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November 27, 2011

Image of the Week #11 – Pat Shourds

by Patrick Gervais

Yosemite Falls by Pat Shourds

Hi there,

Yosemite Falls by Pat Shourds is a great shot. It has amazing detail in the stone, and the dramatic sky adds a lot. This was shot with an iPhone 3gs and is impressive for that camera, or phone eh or smart phone, he he he.

I asked Pat to explain the Yosemite Falls shot and so here it is:  “A one shot serendipity. If you’re out exploring long enough, it will eventually happen to all of us. In Landscape photography it’s been said, “No Light, No Clouds, No Shot”. When I processed the image, I tried to play the power of the water and sky against a tranquil landscape. I roiled up the clouds, and turned them Black and White. Dodging and burning, saturation, and selective sharpening rounded out the processing.”

Pat was kind enough to give us a little background as to his beginnings with photography:

“My photo beginnings go back to my kid days. A Brownie Box Camera for Christmas. In High School my dad built me a small darkroom in the garage. I shot Black and White and made lots of bad prints, but had a blast. I always had a camera along to record my mountain adventures and purchased my first digital camera in 2005. I’ve shot all kinds of events, done portraits etc., but my true love has always remained in landscape photography. I’ve participated in several gallery shows in Santa Barbara. I process, and print all my own images, with few exceptions.

Bought my first iphone in 2009 thinking I would use the camera for snapshots to send to family and friends. When I started using Twitter I quickly found a lively group of creative people producing the most amazing images from that “Little Thing”. I was hooked! Kudos to all the “Early Birds” who shinned a bright light into the world of iphoneography.

 Lately I have gravitated back to my passion of landscape photography.

On my recent 3 week trip to the Eastern Sierra, I took an equal number of iphone and DSLR shots, often coming up with better iphone compositions. The iphone, with its “Live View” makes it easy to explore different POVs and take and review lots of images quickly. So I use my DSLR to compliment my iphone and vise versa. Best of both worlds.

My goto apps are Filterstorm, Tiffen PhotoFx, Touch Retouch, Photoforge2, Snapseed,and BlurFx. With my new iphone 4s I mostly use the native camera, but also Camera Genius, and Pro HDR .”

Thanks to Pat for sharing. You can connect with him here:

Thank you all for reading and a special happy Thanksgiving Sunday to all the American readers, enjoy your day with family, friends food and lots of football :-) Patrick


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