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Stylized Instamatic 104

Stylized Instamatic 104 by rsmithing
Stylized Instamatic 104, a photo by rsmithing on Flickr.

I dig the convergence of technology and time here in one brief second, now extended to the world and infinity. Here’s a snapshot of one of our modern photographic ancestors I modified with the amazing ToonPaint iPhone app, after shooting with Hipstamtic (a modern-retro simulator, no less). I found the camera at a sweet vintage shop called “Ideas” on Burke Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Original here.

What do you think? Do you see a connection between analog cameras and today’s mobile photography? What apps or camera discoveries have you made lately? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Moth Drama: Transforming The Ordinary into Art

Click to view the full 9-image set

A moth in full drama mode. The ordinary becomes extraordinary through photography & apps. Click to see what went into creating this image.

Here’s a look at how a simple moth can serve as subject for a striking, dramatic image by way of a macro lens attachment and some basic iPhone app editing (mainly Photoforge2, which I review here). Through the course of nine images, I take you through how the ordinary transforms into a fulfilling creative experience.

The effect of the final image above reflects my initial vision: dramatic gravity drawing the eye to the fine and generally unseen detail in this humble moth. To me, this is a great example of how photography, especially when spurred by photo-sharing experiences like Instagram, can elevate our everyday surroundings to an evocative level of art readily appreciated by others.

Moth Drama Set
Click to view the step-by-step creation of the final image at top.
Instagram promo for this post - click to see series at Flickr

Instagram promo for this post - made with Phonto, Labelbox & Photoforge2 apps

In the  case of the final image, I got the texture I was after by shooting with Hipstamatic then adjusting the result of that with layers in Photoforge2. But I wanted more dimension than just grayscale, so I added some red. To do this, I duplicated the grayscale layer and added red via the “colorize” function. Then I then masked portions of the top (red) layer to allow the bottom (gray) layer to appear through, using varying brush sizes and opacities. Finally, I set the blending mode of the top (red) layer to overlay, and set the opacity to 75%. Same principles also work in Photoshop, which is one reason I so strongly endorse Photoforge2.

If the above description gets you excited (you nerd), definitely check out the step-by-step series with notes at Flickr.

What do you think? Have you taken the ordinary to an artful place through photography or some other means? Have you done any macro photography of your own, and if so what’s your experience been like? What gear do you recommend? What’s your opinion on creating art from the everyday world? Do you find tips/tutorials like this useful? Let us hear from you in the comments!

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So I like chandeliers. Saw this one in a funky downtown shop and had to get the shot. Taken with my iPhone using Hipstamatic, with the  John S. lens and Rock BW-11 film, the latter of which is available through November 2011 only as part of the Nashville Hipstapak. This chandelier graces the ceiling at Gladiola Girls in Boone, NC. I lived there for 5 years and used to work for the Chamber of Commerce. Great town.

This post is also the first time I’ve used the iOS WordPress app to publish. I’m here on the PC doing some post-editing now, but I gotta say, it’s pretty cool to upload something in the moment from your phone and have it already there in your posts. The app really does make it easy to capture a photo, peck out a couple of thoughts, then get it up on your blog. I’m adding more deets, related articles and tags post-publish, since the app only adds the “social media” tag. But if you’re not rocking the free WordPress app on your iPhone or iPad, I do recommend you give it a try.

Are you a Hipstamatic photographer? What’s been your experience with the WordPress app? Is there a go-to subject like chandeliers you find yourself taking pictures of repeatedly? Let us hear from you in the comments!