Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


iPhone Art – Inviting at Joaquin Miller Park

Amazing all the apps that are available to edit your prized iPhone photos!  I have to admit I enjoy it.  Here’s an image I created from a hike in Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, California.  I used to practice here when I was on the cross country team in high school and grew up down the street a bit.  It’s a beautiful oasis of rustic woodland trails that lead you through redwood groves and oak woodlands across lush creeksides and wet meadows.  Hikers, equestrians, bicyclists, joggers and picnickers from all over the Bay Area regularly frequent the 500-acre park.

The park is named for one of the more colorful figures of the 19th century. Cincinnatus Hiner (“Joaquin”) Miller.  He was born in Indiana in 1841 and during his life he was a pony-express rider, lawyer, judge, teacher, gold prospector, nomad and author.

During a trip to the Bay Area in 1870, he met California’s first Poet laureat and Oakland’s first librarian, Ina Coolbirth.  Coolbirth convinced him to take the colorful pen name of Joaquin Miller. He became well known as the “Poet of the Sierras.”

When he returned to Oakland in 1886, he settled on 70 acres of grassy hillside, which he had purchased parcel-by-parcel in the hills about the “City of the Oaks.” In an effort to create an inspirational artists’ retreat, he erected monuments, built structures for his mother and daughter, and coordinated the planting of 75,000 trees — monterey cypress, olive and eucalyptus. He died in his home in 1913.

Inviting - Joaquin Miller Park

Inviting – Joaquin Miller Park


More on iPhone Photography (4 photos)

While I love taking photos with my camera(s), there’s something about iPhone photography that’s such fun!  I think it’s because I really don’t expect too much from them and they don’t take a long time to edit.  Plus,  I don’t always have my camera when out and about, so in a pinch the iPhone becomes the recorder of memories and sometimes…just sometimes I end up with something resembling an artful rendition of what I saw.  

Lots of people load their regular DSLR pictures on Instagram, but I decided I wanted a place to look at all my iPhone pictures at once so I’ve dedicated my Instagram feed to iPhone photography only.  What’s important to me to share is that I edit those photos on the iPhone and never import them to my computer.  I love the challenge of editing photos on the phone.  There are several apps I use usually in combination to create the images.  Some of my faves are Leonardo (I love that I can do layers there), iColorama, and Mextures.  There are lot of others but these are definitely my favorites.  

Included here are four recent images.  For more of my iPhone photography, check out the Instagram link in the sidebar.  Hope you all are having a great Tuesday!





Practicing with Smartphones (2 photos)

I love my Nikon D750 full frame camera, but the smartphone is so handy and fun.   Yes, that’s me who likes to hang out the window and take a picture!  Much like a dog sticking its head out the window with its ears flapping in the wind, except my ears aren’t that big.  🙂

What I find is that if I continually take pictures even with my phone when I’m out, I’m constantly improving how I see things.  If I waited to use my camera, I wouldn’t get as much practice at composing, so my advice would be to whip out those phones and get some practice in!  Plus, you’ll have something to do when you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting for a doctor’s appointment lol.

The black & white was edited in iColorama and the color one was edited first in Leonardo and then Pixlr.  I think these three apps are my favorites.  You can check out more of my smartphone photography in my Instagram link found on the sidebar.  All photos are edited on the iPhone only.