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On a hot afternoon in Merida, Mexico, carriage drivers take a nap while waiting for the evening’s business to pick up.

LONELY HOODOOS

LONELY HOODOOS / iPhone 6 Plus / Snapseed

This small group of Hoodoos, Tent Rocks, Fairy Chimneys, or Earth Pyramids, are not as spectacular as, nor seen by as many people as the hundreds in Utah's Bryce Canyon, yet I always enjoy seeing them as I drive the High Road from Taos to Santa Fe. I have photographed them a few times before, but this was my first time with my iPhone.

We had a little snow today. Looks like more to come. Research nearly done, organization next, then publishing followed by more book building. Oh, and painting!

Hasta mañana.

 

TAKEN WITH iPHONE 6

TAKEN WITH iPHONE / iPhone 6+ Snapseed

As I was jaywalking across Avenida Juarez from the Alameda in Mexico City on the way to my hotel, I spotted this Tomada con iPhone 6 image on the back of a bus shelter. A pedestrian, walking down the bus lane was just the human element I needed to make this interesting street shot.

Backing up, transferring, synchronizing and checking data on all the phones mentioned yesterday has been eating my lunch all day today, and, in fact, I'm still working on it. So I'd better get back to it.

Hasta mañana.

 

NY IN DF

NY IN DF / iPhone 6+ / Snapseed

For those who may not recognize “DF”, that's Mexico's capitol city. Just as we have Washington, D.C, or

District of Colombia, the Mexicans have México, D.F., or Distrito Federal (Federal District), sometimes referred to as, simply, de efe.

I gues we all know what NY stands for.

Guess what? We had a day off! Had to make a quick run down to Santa Fe to run some errands. Thea drove on the way down, so I was able to get a bit more done on my research. Ditto for while she did some shopping.

Thea decided she could do on an iPhone 6+ everything she now does on her iPhone 4 and on her sluggish antique iPad. So I now have an iPhone 6s+ and she inherits my iPhone 6+. That means I'll be busy tonight and probably part of tomorrow backing up and transferring data between all four machines.

Then I will get back to my book projects and try to squeeze in some painting time before hitting the road for the winter.

Hasta mañana

 

READERS

READERS / iPhone 6+ / Snapseed

Candid street photography, and my iPhone, on the streets of Mexico, Spain, France or the good old USA. That's a recipe for good times in my mind.

I have enjoyed street shooting in Peru, Argentina, Italy and Switzerland, too. But that was all before I got my first iPhone, the 4, in 2011. Even then, I continued shooting with various Panasonic bridge cameras and compact travel cameras. But the iPhone slowly took over because of its being always available and ready and just such a pleasure to use.

I have been a heavy telephoto user since the late 1960s, and that has been the hardest part of making the transition.

Will I give up my Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS30 travel zoom camera? Yeah, for a while, anyway. Oh, I will use it for painting research, occasionally, but for street and still life photography, it's going to be my iPhone 6+.

Besides, I can even edit on my phone using Snapseed when necessary, but I do prefer editing on my iPad Air.

Managed without PhotoForge2, again. Didn't need to do much to this one and Snapseed handled it quite well.

Still working on the self publishing research.

Hasta mañana.

 

CONCENTRATION

CONCENTRATION / iPhone 6+ / Snapseed

Lost in thought. Observed, for an instant, from two sides. Indefinitely from one.

Even when taking a break from street shooting, I like shooting street. Coffee time in Mexico City, and I just could not stop.

More researching and organizing again today. Getting publishing figured out. I think.

Hasta mañana.

RED, WHITE AND BLUE

RED, WHITE AND BLUE / iPhone 6+ / Snapseed

Here's another shot from my recent visit to Taos Pueblo with Larry Mangino.

My old favorite app PhotoForge2 was purchased by, as I remember, Yahoo quite a while back. They promptly removed it from the App Store. I don't know why. I seem to be able to move it from iPad to iPad, and it has survived all ios updates, so far. But I'm sure its days are numbered. Besides, it doesn't much good for me to keep listing it as the app I've used since it's no longer available. Therefore, I've been slowly trying to wean myself away from my dependency on it. Snapseed has pretty much taken its place as my go-to app, although there are some adjustments that I'm still more comfortable doing with my old standby.

