iPhoneography

GLS #1 – Doors ‘n’ Windows

France 200

 

A door just opened on a street

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.

Emily Dickinson

Isn’t that a beautiful simple little poem? I discovered Emily Dickinson a few years ago. She was a prolific poet but very shy and only ever had a dozen or so of her verses published in her lifetime. I felt a bit of an affinity with her. Over the years I have taken thousands and thousands of photographs yet rarely had the courage to put them in the public domain. Continue Reading →

iPhone Portraits

Hipsta Portrait 135

I primarily shoot portraits but have never thought of the iPhone as a portrait camera. It isn’t really. it’s a fairly wide-angle lens and wide angle lenses aren’t terribly flattering to faces, particularly noses! Basically, the longer the lens, the more the features are flattened and flattered. Many pros use a 70-200mm lens. I love my 135mm prime. But nothing ventured Continue Reading →

Hipstamatic

Hipsta 120

I’m so late to the Hipstamatic party I know. Like a lot of folk I’m wedded to my iPhone 6: I text-chat and WhatsApp with friends, surf the web, use Facebook and play the odd game. It’s weird then that as a keen photographer I never really used the iPhone camera for anything other than photographing important communications from my son’s school (to keep them in one place), shopping lists, gift ideas etc., and the odd social  media profile selfie. Recently that changed when I took a short course with BPSOP  under Holly Higbee Jansen. It was a spur of the moment enrollment because it looked fun and I fancied doing something a world away from my DSLR. Sometimes shaking things up a bit can be a good thing and give us a fresh perspective. Continue Reading →