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Iris Photo Suite, ZAGG and the Olloclip

Hey there,

I ordered the Zaggsparq 2.0 portable charger today. It will be useful for when I’m out and plan on using my iPhone a lot. It’s great because it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices simultaneously. It carries up to 4 charges which appears more than enough for my needs.

I received my Olloclip just a few days ago and am looking forward to testing it out. I’ll post some examples soon.

I’ve had the Iris Photo Suite app for a while but never used it much because I didn’t like the interface all that much. After seeing so many people mention it as one of their goto apps I figured I should give it a second chance. I’m finding it to be very powerful. I like the way you can mask most of the effects you apply to an image. You can create an “image mask” that can be used again and again with the various effects and filters. Here is an example of an image I created an image mask over the lamp shade which enabled me to apply effects to the shade alone or the rest of the image by using an inverted image mask.

I replaced the original green background with the blue background with their replace color tool. It was so easy and fast to do. You just select the colour range you want replaced then select the new colour you want to use. Then you apply the effect with the image mask created earlier and voila!

I also wanted to let you all know that I will be starting up the “Image of the Week” series again soon only it will no longer be an image a week! It was a little too much work for me to select and prepare the post each week and I don’t want to rush it or feel like I HAVE to publish an image every week. So I will continue to feature an image, give my comments and also include artist links and info as I was doing before and them whenever I can. I have a couple of photographers lined up and so you can expect to see something very soon. I guess I’ll have to change the title of the series to something else eh?

Thanks for reading, Patrick


Filterstorm 4, Annie Leibovitz and more iPhone lenses!!!

Hey there,

Yahoo! The recent update to Filterstorm now adds layers! The main reason I use Photoforge2 is because of the layers, now I have a second option. Filterstorm 4 has lots of great features including opacity and blending modes with each layer. The masking tool works really well and you can switch tools while masking including the move tool so it’s much easier than Photoforge2. I will be playing with it to explore all the new features.

What does Annie Leibovitz think about the iPhone camera? I thought I would throw this in here just for fun :-)

And here is an image I made the other night. It’s a detail shot from a bottle of tequila I bought in Mexico this summer. Imagine if I had a macro lens for the iPhone.

Agave plant in glass

Agave by Patrick Gervais

I had a post a while back where I talked about different iPhone lenses that were available. Since then there have been a few more on the market;

  1. Holga has this new contraption, only $25 but looks pretty odd!
  2. PhotoJoJo has added a second model for serious iPhoneographers, expensive at $249 and looks really bulky.
  3. There was another one I saw recently but can’t find it now.
I think I’m leaning towards the olloclip myself.

Thanks for reading, Patrick


Image of the Week #10 – Dixon Hamby

Hey there,

This is an image from Dixon Hamby’s pole art street series. You can see them all on his Flickr page. This series is based on combining posters from street poles and including the surroundings to add to the impact and often create a play on many elements. It is ever-growing with new work being added all the time.

I first saw Dixon’s work in “The Art of iPhoneography” book where he is one of the featured photographers. He says “Photography keeps me in the present. It’s essentially a part of my life. No matter what problems I’ve had, I’ve always been able to take pictures. Photography makes me see the world and helps me shift my focus off my own problems.” Dixon is a Twitter consultant and teaches classes at a Seattle college. He is a very active Twitter tweeter, uh or whatever you call someone who tweets a lot, other than actual birds that is :-) he he he.

You can connect with Dixon here;

Dixon has exhibited his work at Pixels at an Exhibition in Berkeley California, Eye’Em Exhibition in Berlin in 2010 and iPhoneography and the Automobile Exhibition 2010 in Milan, Italy.

Thanks to Dixon for allowing the use of his image :-)

Thanks to you so much for reading, Patrick


Image of the Week #8 – AikBeng Chia

Mr Chua by AikBeng Chia

Hey there,

I’m very happy to be featuring AikBeng Chia this week. He’s known in the iPhoneography community simply as ABC and has an impressive following. This image, “Mr. Chua”, is part of a series of shots where AikBeng meets Mr. Chua, who is a homeless 81-year-old man, on the streets of Singapore. AikBeng finds Mr. Chua again and brings him for a meal when this image was taken. You can see the whole series here on ABC’s Flickr stream. I think this is a good representation of AikBeng’s style, lots of b & w street photography. You can feel Mr. Chua’s difficult life in this portrait.

