*iPhoneography* Number 15 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project, at beautiful Seal Bay Park in Comox, on Vancouver Island.

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Whoa! Windy Today. Beach Hopping Again : 3 different beaches in 3 days, gotta LOVE Vancouver Island!

This is Number 12 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project. Have FUN with iPhone photography, that’s the point … Be like a kid, see like a kid, play in the wind, take goofy pictures of yourself, and turn it into Art. Happy Easter Everyone! (* And Happy Earth Days, Happy Everything Day, and Happy Anything Day!)

xxoo Brenda

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Today was a special day, SUNNY, warm, gorgeous, and the sunset in my neigbourhood on Vancouver Island, was stunning. So, I am posting TWO images tonight for my 50 photos 50 years iPhone project. (These two are counting as image number 11, day 11)

Enjoy.

~ Brenda Johima ~

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P.S. Some have asked me about these images, they can’t believe they were captured with an iPhone 3G, so here you go : These two images, the two which are “Number 11”  in my 50 photos 50 years series, were, in the final stage just prior to posting, put into Photoshop ONLY for noise reduction.

Otherwise, ALL of my images are captured AND post-processed ONLY using an iPhone 3G, unless I say so otherwise. The reason for having to use Photoshop for noise reduction on these two images only, is that often the iPhone 3G does not perform well in low light or evening situations, and the pixelization and noise is far too high for my artistic likings, and my goal with iPhone photography, is to not only use it as a powerful marketing and advertising tool, but more importantly, to create ART.

I will always tell you if Photoshop was used, otherwise, I’m a purist, iPhoneographer, using only the camera as my tool of choice. The color you see in these images came directly from the original photograph, plus via the addition of multiple iPhone applications used, so the ART, is pure. Only final noise reduction was done in Photoshop.

P.S. P.S.  There ARE iPhone apps which CAN reduce noise in your iPhone images, however, I have found their performance sub-standard.

I LOVE iPhone photography. I know I’ve said that before, but love, love, love it. Why? There are many reasons that iPhoneography has become my creative medium of choice:

  1. It’s so fully portable, the iPhone camera, and always handy to grab an image anywhere, and at any time.
  2. Due to the “limitations” of the tool, it is forcing me to be a better photographer.
  3. For most (but not all) images, it requires slowing down, being patient, and taking time to compose a shot.
  4. There are a multitude of photography apps available, which can, with an artistic eye and some talent and skill, take a “not so great image quality iPhone photo” (I am still using the iPhone 3G, refusing to upgrade and have always felt the camera really is not all that great on its own) … and turn it into a stunning work of art. Really, I do believe this to be true, not only in my work, but in the work of many well known and up and coming iPhone photographers. There is some fantastic art being created via the medium of iPhone art and iPhoneography.
  5. One must focus on at least some of the basic elements of good art and photography, such as line, composition, rule of thirds, texture, color, color harmony, balance, negative space, shape, rhythm, pattern, etc. Doing this takes time and thought, as well as intuition and observation of what surrounds you.
  6. I get to throw all of the above in #5. out, and use no rules and break all of the rules if I feel like it 🙂
  7. It’s fast, immediate, faster than my digital SLR from capture, to post-processing and posting images online.
  8. It’s easy to focus on framing an image.
  9. The iPhone doesn’t always do what I want it to, meaning that often it’s either too dark or overexposed, depending on the angle of viewing an image. So, it requires problem solving and creativity to figure out how to create the image you want in a different way, and sometimes that means shifting the camera 1 mm or 1 cm or an inch this way or that way. The phone camera does not always allow the artist to control the work. And I LOVE losing control and not having control, to create art. Some of the best art comes from letting go of control.
  10. It’s FUN. Fun. Fun.
  11. Lots more reasons! (in upcoming blog posts)

I’ll be writing more about this as we get closer to Social Media Camp, where I will be presenting on this topic. One thing I love about any kind of photography, whether I’m using my DSLR or my iPhone, is having a camera handy at all times, and while on a mini-trip, having the camera ready, and me ready, to pull over on the highway, turn down a new country road, and hop out of the car at any time, to grab a photo (or sixty). Photography is a big part of any trip in my car, no matter how long or short the journey.

In this case, I went to Victoria (about 2.5-3 hours south of my home in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island) and I stopped at this location both on my way down-Island and on the way back home, as these old rusty trucks were just too hard to resist. I am thrilled with the results achieved via iPhone camera and several photography apps.

Funnily enough, in only the first image below, the truck had a name on it, “Gerald” and my brother Gerry’s formal name was Gerald. He would LOVE this image … so Gerry, here’s to you 🙂 May I present, Gerald:

~ Brenda Johima ~

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Old Rusty Truck Captured with iPhone 3G

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Old Rusty Truck Captured with iPhone 3G

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Old Rusty Truck Captured with iPhone 3G

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Old Rusty Truck Captured with iPhone 3G

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Thanks for viewing my images, and there are lots more on the way.

~ Brenda Johima ~

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I LOVE the sea lions that show up every year in Fanny Bay, on Vancouver Island, where I live. Each year I take time to photograph them, and the images of course, are never the same.

This year I have been concerned, as I have seen far fewer numbers of sea lions than any previous year, and they have been much quieter. Usually they bark 24/7 and although it drives many of the neighbours crazy, and people complain about the noise and how much fish they consume, my thought is, that they were here first, before humans moved in, and I simply feel fortunate to witness wildlife so close to home, on a daily basis.

