Tuesday Viewsday XVI

Today is pretty busy, but I didn’t want to leave you all hanging. Here’s a quick little post about an iPhone shot I did a while ago.

P.S. If you’re out and about this evening in Peoria, stop by the Peoria Camera Club meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. and catch my class, “Reach Out and (re)Touch Someone,” featuring my favorite retouching techniques and trust me, I’m giving away the bank in terms of how many tips and tricks I’ll be showing.

Locked In

Locked In (2011)

Locked In (2011)

It’s amazing to me the way technology has moved so quickly over the past couple of years. I remember being the rebel in my group in high school because I didn’t see the need to have a cell phone (remember those old green screen Nokia’s?) and then again in college. I got my first cell phone for emergencies only during my sophomore year of college and within two years, I had mastered texting. It’s less than a decade later and I am able to manage my entire existence on my phone no matter where I’m at. My weapon of choice? The iPhone.

I’ve never been a major fan of cell phone photos, but the power of the iPhone is tremendous when it comes to photography and I’ve been falling more and more in love with iPhone-ography over the past few years. I don’t know why, but I also feel that I need to not only shoot, but edit completely on the iPhone so the image you see here was shot and edited on the fly during a personal photowalk.

I have been living in Peoria for almost a decade now and I had never been to Springdale Cemetery, one of Illinois’ oldest and largest cemeteries and a major historical site. The architecture is amazing and for the type of landscape images I enjoy shooting, it’s perfect. I made the effort to make it out there one evening last fall and ended up with some beautiful images before I creeped myself out in the dark trying to drive among the headstones.

What I love about this image is the raw “grittiness” of the entire thing. The black and white treatment suits it well, but overall it looks like an old Polaroid of a creepy place (which it is) and the mausoleum rises out of the trees like a ghost… fitting, ain’t it?

What do you think of this image? Up your alley or not even in the ball park?

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