Come This Way

Come This Way

Snapseed (Android/iOS) has gone from being a capable if somewhat toy-ish photo editor to a real professional tool, as long as you’re willing to edit JPEG. 🙂 I’ve begun to use it for on-the-spot edits of smartphone images, such as this little bit of weather captured one evening while we were leaving the pool. The color filter simulations in its black-and-white plugin, which are derived from Silver Efex Pro, did a great job bringing out the drama in the clouds, along with the arrow on the street which seems to be beckoning the storm on.

Semper Bufo

We had just come home from Mass one evening, and my sons were rounding the front bumper on their way into the house when I saw something jumping in parallel to them. I first thought it was a mouse, and then remembered that mice don’t jump like that. It was a toad.

Semper Bufo

We’ve had a very wet summer in central Illinois, so perhaps it’s not that surprising to find a toad so far from the nearest creek, about 4-5 blocks away; still, I wonder what this fellow was doing at our house. I couldn’t get him to turn around and give me a face-on shot, unfortunately.

Camouflage

Even a side view was difficult, as I could only photograph through a small patch of weeds. The old telephoto I was using (to avoid spooking the toad) is standing up very well to the 24 megapixels of my D7100 in this image.

Pony Car

Muscle

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Ford Mustang, so I was quite delighted to find this venerable old car at the grocery store when we were visiting my parents a little while back. My only mistake was to take this image in JPEG rather than RAW, so I couldn’t tame the sparkly chrome as well as I’d like.

Fulfilled

Fulfilled

If it didn’t cost so much to develop and scan, I’d be shooting a lot more film. For preference I’d standardize on Portra 400, with some HP5+ and Ektar 100 for variety. This frame is none of the above, being instead a square crop from some Fuji Superia 400 I had handy for this nice little moment at the bus stop.