iPhone Propellers

18 Sep 2012
Posted by kmcgrail

Of course I had to go and discover this the day AFTER I rode in a propellor plane. . . Sigh. . .

The iPhone camera doesn't have a shutter.  Instead, it scans the scene to capture an image.  However, if you are trying to take a photo of an object that moves much faster than the scan speed of the camera in your phone, your phone can't keep up and ends up only snatching parts of the object at a time.  As the image scans the first column then moves to the next, the propellor has moved and so is in a different spot than it was during the first scan. 

Google "iPhone propeller" (or look on flickr) for tons of other awesome shots.

Too bad I didn't think to do this myself!  So unfortunately this photo is taken from the internet.


fun with fire!

30 Jul 2012
Posted by kmcgrail

While you're out camping this summer, don't forget to try out some cool abstract shots of the camp fire!  The burning coals, smoke billowing up in the air, and roaring fire all lend themselves very well to abstract photography.  Throw in a rainbow fire pouch and you have some cool colours too.  Here are a couple shots from my last outing.









Swing the camera around when shooting the fire in the dark.  You'll end up with intense shots like the one above.



Posted by kmcgrail

I discovered this really interesting gallery quite a while ago at this point, and I've gone back several times to look at the photos again and again, shared the link with a few friends, etc.  So I figured, why not share on here?

Irina Werning did such an awesome job recreating old photos that it's totally worth your time checking them out.

Here is the description of the project from Irina's site: "I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… Two years ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.."

A sample photo reenactment from the 2011 edition of Back to the Future:

Riff Raff 1976 & 2011 London