Happy New Year 2014!

Coastal Light - Pigeon Point - 2012

Today is my father’s birthday – he was born December 31, 1921 and would have been 92 years old today.

His father, my grandfather, was born on December 24, 1879.

Two Carl’s – one born on Christmas Eve, the other on New Year’s Eve. On this New Year’s Eve, I remember them both. Wonderful fathers indeed.

Happy New Year! Best wishes for a great 2014!

My Favorite iPhoneographer: Karen Klinedinst

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I’m not exactly sure that I remember how I first discovered the work of Karen Klinedinst. I suspect I was searching for iPhoneographers who were doing especially interesting work. iPhoneography is the term applied to using your iPhone’s camera to create interesting images – and iPhoneographers are those creative people who create their art this way.

Somehow I ended up on Karen’s web site – one of those delightful discoveries that sometimes happen to us on the web. First, one image – then another, and another, and yet another. Beautiful in their treatment of a landscape – with the delight of having been shot and edited on an iPhone. I found her on Facebook – and friended her.

I was particularly taken with Karen’s “Autumn Lake” (above) and emailed her an order for a framed print of this beautiful image. Karen’s Autumn Lake is now hanging in our living room – a beautiful image that changes it colors as the window light shifts across it during the course of a day. It’s one of those very special images.

Along the way, I asked Karen if she’d be willing to share more of her story here on my blog. She agreed – and We worked together on a Q&A. I sent her a list of questions that I had about how iPhoneography – and she replied – sharing some of her artistic inspiration as well as the details of her iPhone photo processing.

What a wonderful chat with a great artist – thanks Karen!

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On the Run at SFO

On the Run - San Francisco - 2013

We were on our way to Miami – getting a day early so we could shoot South Beach before heading to Havana.

I turned around and captured this iPhone shot – on the go at San Francisco’s International Airport.

Another one of my favorites from 2013!

Down the Line at China Camp

Down the Line - China Camp - 2013

I’d heard of China Camp – but never been there. It’s a great spot – on the bay side of San Rafael in Marin County – with some wonderful places to shoot.

This is an image I shot with my iPhone 5. Post=processed using Lightroom 5 with VSCO Film 04 and then Oil Paint filter in Photoshop CC. I love how the painterly effects play with the water and sky in this image.

The Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse – Santa Cruz

Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse - Santa Cruz - 2012

Here’s another iPhone 5 images – this one from late December 2012 in Santa Cruz, California. The iPhone 5 (and now the iPhone 5s) has a great camera – I’ve put together a special set on Flickr with some examples of my iPhone 5 photos – and a new one where I’m collecting iPhone 5s photos.

This is the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse built by Abbott’s parents following his death in 1965 while surfing near the point.

This version was adjusted in Lightroom 5 using VSCO Film presets.

Radio Road #2 at Point Reyes

Radio Road #2 - Point Reyes - 2013

I’ve been enjoying the work of Jean-Michel Berts who enhances his monochrome images with the selective use of light. He sells two video tutorials that walk through his approach.

I went back to this earlier image of mine – shot originally with my iPhone 5 – and added just a bit of Berts’ technique in Photoshop CC. The original version is below.

Radio Road - Point Reyes - 2013

Car 1003 in Monochrome

Car 1003

This image is of one of the streetcars in the car barn at the Western Railway Museum just outside of Fairfield, California.

I shot this image using my iPhone 5 – and post-processed it totally on the iPhone using the Dramatic B&W application. When I took the shot, I got lucky to be able to light up the headlamp of the camp – thanks to a reflection of natural light coming in from the far right. That light in the headlamp makes this shot – without it, it’d just be another streetcar image!

Abstracts on the Shelf


These are some iPhone 5 shots taken in the lounge of a hotel I recently visited. I had been reading in the lounge one evening and, while heading out, noticed these interesting pieces in cabinets well lit by halogen spots above them. I played with a couple of them in VSCOcam – but most are straight out of the iPhone 5 camera.

“The best camera is the one you have with you…”