Submit Your Photos

We love seeing new work from our friends. If you’d like to submit work to the Objective Scenes blog, please add your image to the OS Flickr group. Remember, all photos must be shot and edited with an iPhone, Android device, Razr, or similar mobile device. Adding the device and apps used to your photos description is also a big help for us.

Submitted Photos:

“Contrasts in Kayaks” by Jennifer Phillips-Dilly

Contrast in Kayaks

Love this high contrast black and white photo by Jennifer Phillips-Dilly. It makes me want to give Cameramatic a shot sometime.

Found in the OS Flickr group.

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Welcome Jeremy Brooks!

Tony Forgot

Our good friend Jeremy Brooks is joining Objective Scenes as our newest full time contributor. You may have seen some of his guest posts here before, as well as several mentions of his fantastic Interlacer app, so we are stoked to see more of his Hipstamatic shots here on the blog.

Aside from his ongoing Transamerica photo-series, Jeremy has also been an active member of the OS Flickr group, and he’ll also help select photos from the group pool to feature on the site.

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with a rush and a push


the leaves are greener than they have been the last couple of weeks. at first i thought some special extra-observant nature eye of mine opened up. as quickly as i was excited i was disheartened. season’s are changing and these are the last licks. the trees are parading out the out the showstoppers before the show changes.
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vanishing points


in a city of 8 million plus, population density is real. it’s in your face and breathing down your back. the anonymity one can maintain within the herd is a selling point for many; to be alone in a crowd, a welcomed thing. a comforting thing. i’m not mad at it but it will grind on you. every 2 months or so, i hit a wall and think, “back up people. not today new yuck. i’ve said excuse me, 28 out of the last 30 days. i can’t just chalk this up to your ‘new yorkness’.” i didn’t grow up here so I know it doesn’t have to be this way. and then the moment passes (in a new york minute) and i’m right back there with the other rat racers…cutting off that toddler jockying for the same pole position as me on the D train.
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greetings & salutations from post-irene nyc


this was my first experience with a ‘weather event.’ it was a curiosity at the least.

i am a san franciscan native having now lived on the beast coast for over a year. new yorkers have mad love for san franciscans. trust. it is often the only other place, either would ever considering moving to.
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Golden Gate Bridge

Thanks for following along with my posts this week. And thanks to Doc for allowing me to be a guest contributor.

This is a 15 second long exposure taken with SlowShutter Cam with the iPhone on a tripod. I didn’t have a specific idea on how I wanted to process the image, so I opened it in Pictureshow and started trying out different presets. I liked the unexpected result of MultipleExposure preset that I got here.

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This shot of an old Chevrolet was taken using the Camera+ app. First I applied the Clarity preset to enhance the detail then the Sunkiss’d preset, which I dialed down until there was just a little bit of warmth added to the image. Finally, using the radial tilt shift in InstagramI, I blurred the image except for the headlight to focus attention there and simulate a shallow depth of field.

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The iPhone is a great camera for capturing candid photos of strangers on the street. I don’t know of a more discreet camera. For this shot I used the Camera Genius app’s Big Button feature, which allows you to use the entire screen as the shutter button. I was able to shoot this from the hip by just tapping the screen without worrying about hitting a particular spot for the shutter button. The sun was harsh and in the original image the subject had really dark shadows around the eyes. So the first step was to open the image in FilterStorm to make a curves adjustment to lighten up the eyes. I applied this with a mask on the eyes so that the rest of the image was unchanged. Next step was to run the Camera+ Clarity preset to bring out more detail. Finally I brought the image into Cameramatic for the black and white conversion and the frame. Cameramatic has become my favorite app for black and white because it has some presets but allows you to really customize the processing.

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Where you’re from and where you’re going

For this shot of the Embarcadero Center in the Financial District of San Francisco, I placed the iPhone on the ground, centered across the walkway. I snapped the shot with Camera+ when a person walked into the frame. The first step in processing, as is often the case for me, was the Clarity filter in Camera+. I saved the image and re-opened in the MagicHour app where I used the Red X-Pro preset but removed the border and the texture.

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I’m fascinated with how a long exposure can transform an ordinary scene into something surreal. For this shot I placed my iPhone on the ground, centered at the bottom of a moving escalator and took a four second exposure using the SlowShutter Cam. It’s important to use the timer to minimize movement of the phone. I wanted the final image to be edgy so I opened the long exposure image in Camera+ and applied the Clarity filter. I saved the file and then repeated this two more times to really bring out the detail. Before saving the last time, I applied the Redscale effect in Camera+ and dialed it down a touch with the slider.

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Thoughts Unclear
I was returning to work after an unsuccessful lunch hour photo walk when the architecture of the San Francisco Federal Reserve building caught my eye. I wanted to include a human element so I found the spot that gave me the juxtaposition I had in mind. I waited for a person to walk into the frame and snapped a couple shots with the Camera+ app. I knew going in that I wanted to process this image in black and white so I started with the Camera+ Clarity scene and Ansel B&W effect. I was happy with the result but wanted to take it a little further. I opened the B&W in Decim8 and experimented until I found a result I liked. I saved this and then re-ran Decim8 on the original B&W until I got another result that I like but was different from the first. I combined the two Decim8 edits with the original B&W using the awesome Interlacer app. Finally, I added the border with the Cameramatic to get the image above.
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Good Morning

Marshalls Beach

I’m often amazed at the iPhone’s ability to make a picture the looks better than the same picture made with a DSLR.  This shot was an afterthought.  I had been attempting to shoot this scene of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise for a good half hour but could not manage to get a shot I liked.  I finally gave up and started to head back to the car when I decided to snap a couple of iPhone shots for the heck of it.  Once I got back home and started looking at the shots, I liked what I saw.
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This weeks guest contributor: Brandon Doran

Brandon Doran

Hello, my name is Brandon Doran. I’m a Software Developer by trade but photography is my obsession. I live and work in San Francisco, CA, which provides no shortage or photographic opportunity. I got an iPhone4 in July 2010 and it has opened up a whole new world of photography for me because it’s a camera you can take anywhere.

Here’s where you can find me:
brandondoran on Instagram

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Lucky Shot

Forward, by Nicole Aptekar

Occasionally, it all just works out.

I’d been wrestling with how I wanted to proceed with my photography. I picked up an eye-fi card for wirelessly transferring my DSLR photos to my iPhone, but the workflow wasn’t really working for me, plus I had to carry all this extra gear. I’d been going back and forth, and I would occasionally end up with a really beautiful photo, but the experience just wasn’t nearly as pleasant as straight iPhone photography. Walking through downtown San Francisco, I spotted this beautiful shadow being created by a few trees on Kearney street, contrasting against the hard lines and angles of the building. I snapped it with Camera+, boosted the contrast with the Clarity setting and flipped it into the Ansel effect. After seeing the results, with the sunbeam sparkling in the corner, I decided the DSLR just was no longer worth the hassle, and gave it to a friend.

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Shallow Depth

Unfurling, by Nicole Aptekar

Coming from the SLR world, one of my favorite tools to use in photography is shallow depth of field. Moving from my Pentax kit to the iPhone, I was pretty certain this would be one area I’d basically have to give up on. Luckily there’s almost no end to faking this look in software, with apps like Tilt-Shift Generator, SynthCam, and good ol’ Camera+.

However, I’ve recently found that with the iPhone 4’s camera, you can even manage to get some pretty beautiful creamy backgrounds by getting crazy close to your subject, and making sure that the iPhone is focusing on the closest possible point.

It’s pretty exciting to me to be able to get this result naturally out of something that’s practically weightless.

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