painting and photographic works

Black and White Photos (Hipstamatic App)

Here are a few black and white photos I created  today (2010 Aug 18) using the Hipstamatic application on an iPhone 3GS. The Hipstamatic app offers a couple of simulated black and white films (BlacKeys B+W and BlacKeys SuperGrain) and that is what I used for these photos:



This “beacon” is simply an indicator light atop a traffic light control box, to indicate when the a pedestrian has pressed the walk button or a bus has remotely requested the light to change.

untitled 1 (Aug 18)

I did a bit of post-processing on these images using Photo shop Mobile – mainly to adjust the exposure and contrast.

Once Upon a Back Stairs

I applied a purple tint to the image above using PS Mobile

Crash Guard

Paint Tracks in the Alley

These paint tracks were a close-up and crop of  tire tracks I saw in a back alley after vehicles had obviously driven through a large pool of spilled white paint.

This last “Black and White” photo was a bit of a surprise to me. Like the other in this shoot I used the the Hipstamatic Black and White “films” (this one the BlacKeys B+W). This posted photo has not been altered or enhanced in any way but you can see there is a definite orange color to the barricade and pylons, indicating that this app is not in fact true black and white. It would be easy enough to remove the remaining traces of color using an app like Photo Shop Mobile but I thought it interesting (if not particularly useful) to illustrate this observation:

Orange Barricade (black and white)

My goal for today’s experiment with Black and White  was largely to discover if there was any advantage to shooting directly in Black and White with the Hipstamatic App. So far I don’t see any real advantage as i felt I needed to adjust the exposure and contrast after shooting. As lock as I am going to use an app such as PS Mobile or PhotoFX. I may as well remove the color after the fact. Also,with Color FX I have the option of processing with color filters which can alter the relative values of different colors.


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