Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Old Setting Meets New Gadget

I realize I'm stepping into Kat's territory with this one. I didn't have my camera yesterday evening when I ran over to Rite Aid for saline solution. But the light was so wonderful, I just had to take a picture! So, I snapped one picture with my iPhone, shooting through a high contrast monochrome app that leaves red tones. This is the unedited shot straight from my phone.

I remember the days when photographs like this meant hours in a darkroom with chemical burns and expensive stacks of over and underexposed prints. Say what you will about the digital age, but I say these are the good old days.

13 comments:

this too will pass said...

nice one

Jean Spitzer said...

Good golly, good old days, indeed.

Judy Williams said...

I haven't picked up my DSLR in 2 weeks. I'm having too much fun with my phone camera.

This is fabulous. That dot of red and the vignette is straight out of an old dark room. Good one, LA!!

Dixie Jane said...

Coming from the age of the box camera, it all seems very magical to me. I enjoy all of your shots, wherever they come from.

altadenahiker said...

Cool shot, and I love Miss Dixie.

Kat said...

It's not my territory... it's just all part of my well-orchestrated plot to woo you into dropping your SLR and joining the iPhone camera cult...

I love the touches of red!

Julie Hill said...

A wonderful shot...no matter how you got it. So dramatic!

Margaret said...

Those iPhones are so clever.

Mister Earl said...

That halo effect in the background is amazing. What causes that?

Laurie said...

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the kind words! Kat, I am definitely part of the cult. I never thought I'd be one of those obnoxious iPhone people but I am definitely, um, one of those obnoxious iPhone people. I still can't get over having the internet, a video camera, a camera, a phone, an ebook reader and a music collection IN MY PURSE AT ALL TIMES! Geek here. You betcha.

Mister E, I am not sure why this shot has the cool halo. The light was really great at that moment, with brighter light coming from the sky behind that house. The app I'm using makes a slight vignette effect which I love, but with the high contrast settings it just made an arc and I thought it was really cool. I used to love to play with crummy lenses back in the film SLR days in order to take advantage of the optical limitations and get some of that edge fadeout. It's a new world, now, though. I don't like doing a lot of digital manipulation of the final image, but when an image comes out just like that it's kind of like a visual jack-in-the-box. Surprise!

Thanks for the comments, people. Until tomorrow...

TheChieftess said...

I couldn't give up Verizon...I waited and waited for them to get their contract with iPhone, but alas...I had to settle for the Droid!!!! WOW!!! I love it and I just turned it on!!! One of these days I'll so some Droid photos...

Love the halo effect!!! and the black and white with that touch of red!!! Very retro!!!

-K- said...

I hope you do more of these, this one is really great.

Laurie said...

Thanks, Chieftess and K. I'm having fun with this new toy. If I wasn't obnoxious enough snapping pictures all the time. Now I do it even when I don't have my camera.