Oh, how I love my abstractions! It’s always wondrously amazing and fun how a shot taken with a camera can produce an effect that mimics an abstract painting or phenomena from outer space. In this case, this close-up of the bottom of a cooking pan under the right light looks like an angry red planet. I did a little toying around with some of Stevie’s photo-editing programs and enhanced the second image so it looks even more stellar.I was pretty happy with the dramatic effect.
Last week I got a new toy for Stevie; it’s this cool macro lens attachment designed for iPhones that I got from Photojojo. As much as I focus on street photography, I really love doing macro shots because it’s like journeying into a whole different world or landscape. Perspectives change so that ordinary objects become seemingly alien territories.
Head Shot ©Jaimee Todd
I had a lot of fun with some random coins that I found around the house, including an Australian dollar that somehow made it’s way into my possession. I used the lens to get a cool shot of a quarter too.
Liberty ©Jaimee Todd
Here is a close-up of a fork:
Sign of the Tines ©Jaimee Todd
One thing I did realize is that the lens also is kind of a microscope that shows you EVERYTHING, which may be a bad thing depending on what you’re looking, especially if it’s your computer keyboard. Gross! Seeing that up close made me go run for disinfectant, q-tips and anti-bacterial spray when I saw what it looked like up close.
That aside, I love my new lens and Stevie is thrilled with it. Of course I will be sharing as I continue to copiously shoot
As you might have guessed, I’ve become quite enamored with street photography and my little buddy Stevie. They’re both addictive.
Last night I was on the subway on my way home and as I was looking out of the subway window, I was fascinated by how the reflection of a man leaning up against the train car wall melded with the view of the street below in the window. It created kind of a ghostly apparition. I took a couple of shots and played around with the colors to come up with two different interpretations of the shot.
Interference (Black & White), ©Jaimee Todd
Interference, ©Jaimee Todd
I can’t decide which one I like the most; the black and white image, as my friend said, had a jazzy vibe to it. The colorful one has a decidedly energetic feel to it.
So why choose? I’ll just share and enjoy both.
Some leaves I collected from a tree near my house.
For a while I resisted the end of summer. I didn’t want to bid farewell to the feel of the warm sun tickling the back of my arms and neck and throwing my windows open to welcome in the heat. But, change is good and inevitable and when change involves something as beautiful as autumn in New York, it is welcomed with open arms.
I have been enjoying a little time off in between contract gigs and have been soaking up all the autumnal beauty that I can in my treks throughout the city. Many of these images are giving way to some ideas that I have been photographing and will be committing to paper. Here are some of the things that I find inspiring:
Central Park ©Jaimee Todd
Inkblot with bronze and gold metallic acrylic paint
Brooklyn Gold ©Jaimee Todd
Work in progress; large scale inkblot on brown paper with red and black acrylic ink.
Happy Autumn! You can see more of the shots I took in the last few days through my slideshow on Flickr. I’m considering adding these photos as a postcard set on my online store and am currently gauging interest, so if you’d like to see that happen, leave a note in the comments section or shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Stevie, my new iPhone, is my latest addition to my electronic family! I’m sure it’s not hard to figure where his name comes from but I finally decided to join the rest of civilization and buy a smartphone. Naturally, I had to get an Apple gadget but I have to say, I have had a fine old time playing with Stevie and figuring out all of his bells and whistles.
- ©Jaimee Todd
Most notably, Stevie has an amazing camera for a phone. The 8 megapixel lens offers some beautifully crisp photos and since I’ve added the Instagram app, picture taking has become spontaneous and even more fun. Before I started using it, I was a little suspicious of the whole Instagram thing, thinking that it took out the art of taking good pictures by turning any old photo into something interesting, but after using it, I can definitely say that you still need to a good eye to really good a good effect with the app.
Anyway, these are some of the pics I’ve taken wtih Stevie but there will definitely be more!