I’m currently on vacation on the island of Maui. Each time I come to the Islands I hope to get a chance to shoot the Milky Way from atop Haleakala, weather and moon permitting. Well once again, it hasn’t worked out because I’m here during a full moon phase. I decided to make the best […]
This is a shot I took during The Wall concert up here in Seattle. My girlfriend, a big Pink Floyd fan and I went to the concert and were lucky enough to get seated on the floor about 20 rows from the stage. I took this with my iPhone 4S not expecting it to turn out, but with a steady hand and the HDR feature turned on, I think it came out fairly well. Though I’m happy with the snap, it was very noisy as can be expected with such a small sensor and shooting in the dark. I did run this through Topaz DeNoise in Photoshop before I posted it here to reduce some of the noise, nothing else was done to the photo. Not bad for a photo to post to the web.
Remember, you don’t always need the top of the line photography equipment to get a great shot.
Great concert, by the way.
I tend to carry different cameras at different times depending on what I’m doing. I consider my iPhone 4S a camera too. I currently have 4 cameras; a Nikon D700, Nikon D200, Fuji x100 and a Panasonic LX3. The LX3 used to be the camera I carried most often, but now that I have the x100, I tend to take that camera with me, but I always have my phone. I do get lazy and in a hurry and I don’t always take a camera and sometimes I neglect to remember that my iPhone is also a camera. I have many apps on my iPhone including timelapse, HDR and photo editing among other photographic related tools. The camera doesn’t have the resolution of a DSLR, but it’s not bad and probably compares to a point and shoot from a few years ago. I work on the 19th floor of an office building and there are some amazing views. Last night the sun was setting, reflecting off the lake and strongly illuminating some buildings that I thought was interesting. I had wished I had my x100 with me, but all I had was my iPhone, I wasn’t sure the iPhone could capture exposure range, but I gave it a try. I ran the Pro HDR app and then applied one of the black and white filters. I’m very happy with the result. It’s nothing that’s going to win any awards and I’m sure it probably isn’t a print candidate, but it looks great on the web.
Here is the image.
I like the reflections, hard light and resulting contrast. I think the image turned out well especially for a camera phone. My lessons from this experience? Use the camera you have with you and shoot every day.