Monday, July 27, 2009

Agave Every Which Way But Loose

I love shooting agave in our garden or next door at Hui Hoolana during a photography workshop. And of course, I have to shoot with my iPhone these days. Here is the unworked image and a number of permutations using iPhone apps.

The Straight Shot

This was done using the Burnt Paper effect in Art Camera, which is one of my favorite apps.

This is Frost - another effect in Art Camera.

Mea culpa, mea culpa - I can't remember which pencil sketch app I used for the two sketches below - I like the colored one a lot.

This app is called ReNancy KPH and makes a block print out of a photo - only works with strong graphic images - I like the effect here very much.

Here I inverted the image using Art Camera again - invert can look weird or cool depending on the image - I like it here.

And the piece de resistance? I used Symmetry app to make the following - and got the black frame from some app........

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Apple of Our iPhones

Robin Robertis has done it again - created a spectacular image using a simple subject matter. She used iRetouch on this photo of an apple - I love it.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Photo Paintings in Photoshop

Jack Davis of the Photoshop WOW books developed a painting technique in Photoshop that is really cool. My hubby, photographer Dewitt Jones refined the technique further, and I "painted a couple of columbine blossoms that I shot on the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. Here they are. (The technique is a bit complicated - best way to learn it would be from Jack and Dewitt themselves - just so happens they are teaching an "invitational" week in Hawaii at Hui Hoolana retreat center November 7 -13. They gave me permission to invite readers of the Digital Diva. (Must be conversant with Photoshop.) Contact for details or to register.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Scott Kelby Photowalk 2009 Lake Tahoe

Okay, did the Scott Kelby photowalk this past Saturday - huge fun. And I actually took some pix with a camera other than my iPhone! The best part is getting out and hanging out with other photographers. The walk was hosted by one of my favorite professional photographers Jim Stamates. One of these days, I'm going to go on one of his Costa Rica photo excursions!

More images can be found at new site that I share with my hubby, Dewitt Jones: Digital Diva / Digital Dude. Check them out in one of the entries from Monday July 20.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Spirited iPhone Photo

Robin Robertis has done it again! Check out this amazingly cool iPhone photo.

And here's how she did it:
Photo taken at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club yesterday, tweaked today
after working the all- nighter home.

photogene ( but i forgot what i did ) crop maybe
iflash ready
photoforge use HRD then sharpen
iretouch my new app ( on sale 99 cents by nick Drabovich, love his apps ) used brighten
photoforge use HRD then sharpen
cool fx in color i used the 8mm
edge pix to frame in rough paint edges (old app, dont really like cuz no preview given.... whats with that ? )
or something to that effect .

High On LIfe (and Digital Photography)

The Diva is back from the High Sierra, where she was breathless from the spectacular scenery (and the lack of oxygen.) These are a few of the images from a week of beauty, peace, and the requisite mosquitoes. All these were shot and manipulated on the iPhone. Someday soon, I'll post some digital pix from cameras other than the iPhone.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Digital Diva is Off to the High Sierra

I am off to the high Sierra for a week and will be unplugged. So I leave you with this smorgasbord of images to enjoy and guess the iPhone apps. Luckily, my husband, Dewitt Jones, has procured a solar charger for our iPhones, so there should be lots to share upon my return on July 17.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Full Spectrum Self Portait

My husband, photographer Dewitt Jones, created this self portrait on his iPhone. "I'd never have gotten this photo," he said, "if I hadn't had my iPhone. By the time I would have gone to get a camera, the reflection from our glass front door would have moved away." He snapped the shot, then used Photo Forge to enhance vibrance and contrast, resulting in this mysterious image. The final touch was the addition of a custom frame in the Photogene app.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Self Portrait and More With the iPhone

Okay, Robin Robertis has done it again - made an iPhone photo into an art form that is truly unique! Here it is - her "recipe" is below, with all the apps she used. This is my new favorite iPhone pic.

"Photo taken is self-portrait
Camera Kit changed in to sepia tone.
Face Melter, to close the eyes and tweak a bit.
Fitler Fordge to use my new fave, the finger tool.

Does anyone know if u can resize that tool ?

PhotoFX using the Day Night ( making blue copy/ layer)
Photogene levels and tweaking the color again ( another copy / layer )
Colorsplash to make another layer

Tryed Photoblend ( doesnt work for me 2 well, or i just dont get it yet )
Juxaposer to blend the layers together

topped of with some texture in Cool FX
and some lights from the Light app

blended again with the finger tool

or something like that...."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Old World Photo from New Tech iPhone

I love this photo taken by my son, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, on his iPhone while in Prague (yeah,yeah, we should all be so lucky.) He used an app called Camera Bag to enhance the old world feel of this historic city.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Shock-ing iPhone pix

One of the apps I love is called ShockMyPic. It works particularly well with strong graphic elements. Here are a couple of examples: one is a photo of ferns taken in Kamakou rain forest in Moloka`i, Hawai`i. The other is a sunflower closeup from a few days ago taken on my front porch. (The new iPhone 3GS has improved close focus capability.)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Art of Holidays - Digital Art That Is...

Living in a mountain resort town can have its challenges. July 4th in Tahoe is a HUGE weekend for tourism - and we residents can find ourselves a bit overwhelmed by the traffic and the crowds.

This July 4th, we beat the rush. We celebrated on July 3rd! Our dear friends (and amazing realtors) Don and Theresa Souers suggested a picnic on one of our favorite beaches with our respective families.

As usual, Don was cooking, the young people were playing with little Aubrey, Theresa and I were relaxing with glasses of wine, and Dewitt was making art. He found this colorful vinyl playhouse right on the beach and whipped out his iPhone.

After taking the shot, he oversharpened it and ran a faux HDR (high dynamic range) using the Photoforge app. The frame was added in Photogene, using the custom frame option. The end result is a painterly, graphic image. Today, the actual 4th of July, you may not see the playhouse for the people.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Best iPhone Photo Art So Far

Robin Robertis shared how she took and manipulated yesterday's photo. "
Pict i took was with the old iphone ( just upgraded ! ) with the micro lenz
of our big pepper harvest ( 3 so far ! ) on a satin pillow Background color changed in photogene, then finger smudged in PhotoForge".

And then she sent me this photo, which I think is the best iPhone photo art so far:

Here's how she did it:
"This one is self portrait with timelaspe, color tweaked in CameraKit, then symmetry, then fire by 101 filters ( i think ) then
framed in FrameMuse."

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hot, hot, hot iPhone photo!

Sister Digital Diva Robin Robertis shares this hot iPhone image. Don't know how she did it, don't care because it is so cool. She and I and others are going to Hawaii this Nov. for Photoshop for the Soul, a fabulous workshop with author of the Photoshop WOW books, Jack Davis and National Geographic freelance photographers Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke. (There's still room if you are a Digital Diva or Dude (conversant in Photoshop and interested in the art of digital photography) to attend this invitational weeklong workshop- email for info.)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Double Exposures iPhone style

I've always been a fan of combining images and shooting double exposures. So of course I had to try it on my iPhone. This shot combines two images - a tablecloth pattern and a photo of tropical heliconia blossoms.

As with film, and later polaroid transfer and digital images, I overexposed both images before combining them into a final frame. I used the Photogene app, a sort of Photoshop for the iPhone, and then combined the images with an app called BlendPhoto. I finished it up with a frame from Photogene. I like the dreamy look of the finished photograph.