Posted on December 23, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Fun with filters — or not?
This scene was shot in full but bright shadow, but still turned out very, very blue in the original version (below) so I used the warmest Instagram filter to see what it would do.
FRISCO — A lovely week to take photos in Summit County, with a dense frozen fog early in the week as temperatures dropped to well below zero, and soft snow pillows on the boulders lining the Snake River. I shot a lot of images with the DSLR, but the images in this series were all taken with the iPhone, some filtered through the fun Instagram app. After an early week furor over Instagram’s terms of service, the popular photo sharing service backed away from some of the changes announced earlier, which would have enabled the company (owned by Facebook) to sell Instagram user images to third parties, including advertisers. Instagram reacted quickly to the criticism and backpedaled, but it’s still not completely clear whether the new conditions will be acceptable to pro photographers, so for right now, it’s wait and see.
Many of the images in Summit Voice photo essays are available in our Fine Art America online gallery, and there’s also Summit County gallery at our ImageKind website. You can also order images by contacting me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s a great way to support independent online journalism! (more…)
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Posted on October 10, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Once upon a time …
FRISCO —For this series, I went back through the aspen leaf-changing season (yes, I realize it’s over now) and picked out the most dramatic shots I could find. All images are shot with an iPhone, and I used Instagram filters to create special effects, or to enhance colors, and in some cases, to brighten up the darker shadow areas, for example the bark on the trunk of the tree in the top image. It helps to have a cloudy sky to work with, as the grayness serves as a great foil for the bright yellows, oranges and gold of the leaves. And if the clouds are hanging low, almost close enough to touch, so much the better! (more…)
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Posted on September 1, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
A darkroom in your pocket
A nice backdrop for some paragliding in the Austrian Alps.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Although I took my DSLR on our recent trip to Austria, I found myself using the iPhone camera nearly every day, not just to share pictures on social media instantly, but because it’s small and light, easy to carry, and much less obtrusive than a full-size Nikon. With a couple of handy processing apps, it’s almost like having a virtual darkroom in your shirt pocket. I’m especially amazed at what some of the filters can do when the light is murky. I found myself snapping iPhone shots at times when I probably wouldn’t think of shooting with the DSLR because of the questionable light.
This set includes a few of my favorite — and admittedly highly processed — images. Yes, the colors are a bit gaudy, but they also reflect some of the vibrancy of the scenes I captured. (more…)
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Posted on August 22, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Note to self: Travel again — soon!
On the approach to Frankfurt we flow low over the Rhine River. The river figures big in Teutonic mythology, and the morning mist hugging the gorge was a nice touch for our arrival.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — I love taking pictures and telling stories, but ultimately, many of the images are really most valuable as personal mementos of journeys and adventures I’ve shared with my loved ones. This most recent trip was no exception. Many of the pictures will never be published anywhere, but cherished all the more for the personal moments they reflect. But others are fun and help interpret the places we visit, along with evoking emotions every time I look at them. To me, there’s almost nothing better than the anticipation, after a long flight, of setting foot in a new place, even if it’s a place where I lived for many years and where I have family history. The picture above brings back the tingly feeling of starting a new journey. (more…)
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Posted on May 12, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Spring, winter … it’s all the same in the high country
Stretching for the morning sun.
SUMMIT COUNTY — May in the high country is equivalent to March in the lowlands, with fickle weather that brings warm sunshine one minute and thick, wet snowflakes the next. Some years, people complain about snow in May, but not now. After exceptionally warm and dry weather in March and April, these May showers will help delay the onset of the wildfire season. (more…)
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Posted on April 16, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
The Summit County recpath between Frisco and Dillon.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Just when we thought it was over, Mother Nature played one of her typical spring tricks on us, unleashing one of the best snowstorms of the season just as most of the major resorts in the area closed. But don’t put away those skis just yet — A-Basin is still open and reported a 14 inch storm total, bringing the base up to a respectable 46 inches at mid-mountain.
I’m happy that I had one more chance to shoot some snow scenes down at the valley elevations, and the wet spring storms are great because the snow sticks to everything, piling up on branches and fences, lending the landscape a wintry look. (more…)
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