not always about the camera, but rather the camera operator, hopefully shots like these will prove what’s possible with our smart-phones, especially when we exercise our ability and a little patience.
I never knew how close the iPhone 5 could actually focus until recently, but upon discovering this I decided to create a series documenting my experimentation with smartphone macro photography. I’ve always used my phone as somewhat of a point and shoot like most people, and I figured this would give me a break from lugging around my usual heavy gear, freeing me up to shoot any and everything that interests me more easily. This first shot was taken right outside my front door. There’s a tree that grows these little black seeds (I have no idea what they’re called) that usually pop open during the summer so I decided to start testing there. I was trying to capture some nice details, which was very challenging because you have to try and stabilize the phone, but I think I did a decent job. When I looked at the picture I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was also some cool bokeh going on! Some people that aren’t familiar with photography terminology have asked me, “what in the world is bokeh?!” Simply put, bokeh is defined as the quality of the out-of-focus parts of a photograph. Wikipedia defines Bokeh as follows: “In photographic terms, bokeh is the blur, or aesthetic quality of the blur in out-of-focus areas of an image, or the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” Too over simplify in regards to this particular picture, it’s the out of focus circles in the picture. Through my tests I’ve been quite impressed with bokeh that I’ve been able to achieve with the iPhone’s 2.4 aperture. The details were more than I expected as well once I loaded the pics onto the computer. The 8 mega-pixels of the phone were more than I hoped for, confirming for me that cell phones are now decent enough tools for simple photographic applications. You can expect to see much more from my experiments as I’ve been having so much fun doing this that I’ve already filled up half of my phone’s memory!!! I’m off to take more now! And remember, sometimes the best camera is the one who have with you! Get out and shoot!!!
One of my favorite iPhone 5 pics so far. Taken in downtown Columbus at the river-walk.