badlands

Badlands National Park is yet another especially amazing national park here in the states. On my recent journey back to the east coast, I was compelled to make a stop at this park.

Seeing images of a place is only gives you a small sense of the space. Unless you can integrate elements to help with scale or something, it’s honestly really best experienced in person. Here’s to hoping these vistas inspire at least one of you to get out there!

Recently I’ve been playing about with a new app called Storehouse. It’s for the iPhone and allows you to create photo essays, incorporating video or stills. It’s pretty slick so far, we shall see how it takes hold in the realm of social media. I put together a few of my iPhone images from the Badlands into a story on Storehouse, so if you’d like to see some of the iPhone images from this trek, check them out here.

Outside of that, below are a handful of images I took with the Fujifilm X100S. Edited with a combination of software like Lightroom 4 and Alien Skin Software Exposure 6.

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All of these and more are available as prints, if you’re so inclined… Check out the full gallery over at my Smugmug site.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check this out!

~ kate

yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is approximately 3500 miles of natural wonder. From geysers to rivers to trees to mountains, it’s quite a site to behold.

I’d like to let the photos speak for themselves here and leave whomever reads this with just one thought:

Our world is vast, explore it. :-)

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These were all captured on the Fujifilm X100S.

If you really feel drawn to any of these images and would like to own a print, that is completely possible! Check out my Smugmug page to see higher resolution versions or to purchase prints. ;-)

Instagram as a Community

How much do you really see on Instagram? If you’re following a few hundred or even a thousand people, you’d think you’d see a lot. For me that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The more people you follow, the more challenging it is to keep up with, no lie. But It’s a very cool community, overall. So I’m of the belief it is worth the effort to take an extra step to see what folks are up to.

Now you can obviously view photos on your Phone, this is the entire premise of the app, right? Snapping and sharing on the go?? :-) But there are many ways to view images, bigger, better on our computers (or iPads).

When you get home from work, do spend loads of time on Facebook, seeing what your friends are up to? Yep, you do, unless you’re one of those folks who haven’t jumped on the Facebook bandwagon, and that is OK.

So you’re thinking, hey Kate, get to the point already… I’m getting bored! haha.

So here’s the point, think on this…

If you’re actively engaged in the Instagram community, use a tool like Iconosquare or Ink361 to view images and engage with them on a larger screen. These platforms let you see images in a grid so you can see more content and quickly choose ones to like or comment on, etc… p.s. commenting on peoples work can often result in people commenting/liking yours…

Take it a step further and view entire feeds of an individual. For instance if you use Ink361 you can click on “Following” to bring up a list of all of your followers, their avatar + their 5 most recent uploads to IG. This lets you really see what folks are up to, I was doing this today and realised how many posts I’d missed from folks. So I went a bit “Like” crazy. ;-)

Iconosquare works a bit different, unfortunately you can’t click on Following to see a feed like this. However Iconosquare offers some nice statistics about your images, if you’re into all that.

What I like about Iconosquare:

- Nice grid for viewing current uploads, keep scrolling to reveal more images
- Creating Groups, like Lists in Twitter, this helps narrow the field of images by topic/brand/friends whatever…
- Statistics covering images with most likes/comments, times you get the most interaction, based on times you post and more.
- They also run contests

DP Review Connect just did this article on Iconosquare. It’s a nice review with screen shots and all that goodness.

What I like about Ink361:

- View multiple recent uploads from individuals I’m following or that are following me.
- Quickly interact with those images from the thumbnail or blow it up for more detail.
- Create Circles (groups) to categorise people you’re following.

One thing about Ink361, they offer a store front. This is something you can set up if you wish to. An avenue to sell prints or other things of your Intsagram photos. I personally do not have a store setup here, I have a Smugmug account for that. I mention it because I’d suggest you be cautious when checking out Ink361, in that I don’t want you to setup a store if you don’t want to or don’t agree with the terms.

In general always read the Terms of Service before you sign up for one of these accounts, you want to be comfortable with the use of your stuff. Cool?

I’m wrapping this up but wanted to also include a couple of App options for you….

If you’re on a Mac a new app was just released, called: Grids

If you’re using an iPad, I’ve used Flow & Padgram, but in writing this also came across Retro which looks nice, but I haven’t given it a try yet. I do prefer Flow over Padgram.

You can also connect Instagram to Flipboard, if you’re already using that app.

Ok, phew, wordy bit and no photos. Sorry!

Here’s a recent snap ;)

iPhone5s | Hipstamatic | Mextures

iPhone5s | Hipstamatic | Mextures

Have fun instagrammin’.

- kate

photographer. educator. boston.