A pink-white peony macro.
iPhone Friday is not a regular feature here, but it pops up from time to time. Yesterday there was a deep fog settled over my neighborhood and I grabbed this quick shot and then processed it completely on my iPhone.
One weird thing happened along the way. I have my iPhone set to automatically upload photos to Google Plus. They remain private unless I choose to share them, but it’s a convenient feature. I also have enabled what Google calls “Auto Awesome.” This is a feature that lets Google play with your images and try to create cool effects. It always leaves an original untouched. The most common effect it makes is to combine multiple photos taken within a short time frame and automatically create a motion GIF. Yesterday they just enabled two new possibilities – making appropriate photos snow or twinkle. The snow effect is only supposed to show up when there is snow on the ground in the photo. People tried to trick it with white sand and other similar effects, and as far as I know nobody succeeded without significant image manipulation. such as the image at the link where the photographer had to add in false mountains and trees before G+ would add snow to a beach scene But for some reason the algorithm took a different version of the photo above, processed in color but with a result I did not quite love, and Google added snow, which you can see below.
A pair of very simple shots that I made just to test and showcase the 50mm Rokkor lens on the Minolta SRT-202. I think they look fantastic. The leaves that are in focus seem tack sharp to me, while the backgrounds are pleasingly smooth. Shooting completely wide open, the top shot also shows a very narrow plane of focus, with some leaves on the foreground branch sharp, and others starting to drop into bokeh.
On another topic, I was more focused on capturing fall color this year than I can ever remember doing in the past, and it also seemed to me that this year’s colors were extraordinary. What I cannot tell is whether my personal focus made me notice the colors more (ie, maybe they were not so exceptional this year) or whether the colors were exceptional and that led to my interest. Also, in my region, they lasted a good long time. I was able to capture beautiful colors over a span of at least 5-6 weeks, and I think I missed at least a week or two at the start of the season.
Finally, I want to mention that yesterday’s shot and both of today’s were taken on Kodak Ultramax 400, an inexpensive consumer grade color film, which I have been very pleased with.
I just got my first roll developed that was exposed with my Minolta SRT-202. I took most of the images with the 50mm f/1.7 lens that came with it, and a few with a Minolta 135mm f/2.8 that I bought separately. I am extremely pleased. This shot was taken with the 135. Assuming I had the focus properly set, it is a bit soft I think, but not terribly so, an other images with the lens look a little better. The 50mm shots look fantastic, and I will show them soon.