A couple of weeks ago I spent a day driving about Massachusetts and made my way to Salem, MA. having recently relocated to the Boston area, Salem was a spot I thought would be cool to check out.
Surprisingly enough I didn’t discover too many witches, but I did find a wand shop ;).
Near downtown Salem, I found a park called Salem Willows Park. Beautiful views, a small beach front, a pier and more. I spent quite a bit of time here, especially as I’ve been missing Alki Beach in Seattle.
I snapped these images with the ever so lovely Fuji X100s.
I actually took more photos in this area than the downtown area. Once downtown I switched to shooting more with my iPhone. Including the Old Burying Ground Cemetery and a beach. Lots to explore within a mile or so radius. I’m sure I’ll visit there again!
Hey my friend over at Skipology.com shared a link to this new app today, fotograf, so I decided to give it a quick look.
fotograf offers a simple user interface and your basic controls, to change things like contrast, colour temperature, clarity, shadows, highlights and more. This is available in loads of apps, the cool factor in fotograf is that it offers previews of your changes.
There’s also a number of free filters, you can buy additional filters within the app.
Fotograf is also supposed to take advantage of the new manual features in IOS8, I didn’t try this out as I haven’t updated my phone yet.
Here’s a couple of screenshots of the app, plus a before and after of my edits.
fotograf $1.99 in the app store.
Photography is about timing. Well maybe not all of it, but if you are a photojournalist or someone who photographs people in any way, then you’ll find most of your best shots are because of timing. Sometimes you wait for a moment to unfold, sometimes you have to shoot a lot to capture that moment (and I don’t mean spray and pray!). Either way, it boils down to timing.
One of my favourite pursuits as a photographer is to capture a moment that’s interesting, that has a story, that creates a sense of wonder.
Perhaps it’s waiting on a pier and seeing a commuter stroll past.
Perhaps it’s stalking a seagull, slowly, and hoping he’ll look my way.
Perhaps it’s being at the right place at the right time to catch a young man fishing.
Perhaps it’s waiting for just the right moment when a boat passes to frame an image just so.
The moral of this little tale is to be thoughtful and patient as moments unfold around you.
All of these images were captured on an iPhone5s and edited with one of the following apps: Hipstamatic / vscocam.
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