San Francisco Peaks, Arizona. Copyright Joanne Mason
The San Francisco Peaks are the remnants of ancient (and not so ancient) volcanoes near Flagstaff Arizona and south of the Grand Canyon. They are very picturesque, especially in winter. I have posted numerous images from this region before. Recently, I’ve been working with an app on the iPad, Snapseed. I post this here as an example.
Snapseed was developed by Nik, about which I’ve spoken of very highly before (Nik here). Nik was recently bought by Google. There are now iPad, Windows, and Mac versions of Snapseed. The iPad version is free. Snapseed is an extremely efficient, slick, easy to use, and powerful photo-editing program. The iPad version makes some compromises. But the iPad provides an efficient and easy to use tool for photographers, especially in the field. So I have been playing around with it.
Here is the original image of the San Francisco Peaks.
(Click on the images for larger views.) This image was shot with the Fuji X100 and saved as a raw image. The image was then transferred to the iPad with the iPad camera connection kit and subsequently opened in Snapseed. The iPad retains the raw format and makes possible viewing of the raw image in the camera roll. Snapseed then does the raw conversion to a jpg. (Snapseed will only convert raw files if the images have been transferred with the camera connection kit.)
For the image above, and roughly in order: The image was straightened a few degrees with the Alignment tool, then cropped. Then converted to black and white. In the black and white conversion, several profiles can be applied; a “Contrast” profile was applied. In the black and white tool, brightness and contrast can be adjusted independently, and both were boosted. A red color filter was applied. Finally, a substantial degree of sharpening was done using the Details tool. The image was then exported back to the iPad film roll as a jpg.
Posted in Landscape, Photography, Reviews, Scenic, Uncategorized
Tagged Arizona, Black and White Photography, Fuji X100, iPad, iPad apps, mountains, photo editing, San Francisco peaks, Snapseed, software
The Blue Ridge, Late Summer, Early Morning. September 2012. Copyright Joanne Mason
This is shot from the Blue Ridge of Virginia, looking at the morning fog that has settled into the Shenandoah Valley. Shot with the Fuji X100, edited in Snapseed on the iPad.
Posted in Landscape, Nature, Photography, Scenic, Travel
Tagged Black and White Photography, Blue Ridge, Fog, Fuji X100, morning fog, mountains, Photography, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
San Gabriels, 5000 ft. Fuji X100. 23mm. ISO 400. 1/640 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.
This is shot at about 5000 feet in the San Gabriel Mountains. The picture tells a tale. The slopes ahead (west and north) show the lasting effects of the fire of 2009. (The October 2009 fire burned over 250 square miles.) This picture is shot from a location just below Mount Wilson, to the east (right) in the above, home to the famous and still-important astronomical observatory. In the fire, Mt Wilson was saved, as can be seen by the trees growing on its slopes.
I have not been posting all week because I have been busy on a book project and working on a deadline. (It’s almost done!) I have been working with Lightroom 4. I’ll have more to say about Lightroom 4 in the future, except to say that in general it seems much faster, but I’m really dissatisfied with the new Bookmaking module which seems not quite “ready for prime time.” So I laid out this book with the old software.
I have not posted any videos recently. Here’s one I found, “Huangshan” by Luciano Bostico.
Huangshan was shot in China’s Huanshan National Park. I have always loved Chinese landscape paintings, and this video seeks to make them come alive amidst the extraordinary geography of Huangshan. I like the music as well – very soothing – “The Arrival of the Birds” by the Cinematic Orchestra. Play this to relax after a busy day.
(This version embedded is not HD. The HD is at Vimeo and it may tax your bandwidth or your system. I had to let it load first.)
Angeles Crest 2. Fuji X100. 23mm. ISO 400. 1/240 sec at f/16. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.
Here is a new image from this week’s drive up the Angeles Crest in the Angeles N.F.
The High Country. Fuji X100. 23mm. ISO 400. 1/160 sec at f/16. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.
Here is another image from the drive I took in the mountains yesterday. I feel that this image is evocative of the old westerns, the “wild west”, the panoramas of the high country such westerns frequently included.
Posted in Landscape, Photography
Tagged Black and White Photography, Fuji X100, high country, Landscape, mountains, old west, Photography, San Gabriel Mountains, sepia, western movies
Angeles Crest, San Gabriel Mountains. Fuji X-100. 23mm. ISO 400. 1/280 sec at f/16. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.
This is the Angeles Crest of the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California. The San Gabriel Mountains run east-west and separate Los Angeles and the Los Angeles basin from the Mohave Desert.