Friday, April 30, 2010

No Fishing

This is the Connecticut River from Charter Oak Landing. Hartford is to the left; to the right across the River is East Hartford. This iPhone photo was processed with the Format 126 app.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


In a small cemetary in town, this little boy's grave stands apart from the others. He was only 7 when he died over 200 years ago, but a sorriful angel still looks over the place where he lies. In this graveyard there are a painfully large number of children's stones--a reminder of how fortunate we are that for us, a child's death is a rare event. This picture was taken with the iPhone about two weeks ago (so it's not one of my 365 photos) and processed in SwankoLab.

Spring in New England...

...and the woods just glow. This is just a straight shot taken with the iPhone and a few basic adjustments made in PhotoForge.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


There are many angles to be found in this picture taken below the overpass of I-91 in Hartford. It was processed in the Swankolab app.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Barn on a rainy day

This is the barn at the orchard on a raw rainy spring day. I think those boxes in front may be beehives. Taken with the ProHDR app, the photo was processed with CameraBag's Helga filter, which gave it just the right understated tone.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The keyboard of my computer at work takes on a bit of an exotic tone under the influence of SwankoLab.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Korean Drumming

One thing the iPhone is not good at is action, especially in relatively low light. There was no way I could get a crisp shot of these Korean drummers who were performing at Wesleyan University this afternoon--so I used PhotoFX to play up the intrinsic motion blur and to help focus attention on the drums that were center stage.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


We took the kayaks for a 3 hour trip down the Farmington River today. The sun was setting as we pulled out, creating this silhouette. I used the TouchUp app to strengthen the effect just a bit.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Something about the simplicity of line keeps attracting my eye to this outlet next to the microwave in the lunchroom at work. I used CameraBag's Color Cross filter to bring out the photo's graphic elements. (By now, people seem to have accepted my eccentricity in taking pictures of bizarre things like electric sockets. At least with the iPhone, it's relatively inconspicuous.)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hartford from the River

An end to the idyllic shots of untroubled waters...we're back to ordinary life, which for me means working in a blighted part of Hartford. This is a view of it from the riverside park, which is part of a well-intentioned but likely fruitless attempt to "re-claim the waterfront." I used PhotoStudio to give it a bit of a battered look apprpriate to the area.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


On Monday, John left for work, and I was getting ready to go to my job. A minute later, he came back in and said, "Let's go camping instead!" So we did. We took three days off, camped on a lake an hour away from home, and did some geocaching & kayaking. This is the boat launch at Hopeville Pond State Pond. I used the iPhone's ProHDR to take the picture.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


We paddled our kayaks through this lake of clouds. Nothing much done to the original iPhone photo--just a few basic adjustments with PhotoForge.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wild Cherry

Wild cherry blossoms on the tree in our yard--photo taken with the iPhone and processed in TiltShift Generator.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I have the privilege of serving as a lector at Mass. This is our lectionary, turned to today's Gospel. The picture was taken using the iPhone's Hipstamatic app.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


The light comes on in Aidan's mind as he sees how something works at the KidCity Museum today. I used TiltShift Generator to focus the attention on his look of wonder.

Later, as I was taking a few random snaps out the window of the pizzeria where we were having lunch, he asked me, "Mamo, how come you're always taking pictures?"

Friday, April 16, 2010


A dogwood blossom has four petals. FilmLab let me bring out the texture of the flower in this iPhone photo as well as showing off the bug that had settled on it.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Evening at Work

As I'm leaving work, the cleaning crew is coming in, and the office takes on a different character. I used the TiltShift Generator app to give a little subtle emphasis to the lights and shadows and the splash of bright color.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Lights, camera, ACTION! My older grandson (age 5) was over to visit this evening, and he decided to set up this dinosaur toy to look like it was devouring my philodendron. The philodendron took quite a hit in terms of lost leaves, but it was worth it. Aidan absolutely loved the Hipstamatic app--you get to choose lens, film and flash from several options; then you wait as it "develops" until you see the results. He was fascinated by the process. The top photo was is choice for the most awesome, fiercest version; the bottom one I chose to show how he set up the shots.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Apple Orchard

The orchard is in bloom. It glows even under a lowering sky. The photo was processed in FilmLab, a new iPhone app that emulates different classic films.

Monday, April 12, 2010

(Truck) Parts

I admit that I am having too much fun with the Hipstamatic & SwankoLab apps; but Iiked the 1930s look that they gave this shot of a sidewalk stren with truck tires and a hose.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


We had fresh strawberries for dessert tonight. The photo was taken with the Hipstamatic app and tuned up just a bit in FilmLab.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


We had a lovely dinner with friends this evening. For dessert, she served a sweet sparkling wine with fresh fruit. I brightened it a bit with the new FilmLab app.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Delicate raindrops rest on a magnolia petal and the grass around it. Processing was done in the new FilmLab iPhone app.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


This one daffodil faces forward into the light. The picture was processed in a fun new iPhone app called SwankoLab--a virtual darkroom where you get to mix chemicals, "swish" the photo, and then hang it up to dry.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


The vinca are blooming under the blue spruce in front of our house. I love these shy lovely flowers. I used a new iPhone app--FilmLab--for some simple adjustments, then added the frame in PhotoGene.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Glow-the original

This is the original...I'm beginning to think I like it better. What do you think?


The evening sky glows behind a house in our neighborhood. I applied PhotoForge's Dreamy filter to this iPhone photo, but the effect was to strong; so I opened both in an app called Montage, where I was able to reduce the transparency of the filtered image.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Our magnolia blooms against a blue spring sky. Taken with the Hipstamatic iPhone app, the photo was tuned up a bit further in PhotoForge.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Children can't hide their emotions. My younger grandson, Craig, shows pure delight at having found an Easter egg. Snapped with the iPhone, the picture was processed in IronCamera.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Today we discovered Burr Pond State Park. We kayaked on the lake before hiking part way around it. Along the way, crisp cold streams found their way dawn to the lake through dappled stands of evergreens. I made only a few basic adjustments to this iPhone photo using PhotoForge.

Friday, April 2, 2010


This old factory building has long been neglected. I took the picture with the iPhone's Hipstamatic app, then did some adjusting in PhotoForge.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


The faucets of the heavens have been unleashed here in southern New England. Although the sun came out today, the Connecticut River was past flood stage and still rising. I like this picture, taken with the Hipstamatic iPhone app, because the surreal aspect of the streetlamp out there in the river reminds me of the lamppost in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."