Tuesday, November 11, 2014

cell phone pics

cell phone pics

November 12, 2014

This week's challenge selection is cell phone pics. It was my choice.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

This week's idea came as a result of hearing that the photographer's mind is more important than any of his or her photographic equipment. That is to say, it is not a piece of technology or expensive glass that makes a good photo, but quality can be attributed to the photographer's own eye. That in mind, I proposed that we take pictures with the cameras on our mobile phones this week as an alternative to the pics from our favorite cameras.

My cell phone is the LG Rumor Reflex. Here is how PC Mag.Com describes this phone's camera:

"The 2-megapixel camera lacks auto-focus or a flash. Shutter speeds were fine, at 0.5 second, but test pictures were poor. Photos look soft and hazy, and colors are dull." And,"You can transfer photos and video via Bluetooth or microSD card, but they really aren't worth the effort."

This project was more difficult for me than I expected. The cell phone camera's limitations forced me to think harder about each picture. I did not do more cropping or post-editing than usual. This week's header is a silhouetted selfie--a reflection from tinted glass.

sunset reflected off a black pickup truck

crayons on canvas - original art by Melissa Swierenga

desktop still life - the cigarrette holder was printed off the web (I don't smoke)

I decorated a friend's beanbag with cardboard cutouts for Cookie Monster's eyes and smile

3-d art in my library

more 3-d art in my library

hanging globe lights on the 3rd floor of... my library

same pic, but I added a bokeh effect

Addendum: Pardon the misrepresentation. When I speak of "my" library, I mean of course the Bolingbrook Public Library.


imac said...

Neat work ol Boy, You must have a very large house, 3 floors to your Library? lol.

Craver Vii said...

Ah, I guess some people actually do have a library in their home, but mine has been limited to a few bookshelves plus a heap of boxes in the garage. When we get people in from out of town, I always hope we get to show them Bolingbrook's public library.

Happyone said...

Love the reflection in the truck!!
Your right the spouses of the Veterans sacrificed too and thank you for saying that. My husband was in the Navy for 20 years.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Nicely done Craver, I loved the truck reflection.

Christine said...

LOL on the library--I hardly ever go anymore, now the the boys are grown. I think you did a right fine job--I love the selfie, the composition, shadow/silhouette. Nice.

Katney said...

I am sorry to say after years working in the public library, being on the library board, being school librarian, that most of my library is now on my Kindle.

Lew said...

Delightful header! I like the way the reflected lines in the wall lead to you name. There is a lot of truth in "seeing" the image to get a great photo, but I do not believe Ansel Adams would have been able to make large prints with a cell phone.

George said...

I think you did a very good job with this theme. I've taken very few pictures with our cellphone, but I'm impressed with the photos you've gotten.

EG CameraGirl said...

Great job, Craver. I have never used the camera on my cell phone. I have noe idea how to download the photos onto my computer. lol