From today’s afternoon walk around town. Shot via iPhone using Hipstamatic with Libatique 73 lens and Ina’s 1969 film. Full-size version over at Flickr.
My photo, “Summer’s Requiem” is one of the
5 best black & white mobile images of the year at Flickr – woohoo!
Well, this is quite an honor. Of the billion+ photos uploaded to Flickr in 2014, one of mine was in the mobile top 25 according to the Flickr blog (#14, shown below), along with 24 other really great images — and one of only 5 black and whites. Thanks, Flickr!
Here’s what I say about this image at its page:
On the first day of fall, I was headed into a building for an early morning appointment. I looked down and noticed this leaf with the morning dew when walking in, but did not get a shot. After the appointment, it was still there with the glistening morning dew, and I stopped in my tracks so as not to miss it. The heart-shaped leaf and tear-like droplets framed by the concrete sidewalk all made the perfect metaphor at the changing of the seasons: happy reflections on the season past… maybe even sadness at its passing. But ahead of that: lovely things to come. To me, the best compositions are musical; you can almost hear them hum when you study them. So naturally, this would be a requiem. I converted to grayscale, added a slight vignette at the top and sharpened just a bit to highlight the macro-vision detail of the leaf’s veins, amplified by the water.
Thanks again for this incredible honor. Go follow me there and follow the Flickr Blog for a regular curated stream of consistently cool imagery.
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There’s nothing quite so satisfying for a creative person as executing a vision. To have an idea, see the steps in your mind, then follow through with all of them to bring into reality a concept existing only in your brain… into something you and everyone else can touch and see from then on — it’s a deeply, deeply fulfilling experience in many ways.
On a recent vacation, I made it a point to document choice moments with Hipstamatic — in this case, when celebrating with a beverage. We took off to Cabo San Lucas for a week last month (don’t get the wrong idea; jetsetters we ain’t), and while there I had the vision to capture occasions in Hipstamatic to be assembled in a collage frame upon return. I picked one of these frames up at Michael’s last week (for $12 on sale!), finally wrapped up the printing today, and am thrilled with the result. It hangs on the wall next to me as I type this.
Is That All You Did on Vacation?
Haha. Please note that we did many, many other things on this trip, and these are only 12 photos from the course of a week, and adults who have made the informed decision to consume alcohol should only do so in a responsible manner. That said, this vision turned out beautifully by my standards, and I encourage you to do the same on your own adventure, especially with Hipstamatic.
Have you ever done something similar to document your own vacation or life event? Do you print your own photos, or do you prefer to send off for prints? Ever used Hipstamatic on vacation? What were the results? Let us hear from you in the comments.
I think I’ve figured out why I’m so fascinated with the Hipstamatic Rock BW-11 film and John S. Lens. Remember those “ghost hunter” television shows where they would use some sort of special film or photography to document a spirit? I’ve always been fascinated by such, and that’s what it feels like I’m doing with this equipment, because there’s such a mysterious element to the results you get with Hipstamatic. It’s not just a filter — each snapshot is a unique reaction to the amount of light, movement, or other elements in the frame. Either that, or my cat Lily just might be on to something when she follows light on the ceiling… what we refer to as “Hunting Ceiling Ghosts.”
Have you ever photographed a ghost? What’s your preferred way to add textures to photos? Do you love/hate Hipstamatic? Tell us in the comments!