Fun with canned effects!
This is yet another canned effect from the #Camera360 iPhone app. You don't have to do selfies, but frankly, with these effects that's what works best.
Just my luck.
I was just exploring the features of the Camera360 app on my iPhone and came across some effects that are . . . effective (!). The problem with interesting effects like this, that you didn't create for yourself, is that you can really only use them, er, uhm, effectively one time. After that it's just repetition, no? Nevertheless, I'll take this for my one-off use of a canned effect.
. . . or thereabouts.
I often stop by the waterfront and pier in Pacifica on my way to San Bruno Mountain. It adds a little time to the overall trip, but it also adds a little enjoyment to the journey. On this occasion I happened to catch the ocean at or near high tide, causing waves to splash over the seawall onto the street.
I managed to catch a wave in mid spray as it swept over the boulders and over the railing, getting a little misted myself. All in all, it was a refreshing half hour or so spent watching waves and enjoying the sunny weather.
Del Puerto Canyon, to be exact!
I occasionally drive up and over Mount Hamilton from San Jose to Patterson- just to see the scenery. The highway, California Route 130, makes its way down into the San Antonio Valley, then turns east down through Del Puerto Canyon.
Every time I make the trip I am amazed at how near this mountainous terrain is to the San Francisco bay area. Our local weather prognosticators talk often about the "micro climates" of the bay area, but the truth behind the buzzwords is obscured until the sights are seen in person.
No doubt a happy accident!
I went adventure driving while on my way to a job, and the waves at Pacifica were very pleasantly large– apparently just past the peak of high tide for the day. I spent a bit of time capturing frames on my iPhone, and then came across burst mode, which I had never put to use before.
After a bit I thought, "I should get the obligatory selfie of this adventure!" So I flipped to the selfie cam and hit the button. Of course, the camera was still in burst mode, so I got a bunch of nearly identical frames. It did occur to me that Google Photos might make something of them, and sure enough, here I am sitting still with the background moving behind me. Cool!
Moderately successful, I suppose . . .
The first of these is actually a three exposure (hand held) HDR. I did a lot of noise reduction to all three frames to reduce noise in the sky. At web size, it's OK, if not spectacular work. The second I already posted, but this time I fixed the sky a bit better.
With a borrowed sky . . .
Another hand held HDR from two iPhone shots. This one took some fixing, I'll tell ya! In the majority of the frame it doesn't matter, and now that I'm typing this, I want to bang my head on the desk real hard, because all the work I did really wasn't necessary. D'Oh!
One shot was for the sky (since abandoned) and the other is mostly what you see. The problem with the sky (besides noise) was ghosting that wasn't going to be dealt with. The wind was blowing, so in that wedgey-looking area in the center of the frame there were major ghost branches from the dark shot that I slaved over trying to get rid of them. Then I didn't like the finished sky result and replaced it anyway. I could have saved myself an hour or so of sore forehead by just tone mapping the lighter frame and replacing the sky in that. Double D'Oh!
Well, what's done is done, and I kind of like it, although a 'real' camera on a tripod making genuinely bracketed shots would have been nice. But, that wind. I don't know . . .
Location scouting . . .
I needed to
run away get out and about for a bit. I wasn't sure where I was going, but I drove south thinking I might drop into Fry's Electronics, but they close early on Sundays. Then I thought maybe I'd do a loop around San Francisco Bay, or maybe drive up Skyline Drive on the peninsula. It didn't matter. I had my iPhone but not my 'real' camera. That didn't matter either. Eventually I decided to drive up and over Mt. Hamilton, past the James Lick Observatory and out to The Big Valley.
It's not a long trip, as the crow flies, but no crow ever flew this crooked road, so it's a long trip after all. For most of the journey the light was too 'mid-day' so I didn't stop to take any pictures. But once I'd gone over the mountain into the San Antonio Valley, I thought there might be a chance- at least some place to make a return trip later with the other camera and tripod. So when I reached the intersection of San Antonio Valley Road with Del Puerto Canyon road, I turned right. Sure enough, as I descended toward the San Joaquin Valley, I began to see interesting light hitting interesting landscapes. I stopped and took a few shots- even a couple of hand held exposures that I thought I might be able to do some HDR with. Thus, you see the shadows and the sunlit hills and sky above. Not fantastic, but for iPhone snaps hand held, it worked out pretty well. (I did have to sort of re-create the sky, though. Waaaaay too noisy.)
I'll go back with the 'real' camera and tripod before long. I think there's some good shots to be had around here.