Sn’App Happy: An iPhone App’dict in Havana

Last week I came out as the iPhone App’dict that I have become.  I make no apologies about it.  In fact, I’m rather proud of my new addiction.  It seems fairly harmless and yields great rewards both in the actual process of App’ing and in the final results.  I know I’m having a great time and from the feedback I have been getting, many of you seem to enjoy the images as well so, I will continue to share some of my App’dictions with you including the Apps used and my processes.

*Note: For those of you who simply like to look at pretty pictures, the first image is the finished image and those that follow are the step by step versions to get to the final result.

I recently returned from an amazing week in Cuba where I shot mostly with my big girl camera but, when I did remember to pull out my iPhone on occasion (it has not become a full blown habit yet) I had a blast creating images on the spot.  One such image was created in the bar of one of the former mob hotels in La Habana Vieja (Old Havana).  I mean literally created…photographed and finished right on the spot…in less than five minutes…

 

We had stopped in to buy some water and while we relaxed in the coolness of the bar we began making images of the wonderful architecture.  I couldn’t get everything I wanted in one frame and it wasn’t the place to pull out tripods and set up a shot so, for fun, I pulled out my iPhone (5s) and selected the panorama setting on the built-in camera.  The first image I began at the floor and panned upwards resulting in the top of the frame being too bright with no detail…

 

So, I touched the arrow on the iPhone screen to switch panning directions (where you begin your pano is where the camera locks the exposure) and began at the top of the frame panning downwards.  This provided the detail I wanted in the top of the frame…

 

leaving the bottom half of the frame darker than I would like but, I knew that I could correct that in a snap…Snapseed, that is.  So, I opened Snapseed and selected HDR Scape where I have the ability to choose one of four effects and to control the strength of the effect to get this result…

 

I saved the image and opened Painter next.  I chose the Snapseed processed image and the Van Gogh effect and watched a painting of my image magically appear…

 

I saved this image into my Camera Roll where I now have two processed versions of the same image.  App’ing my way down the homestretch, I chose Blender which allows me to combine two images and vary the strength between them.  After tweaking the slider a bit I saved my final image (as shown above)…

 

I was thrilled with the result and was about to shot my phone down when suddenly I wondered what the image would like converted to B&W.  I had Snapseed opened in a snap and a B&W version that I quite liked…

 

But wait, it’s an old hotel, it needs that old time feel.  I remember seeing a Vintage selection in Snapseed.  Hmm, I wonder…

 

You got it, if I wonder, I wander into App’land and get lost for minutes on end.  That can’t possibly be a bad thing now can it.

Stay tuned.