Anyway, today's image didn't require much in the way of adjustments, so I was able to make do with just Snapseed. There are still a couple of apps that I use on occasion, for special adjustments, such as perspective correction. I'm going to get more familiar with a few and dump the rest in the interest of becoming somewhat more of a digital minimalist. That, I have to admit, is a distant goal.

I spent the entire day, today, researching and organizing, putting together accessible information on self publishing. Still more to be done tomorrow, then I hope I will be able to get back to work on my current book projects, one at a time.

Oh, no. Here comes midnight, again.

Hasta mañana.

 

FINGER SKETCHES

FINGER SKETCHES / Digital Drawings done on my iPhone 6+ / SketchTime

Busy with my books, so less wordy than yesterday. Felt like it was about time to once again share a few of these quick character studies.

Here's something I started today in an attempt to get an organized handle on my book projects. I'm using an app called SimpleMind+.

O.K., that's it for now.

Hasta mañana.

 

LATER THAT NIGHT

LATER THAT NIGHT / IPhone 6+ / Snapseed / PhotoForge 2

So I returned later that night to reshoot yesterday's scene in the moonlight. Just kidding. Truth is, I was wondering if I could make the scene look the way it looked in my mind. Like a moonlit scene. I played around, using two of my favorite apps and their sliders for saturation, contrast, shadows and highlights, and even a few of their filters. (Lightly on the filters.)

I had a lot of fun playing with the image, and I'm enjoying the final result. I hope you are, too.

The rest of my day was a little less fun. I've made a mess. I have three books I've been working on simultaneously.

A wrong version of KACHINAS somehow got onto Amazon. I managed to get it removed. Now I have to get the right version up. The correct version, thank goodness is still available in the Blurb Bookstore.

The hard cover and soft cover versions of CAR PARTS, as mentioned previously, arrived late on Monday. I noticed right away that, while it's beautifully printed, a couple of pages were not as they should have been. Last night I discovered that the cover was right, the entire insides are from an earlier version that I had spent a day changing throughout. I still have to build and figure out how to make epub, Kindle, and pdf versions available to all the different markets.

As some of you are aware, LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPH can only be read on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. I have promised to make it available to all those who don't have those devices. But that requires a different format and use of different software, as well as transfer to my Mac desktop.

Altogether, with the three books, I am dealing with three different apps, three or four companies, three different file formats, and, due to my own sloppy mismanagement of the whole process, a mind boggling amount of confusion and wasted time. But I'm learning as I go, and have finally realized it's time to slow down, get organized, and sort it all out. Also, I need to prioritize and take one thing at a time.

They say that making mistakes is the only way to learn. If that's true, I should reach geniushood any day, now. Don't hold your breath for that. 😉

Additionally, all the images for my books have to be located, cleaned up, sized, move from machine to cloud to machine, uploaded and inserted, books and covers, both print and eBook, designed, text researched, written, loaded, sized and arranged. Fonts chosen, colors chosen, etc.

It's been rough. But, you know what? I LOVE IT. I've wanted to do something like this for years. I didn't dream how difficult it could be I could make it. I have learned a great deal of respect for those who make more complex books. Even while struggling with these three books, my mind is racing with all the others clammering to get made. Someday I'm going to make a book to help others avoid my mistakes and really enjoy making their own books.

I just made a commitment to make a catalog for my Sorrel Sky Gallery coming up in March in Santa Fe.

So I guess I'd better get back to work.

Hasta mañana.

 

DETAIL ~ TAOS PUEBLO

DETAIL ~ TAOS PUEBLO / iPhone 6+ / Snapseed

This is a shot from a recent visit to Taos Pueblo with my cousin, photographer Larry Mangino. I do love those mud and straw walls.

No news yet on Car Parts. Soon, though, plus more about The Life of a Photograph.

Racing the clock, again.

Hasta mañana.