Friday was a fab late autumn day in Shankill but I was running around doing bits and pieces with no time for shooting . . . forgetting the fine camera in my iPhone SE! So, I took a few minutes to capture some shots along the Main Street of my adopted village. As I’m writing articles about smartphoneography , I should really practice what I preach!! And yes, I just made up smartphoneography and I was feeling rather pleased with myself – although though it sounds a bit fake if you pronounce the e! Nonetheless, as I wrote this I was looking forward to taking my place amongst the world’s neologismists? egologismists? . . . whatever! But, before I got too carried away with myself, I thought I should google it – and damn I’m not the first to think of it! it’s even a Twitter hashtag!! Oh well, back to the photography.
Setting the scene, here’s a HDR shot using the native phone app – as I did for all of these shots. I dickeyed it up a bit using the automatic enhancement editing feature in the native Photos app.
The shot of the main street was also HDR, again with automatic enhancement to bring out the colour of the sky – I just waited for the bus to add a bit of interest to the road.
I didn’t have time to walk up to St. Anne’s Church, so I took a “small building big sky” approach by doing a vertical phone panorama. In Snapseed, I used the “pop” pre-set and then the brush feature to darken the bottom of the shot as the church was a bit over exposed.
Next is a group of autumn leaves looking over the railway bridge that once straddled the old Harcourt Street line – I liked the combination of the dark background with the additional leaves in the backgrounds. Editing was minimal with – automatic enhancement with a touch of “brilliance” added.
Finally, they say the shadow of the photographer should never appear in the shot . . .! Anyway, it’s clear that modern smartphones can take technically good shots in good light – especially if you work on angle, position and framing. As the reader, you will have to decide if you like them!
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