I don’t market myself as a photographer or even claim to be one. But I do take tons of pictures all the time. Some of these make it into my surrealist photomontage art over at RSMITHINGS.com, but others I’m content to just share for fun with minor edits (also done 100% via iPhone, like my art). Here are a few from this year so far that have enjoyed positive reception over at my Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr and Pinterest presences.
My photo, “Summer’s Requiem” is #14 – woohoo!
Well, this is quite an honor. Of the 500 million+ photos uploaded to Flickr in 2014, one of mine was in the mobile top 25 according to their blog (#14, shown below), along with 24 other really great images — and one of only 5 black and whites. Thanks, Flickr!
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.
Related articles across the web
If you’re into Instagram or are curious about alternatives, see this guest post I wrote for Inkifi, a print maker of Instagram images. I cover five decent alternatives in detail (for bonus points, add me as rsmithing if you’re already on ’em: 1,2,3,4,5). And please take a moment to comment at the Inkifi post if you can — thanks!
I just had my first whirl with the new Flickr mobile app. And… woah. It’s good. I mean really good.
The new Flickr app for iPhone sports filters, easy browsing, a nice uploading interface… all on top of Flickr’s superb online Pinterest & Twitter integration. Overall, I must say it looks like Instagram got Flickr to step up its game. To that I say, well-played, Flickr. Well-played indeed.
Operation: Target Instagram
If Instagram feels like it’s in the crosshairs, it’s with good reason. I had long been a fan of Flickr for general storage, but gravitated toward Instagram for the image discovery & immediacy of sharing. I have a feeling that’s going to change. And not just for me — I know more than a few folks who have been less than pleased with and seeking alternatives to Instagram lately thanks to spam or yanking its previews from Twitter.
This is not to say it’s perfect. It’s still not as snappy as Instagram, since applying filters and edits takes a bit longer — but you can do meaningful edits right from within the app like adding text, brightness/contrast, and basic retouching. You have to use a separate 3rd party app at present to do any of that for an Instagram upload. Conversely, features like the ability to tag people in photos, browse your favorite groups, and do batch uploads (thanks, Emily @_@) were already baked into Flickr. Having these tools now in the mobile app — along with just basic functionality like being able to zoom in — makes Flickr’s app superior to Instagram on a number of noticeably important fronts.
Given the massive leap forward of this latest edition, I’m optimistic that things will only improve further for Flickr going forward. Here’s a closer look with video of the new app from Flickr’s blog:
What do you think? Are you a fan of Instagram or other online photo networks? What’s your experience with Flickr been like? Let us hear from you in the comments.
If you like this, share it on Twitter (and thanks).
- Unlike Instagram, Flickr latches on to Twitter (venturebeat.com)
- Yahoo revamps Flickr app to join Instagram-Twitter photo-filter fray (mercurynews.com)
- Redesigned Flickr for iPhone adds filters two years after Instagram (theverge.com)
- Flickr earmarked as top priority for investment by Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer (guardian.co.uk)
- Silicon Alley Insider: Marissa Mayer’s New Flickr Is Beautiful And Deep With Functionality Far Surpassing Instagram (YHOO) (businessinsider.com)
- Flickr for iPhone app takes on Instagram (slashgear.com)
- Marissa Mayer’s Flickr revamp takes on Instagram (bizjournals.com)
- Pinterest adds Twitter Cards Support (Kelly Lieberman)
- Step Aside, Flickr. Instagram is Replacing You (pixelbits.wordpress.com)
- Will Instagram be the Next Flickr? (arikhanson.com)
- Understanding Instagram and why Flickr Just Might Have a Chance (giga.om)
- Instagram Vs. Flickr? (nalicharan1.wordpress.com)
So I’ve figured out a series of app edits that gives this rich, dimensional effect to object photos. Here’s a detail of one from this weekend that I’ll be doing a step-by-step of in the near future, along with more of the “Emerging” series.
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.
- Single Image Sundays: Skull Pendant (rsmithing.com)
- Single Image Sundays: Inch Nail (rsmithing.com)
- Spring In February (gallery32.wordpress.com)
- Get Snap-Happy: Hipstamatic Launches A New Fashion-Inspired Lens (refinery29.com)
Recently I was part of the process as a potential juror in our legal system. Having done this once before, I know there’s a ton of waiting around. Or, as seen through blogging iPhoneography eyes, some unique photo opportunities. I made it a mobile project to document what was nearby to the extent that you also may find it interesting, using only my iPhone and WordPress app, and of course, without discussing any elements of any case I or others may or may not be involved in. That said, I’d welcome your thoughts on these photos in the comments, or your thoughts about jury duty in general.
Have you been a juror lately? Without getting into case specifics, what was your experience like?
Queuing at security that morning. Not as bad as the airport, thankfully.
We were chilling in the pool. My usual pool chilling usually includes a cocktail, but hey.
Pretty sure this dude did not move for one solid hour.
More faces of waiting. We were all pretty much wired up via laptops, phones, etc.
Last time I served was two years ago for three days. Meanwhile, my work at the office wasn’t getting done, which was sort of a drag. Nevertheless, I’m glad to have done my part in the American judicial system, getting a decent hands-on civics lesson, and some unique blog material for afterward.
- Got Jury Duty? (lawlibraryblog.seattleu.edu)
- Jury Duty Doesn’t Sit Right With Some People (clumsycrooks.com)
- Axl Rose Serves Jury Duty (noisecreep.com)
- Jury Slacker Ordered To Carry Sign: ‘I Failed To Appear For Jury Duty’ (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- Adventures in jury duty (nocoercion.com)