Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday at the Farmer's Market

Sunday morning at the Farmer's Market--a relaxing way to get your locally-grown fresh produce...and fun with unobtrusive iPhone photography...perfect for 'snapseeding'...

Even here in the desert, Tucson has several open-air markets throughout the week, and the one on Sunday morning at St. Philip's Plaza is perhaps the best--by this time of year, the monsoon is adding to the bounty...

 --an overview of part of the market--stitched three iPhone photos with AutoStitch before 'snapseeding' to see the movement of several of the people in the lower right...

 --gotta love 'stupid hot' salsa; truth in advertising

 --a new vegetable for us: 'purslane,' aka 'verdolagas' in Spanish--very high in omega fatty acids--hmm, a plant with 'fish oil' that grows like a weed here in AZ after the monsoon rains have begun...

 --'prickly pops' on dry ice--'prickly' as in the purple 'prickly pear' fruit of the cactus...

--more edible cactus: cholla buds--high in calcium; who knew?

--some of the steps in St. Philip's Plaza

...and some caffeinated paper cranes;
fun detail noticed at the counter of a local coffee shop...


And...AFAR magazine recently published a little interview/profile with me.
In it, I briefly talk about iPhones, travel photography, and snapseed.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pacific NW--city and mountain scenes

Got back five days ago from a visit to Seattle; also spent some time hiking in the Cascades...Here are some snapseeded iPhone shots of city and mountain:

--breakfast scene at The Crumpet Shop
 --iconic Pike Place Market scene:
 --summer in the Pacific NW means cherries:
--eat breakfast under a boat, Portage Bay Café:

--kayaking in Portage Bay, dodging boat draft, darting under bridges, being a polite voyeur around houseboats:

--Phnom Penh, my favorite Cambodian restaurant in the Chinatown/International District:
(above and below, using the "PicFrame" app)

--are those hashtags on this totemic headpiece in front of the Burke Museum?
out of the city...

--hiking the trail along Elliott Creek up to Goat Lake in the Central Cascades:

--Cadet Peak, reflected in Goat Lake:
Below, the 'before-shot' really shows what the snapseed app can do in order to mimic correcting the exposure in an iPhone shot:

--three iPhone photos stitched together (using the AutoStitch app) for a panorama of Goat Lake:
 --playing with the reflection in the clear lake, when the breeze died down, for an almost-mirror-like scene:

--Big Four Mountain and the Stillaguamish River:
Another 'before'-scene--this showing Mt. Stuart from the trail up to Lake Colchuck:
Too dark.
Below--'extreme' snapseeding of the same scene: 

--back to less extreme editing,
Aasgard Pass above Lake Colchuck:
--facing Dragontail Peak above the glaciallly-colored lake:
Flying from Arizona to Washington, your plane is most likely going to go over the Grand Canyon;
get a window seat if at all possible;
even from thirty-some-thousand feet above,
the chasms seem endless:

...and finally, back to Tucson. Driving around town earlier today, this house caught my eye--so, adobe doesn't have to be earth-toned: