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Last Friday my friends Doug Kaye, Steve Disenhof and I spent some time at the recently re-opened Salesforce Park in San Francisco. This park is above the Transit Center on the roof – elevators at either end bring you up to this roof top level.

One of the fun things to see at the park is a fountain (you can just see the holes for the nozzles in the white ring above) that’s triggered when a bus comes through the Transit Center below. There’s a glass wall behind the fountain that makes for some fun reflections. That’s a reflection of Steve walking in the upper right corner (with the hat!).

With this image, I tweaked it a bit in Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz Simplify to give it a more painterly effect in black and white. The original image – shot with my iPhone Xs Max – is below:

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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!

Q&A with iPhoneographer Karen Klinedinst

1. How did you get into your iPhone image making? Was there some spark that lit your interest?

About three years ago, I was looking at the Center for Photography at Woodstock‘s schedule, to see if there was a workshop that might inspire me. I had been doing Polaroid transfers for many years, and was searching for a new creative spark. CPW had a “iPhone Artistry” weekend workshop with Dan Burkholder listed. I was curious, and looked at Dan’s website and was completely wowed by his iPhone images.. During my research, I also discovered the work of Nettie Edwards, and was really blown away by her beautiful, mysterious images–all created with her iPhone. I had never considered using my iPhone for anything other than snapshots of my cats. I immediately signed up for Dan Burkholder’s workshop.

2. Tell us about how you see when you’re in the field – and how you capture with your iPhone?

An integral part of my process and how I see is influenced by walking. I’m an avid hiker, and spend at least once a week, hiking in beautiful places in the Mid-Atlantic region. Walking through a landscape allows me to see and feel the nuances of space, light and time. This, influences how I photograph the landscape. By using an iPhone, I’m totally unencumbered, because it so easily fits in my pocket. I can be free about what I capture, and start processing images right in the field. I call it “plein air processing.”

3. There seem to be a never-ending assortment of photo processing apps for the iPhone. Which ones are your favorites, how did you settle on them?

I’m very particular about composition and getting the best quality image capture that I possibly can. I generally capture the image using the apps Pro Camera or 645 Pro. These are great camera apps that allow you to control focus, and exposure. Sometimes, the lighting situation requires using an HDR app. My HDR app of choice is HDR3. So many of my images are panoramic, and with the iPhone it’s incredibly easy to create them. By far the best pano app out there is AutoStich.

Post-processing is where you can get very creative. Some of my favorites are SnapSeed, PhotoToaster, FilterStorm, Vintage Scene, Modern Grunge, Photo Studio, Laminar Pro, and PhotoForge (unfortunately, no longer available in the App Store). I’m constantly experimenting with new apps, so the list is always changing.

Because I do create prints from my images, file size and resolution is very important. So, I only use apps that allow me to get maximum file size and resolution. Some of the file sizes of my AutoStitch panos are fairly large–the maximum possible is 18MB.

4. What’s your general workflow – once you’ve captured a scene?

Because I’ve done a lot of alternative photographic processes throughout my creative life, the image capture is just the jumping off point. I’m not really interested in capturing reality, but creating a neo-Romantic world of my imagination.

Once I capture an image, I think about what I want to covey, and the emotional qualities that the landscape conveys to me. I do some fine-tuning and exposure adjustments with SnapSeed or FilterStorm. Then the creativity begins. I experiment with different apps such as VintageScene, PhotoStudio, PhotoForge, or ModernGrunge to add textures and colors. I sometimes layer effects by bringing several versions of the same image into Laminar Pro and using the layers function. I do a lot of experimentation, and save many different versions of an image before I get where I want to be. I’m always surprised by the process–it’s magical!

5. You take special care with your printing. How did you arrive at your current process?

Because I come from a traditional and alternative process background, the print is an integral part of creating an image. The type of paper used for a print can really change the image. I experimented with a lot of digital fine-art papers before I found what works best for my images. I do most of my own prints using an Epson 2880, and print on Hahnemühle Bamboo paper. It’s a bamboo-fiber, warm-toned paper with a surface very similar to a hot-press watercolor paper. It also comes in a wide variety of sizes, and in rolls. Some of my panoramic images have been printed as large as 30×15″ by Full-Circle Photo in Baltimore. They specialize in fine-art printing for photographers and artists, and are wonderful to work with.

If you have any other questions, please ask – add a comment below! Happy Holidays!

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Image of “Autumn Lake” – © Copyright 2013 Karen Klinedinst Landscapes.

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Which Way Is Up? – An iPhone 5 Experiment in Black and White

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An experiment in black and white – image from a portion of a carving hanging on a wall in a Hawaii hotel – with some very special sunlight streaming in from the left side.

Shot with my iPhone 5 and post-processed using Nik’s Snapseed on my iPhone.

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The Best Camera – Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park


This best camera is the one you have with you – as they say – and my iPhone is that camera for me. Here’s an image taken and completely processed on my iPhone 5. The courtyard area outside Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park is normally a busy spot – except when it’s wet and cold during the winter months as it was on this particular morning.

This image was shot as I was heading into breakfast one December morning – and then processed on the iPhone using Nik’s Snapseed and Painteresque. It’s really pretty impressive the kind of photography and post-processing that can now be done one these little sensor-loaded computers that we carry in our pockets.

I’ve got a domain that I haven’t had time to develop – over on Tumblr – where I want to develop this theme a bit further!

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Walking Stanford

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Lily and I took advantage of a beautiful Saturday morning to head out for a walk at Stanford. We parked near the old Chemistry Building and then made a gentle loop of the Quad.

The photo above was shot with my iPhone 5 and then tweaked using one of my latest Lab color workflows in Photoshop CS6.

The photo below was shot on my iPhone 5 in Panorama mode and then tweaked in the iPhone using Painteresque and Snapseed.

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It was a wonderful fall day for a walk on the campus! And I continue to really enjoy my minimalist photography – with just the iPhone 5 camera in my pocket!

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Mad Men in Chicago – iPhone 4S at Work

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I continue to be amazed at the beautiful photography that’s possible using just the iPhone 4S and a few of the photo adjustment applications that run on it.

This is my latest example – titled “Mad Men – Chicago – 2012” – an image shot with my iPhone 4S inside the Sixteen restaurant at the Trump Hotel in Chicago. Tweaked using Nik’s Snapseed application on the iPhone, it features a lovely contrast between the old city landmarks outside and the sleek windows and diners inside. A bit of tilt-shift treatment also added in Snapseed adds just enough blur up top and down below to keep things interesting!

A friend commented: “I expect Don Draper to walk in at any moment!”

Photography on the iPhone 4S is just so much fun!

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Exploring the iPhone 4S Camera – Stanford Memorial Church

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Tonight, on my way to my Stanford Continuing Studies photography class, I shot this image of Stanford Memorial Church using my new iPhone 4S. Obviously, they’re setting up for an event this weekend!

The image was post-processed a bit in Photoshop using Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4 to add a bit of contrast. The iPhone 4S is such a great camera to have in my pocket!