Friday, March 30, 2012

Taste of Cuba

Havana Cafe & global headquarters of their coffee empire is such a cool place to hang out. It has a great cosmopolitan vibe and a classy fleet of vehicles - like this old Studebaker truck.
This image was dipped in some Tilt Shift sauce before posting.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Exposure Magic

More use of the HDR option within the iPhone's camera.
This scene at Maranui has a huge exposure range - from dimly lit cafe to seascape - but the HDR (high dynamic range) manages to grab three quick shots at different settings and combine them with software to try and show detail in the shadows and highlights. The waitress on the right shows some slight ghosting from her movement between frames.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Run in the sun

A glorious Friday afternoon at Oriental Bay sitting on my scooter watching the world go by.
This shot hasn't actually been edited by me, but I had the 'HDR' option set in the native camera app. When this is on the phone snaps 2 shots (edit: 3 shots) in quick succession and combines them to try and get the best from highlight areas and shadows - so the runner moving between the shots is ghosted in the finished image.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Reach for the sky

So, although we're technically into autumn now this little scene has a very spring feel.
I ran it through Instagram with the 'lo-fi' filter... just 'cos.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Visitor from Makara

This beauty (OK, maybe not visually beautiful) and a friend made for some delicious eating and they certainly have a unique look.
The photo was run through a new app called Camera Awesome which is chock-full of features for taking photos and has some great post-production filters to apply. The app itself is free but if you'd like extra 'filter packs' they are payable.
I love the name given to the filter used on this shot - More Cowbell (the name is based on a great comedy skit).