iPhone 6

An iPhone Postcard Landscape

Ominous Flatirons. Boulder, Colorado, 2017
Ominous Flatirons. Boulder, Colorado, 2017

 

From the sea back to the high mountains… and a local iconic (cliché?) postcard landscape for you from just above the Boulder Bubble, aka The Friendly People’s Republic of Boulder.

With my D800 and my 24-70mm lens off at Nikon for repairs (they were dropped some time ago…both still worked, but were pretty banged up), it is the iPhone that I have with me most often these days.

REPAIR UPDATE: It appears that my D800 is coming back from Nikon as “unrepairable” This means I will have to use the thing sans battery door and with a small pointy object always handy to pry the battery out of its slot each time I need to charge or change it. The camera still makes good images, though, even with the bashed batt compartment.

Anthropologie Essay in Monochrome

Anthro, #15. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #15. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

So, what do you do when you are tagging along with your significant other to a local clothing store…but, truth be told, you aren’t really all that interested in what might be on the rack?

Well, how about assign yourself the creative task of an iPhone photo essay?

Only a couple of these were cropped and I spent all of about three minutes post-processing each (Google Silver Efex Pro).

The results:

Anthro, #1. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #1. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #2. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #2. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #3. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #3. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #4. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #4. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #6. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #6. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #7. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #7. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #8. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #8. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #9. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #9. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #10. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #10. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #11. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #11. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #12. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #12. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #13. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #13. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #14. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #14. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

Emptying My iPhone Pockets

In other words…going through my recently collected iPhone photos.

Whenever I see something random and interesting, I pull out the phone and take a picture.

I am finally getting used to the fact that the phone is also a camera and am finally remembering that I have it available as a photographic tool.

So, here are some random iPhone images from the past few weeks, pulled out of my “pockets”…

Prom Dressing Room. Denver, Colorado, 2016
Prom Dressing Room. Denver, Colorado, 2016

 

A Chef's Thumb's Up. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
A Chef’s Thumb’s Up. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Waving at the Waves. Denver, Colorado, 2016
Waving at the Waves. Denver, Colorado, 2016

 

Rock Alien. Mt. Lemmon, Arizona, 2016
Rock Alien. Mt. Lemmon, Arizona, 2016

 

Sawhill Grass-scape. Sawhill Ponds, Colorado, 2016
Sawhill Grass-scape. Sawhill Ponds, Colorado, 2016

 

Cottonwood Shadows. Sawhill Ponds, Colorado, 2016
Cottonwood Shadows. Sawhill Ponds, Colorado, 2016

New York City, An American Paradise

American Paradise. NYC, 2015
American Paradise. NYC, 2015

 

I am still cleaning out the last of my iPhone images from New York City, so here are a few more.

In the above, there are a number of interesting elements all in juxtaposition: the crowd snapping away with cell phones at above left, the word “paradise” coincidentally on the screen, the “stand up” phrase maybe also referring to American individualism and determination, the NASDAQ implication of the stock market and capitalism, the multi-ethnic crowds on the street, the beautiful Big Brotherly model asking you with her eyes to consume their product, and of course the American Flag, larger than life. (Unfortunately, the fat finger smudge at the top takes the photo out of any kind of “keeper file”. Or…maybe it symbolizes the eventually eclipse of all empires by the circumstances of history.)

The iPhone 6 is pretty amazing for how easy it is to use and the relatively decent quality you get even in difficult conditions. Those with the larger “Plus” even have image stabilization. And these tiny cameras are only going to get better.

Probably the next step will be to incorporate multiple lenses or a lens array in the phone for capturing a single image (and video) with much greater resolution and dynamic range. The big camera companies ought to be really worried!

More examples…

A stars and stripes follow-on to the above…

Patriotic Apartment. Brooklyn, NY, 2015
A Patriotic Apartment. Brooklyn, NY, 2015

 

Consciousness–NOT…

Recycling Consciousness. Brooklyn, NY, 2015
Recycling Consciousness. Brooklyn, NY, 2015

 

To me, they are both weird habits…sucking on nicotine for kicks…

Smoking vs Vaping. NYC, 2015
Smoking vs Vaping. NYC, 2015

 

Who is the rocker? Cyndi Lauper, maybe? The body type doesn’t fit Madonna–my initial guess…

Rockin' Out in the John. Hard Rock Cafe, NYC, 2015
Rockin’ Out in the John. Hard Rock Cafe, NYC, 2015