The Berlin Cathedral is an impressive landmark in Berlin; not only during daytime but it’s beautifully and mystically illuminated at night.
I fixed falling lines in this photo; a problem that occurs when photographing large buildings from the ground with the camera tilted upwards. The result is that a building looks like it’s falling over. Previously I used Pixelmator on the Mac to fix that. For a few months I can fix this right on the iPhone using Skrwt App [iTunes App Store Link].
What I really like is that Skrwt App does not overly crop or reduce the size of the photo and it works with all kinds of photos, even if I took them with another camera and imported them to the iPhone later.
I discovered this streetcar tunnel in Bratislava. The photo is from an iPhone 6 taken with ProCamera 8. ProCamera is one of my favourite camera replacement apps for two reasons: It can save uncompressed TIFF images (=better quality than JPEG) and the update to version 8 introduced HDR.
The four new HDR modes are available as an InApp purchase and are a decent natural HDR, a colourful vivid mode, a dramatic mode with rich details and a black and white HDR mode.
I made this photo using the black and white HDR mode of ProCamera [iTunes App Store Link] at night! For me, the four HDR modes were definitely worth the money and have replaced all other HDR apps on my iPhone I used until now.
I shot two photos; one of the upper and one of the lower part of the tower and stitched them together using Autostitch Panorama [iTunes App Store Link]. I still use that app because contrary to the built in panorama mode of the iPhone, it can stitch photos in multiple rows and columns.
A common side effect of panorama and stitched photos are bent lines which I fixed using Skrwt App [iTunes App Store Link]; a great app to fix all kinds of perspective distortions.
James Brown from Skipology called my attention to a iPhone photo challenge run by Art of Mob on Instagram.
The challenge was about planes, trains and automobiles. It occurred to me that I do have some “old” iPhone photos of planes that I took at the Airport Munich. There’s a visitors park with a few old airplanes from the early years of aviation that’s well worth a visit.
I took that photo of a Junkers Ju 52 back in September 2010 with an iPhone 3G and Hipstamatic, a month before Instagram was launched.
One evening during a stay in Prague I went to the famous Charles Bridge which is considered to be one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe.
I tried if it was possible to shoot bracketed photos with a Sony QX100 (Read my review) that are suitable for creating an HDR photo with Photomatix.
The PlayMemories App for the QX100 offers various shooting modes; among them an aperture priority mode with compensation from -3 to +3 stops. I used the QX100 in detached mode on a small Gorillapod [Amazon Link] to shoot the three bracketed shots and combined them to an HDR using exposure fusion with Photomatix Pro 5.0.
A few days ago I took a detour to visit Devin Castle at the Austrian/Slovak border. It’s a big castle on top of a small hill (or a huge rock if you prefer), first mentioned in the 9th century. From the castle, you’ll have a beautiful view over the Danube. The castle also has a small museum with all kinds of medieval artefacts.
I took the photo approximately during sunset, which resulted in a decent orange / golden tint, especially on the rock.
I took the photo with the iOS8 camera app of the iPhone 5S and applied a little post processing in Nik Viveza and Nik Define. Nik Viveza lets me selectively adjust color and tonality, which I used to soften the orange / golden tint a bit. I used Nik Define to denoise the photo with a focus on the sky.
This Friday I followed my principle to walk the extra mile and wait an extra minute. I took a two hour walk from where I work back to my apartment with the iPhone ready to shoot. I photographed a small bridge over railway tracks when some trains passed by and I was able to get this photo.
I used Slow Shutter Cam [iTunes App Store Link] to photograph a one-second long exposure of the trains passing by under the bridge. It took me a few attempts to get the timing right. After I had edited the blur right in Slow Shutter Cam to add the ghost effect to the photo, I added the front train lights with Lenslight App [iTunes App Store Link] and converted to photo to black and white with the new editing functions of iOS8. Here’s a full tutorial.
You might have realized by now that I’m a big fan of the zoo Vienna, the oldest zoo in the world. Almost each year, the zoo has new baby animals like Pandas, Cheetahs, Arctic Wolves, Lemurs, Penguins, Reindeers, Flamingos, Giraffes, Meerkats, Crocodiles and Elephants. And those were just the new born animals in 2013 and 2014!
If you want to get good photos from the animals in the zoo vienna, go there as early as possible, especially on weekends.
The photo is from “Mummy Cheetah” who gave birth to 3 absolutely cute baby “big cats” this year. I made it using the Sony QX100 (here’s a review) and converted it to black and white with Tonality, an awesome tool for really sophisticated black and white conversions [Mac App Store Link].
During the last days I experimented (again) with the new photo editing tools in iOS8. I used some photos I made earlier this year, like this one from a photowalk at the DC Tower in Vienna.
I really love that Apple didn’t just add more filters but provided ways to fine tune light, color and black and white settings for a photo. If you know iPhoto for iOS, you know what i mean. By sliding your finger across a slider, the iOS8 photo app applies different settings to a photo. But unlike iPhoto for iOS, you can pop up a menu and adjust various settings individually.
During my stay in Croatia, I tried some long time exposures with the iPhone. The rocky coast was the ideal place for this. A long time exposure of the sea usually flattens its surface and makes it look like a sea of clouds.
For this long time exposure, I used Slow Shutter App [iTunes Store] on the iPhone 5S with iOS8 beta 5. With Slow Shutter App, I can take long time exposures between 1/4 second and 30 seconds with the iPhone.
To avoid camera shake and a blurry photo, I mounted the iPhone to my Manfrotto Tripod [see Amazon] using a Joby Griptight mount [see Amazon] and used a Muku Shutter as a wireless remote shutter release. Finally, I converted the photo to black and white with iOS8.
I believed that I would have to travel much further than to Croatia to photograph a bamboo grove. I was surprised to discover three small bamboo groves in Opatija, Croatia. I’ve been told, that allegedly 80% of the plants growing in Croatia are basically “imported”.
I created the photo with the Sony Nex 7 from three bracketed shots and combined them to an HDR with Photomatix Pro.
For landscape and nature HDR photo I usually start from the natural preset in Photomatix, which changes the HDR process method to Exposure Fusion instead of Tone Mapping and produces more natural looking results.
During my last trip to Croatia, I experimented around with the new photo editing functions in iOS8 (beta 4). I made this shot in Opatija, Croatia and it shows a statue called “The Girl and the Seagull”, which is one of the major landmarks in Opatija, I guess.
[iPhone photographers get a wide range of editing possibilities with iOS8 and Apple has done an impressive job making photo editing easy and convenient on the iPhone. I did a lot of black and white conversions with iOS8 and I don’t think it can get any easier.
The edits made to a photo on the iPhone or iPad sync as long as both devices run iOS8, but not yet to iPhoto or Aperture on OSX Yosemite Beta. On the desktop, I just see the unedited photos I took.