19 May 2013

Just Playing...

St. Louis skyline as seen from the Gateway Arch (Copyright 2013 - Whimbrel Nature)

The last four days I've been in St. Louis attending the National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum & Expo as part of my day job. I had a crazy schedule and I wanted to do only carry-on luggage on the plane, so I left my big boy camera at home and only had my iPhone 5 with me. One morning my colleagues and I went out to visit the Gateway Arch while we were there and rode to the top. On our brief adventure, I decided to play around with seeing what sort and quality of images I could put together with the phone as my only camera. I wanted to share with you a few of the "successes". These were all photographed with the iPhone. The first two are panoramic stitches of multiple iPhone shots, the third is a single shot. The two panoramas are different styles. The first is a straightforward stitch and crop made from a series of nine iPhone images (3 across the top, 3 across the middle, 3 across the bottom). Because of the window I was able to access, I had to crop quite a bit from the right-hand side to get the courthouse centered. I do like the way angling the iPhone led to a fisheye-like effect. The second is a collage of images purposely shot from different angles and perspectives. I aligned them in Photoshop CS6 and added a bevel and emboss effect to each layer.

I had a lot of fun playing around with the iPhone and with the post-processing, but I don't think I'll be giving up my big boy camera anytime soon. More posts will be forthcoming this week!

An iPhone collage from under one base of the arch. (Copyright 2013 - Whimbrel Nature)

As an added bonus, here is the picture from the top, but with a tilt-shift miniaturization effect added in post.

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