ABC is a recent member of “The Mobile Photo Group“. Established in 2011, The Mobile Photo Group is an international collective of mobile photographers dedicated to promoting their work and presenting mobile photography as an important and evolving form of photography.

See here for a spotlight on the Eyeem site.

Connect with AikBeng here;

I’ll close here with a quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson that AikBeng feels sums up street portraiture ; “In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody.”

Thanks for reading, Patrick


Pixoto Top 10% Mobile Photos Award


I was happy to see that one of my images made it to the top 10% of the mobile photos category on Pixoto for the week of October 23, 2011. Lots of amazing work in there. Enjoy the weekend everyone :-)

Thanks for reading, Patrick


Image of the Week #7 – JoGo

High Land by JoGo

High Land by JoGo

Hey there,

I started following Jo’s Flickr photo stream last year when I was doing my 365 project. She is very active on Flickr and has lots of people paying attention to her work. She has a special “look” that is her own. Her processing is always fantastic and artistic.

Jo sent me the following comment;  “Basically, I got into iphoneography when I realised what an amazingly versatile tool I had readily available, in my pocket, at all times. I love to take pictures, and I love to edit. Taking a picture is one thing, and the iphone can produce a really fine image SOOC, but what I really love to do is enhance an image, give it a unique look, a texture, some grunge, a twist, and with the iPhone you can do this so easily all from within the phone via the awesome and the numerous Apps available. And that is what I find so brilliant and love the most, it does it all and it does it so well! And it is so much fun. And it can keep me entertained for hours. Literally!”

As Jo mentioned iPhonography is fun and that is a major attraction for all iPhoneographers I think. Sometimes shooting with a DSLR can be too much for some people. Just carrying the gear around needs planning. Having a mobile phone with a good camera makes things easy and enables us to capture images we wouldn’t normally be able to. Many people use their mobile phones to take snapshots of everyday things, do a little processing and share it online. Others take it a bit further and create amazing images that continue to impress people, especially when you tell them you shot it with your iPhone! I think Jo does just that.

See here for an interview with Jo after she finished her 2010 365 project.

And go check out her new blog here I just discovered doing a Google search on Jo :-)

Thanks for reading and thanks to Jo for allowing me to use her image, Patrick


iOS5 Update and

Hey there,

Ok so I upgraded to iOS5 Sunday night and all went well. No issues at all except for the audio source has switched to my Bluetooth device a few times while on a phone call even though my device was nowhere near me. I now turn off the Bluetooth service when I’m not in the car, saves the battery also. I am supposed to have access to the camera right from the locked screen but it isn’t always there for some reason. It is there at times but not always!! I tested it once when I saw the icon on the lock screen and was able to get into the camera & take a photo without unlocking the iPhone but was then able to access the iPhone without having to enter my passcode. Not good! I’ll have to look into this for sure.  I haven’t had time to really look into all the new features yet but will in time.

I recently discovered this new website from a friend. The site is new and in Beta testing but open to everyone from what I can tell. You upload your images and they get entered in a duel with other images in similar categories. They have a mobile category which is great. It’s free but you do need to vote in the photo duels to get credits to be able to upload more images. The quality of images is good and some of it is really amazing. You can also search for photographers in each category and I have discovered many that way. It’s fun so I recommend you give it a try. I’ve uploaded a few images and you can see them here if you like. Not all images I uploaded are iPhone shots.

That’s it for now.

Thanks for reading, Patrick


Image of the Week #6

Image pic #41 by Souichi Furusho

Image pic #41 by Souichi Furusho

Hey there,

Souichi Furusho is a relative newcomer to photography but has made a big splash with his amazing iPhoneography.  Souichi is a graphic designer in Japan and only started with iPhotography earlier this year. I really love this image with its symmetry, silhouetted figure, square format and black & white treatment. Isn’t that a winning recipe??? Many of Souichi’s images have silhouettes with very clean and simple compositions. Although most of his work is in black & white, he also treats colour in a unique way with often only one prominent colour. Looking through his Flickr stream you’ll see that he has sets based on selected colours, which is an interesting way to view those images. They all have very high impact. I particularly love this one. The next photo in his Flickr stream also goes with this one and creates a larger image.

There is a short interview between Soichi and iPhoneogenic here when he was selected as iPhoneographer of the week a couple of months ago.

