We took a trip to the Melbourne Showgrounds to check out the Royal Melbourne Show for the first time in a few years. Since I was last there it has undertaken a complete renovation and the new buildings look great. We arrived at the start and were able to watch some of the judging for “Horses in Action – Light Harness” and “Horses in Action – Tradesman & Delivery”
I forgot to bring my DSLR or compact P&S so had to use my iPhone for photos and decided to use what is becoming my favourite app, Hipstamatic. It emulates an old camera with interchangeable lenses, different film effects (border). This is using the JohnS lens which I quite like the darker patches around the edges with a clear bright colourful centre image. The film in this instance is Kodot Verichrome, again I quite like the kind of frayed edges.
The following are the photos that I’m most proud of. Coincidentally they are all from our trip to Yosemite.
Had a little bit more of a play with the Hipstamatic app on iPhone. I love the retro nature of the pictures. We were in Geelong for a UCI Cycling volunteer briefing, while waiting for my wife to finish her briefing I took a couple of photos trying out the different lenses.
I think my favourite lens is the John S.
My aunt was visiting so we did the obligatory zoo outing. It was over 40C, but her schedule meant this was the best day to go. So many different things to photograph. Unfortunately as we were heading towards the new Elephant enclosure the Zoo was evacuated due to an incident that we later discovered was caused by a young lion cub that they couldn’t find. We were saddened to hear that it was eventually found dead in the lion enclosure pool.
We spent a long weekend, in Hong Kong, we’ve been there so often it just feels comfortable wandering around Hong Kong. So many different things to photograph. I find it hard to act the tourist by taking a lot of photos because it doesn’t feel like a strange place.
On the same trip as Yosemite we spent a few days in Vegas and had a trip out to Hoover Dam, these are a couple of my favourites from there.
I decided to finally download Hipstamatic for the iPhone today, see what it looks like, how the photos come out. I’ve been enjoying seeing similar effects from an Android app that Neil Gaiman has been using. This is my favourite test photo after downloading it. It was taken with the following application settings:
Lens: John S
Film: Ina’s 1969
These are my favourite pictures taken while in Yosemite. We stayed at the Apple Tree Inn, a stunning “hotel” between Oakhurst and the Yosemite park entrance. I say “hotel” because the rooms were like small cabins, double story mostly, amongst woodland. The smell was fantastic, and Yosemite was excellent. We didn’t spend a huge amount of time in the park, maybe 2 days overall. We took a ride on the Sugar Pine railway, we visited various lookouts and took a drive around the valley.