Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Adventures in the Delta

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to join Stan Phillippe and Egmont van Dyck on an iPhone only photo adventure.

Stan lives in Sacramento and I met him on a visit he made to my studio a few years ago. Egmont lives in the Bay Area and we have been online friends for a few years, but this was the first time we met in person. He has become increasingly passionate about iPhonography and has a website dedicated to that - theiphonearts.com

A quick side note - Egmont and Stan became Facebook "friends" through me and arranged to meet in San Francisco last month to photograph. This is one of the things I love best about social media! You can see some of Stan's photos here: Flickr  Egmont wrote a blog post about the day here: Street Photography

The day started early in Locke, California. This town was added to the registry of national historical places because of its unique status as the only town in the United States built exclusively by the Chinese for the Chinese. This small delta treasure is a photographer's candy store. There are back alleys, old buildings and it's close to the river if you are looking for some landscape images.

Locke©2012 Dianne Poinski

 Locke - ©2012 Dianne Poinski

Locke - ©2012 Dianne Poinski

After leaving Locke, we headed toward the "Old Sugar Mill". This site was an actual sugar mill until it closed in 1993. Restoration work began in 2000 and today the main building houses eight wineries and hosts many events during the year.

There are still buildings being renovated and some appear to be in their original state. This is where the adventure really began.

One of the benefits of shooting with others, besides the knowledge and inspiration they provide, is that they can sometimes lead you into places you probably would not go by yourself. I had this experience last week and came home with some rich images as a result.

While looking through my camera roll however, I was struck by the feeling of not having ownership of some of the images. For some reason, because I did not actually discover a few of the scenes I photographed, it almost felt like cheating to call them my own. I am sure my original captures as well as how I processed those images differ from what my two friends did, but I still feel a bit "off" by it. However it's not going to stop me from sharing them. 

The first two images here were in a building that Egmont discovered. His excitement at some of the scenes he found was contagious. 

Old Sugar Mill - ©2012 Dianne Poinski

Old Sugar Mill - ©2012 Dianne Poinski

This next one was in a building that stated pretty clearly that you could not go in, so I spent quite a bit of time on my own, shooting from the open doorway. These old buildings just seem to be screaming to have "grunge" texture added to them.

Old Sugar Mill - ©2012 Dianne Poinski

All of these images were processed in Snapseed and some of them also had extra texture added in Iris Photo Suite.

The day ended with a delightful late lunch at Tower Cafe. I want to thank Egmont and Stan for sharing their knowledge with me that day and am grateful they included me in this adventure!

PS One of the coolest thing I learned that day is how to use the "645 Pro" iPhone app. With this camera app you can shoot in Tiff mode as well as lock your exposure setting and focus spots. Too much fun.........

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