Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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iPhone Photo Friday…

I know, I know, it is Saturday, but I have an excuse. My daughter took me out to lunch yesterday for a belated Mother’s Day and I spent a couple of hours on the road to get to where she lives and back home again. Also, my iPad arrived from China, so I just had to play for awhile!

Today, even though it is Saturday, I will explain this montage of photos.

I started with backgrounds.

This started as a watercolor painting with a print from a leaf on top. After it was photographed with the iPhone native camera it was processed using Pic Grunger. Another image (of the skin of a snake at the Academy of Sciences) was processed and had some of its colors changed.

This image of a wall at the Academy of Sciences was layered using Blender app and the snake skin colors started to change.

I layered the snake skin layer with the water color layer using Blender app.

At this point I put it into Impression app for the numbers.

I had also taken a photo of a fish at the Academy of Sciences in one of their aquariums.

I switched to Juxtaposer app so that I could control the images separately. The fish was the top image and I erased some of the image and then rotated it to where I wanted it on the bottom image.

I put this back into Impression app so that I could place the word water and then a second time so that I could put my name in the corner..

The last step was to put a frame on it using the Photo Studio app.


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iPhone Photo Friday…

We took a  trip to Woodside this week. I took these shots with ProHDR and then cropped them in Crop Suey. They were put in Photo Studio and processed with Saturation (61), Rainbow Palatte 2 (104), Hot Yellow (153), CrossPro 1 (169), Vignette 1 (157), Photo Border 1 (170), and Photo Border 4 (173). I was looking for some old buildings with interesting textures and I think I found them.

The following pictures series is the original Pro HDR, through the Photo Studio layers, and then into a new app, for me, PhotoArtista Oil.


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iPhone Photo Friday…

Before I start, there is good news from the PG&E Building in San Francisco. The peregrine falcons, Diamond Lil and Dapper Dan, have four eggs that have been laid in the last few days. In approximately 34 days these eggs will hatch. On camera here you can watch mom and dad incubate the eggs and after hatching there will be weeks of watching their growth progress until they fledge around the end of May. (Fledging is a nail-biting, anxiety ridden time for viewers due to the dangers of glass fronted high rises in the city.) Then, if you live close to San Francisco you can bring your binocs in and walk the streets trying to catch a glimpse of the family— mom and dad helping babes adjust to life in the big city. Great fun and beats Angry Birds on your iPhone!

Speaking of the iPhone, I accomplished something from my bucket list last Saturday as we drove to Healdsburg. Since I have had my iPhone, I have noticed that sitting in the passenger seat of the car leads me to take lots and lots of pictures of cloudy skies experimenting with every app and all sorts of filters. (The above mentioned Angry Birds game can only entertain me so long on a car trip—I know, I know, but my brain is so old I can remember life without computers.) I also have pondered if it would be possible to take a picture of any of the raptors I see perched on the side of the road on fences, signs or poles. I have tried over and over to no avail, could not coordinate the lookout for the bird, having the camera primed and pointed, and anticipating the speed of the car so I could click the shutter at the right point for it to catch the bird in the frame. Worth a lot of miles though as entertainment value and easy to erase those shots when it did not work. The area between here and San Luis Obispo, especially below San Jose, is primo for spotting hawks. (In fact on our most recent trip back from SLO a bald eagle flew across the freeway and back toward us near Atascadero. Great excitement for birders and fans of raptors to have that happen.) On highway 37 last weekend I began to realize that I had seen multiple redtails perched on speed signs along the marshy area that goes for about 10 miles. Was it the time of day? The fact that it is spring? First sunny day after rain? I thought there had to be a fifth bird before we hit highway 101 to go north toward Santa Rosa, so I got the iPhone ready and then there it was.

Originally taken with Hipstamatic, chunky lens and Kodot film, this shot was cropped and then processed in Photo Studio to add a new frame. So now I do not have to keep trying to get a picture of a hawk from the car—back to Angry Birds and cloud pictures.

And, here are some clouds from the car:

Hipstamatic app, chunky lens, cano cafenol film.

These clouds are not from the car, but stationary:

Healdsburg mustard fields and a snow-capped mountain processed with Photo Studio app.


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iPhone Photo Friday…

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco  is opening an exhibit of the art of Bali this week. The exhibit did not allow photographs so I concentrated on lobby areas. They were getting ready for an opening reception. A florist makes sculptural arrangements for their public areas that are beautiful works of art in their own right. All of these photos were processed with Photo Studio app and Perfect Photo app was used for sharpening.

San Francisco City Hall from the steps of the museum building.


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The garden is…

doing well at the moment. It has changed its color from dull dormant green to perkier lively green and some blossoms are starting to show. Most dominating at this point are the manzanitas.  This may all change this weekend, however, when it is forecast that snow may be down to sea level here. Will we be in trouble? We shall see..For the moment, here are some new blooms using a new iPhone app I got called Photo Studio.

The California Dutchman’s Pipe vine (Aristolochia californica) is more profuse this year with its blossoms, but I still have the same lament as last year. No pipevine swallowtail butterflies. Where, oh where, can they be?

Gordon Gooseberry (Ribes meniesii var. hystrix) with its lovely little pink flowers.

Chalk Dudleya (Dudeya pulverulenta) showing its winter-wear with one of its blossoms beginning to peak out.

Mr. Cliff hasn’t made an appearance here for a while. He insisted on being included, since he too has been enjoying the garden. He regrets that he will have to remain inside all weekend, but snow is just not his thing any way you look at it…

Cliff (cat) the beast…

This is an excellent iPhoneography blog. So much to learn…