Category Archives: App Stacking Recipes

I Got Outside! How About You?

I got outside! I hope you did too!


The wind was going 12 mph along the SF Bay and whipping the mustard back and forth. I shot this with the app SlowShutter to accentuate the movement and then layered it on top of a still to add definition.


My kitchen bouquet of ranunculus looked great on the back patio while I journaled in the sun. I edited a version in Dreamscope, layered it on top of the original Snapseed edited version and masked out the center so the detail would show through.

How about you?

Another New Look: Dreamscope

 

 

I first noticed @dogsitter80 using Dreamscope in early March. Intrigued, I bought the app and began experimenting on flowers.

Calla Lilly

 

First I made the best version of the image in Snapseed, correcting and enhancing the natural image.

Then I pulled the image into Dreamscope and applied filters until I found one I liked.

 

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Clivia

The image is usually too over the top for me so then I blend the Snapseed and the Dreamscope image together in Blender.

It has been loads of fun!

 

 

California Poppy

 

Anemone

 

 

A New Look

I was playing around with some apps and found a new look. An IG friend @tesswyatt told me she thought it looked like Polaroid emulsion transfers and encouraged me to do more.

So I did. Using Snapseed to set the base, TangledFX to create an over the top version and Blender to blend detail with abstraction, I played my way through a series of close ups.

Each one turned out a bit differently depending on the level of detail native in the original photo.

I also used Shock My Pic to add texture and sometimes an Instagram filter. Warning: Shock My Pic cuts your photo size in half.

While the subject matter is similar, flowers and plants, the results of applying roughly the same apps yielded surprising differences.My next step is to have each of these images printed through Artifact uprising, assemble them into cards and send them to friends.

If you had a favorite image, would do me a favor and let me know in the comments? Thank you!

Flying Away

A fellow Instagrammer, @randommarcus or Marcus Carlberg, let me know what app he used to shoot one striking photo in his stream. It was Fotor HDR. I tried it out this week on a flight. Here’s the color image as shot but cropped square using the rule of thirds to place the wing tip:

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

There are a number of HDR filters in the app to apply. The black and white filter in the Fotor HDR app looked pretty fantastic and a little retro:

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Another app, TangledFX has great capabilities to make a photo fly away in a new direction. I gave 4 filters a whirl just to see what happened:

Swirls:

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014 using Tangled FX “Swirls” Filter

Brush Strokes:

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014 using Tangled FX “Brush Strokes” Filter

The Dark Side:

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014 using Tangled FX “The Dark Side” Filter

Cartoon:

Flying Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

I’ll Fly Away by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014 using Tangled FX “Cartoon” Filter

These interpretations reminded me of a verse in a bluegrass hymn called “I’ll Fly Away” sung by Alison Krauss:

Some bright morning when this life is over,

I’ll fly away;

to a home on God’s celestial shore,

I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

The day before I took this image one of my 17 year-old cats wandered off to “fly away”.   The day after I took this image, the other 17-year-old cat would “fly away” in her sleep at home. I hope both of them are at home on God’s celestial shore.

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Photo Essay with Diptic

Photo essays are usually a series of pictures related by a theme or a place or a subject. I’ve experimented with collapsing the series into a collage.

There are many tools that you can use for this. Fuzel Pro, Frametastic and Diptic are all great for this.  For my purposes, I’ve used Diptic for a while. After looking at the other options, I decided to continue.

The series I am working on is about the mixed use of land in an area where I often go running. Here’s one experiment  to express that in a collage:

High Voltage © Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

High Voltage © Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

Diptic has a handy filter feature which allows you to make each photo in the collage have the same color cast and I used it to make sure these black and white’s all looked the same. This version doesn’t support the point because both the subject and the form are so consistent.

Here’s a different version:

Mixed Use 1 © Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

Mixed Use 1 © Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

A third attempt from a painterly point of view:

Mixed Use 2 © Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

Mixed Use 2 © Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

And lastly, a more straight forward version:

Mixed Use 3 © Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

Mixed Use 3 © Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

In each photo, there’s some man-made structure in the midst of the landscape. Each structure indicates a different use.

As you look at these 4 different photo essays in the form of the collage…

 

 

Arizona Cactus Garden at Stanford

Arizona Cactus Garden at Stanford by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Arizona Cactus Garden at Stanford by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

When I sang praises of the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, friends suggested that I check out the cactus garden at Stanford. Two attempts to find it and 3 different maps later, I can say it is fantastic!

Originally planted in the 1880’s this garden has some pre-historic looking specimens.

Moonrise over Prehistoric Looking Cactus by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013 using LoMob

Moonrise over Prehistoric Looking Cactus by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

As you can tell from the angle of view this thing is over 12 feet tall. If Ansel Adams was here or someone who uses 1930s contact printers, it would look like this:

Moonrise over Prehistoric Cactus by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Moonrise over Prehistoric Cactus by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

The garden has fantastical specimens I’ve never seen before:

Purple Spined Cactus by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Purple Spined Cactus by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

And some I have but which are both much bigger and surrounded by others:

Barrel Cactus by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Barrel Cactus by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

The garden is easily doable in 30 minutes and would reward a longer visit, one which I hope to make soon.

Apps used: PerfectlyClear, TitleFX, PhotoToaster, Shockmypic, Lomob, Impressions, Snapseed

Experiments in Mobile Photography

Ridge Winery by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Ridge Vineyards by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

My husband and I went to Ridge Vineyards last weekend to celebrate his birthday and enjoy the last days of summer. We found an open picnic table under an umbrella on top of the mountain and from this vantage point we looked over all the San Francisco Bay area. It was a wonderful mini-vacation.

A lone olive tree at the crest of one hill attached the ground to the sky through its roots, truck and canopy. The image proved a fertile jumping off point for a variety of experiments.

Passport to Another Place by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Passport to Another Place, Ridge Vineyards by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Passport to Another Place helps show the transporting power of space and quiet. I used apps Etchings and DistressedFX.

Dream by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Dream, Ridge Vineyards by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

For Dreams, I used apps Retromatic and Instagram to take the image in a new direction that’s a bit more design oriented.

A Surreal Place, Ridge Winery, by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

A Surreal Place, Ridge Vineyards, by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

In A Surreal Place, I used Repix and Snapseed to add a layer that looks like the scenery, water stains on a photo and pixelation.

A Digital World, Ridge Winery by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

The Digital World, Ridge Vineyards by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

The app Decim8 helped me introduce an allusion to The Digital World in the Silicon Valley below. Ridge is much more tranquil than this but it is in part made possible by the high-tech valley success.

Grapes by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Grapes and Earth, Ridge Vineyards by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Lastly, by combining apps Etchings, Moku Hanga, a Japanese woodblock printing app by JixiPix and Instagram , I created this softer look with a cool grape and warm earth contrast, hence Grapes and Earth.

It’s amazing how one scene gives so many ways of exploring what the time meant, what the place looked like and what it represented. A few hours of fun on a mountaintop translated into a few hours fun on an iPad editing a photo. Not a bad payoff.