civilized ku # 5044-45 / diptych # 226-29 ~ road tripping

road trip ~ (embiggenable) • µ4/3

pool from hotel room window ~ Rochester, NY - (embiggenable) • µ4/3

Kearney girls / diner ~ Rochester, NY - (embiggenable) • iPhone

PM / AM ~ Rochester, NY - (embiggenable) • iPhone

Annie's art / Annie + family - photo by me c.1978 ~ Elmira, NY - (embiggenable) • iPhone

griddle for world record pancake ~ Penn Yan, NY - (embiggenable) • iPhone

My 3 day road trip - >Rochester>Elmira>Penn Yan - was a fantastic success. Lunch in Rochester with the Kearney H.S. girls, in Elmira (NY Southern Tier) a day with a dinner with Annie (who unexpectedly and suddenly lost her husband 1 year ago) and a 4.5 hr lunch in Penn Yan (NY Finger Lakes Region) with Mike Johnston (of TOP fame fame). Each encounter was very enjoyable and interesting.

FYI, the hammer-blow-upside-my-head of the trip was the impact of standing in front of a toilet (in Annie's home) and being stunned by the picture on the wall in front of me. A picture I made over 40 years ago. Annie's husband, Murray, loved the picture so much, he placed it on the wall behind the toilet so he could view it every time he peed - a somewhat weird honor but an honor nevertheless.

Not nearly as stunning, but impressive nevertheless, was discovering the gigantic griddle used to make the then (1987) World Record Pancake - 28'1". The pancake was cooked before an estimated 5,000 people, and many of them helped eat the 28-foot buckwheat hotcake slathered in butter and maple syrup. Sorry I missed the event.

Re: my stated intention on this road trip to make pictures with my "real" cameras didn't pan out. I made a few such pictures but the iPhone sucked me in again.

civilized ku # 5241-43 ~ miscellania from the past few days

flowers and light ~ (embiggenable) • iPhone

watch the birdie ~ (embiggenable) • iPhone

crack in the wall ~ (embiggenable) • iPhone

Tomorrow > Thursday I will be moving about western New York State and the Southern Tier. The purpose is to meet up with a few friends whom I haven't seen in 30-40 years.

My other intent to make a bunch of pictures using only my "real" cameras. Although, there's high probablity that a few pictures will made with the iPhone for social media purposes.

I am looking forward to using my "real" cameras.

civilized ku # 5238-40 ~ less is more

table top w reflections ~ San Diego , California (embiggenable) • iPhone

moving walkway ~ O'Hare Intl. Airport Chicago, Ill. • (embiggenable) • iPhone

micro brewery car ~ San Diego , California (embiggenable) • iPhone

micro brewery ~ San Diego , California (embiggenable) • iPhone

During my West Coast trip, at various locations, color was a prime picture making instigator.

If I lived in a more colorful environment (big city?), I might be inclined to pursue a body of work based solely upon the idea of color. However, point in fact, I live in a small hamlet in a forest preserve where shades of green and brown are the predominant color palette in both the natural and man-made worlds. The only exception to which is the autumnal blaze of red/yellow/orange.

That written, it's possible, if I were to look more concertedly for isolated tableaux of intense color, I might find find some suitable referents for about color picture making. However, one thing is absolutely certain, I will not stoop to the level of using the saturation slider in picture processing to emphasize, aka; distort, color.

FYI, the pictures in this entry were processed using the saturation slider to de-saturate the out-of-the-camera colors.

civilized ku # 5233-37 ~ in practice it's really simple

all pictures ~ San Diego (and surrounding region), California - (embiggenable) • iPhone

On yesterday's entry John Linn asked: ...what is your workflow with the iPhone? What is your current favorite editor?

my answer: My workflow is very simple. After making sure the glass over the lens is completely clean, I set camera module control to HDR-be certain to set the camera to retain the both the original (non-HDR) file and the HDR file-and then frame my referent and its environs. Then I tap the screen to select focus after which I use the lighter/darker slider (next to the focus square) to adjust for exposure.

FYI, when using HDR setting, set exposure for the middle tones even if the highlights look to be blown out on the screen. The HDR setting does well at protecting highlights. That written, you can view the picture immediately and, if needed, re-picture the scene after making new exposure adjustment. And, don't worry if the shadows look a bit blocked up - there is an amazing amount of detail in the file that can be brought out-with no ill processing effects-in processing.

re: image processing: my editor of choice is Snapseed. It is amazingly comprehensive in its range of tools and capabilities. I use the LENS BLUR and VIGNETTE tools to achieve the corner vignette look I create in Photoshop. The TUNE IMAGE tool has simple sliders for multiple image adjustments but there is also a CURVES tool with all of the funtionality of curves in PS.

I also use the SELECTIVE tool to isolate areas of a file in order to perform local adjustments - tap on an area and use the 2-finger pinch to expand or contract the selected area as indicted by the red overlay. On ocassion I use the ROTATE and PERSPECTIVE tools to correct level and perspective issues.

And then there is the absolute killer capability - as you process an image, the software records-in the STACKS function-every edit you have done. At any time, you can go into the stacks and select a processing step and undo or modify it. In doing so, all of your other edits remain intact. Nothing is lost. AND, when your processing is complete, the file can be saved with the STACKS info which makes it possible to return to the file at any time in the future and make further adjustments if needed. Of course, the original un-edited file is left untouched.

SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND. The processing performed on the iPhone will look great on the iPhone screen. As it should be inasmuch as most users will share their pictures with other phone users and/or on social media. Consequently, the pictures I process to completion on my iPhone are intented primarily for sharing or Instagram / Facebook placement.

If, on the other hand like the pictures in this entry, my intention is to create a "serious" picture for print making, I perform only light processing on the phone. Then I download the picture from iCloud and perform my standard "serious" picture processing in Photoshop ...

IMPORTANT. Before I begin processing in PS, I resize-NOT resample-the file to 300dpi, convert to 16 Bits color and convert the file to my standard color profile-AdobeRGB 1998-from the iPhone color profile-DP3-that is attached to the file. I end up with a 11"x11"/16 bit/300dpi/AdobeRGB 1998 file, ready for PS processing.

WARNING Once you settle into a easy iPhone picture making M.O., it is apt to become quite addictive. Even to the point of turning your "real" camera(s) into a paperweight.

civilized ku # 5229-32 ~ a guilty pleasure

color ~ San Diego, California (embiggenable)• iPhone

color ~ Albany, NY (embiggenable)• iPhone

color ~ Albany, NY • (embiggenable)iPhone

color ~ Albany, NY (embiggenable) • iPhone

While in California, I made 50 pictures. I carried at least 1 "real" camera with me everywhere I went but all but 5 were made with the iPhone camera module.

It has been made clear to me-as clear as water in an acid rain contaminated Adirondack lake-that I have a deepening iPhone picture making addiction(?) / obession(?). Whatever that afflication / condition might be, it has left me feeling a little guilty inasmuch as making pictures has become too easy and, consequently, too much fun.

While the guilty thing is disconcerting, I have chosen to embrace the adage, don't worry, be happy.

civilized ku # 5224-28 ~ a trip to the doctor ~

plants ~ Ramona, California • iPhone

on our drive through the southern California hinterland ~ in Ramona, California • iPhone

On our last day in California we took the Spider (Fiat 124 version) far out into the southern California hinterland-inland, away from the ocean-in search of twisty bits (roads), vistas and interesting / quirky things. Our questing was well rewarded .... of particular interest was the discovery of a roadside facility where we visited a doctor and got a prescription and some medicine. Ya know, for my post medical recuperation and all.