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iPhone Photographer- Hipstamatic Review

January 11, 2010

I’ve joked around that I use my iPhone for everything but calling and this is kind of true unless I’m talking to a client or need to tell my mom what to pick up at the store. The one thing I do find most useful–among all it’s capabilities–is the camera. I own the 3G one so it’s only 2 megapixels that I’m working with. Still, I’m not bothered by that. So long as I don’t photograph a wedding with it, right?….well, only if they ask me too 😉

There are a few cool photo apps that can be downloaded to the iPhone that I favor like the PS (photoshop) Mobile and the Polarize, both free to add on your phone, but for the new year I’ve decided to splurge on a photo app and came across Hipstamatic which advertises to bring a nostalgic feel of plastic toy cameras in it’s stylized effects. Currently, this app is only $1.99. I told you I splurged.

The app features the ability to switch lenses, film, and flash that creates different moods to your photos. There are also other lenses and types of film that you can purchase to add to your Hipstamatic collection.

I’ve played around with the 3 lenses and film that it comes with and below are my results; I’m truly an addict for the Hipstamatic. 🙂

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Here I am using the app on my phone.

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My mom and I went grocery shopping today so here begins our journey.

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I had to wait at least 10 minutes until this area was clear of shoppers for a short few seconds.

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The image on the left is the John S lens using Ina’s 1969 film.
On the right I used the Jimmy lens and the same type of film (which has this cream border).

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Both were shot with the John S lens with the Blanko film.

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The left was with the Kaimal Mark II lens, Kodot Verichrome film.
The right was with the same type of film, but with the John S lens.

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Starting to get a hang of the different looks?

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Alright, let’s leave the grocery store!

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I held my phone outside of the moving car for this shot.

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The blurred image on the left is from the fast movement taken with the phone’s automatic slow shutter.

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I think it’s hilarious that I caught my parents getting something out of their wallet,
both at different times w/o me thinking of the coincidence.

Ello, Los Angeles

January 8, 2010

I visit L.A. quite frequently and am known to go for less than 24 hours sometimes. I don’t think I really moved away; I just happen to live much further. For my recent trip, before I took my sister, Angela, to the airport, we decided to visit downtown via the underground Metro. Our destination was Angels Knoll, a small park on a hill, because of our fascination with the movie (500) Days of Summer. A self-guided tour is available for anyone who wants to tour the locations that were filmed in the movie. Afterwards, we explored Grand Central Market across from the park and later that night checked out a chill spot, Wurskuche past Little Tokyo.

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WurstKuche

Downtown Visalia

January 3, 2010

My sister and her friend, Noelle, ventured into old downtown for some fun portraits. Oh, I was there too! All three of us, photographers, modeling for each other. A great way to exercise our creativity…and our legs 🙂

Downtown Shoot

Downtown Shoot

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Taken by Angela

Downtown Shoot
Taken by Angela

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Taken by Noelle

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Taken by Noelle. Angela isn’t really mad. Don’t you love the colors? 🙂

Downtown Shoot

Downtown Shoot

Downtown Shoot

Downtown Shoot

Once in a Blue Moon

January 1, 2010

It’s 2010, ya’ll. A new year is here for us to take it or let it leave us behind wondering, “Where did my year go?” Out of all the holidays we celebrate the New Year’s is one that I feel somewhat responsible for. Last night during the eve and end of ’09 I went outside in my front yard and looked up at the sky. I saw a very luminescent full moon. My dad, also gazing with me, suggested I take a photo to see if I could capture any blue. I wasn’t expecting to see it since a blue moon isn’t actually that color, but sometimes extra-large particles scatter red light and tint the moon blue (I used to be obsessed with astronomy).

I grabbed my 70-200 lens and hand held my camera on ISO 800 shooting at f 11. When I looked down at my image I saw a blue circle behind the bright moon. How the heck did that happen? I was in disbelief. Here is the image I got straight out RAW:

Blue Moon

What do you think? I think it’s cool. Maybe I got lucky or it’s some refraction of another source of light coming elsewhere. Perhaps, my UV filter (but wait, I don’t have one).  Regardless, it’s blue and looks like a second moon. So, I zoomed in closer and saw contrasted shadows of the moon’s craters, but the blue companion was gone. Oh, well.

Blue Moon

For the new year I’ve got several goals and resolutions I’ve set before me, but the most important matter I’ll be caring for is wholeness, an unsevered relationship of well-being for myself. If God can love me, then I can love myself and extend that love to others. Let it not be once in a blue moon for you to receive that truth. It may be a new year, but the simplicity is found in each new day and fresh chances. Cheers to you.

Flip Video- Review

December 31, 2009

Hands down the best product I bought this year. The Flip video camcorder delivered past my expectations inspiring me to make use of it in several projects. I initially bought the MinoHD Flip over the summer to document my trip to Cambodia and Thailand, but having such a simple device also made it convenient to capture waiting in line at the Kogi Truck, dropping down water slides at Six Flags, or getting photographers workin’ it at shootouts. This is definitely one of the greatest investment I’ve made in my career as a photographer, as well. I agree that having a DSLR that has video capability is equally–if not more–incredible to own, but the compact size of the Flip makes it a little more practical to take with you in situations where you don’t want to risk your expensive camera.

If you’re not yet convinced why this is the best camcorder to have, then allow me to further whet your senses.

1. Simple to shoot, very easy to use
2. HD-quality video
3. Convenient USB arm that flips out of the camera
4. Pre-loaded Flip software allows you to e-mail, make movies, edit clips, & instantly upload to social networks (I use iMovie to make all my videos)
5. You can customize your Flip with your own design, so for pro photographers your own spiffy logo
6. You can take it underwater using their underwater case for a price that doesn’t drown you
7. Pocket size portability
8. You can connect it to the t.v. and show off your videos right away
9. If you’re an educator or with a charity, then you can get one at a reduced price!

and lastly,

10. Because I can’t have all the fun!! 😛

Here’s a small clip of what the Flip results in after you’ve recorded. This was captured earlier today while I was taking photos of my Flip.

The Flip

The Flip

Thanks to my sister, Angela, for being my hand model! To see more of my Flip videos visit my You Tube page.

A Closer Look Into My Family

December 30, 2009

Yesterday I returned to town from a visit up in the Bay Area to see extended family. Like every visit there we explored china town between Alameda and Oakland. I fixed my 50mm lens on 1.8 the entire time and got up close for the details of their fashion and their faces. I did the same last Christmas season which you can view here: https://jenmayphotography.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/ive-been-holding-back/

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Niña celebrated her 20th birthday this Christmas.
Buddy the Elf from the movie inspired me to put up the makeshift snow hanging on the doors.

FamilyThat’s my cousin with my mom and sisters.

FamilyMy cousin, Paul.

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I gave Angela a camera that she used throughout the day.

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Niña

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Angela

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My mama

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Midday Lunch

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Stop for ice cream

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2009

Christmas Greeting

Here’s my Christmas greeting card that I sent out to family and friends this year. I know my eyebrows are like totally cool. I thank the wind and shooting impromptu for that 🙂