Posts Tagged ‘camera phone’
Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, OR at 3am. The story behind this shot goes something like this:
I went out to a hip hop show downtown and met a guy that’s been around the Portland scene for awhile, as bar close was approaching they invited me out to Salmon Street Studio to continue the party.
Long story short, after an hour or so of partying and meeting new people, I figured it was about time to walk back to my place and took the Hawthorne Bridge — which was fairly empty at that point in the night. I decided it would be fun to lay down in the middle of the bridge and drunkenly snapped this shot while I was chilling out. Turned out to be a pretty awesome shot and a great night overall.
There’s no doubt that iPhoneography is a full-blown “thing.” There are countless blogs dedicated to the activity, endless amounts of accessories and apps like Instagram have taken it to a whole other level. I myself am considering switching to an iPhone after my contract is up with Verizon and the iPhone 5 is released. A lot of it has to do with the camera and apps, but mostly it has to deal with the overall eco-system that Apple has setup. It’s unrivaled.
So what about Androidography? or Smartphoneography in general? I don’t know. There really isn’t much of a community, though maybe the Android release of Instagram will change that. The screenshot above is kind of telling about how little activity there is out there. In the past ~5 months I’ve managed to get on page 4 of Google for “Androidography” (page 8 on Yahoo!) without much overall effort, especially in terms of optimization.
I’ve started a few blogs in the past without much luck and abandoned them fairly quickly, this one however, seems to have caught on a little, mostly in the androidography realm. I’m getting 500+ visits a month and already have ~2,000 for the month of March which is pretty cool. I’m not really sure where things will go in the future, but it would be fun if I could help to form some sort of community for Android / Smartphone -ography in general.
So, for those of you that visit, what do you think? What kind of features would a site need to really help drive the community? I think some sort of reader-submission thing is needed for sure. Who knows, though, maybe Instagram (or some other app) will launch on Android in a month or so and this blog will become completely irrelevant in the overall “scene.” Or maybe, I can make an impact…
Looking at a hotel from inside of Hotel Europa on the other side of Columbus Street in San Francisco, CA.
This was taken down by the ocean in San Francisco near sunset and I really liked how the mountainous part of the picture turned out when I was playing around with some edits. So I cropped it up and now it’s my new timeline cover picture on Facebook. If I ever get around to printing my photos on canvas one day I want to make this one HUGE. like widescreen TV huge.
This is about as bad as my morning commute gets all winter long. For 5-10 minutes I have to wait for the Light Rail high up in the sky and endure the morning breeze in 35 degree weather. I hear it’ll start raining soon, too, so that might make things a little worse.
However, this is nothing compared to what I have been used to for the past 22 years of my Michigan-based life. I’ll happily endure the outside elements of California all winter long for 5-10 minutes each day.
It’s much nicer than the daily Michigan winter grind of freezing cold temperatures, mountains of snow and the unpredictability of car engines in cold weather.
Here’s another photo from yesterday. One of the last ones that turned out good as the sun was just going down.
I’m on a mission to push the limits of mobile phone photography as far as I can. And because I really like the look of HDR, my mission starts with finding the best way to take HDR photos on my Droid X.
For the past month or so I’ve been using Camera360 to get that HDR look even though it isn’t true HDR. I really liked the results, expect I kept getting tons of noise in my photos.
Then I found out about HDR Camera which is “true HDR.” The difference, from what I can tell, is that Camera360 just messes with all the levels and colors whereas HDR Camera actually takes multiple photos and combines them (you can read about it here).
So today I went out and shot a few photos with both apps so I could see for myself the differences. Keep reading to see for yourself…
The last park photo brought in almost 300 views (but only 1 like and 0 comments? Feeback? Anyone?) so I figured I’d go ahead and post a similar photo.
This one comes to you from the top of Alum Rock Park, over-looking San Jose just before it started to rain and we had to make the long, muddy, trek back down (which completely ruined my brand new pair of Trujillo Vans that I scored for $23). The cool pictures kinda made up for the ruined pair of shoes, but still.
Another photo from somewhere in Alum Rock Park. I really like this one because it doesn’t look like the HDR was overdone. Instead, the colors are just really awesome and it almost looks like a painting. Kind of surreal like.