Today, I am thrilled that there seem to be more and more sea lions arriving each day (as well as more people driving to view them). This means to me (I hope), that the herring run may be arriving any day soon. I’m seeing more and more eagles, great blue heron, and yes, sea lions. They all seem to show up first, before the fish, before the herring run, which is one of my most exciting days of the year, as a photographer.

Our bald eagles in the Comox Valley (according to news reports) are starving to death, and I do believe this to be true. I hope that the herring show up soon, so that all the birds, eagles, sea lions and wildlife can have full bellies, so that all of the species survive and thrive.

So next time you hear someone complain about the noise from the sea lions, and how much fish they eat, please don’t blame the sea lions. It’s not their fault they have no food, it’s humans who have done the damage. (Bald eagles and sea lions and seals are supposed to eat fish.) We are so fortunate that they choose Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands as home, at least part-time.

So, here’s a few photos I captured today on my way home. These sea lions are just minutes from my home. Lucky me!

~ Brenda Johima ~

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sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

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sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

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sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

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sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

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sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

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sea lions fanny bay vancouver island

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Ships Point Snowfall : iPhone ART

On November 23, 2010, in iPhone Art, Vancouver Island, by brendajohima

An unexpected Ships Point Snowfall today on Vancouver Island, made for some FUN iPhone ART, so with camera in hand, I went for a walk. This home makes the perfect XMas Card, I have been told today.

I had a lot of fun capturing the image and then processing with HDR to get this effect. I think it is one of my favorite iPhone images to date. I know, I said that recently about another photo I took! Just LOVE photography! Enjoy.

~ Brenda Johima ~

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My Favorite iPhone Photo Art To Date

On October 31, 2010, in iPhone Art, by brendajohima

This is my favorite work of iPhone Art to date. iPhone photo or iPhone art?

Although this is technically cell phone photography, I prefer the term iPhone art, as I have applied an HDR effect via a photography app. in-camera and feel it is a more accurate description of the medium.

This image was taken at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville on Vancouver Island. Enjoy.

~ Brenda Johima ~

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Rathtrevor Beach Parksville

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Johima Abstract Paintings are Finally For SALE!

I’ve been resting, taking a break, and now I’m back in full-swing! … ready to sell, and ready for you to buy art! How’s that for BOLD?

I have two pieces available for sale through a wonderful collaboration, via Cedar Corner Art Gallery in Tofino, who is now representing me and my work. Freshly delivered and hung on June 30th, there are two Brenda Johima pieces available for sale in this West Coast gallery right now!

Here is one of my favorite mixed media pieces, which was sold by a Gallery in Nanaimo, and went to a physicians office, and this painting happily lives in the waiting room for patients to enjoy. Smart Doctor! 🙂

It is loaded with paint, layers and layers of paint and acrylic inks, with objects added and embedded for a heavily textured, fascinating piece to look at. (Everyone wants to touch this one, the textures are so interesting)

And sorry, the bad news for you? YES, it is already SOLD. And, the Good News for you? If you love this one, I can create one very similar, (never exact), as everything I create is one of a kind, however, I can use similar techniques, and in the color palette of your choice.

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These next paintings are available directly through me, and I can arrange shipping or if you are in Vancouver, or anywhere on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands, I will personally *deliver it right to your door! (*for an additional fee)

This multi-colored abstract mixed media grid painting is large in scale, at 36 inches X 48 inches and painted with acrylic and ink using a variety of techniques, including embedded objects, in order to achieve a multi-layered feature piece, suitable for any high end home, office, resort or hotel.

**NEW! I am trying an experiment with new pricing called PWW or “Pay What It’s Worth” … So, you tell me what art is worth to you in your life, to your business. I don’t just mean the perceived value of the piece, but what is it worth in $$ to your home, or as a gift, as a memory, or as a feature piece in your place of business. Simple, email me (brenda [at] brendajohima.com]  your PWW price, and I will say Yes or No **

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This abstract painting is 36 inches X 48 inches plus frame (included), and ready for hanging. It was painted with acrylic and metallic acrylic inks, using a variety of painting techniques in order to create a calming yet energized feature piece, suitable for any high end home, office, resort or hotel.

**NEW! I am trying an experiment with new pricing called PWW or “Pay What It’s Worth” … So, you tell me what art is worth to you in your life, to your business. I don’t just mean the perceived value of the piece, but what is it worth in $$ to your home, or as a gift, as a memory, or as a feature piece in your place of business. Simple, email me (brenda [at] brendajohima.com]  your PWW price, and I will say Yes or No **

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From animals, pets and wildlife, to abstract nature, and abstract landscape photography, I do enjoy a mix of photographic experiences, and all the better if I am outdoors!

Reflections are always FUN, beautiful, and a peaceful experience in the outdoors for me. Here’s a couple that I captured on my way to Tofino, along the Pacific Rim Highway on Vancouver Island.

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Oh, and by the way, here are a few photographers who inspire me in so many ways, in new ways of seeing, and also specifically related to landscape photography:

Elizabeth Carmel

Steven Friedman

Dewitt Jones

Richard Martin

Courtney Milne


An adorable baby seal pup, right on the beach today, at Long Beach in Tofino, on Vancouver Island … this just totally made my day.

Lucky me, in the right place at the right time. I’ll post more photos shortly, but here’s one for starters … What a Cutie!

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

OK. So here’s an addition to this blog post, I just today, July 1st, Canada Day! … decided to post an entire page of these adorable baby seal pup photos. This baby is just so super cute I wanted to share more photos, and so far, lots of interest from publications as well!

Enjoy, and thanks for popping by my website and blog!

~ Brenda Johima ~

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