Links to where to connect with Souichi

I hope you enjoy Souichi’s work and spend some time exploring his interesting creations.
Thanks for reading, Patrick

My Canon G10 is Retiring

my point and shoot collecting dust

My Canon G10

Hey there,

I feel sad, my trusty Canon G10 has been collecting dust these last few weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I love that camera. It’s a tank! Very solid, and I love all the manual dials for quick access to make exposure changes. It really is a great compact. Well as far as compacts go, it is big and heavy and so can hardly be called a compact. It’s just now that I’m using the iPhone so much I just don’t bring the G10 along anymore. It does outperform the iPhone hands down, especially in low light. But my phone is always with me and the G10 although small enough, doesn’t fit in my pockets and so needs a little planning if I bring it along.

Compact camera manufacturers are losing market share to smart phones more and more. For most people it is just easier to take their phone a snap a quick shot and then share it with a touch on the screen. We bought our daughter a nice Canon point & shoot last Christmas and she hardly uses it, she uses her iPod! The future for point & shoot cameras (a single purpose tool) is quickly losing its value for most consumers. It’s a different story for pro or serious hobbyists, we can appreciate the value of a good point & shoot but for how long?

Of course my G10 is still being used but just A LOT less now. This summer I used my iPhone while at different concerts and it was pretty much useless! If I had my G10 I would’ve got some better shots. So in certain situations I’ll still need my trusty G10. Hey that shot of the G10 was taken with my iPhone, processed with the TtV Photo Studio app and after emailed it to my hosting service and then linked here in this blog post, all without connecting any wires. It just works right? HA love it, so much fun ;-)

BTW, here’s an iOS5 update – Each time I connect my iPhone to my mac I get the pop-up letting me know about the new software update and I am sooooo tempted to click update BUT I have remained true to my post last week and did not update yet ;-) Very tempting to say YES update! It’s such a positive thing right? I have read that the new iCloud service is causing some issues regarding photos. It seems you cannot select which images get transferred to iCloud, it’s either all or nothing. So that means each and every crappy shot that I take will get transferred between each device that is connected to iCloud. Sounds like more of a pain than helpful. You can turn off the photos from being transferred in case it gets too much. Anyway I’m still holding off upgrading to iOS5 for now but will probably in the next week unless I hear of some big issues.

Thanks for reading, Patrick


Image of the Week #5

Hey there,

“Jennifer Bracewell is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up in a creative, musical environment. She is a mother, an artist, a photographer, an iPhoneographer, and music lover. Much of Jennifer’s work is an exploration of self and image: the manipulation of self-portraits to bring out elements of humor, angst and beauty. Her other works are an eclectic mix of country shots, animals, and captures of ephemeral moments in everyday life.”  This was taken from Jennifer’s website.

"Don't Look Down" by Jennifer Bracewell

"Don't Look Down" by Jennifer Bracewell

Here below is a comment from Jennifer she sent me for this blog post, thanks Jennifer.

“I have loved taking photos with my iPhone since I first got it in 2009. At the moment I’m anxiously awaiting the UPS man with my 4S.. very excited to see what that new camera has in store.

iPhoneography or mobile photography, whichever you prefer, has been my main creative outlet as of late. Having children to cart around has made it difficult to carry on with my painting and photography with SLR, lenses and the whole thing. I love having this little camera in my pocket.

This image was taken in Santa Cruz at the Boardwalk. I like to play with color and motion using blurring effects, layers and filtering. Iris and Filterstorm are my two go-to apps, but I have probably 100+ photo apps (yikes) Much of what I do is self-portraiture, partly because I don’t get out enough and partly because I find it fun to transform myself into different characters and explore my emotions this way. I am extremely happy to get recognition for my images and to be a part of this wonderful community of photographers/artists. Meeting so many gracious, talented people has been the best part of iPhoneography for me.”

I echo what Jennifer mentions regarding the iPhoneography community. In the small amount of time I’ve gotten involved with iPhoneography it is easy to sense the friendliness of this growing group of passionate photographers. You see many of the same people on the various websites and it really feels like a small close group. Each person I’ve contacted for this Image of the Week series has always been very helpful.

Ok, back to the image “Don’t Look Down” I selected.  This image is, well it’s an amazing piece, but also because it is different from what we see from Jennifer. She creates a lot of self portraits and like Roger Guetta from last week, her work is very conceptual with textures and composites. I have to say that she is a very accomplished artist and very busy. Here are some exhibitions where her work has appeared:

And here are links to connect with Jennifer

Thanks for reading, Patrick