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Back from the Big Apple

Wow. Every single time I go up to NYC I love it. I had great weather and got to crash in a great hotel room right in Times Square. I had a great time, and for the first time heading up there I didn’t bring my Canon – I went with just my iPhone 5. Not the greatest camera in the world, but it’s always with me (as the saying goes). I got a few shots I really liked (haven’t actually made it through my big pile of hundreds yet!) and I’ll share them here, along with the apps I used to process them.

Busy Bridge

This one was taken as I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge as the sun was heading down. As always, there was lots of traffic. With the built in camera I used the HDR image (I always set mine to HDR and keep both images). With the HDR shot it is easy to get a bit of blur for things such as headlights of cars. I took that image and used Brushstroke to create the virtual painting.

Staten Seagulls

On this shot I used a standard B&W filter in Camera+ (they have a wide variety of presets). The app is one of the few where the frames go on the outside of your image and don’t cover part of the original image. I’m a big fan of that since I often don’t want to lose anything in the shot. This image was taken on Staten Island. I’d taken the ferry (which is free) from the southern end of Manhattan (Whitehall Terminal). The ferry passes by the Statue of Liberty, so many many tourists ride it on the weekend. Just like me. πŸ™‚

Brooklyn To Manhattan

This image was another one taken on the Brooklyn Bridge. I used the built in panorama feature to take the photo, and the processed the image using Snapseed. I gave it a bit of the HDR filter and converted it to B&W. I like that you can see Brooklyn on the left side of the shot, and Manhattan on the right. Along with all those tourists. [You can see a much larger version on Flickr.]

Two Strangers?

This image was taken from The High Line. This raised train track in Manhattan was recently converted to a mile long park. It’s great for walking (or jogging) while at the same time getting a different viewpoint on the city. At one point I walked past a group of about 15 people that were taking a photography class. I would have stuck around for a bit, but had to catch my train home in a few hours. I used Snapseed to edit this one. I also did a quick perspective correction in Lightroom just before I uploaded it to Flickr. I could have used Persepective Correct on my iPhone/iPad, but since I already had the photo in Lightroom I just did it there.

Overall a great trip. I’m sure I’ll post a few more shots as I get around to looking through my big pile. If of course I find a bit of time. I’m in the midst of being a project manager for a multi-million dollar project (and I’m not getting the millions). I’m not a fan of anything that has the word management in it. I’m a physicist, not a manager!

PS. Speaking of some great shots in NYC, Ron liked one of my NY images so I checked out his Flickr page. Superb.

My Photo Toolbox Is Born, Snapseed Is First

I’ve wanted to do this for awhile and on a nice cool summer morning I’ve finally gotten around to it. I added a new page on the site called ‘My Toolbox‘ that will list all the apps that I can’t live without on my iPhone (or other iOS device). This list will start out exceptionally small since I’m going to try to do a short post about each app as I add it. If you ever miss a post, you can always find a link to my toolbox at the top of the page.

I decided to start out with Snapseed.

Snapseed is a free Universal app that has been around for several years. It was originally created by Nik Software and was for sale for $5. Google then bought the software company (along with the app) and made it free (always a great price).

Snapseed

There are many highlights. From the iTunes description:

‘…hands down the best photo app for the iPad to date.’ ~~ Scott Kelby, President, National Assoc. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).

BENEFITS:
β€’ Easily adjust your photos with a single tap using Auto Correct
β€’ Tweak your photo to perfection with Tune Image
β€’ Use Selective Adjust to enhance specific objects or areas in your photos
β€’ Experiment with fun & innovative filters like Retrolux, Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Tilt-Shift
β€’ Add one of the many high quality frames for a finishing touch
β€’ Share your creations via email, Google+, and other built-in sharing methods

I use the app daily to tweak photos. The Tune Image portion is great. The HDR Scape is also a fun one for those that enjoy adding a bit of HDR to their image.

There are a ton of positives, but a few negatives as well. It is a destructive editor. After you apply a change in one of the sections (such as Tune Image, Grunge, etc.) you can’t go back and undo that change in any way. Also, you can’t zoom in on the image (except in the Details section) so you can’t easily tell how much noise you are adding when doing various edits. My one fear is that Google may decide to abandon the app one day. I certainly hope they don’t.

So if you don’t already have this one on your iPhone, grab it right away. It belongs in your toolbox. πŸ™‚

Snapseed [download]


It took me about 20 seconds to convert a really bad/boring image to a prettier version of the same shot (taken as I sit here typing this blog post). Although both are pretty bad! Below those is an image of a railroad crossing that made heavy use of Snapseed.

Before Using Snapseed

Before Using Snapseed

After Using Snapseed

After Using Snapseed


38/365, Two Tracks
Two Tracks by R. Pfaff, 2013. I used Snapseed and PhotoToaster.

Snapseed Currently Free!

This is a great photo enhancing app. I paid $4.99 for it and thought it was worth it, but right now it is free. Don’t miss out on this chance to grab it. Here is a video of one of the most impressive features.

You can learn more about the app in this review, or watch other videos on the Snapseed website.

Download Snapseed on iTunes.

The lack of zoom control in this app is the one thing that I hope gets added in the near future (as also mentioned in the review above).

Weekend Goodies!

I recently tried out Pixlr-o-matic (a Universal app), and thought is was really nice – except for the low resolution output. Well, they updated the app this weekend and it now does full resolution. It’s also free, so grab it while you can [download].

Screenshot of Pixlr-o-matic

Screenshot of Pixlr-o-matic

Other apps that I really like were recently updated earlier in the week. Noir Photo made improvements to the GUI which really help out on the iPhone [download].

Snapseed became Universal and added a number of other bug fixes and feature additions (I still want the ability to zoom in on the picture) [download].

Camera+ (a must have app) has also been updated with numerous features, and it is currently on sale for just $0.99. If you don’t have it I suggest grabbing it at this price. One of the new features is the ability to add captions to pictures. I’m dying to try that out later this evening. [download]

And the last goodie is a personal one πŸ™‚ I did my longest run of the year today, a nice 16 miler. I’m slowly gearing up for the NYC Marathon (and probably something before that). I’ve never run a marathon with an iPhone, but I did carry my old Cybershot when I did the Marine Corps Marathon last year. This was my favorite shot of the entire bunch.

Desire