Monday, April 30, 2012

iPhone Portraiture

I have been using my iPhone for portraits for quite some time, mostly using the application Hipstamatic as well as various other iPhone camera applications.

My favorite Hipstamatic lens and film combination is the JohnS lens with Kodot Grizzled film. I enjoy the softness of this combination and the way it renders the face. Additionally I like using this in low light situations as in the portrait of Jeff posted today which was done in a hallway in the Tropicana Hotel Theater.

As most of you know I process images in any was that gets them to what I am seeing - this one is no different - I used NIK Snapseed and Old Photo Pro on the iPad and then transferred the image to my laptop and made some global adjustments using NIK Color EFX Pro4 before making local adjustments in Photoshop CS6.

Give it a try - you might like the results....

PS: This lens and film combo works well for landscape, including panorama images and street photography.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dancing with the Stars

Janette and Armen, Viennese Waltz
It's a two show Sunday here in Vegas at Dancing with the Stars - not much time to play with images today so here are a few of my favorites from the past few week.....

Tony and Iveta doing the Cha Cha

Female Troupe

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mermaid Parade

Mermaid Parade, Coney Island
One of my favorite events is only 7 weeks away, the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. So, of course I went back in my archives and found today's posted image. I always felt this image had a semi-religious feel and did some additional processing on her eyes to further create that illusion.

That being said this is the 30th anniversary of the parade. The date this year is June 23rd and it is marked in red on my calendar.....Always a fun time - only in New York kids....And don't forget Coney Island is the home of Nathan's World Famous Hot Dogs....


Friday, April 27, 2012

Dance, Illustration

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'Never mind the heat
Comin' off the street
She wants to party
She wants to get down
All she wants to do is
All she wants to do is dance'.........Danny Kortchmar

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Diner, Upstate, New York
  'No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen'..............Minor White
Sometimes you simply have to be just never know..... 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Road and the Sky.....

'I'm just rolling away from yesterday
Behind the wheel of a stolen Chevrolet
I'm going to get a little higher
And see if I can hot-wire reality'...Jackson Browne

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dancing with the Stars, Lindy Hop

The Lindy Hop
Still in Vegas and still making images of Dancing with the Star at the fabulous Tropicana Hotel.

The Lindy Hop was probably started in Harlem, circa 1920/30's. Based on tap, jazz and Charleston the Lindy Hop eventually evolved into the jitterbug which became somewhat famous during the heyday of American Bandstand...

If you happen to be in Vegas stop by and say hello.......The show will be at The Tropicana until July 7....

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vintage Gas Pumps

Vintage Gas Pumps, Indiana
As of late I have been processing my iPhone Photography images using NIK software in Photoshop CS6-Beta. Additionally I use use Snapseed for the Mac quite a bit.

The image today, Vintage Gas Pumps was made using ProHDR and processed using this workflow - iPhone iMage moved over to the Mac and processed using Color EFX 4, Snapseed and Viveza along with curves and sharpening in Photoshop CS6-Beta. I find this opens an entirely new vision for my images and will continue to explore this post-processing technique.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Lake Powell

Lake Powell
Last Tuesday I stopped by Lake Powell on the way to the Valley of Fire....Arrived at the Lake about 3PM and had to deal with very hazy light but really enjoyed the juxtaposition of the water against the sky and mountains. Made a few exposures before moving on and today finally was able to find a few minutes to process.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars
Been quite a while since I last posted. Have been in Las Vegas producing a live show for Dancing with the Stars which will sit at the Tropicana Hotel Theater until July 7. The days have been long and the show finally opened last night....Naturally I got the cameras out and made a few images - this is one from the opening number in the show....Viva Las Vegas....stay tuned -more to follow...