Sunday, January 27, 2013

A couple of "Honorable Mentions!"

two of my submissions made "Honorable Mention!"

One from Seoul:
in Gyeongbokgung Palace,
is one of the loveliest spots in Seoul.

(ColorSplash app in addition to snapseed
used for both of these images.)

...and the other from the opposite side of S. Korea,
"Red Doors, Sokcho, Korea"

So, if you happen to be in New York City 
February 22-28,
these images will be among those on display

Check out the rest of the winners and runners-up;
so compelling, and all taken and edited solely with mobile devices.

It's such a thrill and privilege to know that a couple of my iphoneographic efforts 
will be on display with all of these great images...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

From the highest peak in the Tucson Mountains

I've been back in the classroom for a couple of days now...

Last Thursday, though, on a clear cold morning, I went for a hike in the Tucson Mountains. On the western edge of the city, this the lowest mountain range in the area, but from its highest point, Wasson Peak, you get 360-degree views over the entire area: city, wilderness and more peaks on the far horizons.

Water, sunscreen, and iphone...
it's a 7-mile round-trip desert hike with about a two-thousand-foot elevation gain.
(Do NOT do this hike in the summer; there is NO shade...but perfect from late fall through early spring.)

About 2/3 of the way up, this is the view toward the SW,
across the agricultural land of the Tohono O'odham nation,
toward Baboquivari Peak,
the 'navel of the world' in their native cosmology:

No shortage of cholla cactus along the rocky trail...
Here, looking south down the mountain range
toward the distant Santa Rita Mountains.
I played with the 'dark 1' option in the 'drama' filters for the scene above,
then with the black-and-white filter for the version below,
adjusting the white balance in the 'tune image' filter;
I like the imperfection of the flare, shooting
directly into the low sun...

...approaching the summit on the left:
(seven photos fused together with the AutoStitch app)

 Finally, at the peak--4687ft/1429m...
looking off to the NNW toward Picacho Peak...

Not as lofty as the 9000+ ft. peaks in the Santa Catalinas and the Rincons, but still high enough to feel on top of the world...

--looking NORTH toward the Tortolita Mtns
--looking from the NE to the E toward the Santa Catalina Mtns, across Oro Valley & Tucson
--looking SOUTH down the Tucson Mtns toward the distant Santa Rita Mtns
--looking toward the WEST across the Avra Valley
(made with PicFrame app)

And finally, one more saguaro-studded scene,
using 'tilt-shift' & one of the relatively new 'retrolux' filters:

Incidentally, in the January NIK software newsletter,
in the "Spotlight on Snapseed" section
THIS blog is featured...
Thanks, NIK!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013, day one: deer and snowcapped mountains

The first of the year dawned bright and cold here in southern Arizona. With yesterday's clouds lifting overnight, we woke up to freshly snowcapped Santa Catalina Mountains on the horizon; a perfect winter morning in the desert...a perfect day for my wife and I to take a hike. 

We weren't on the trail for five minutes yet, when:
...and then the deer practically pranced across our trail: 
...stopped to pick a fruit from a barrel cactus: 
 ...a bit of chewing:

...and finally, off to graze elsewhere:

A perfect winter day:
snowcapped Thimble Peak
above the cottonwoods in Sabino Canyon,
still hanging on to the last of last autumn's color:

Hiking boots, a bottle of water, some sunscreen...and the iPhone--all you need...