This white swan arrives daily to visit a neighbour who lives on the ocean in Fanny Bay, on Vancouver Island.

The image was captured with an iPhone 4s and then with multiple layers added and multiple apps applied in order to achieve a painterly effect. (no Photoshop)

~ Brenda Johima

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Forest Silhouette

On October 11, 2011, in iPhone Art, iPhone Photography, iPhoneography, by brendajohima

To date, I’ve been a purist “iPhoneographer,” with a focus on capturing and post-processing everything in-camera, using only the iPhone, wherever possible. (… with a few exceptions, where I have used Photoshop to reduce noise, and whenever I have done that, it is noted with the image … if it doesn’t say anything, it’s pure iPhone all the way…)

As I get close to saying Good-Bye to my “old” iPhone, I’m experimenting with iPhone apps combined with Photoshop. As much as I have thoroughly enjoyed the creative process and challenge of using my 2MP iPhone 3G. (Yes! Everything you see up until now, I challenged myself to create, using only an iPhone 3G) … I’m really looking forward to an upgrade in iPhone camera quality to an 8MP camera. (My phone is often used more for photography than phone calls ๐Ÿ™‚

So, here is my most recent little experiment. This Forest Silhouette was captured and post-processed in-camera with the iPhone, using a few different apps, and then I brought it into Photoshop to achieve the final result you see below.

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Clematis, Purple, Blue, Green. This Was Just Impossible To Walk Past Without Grabbing My iPhone For A Photo ๐Ÿ™‚

Number 43 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project.

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

 

Are you on Instagram? It’s a FREE iPhone app, with a great community of support for your photos, and it’s just FUN, which is why I do it.

You can easily send your images to Twitter, FaceBook and email. Instagram has a few cool (built-in) filters, however, I usually add a few tricks via other apps, before I upload to Instagram. That means, I usually (but not always) post-process my iPhone photos in-camera to my liking, before I post them to Instagram. Here’s a sample of an Instagram (iPhone app) image as it appears on Instagram.

This is Number 41 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project :

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

P.S. There is also an Instagram plug-in, if you want to display your Instagram images on your blog or website. Have a look to the right hand column and you will see a stream of my most recent images.

I rarely throw out a blurry or grainy (noisy) iPhone image. Instead, I prefer the challenge of seeing what I can do, to turn it into … ART , like this, “Red House Blue Sky.” This is Number 42 of myย 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project.

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Red House Blue Sky

All Images Copyright Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

 

In 2011 I was selected as a Featured Speaker at Social Media Camp (a social media conference in Victoria, B.C., on Vancouver Island) and I spoke on the topic of iPhone Photography for Marketing and for Personal, Self-Expression.

In order to show some of the elements of fine art and design used in photography, I used this image as one example, as a display of the elements of both texture and line.

This is Number 40 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project.

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All Images Copyright Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

 

(via multiple social media channels) This is one of my most popular iPhone ART images to date and I had FUN creating it, from capture to creation :

Sunflowers in Keremeos

Sunflowers in Keremeos

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I’d been looking for sunflowers to photograph with my iPhone for quite awhile now, and it had not (yet) been a good year for sunflowers and photography.

On a recent vacation in the Okanagan of B.C., I was driving down a road in Keremeos and I came across a few scraggly sunflowers (and I really mean, a “few”) on a side road, just outside the fence of a vineyard. I hopped out of my car, and tried to find the best way to photograph these “less than ideal” subjects … and am thrilled with the result.

I LOVE the challenge of iPhoneography, in using a far “less than ideal” camera and lens, and then to photograph a difficult subject while it is showing far less than perfection in it’s current form, and then enjoy the even greater challenge of how to turn all of this imperfection and challenge into a work of art.

And now we have it, Sunflowers in Keremeos ๐Ÿ™‚

~ Brenda Johima ~

P.S.ย  The owner of the vineyard came out of their home, and and ran down his entrance road, opened the locked gate, as I stood outside the fence photographing these sunflowers. He asked what I was doing, and of course I said … “I’m photographing sunflowers.”

He asked “Why? They are horrible.”

And so I smiled and said, “I am an artist, and I can turn almost anything into art.” End of Story ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe it’s possible that one day he will see this result, and SEE the beauty that I did, instead of “horrible” sunflowers?

 

Trey Ratcliff on Photography and Google+

On July 14, 2011, in Photography, Video, by brendajohima

This is a fantastic video interview with Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs. If you have any question as to whether Google+ is good for photographers or not? Possibly this can answer some questions for you.

** P.S. If you attended my speaking engagement at Social Media Camp, on iPhoneography, Trey Ratcliff is the developer of one of my favorite (and most used) iPhone photography apps, 100 cameras in 1, which I mentioned at my talk.

Pull out your iPhone, here’s one of my secret tips for you iPhone photography lovers out there.

(today) If you were to purchase only ONE iPhone photography app to get started, here’s a good one. Camera+ is a super app for anyone, from beginner, to advanced photographers. It’s one of my most used apps.

If you would like to read a little more information about the Camera+ iPhone photo app, here’s the success story, and a little bit about the woman developer of the app. I LOVED hearing this success story, and that it is a woman app developer (Lisa Bettany), even better. ( ** after writing this post, Lisa replied to my Tweet to tell me that she actually grew up on Vancouver Island, in Victoria. Even better! Another Vancouver Island success story! You can follow Lisa on Twitter here : @mostlylisa ** )

So if you are looking for a new career, and have the talent for iPhone app development, there is not a better time than right now, to figure it out, and dive in.

Here’s the story about Camera+ and iPhone app developer Lisa Bettany

~ brenda johima ~

TIP : Here’s an example of how you could quickly enhance a basic iPhone photo using Camera+. Here is the original image, right out of the iPhone camera, and it’s an “average” photo. It’s just “OK” in my opinion:

Dozen Eggs

Next, here is that same original, with the “clarity” filter applied, which makes an “average” photo a little sharper, a little more vibrant, with the colors a little more saturated. This is not a “gimicky” application to a photo, which I like, but simply a way to make an “average” or “OK” iPhone photo just a touch better:

one dozen eggs

Finally, here is the original, cropped to square using Camera+ and then with a couple of filters applied, one on top of the other, in order to achieve another possibility for an interesting and creative photo, with a different composition, bringing your subject (eggs) in, even closer, and with new color enhancement applied:

dozen eggs with camera+ iPhone app

The possibilities are endless with Camera+ so have FUN with it ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s one more image, and an excellent example of what you can do, when using only the Camera+ app: Horses on a Horse Ranch in the Cariboo of B.C.

Thanks for popping by my blog, and I hope this has been eggxactly what you needed to see and hear today ๐Ÿ™‚ More iPhone Photography Tips coming soon!

Brenda

P.S. Camera+ is one of the iPhoneography photo apps that I mentioned at my Speaking Engagement at Social Media Camp 2011 ** If you would like to book me as a workshop presenter or speaker on iPhone photography, and on how you can use it as a marketing tool for your business, and/or simply for personal creative expression through art, please call me at 1 (250) 335 – 1195 **

 

 

50 Photos 50 Years : Number 37

On May 31, 2011, in 50 Photos 50 Years, by brendajohima

Number 37 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project : Black Bear

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