Sunday, November 28, 2010

More photos from J Tree

On the 27th, winds at 6 pm were rising and ultimately got to the point around 10 pm to 2 am that my tent roof was bending down and hitting me as I lay bundled in my sleeping bag.

Despite the cold and frigid winds, Pine City campground was a nice experience. In particular, I enjoyed using my new HDR app for iPhone. I'm using TrueHDR and it is good, but has a few issues with crashes. I've read that ProHDR is also worthy.

In some ways these fancy photo apps are like trying to make a silk purse out if a sow's ear because the iPhone picture capabilities aren't all that great. What I really need is a wifi connected camera with a keyboard.

Jumping Cholla

Barrel cactus

The following was really dark in the foreground and sunlight was still hitting the hills in the background. I tried several exposures but the first was best.

Normally, you couldn't take a photo of a little tunnel like this and see through to the trees on the other side.

Amazing rock formations.

Another dark foreground / light background HDR combination. Scouts are on a rock seen through the trees.

- Posted at great expense from my iPhone

Friday, November 26, 2010

Backpacking at Joshua Tree

26 November. It's so cold that I'm in bed at 6:26 pm as I try to stay warm. Fortunately, my tent and sleeping bag seem up to the task. I'm backpacking with the Boy Scouts and last night I was warm and full of turkey.

I purchased an app called Autostitch that makes larger pictures from many smaller one, as if i had a wide angle lens. But my best example so far is more panorama than wide angle. There's some blurriness where the stitching took place :(

I have another new and better toy for my iPhone- an app to do high dynamic range photos. What's HDR? See the following example. The app took two images, one exposed for the foreground and one for the sunlit rock and sky, then merged them into a single, better picture.

Same here:

And here:

Past sunset now. Good night with red light in the sky to the east.

- Posted at great expense from my iPhone