Why do I photograph?

This question, via Om Malik’s excellent blog, is an interesting one that I haven’t asked myself. So why do I photograph? I love the process of trying to see things differently and a camera helps focus (no pun intended) that process. Whether its a different angle or crop, or different light, I always enjoy the challenge in trying to see things in the world differently.

As stated in other posts here I am also an iPhone photo app fanatic. I love playing with VSCO and Hipstamatic and the endless possibilities they bring to photography. Sometimes the tools are useful to make things look more like what your eye saw (top) vs. what the camera produced (bottom). Thanks Lightroom!

More often than not it’s to bring a sense of something else to the photo, a vintage look, a fantasy aspect, or maybe a sense of motion that wasn’t there in the first place. Whatever it is I love doing it and its the thing about my iPhone that brings me the most joy.

The building I work in is on the grounds of what was the Glenview Naval Air Station. When they turned it into commercial and residential use they created a park, Gallery Park, with a lake. This is an overlook on the lake. Edited with Hipstamatic Jane lens, Irom 2000 film, and Apollo flash.

The Jane lens adds a vignette around the outer edge of the photo it’s operating on and boosts the brightness in the middle, that’s its signature effect in my opinion (I’m sure it does more with the colors but in my mind those are the main things). Irom 2000 is borderless and warms up the photo a bit. The big surprise in the combo for me in this picture was the Apollo flash. Not only did it up the contrast in the photo but it really boosted the greens. I’m not sure if this was intentional or a bug but it worked wonders on this picture.