Posts Tagged ‘iPhoneography’

17.02.11 – Remember Men at Work, the Australian band from the 80s? If you do, honk your horn, and if you don’t, click on the link or punch it into Pandora. They were a goofy band and I was a goofy kid so their was a natural attraction. One song in particular, Down by the Sea, was their attempt at something a bit more serious. Love down at the waterline, laced with innuendo, which struck a chord with me because I grew up on the shores of The Great Lakes and in the 80s I was laced with hormones.

The song still bounces around in my head every once in a while but these days I find a different message in the lyrics. The opening line is “Down by the sea. I found your hidden treasure.” I was walking down by the frozen Helsinki waterline and had to stop and take some pictures of the unique ice formations. The crystals forming on the surface looked like manna from heaven. A gift from someone or something.

There wasn’t another soul around, so I ventured out onto the ice to get some close-up shots. Even though I was alone, standing on a frozen sea with the temperatures down around -20°C, I still felt close to something alive. The ice continues to move with the momentum of the ocean below so there is the faint, deep and low moan of huge sections of ice slowly grinding together. If you stand still and listen, you can hear the trickles of water just below the surface, little streams of water moving between layers of the ice.

I couldn’t stay for long, this is not my world, and you begin to freeze your tail off if you don’t keep moving. I jumped back onto solid ground and continued on my way, humming a simple tune and thinking to myself that I found a hidden treasure.

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Woops, this one snuck through. I was just testing an app on my iPhone called PixelPipe which pushes files to other services like WordPress. I have some videos on my iPhone I want to push to Facebook. Apparently when I added WordPress it pushed this image which looks good so I’m going to leave it. So there ;)

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26.01.11 – It’s official! I’m loving the Hipstamatic in black and white. I’ve been using BlacKeys B+W film with the John S lens. Finding the right film and lens combination can be a challenge, that’s why I put together a Hipstamatic cheat sheet. I’m going to stick with this combo for a while before diving into something like BlacKeys Supergrain.

Most of the shots I have been taking are places I have visited often but the black and white is breathing a whole new life into the images. Much much fun!

On a side note, Emma’s gone old school and picked up a lo-fi Diana camera when she was with her mother in London. Wow, I have to find somewhere that develops film! She’s already shot one roll so hopefully she will be a guest poster in the very near future!

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25.01.11 – Trying to get decent color shots using the Hipstamatic during the long dark winter months of Finland can be a challenge. The color palette of the city is primarily a snow-covered white, although Helsinki still radiates color with brightly colored shops and buildings, the short amount of daylight hours and skies predominately covered by overcast clouds and/or snow left me with dark, plugged-up color shots with a blue cast.

I was spending most of my time walking through the many parks of Helsinki and my eye was drawn to the contrast of the black lines of the tree branches on the white background of snow and sky. I had already been taking some photos of trees and posting them with positive comments so it only seemed logical to focus on the same.

Switching to BlacKeys B+W film on the Hipstamatic was a bit unnatural at first because the whole time I’ve been working on my blog, I’ve enjoyed capturing bright color, but I started seeing positive results almost immediately. I liked what I was seeing and it opened up a whole new range of photo opportunities. I already have a number of other images I want to post and I know there are many places in the city that I’ve shot color I can’t wait to get back to capture some black and white shots.

This is one of the great things about an app like Hipstamatic, or photography in general. Once you think you’re tapped out on ideas, you can switch gears and open up a whole new area to play in.

More black and white to follow!

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21.01.11 – Take a fresh blanket of white snow, a shot of sunlight and mix with an hour of free time and you have a great opportunity to get some killer shots in Helsinki. I usually hop between CameraBag and Hipstamatic on my iPhone. Hipstamatic works better on brighter days when it’s not snowing and you have a bit of color in your shot, otherwise the whole image gets plugged up and lacks any definition. Today was a better day to play with the Hipsta so I hope you like them.

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12.01.11 – I’ve always loved trains ever since I was a young boy and my brother and I would setup model trains in the basement. Back then, when the issue of money was, you just didn’t have any, I would pour over model train catalogs dreaming about the different types of trains, buildings and tracks I would someday buy and build.

Even now as an adult, I still get a big kick out of anything to do with trains. I remember living in Santa Barbara where you could stand so close to the tracks you could almost touch the freight trains and Coast Starlight passenger train as they whisked by on their way to Los Angeles. Europe still relies heavily on trains to move cargo and passengers which makes it a great place to admire the stations and the different types of locomotives.

I spent some time walking around the Helsinki central train station and reverting to my childhood. I hope I never lose the feeling.

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02.01.11 - So far this year isn’t starting off the way I hoped :( Two major issues have tainted the New Year already. Unfortunately my iPhone is on the fritz and I’m having trouble securing a new one. Also, my computer fell off my couch and the monitor is cracked. I have a backup plan and “ain’t no stopping me now!” I can still use my computer but I’m looking into a replacement screen and I will continue to get my iPhone working or buy another :(

Jaana and I used to have a saying if something bad would happen before we started a trip it was always going to be a great trip. Some of our best trips were when we got to the airport late and almost missed our flight, we found out the day before we were scheduled to leave our passports were expired… We always seemed to make it through after the initial bad episode. I sure hope this year is like one of those trips.

Above are a few of the last pictures I had from my phone. I think I should have this sorted out soon but keep your fingers crossed for me ;)

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15.12.10 – I loved being out on Uunisaari the other afternoon but I had to cut it short because the wind was blowing and the sun was setting, so I went out again this morning. Luckily the wind had died down and I wasn’t fighting the setting sun so I was able to spend more time walking along the coastline and admiring the ice formations. Beautiful!

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11.12.10 – Friday was a busy day so the weather on Saturday set the mood for staying home and taking it easy with the kids. We were in our pajamas past noon playing games, surfing the web and as Emma would say, Chillax’n. Emma’s the queen of chillax’n but she’s like me and can’t sit too long. She asked if she could make chocolate chip cookies, the classic American cookie which I have a huge weakness for, so I quickly agreed with the plan. Searching for the ingredients and cookie sheets proved to be a bit of a challenge… what is baking soda in Finnish?… but after four different stores I managed to find what we needed. Emma rewarded us with some killer cookies ;)

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09.12.10 – Sure, it’s cold in Finland but the weather doesn’t make life any less enjoyable. Finland has a long history of constructing buildings to withstand the long Suomen talvi (Finnish winter) and a walk through almost any section of Helsinki will provide you with a number of century old buildings to admire, especially when it’s so cold outside and most definitely so warm inside.

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