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iPhone Photo of the Week (Week 15)

Since my last iPhone photo of the week post, I have a new phone. I have upgraded from the iPhone SE to the new iPhone 8 Plus and wow, what a difference it makes.

I think I might take them both out this weekend and then write a comparison post to highlight just how much more capable the 8 Plus is.

For my photo of the week, I chose this picture of the Conference Center in Roanoke. This definitely wasn’t the best composed shot I took this week, but I really like the dynamic range and how the leaves have started to change on the tree to the left. This picture is exactly how the phone captured it with no additional processing done by me.

Hope you enjoy!

Monochrome Monday: Week 1

After being inspired by the growing weekly challenge called “Monochrome Madness” started by Leanne Cole and Laura Macky, I’ve decided to create my own post on Mondays showing my contribution to the upcoming Monochrome Madness post as well as my favorite(s) from last week’s Monochrome Madness.

My favorite from last week’s post is Laura Macky’s submission. I love macro photography and I love taking pictures of flowers as well so this one caught my eye (it also helped that it is featured larger on the post, but wasn’t why I chose it). I’m curious as to what color the flower originally was, but I like how Laura chose to not do straight black-and-white but to give it a somewhat sepia tone.


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Flower Friday

I would love to commit to doing “Flower Friday” every week, but I know winter will come eventually, so from now on I will try to put together a post with a common theme that has a compilation of macro pictures. This week just happens to be flowers (and I like alliteration). These pictures were all taken with my new camera this week on Liberty University’s campus. This one would probably be my favorite this week:

I love the sunshine in this picture and the texture it creates. These are the only red flowers I've really seen on campus so far.
I love the sunshine in this picture and the texture it creates. These are the only red flowers I’ve really seen on campus so far.

It finally looks like Spring and as I walk around campus I just love taking pictures of all the blossoming trees on campus. I hope you enjoy the way these look as well!

Monochrome Madness

Seriously, three days in a row I’ve posted about processing my photos into monochrome…I think I need to take a break after this, but I’m really enjoying processing my pictures this way and I hope you do too! As usual, feedback is highly appreciated. This first picture is of the Ocean City boardwalk in New Jersey. Ocean City, New Jersey is a family-friendly resort town that I grew up going to all the time with my family. I’ve made a lot of great memories here and I’ll be going back in May!

The boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ (2009)
The boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ (2009)

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DC Day Trip

Yesterday was a very long day. Got up bright-and-early at 6am to start the 3 hour drive to our nation’s capital at 7am.

Our first stop of the day was the Lincoln Memorial. Was able to park about two blocks away and we walked around the tidal basin, making stops at the MLK memorial, the FDR memorial garden, and finally the Jefferson memorial. When I planned the trip with my girlfriend and the other couple we went with I thought I would take lots of pictures. However, I ended up just enjoying DC and letting my girlfriend take a majority of the pictures. I probably took a total of 30 to 40 pictures and I’m very happy with how they came out. It was a very sunny day with steady winds of over 10 mph.

The Lincoln Memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial.

The Tidal Basin was beautiful. Even though the cherry blossoms had not reached their peak bloom yet, which if forecast for between April 8th and 12th, you could see the bright pink hue around the basin from the mostly closed up blossoms. A few trees a large amount of opened blossoms, but a majority looked like this:

The cherry blossoms were closed, but the pink was coming out. Very prett.
The cherry blossoms were closed, but the pink was coming out. Very pretty.

Another beautiful sight was the blossoming tulip trees. In front of the Capitol building and around the Tidal Basin there were some beautiful tulip trees.

For lunch, Chipotle at 2000 Penn Ave. After lunch we drove around a little bit of the less frequently explored parts of the city. After some Google research, I discovered that the area around Logan Circle was nice. We tried to find a parking space in the area so we could get some pictures of the beautiful row homes, but there were none to be found. Ashley was able to get a few good pictures from in the car and hopefully she will post them on her blog sometime this week.

I feel like I’ve done enough talking about the day, I’ll let the following gallery do the rest of the talking.

Also, you may or may not have noticed that I placed this post in the “No Filter” category. From now on, this means that none of the pictures in the post have been re-touched or processed in anyway and if a post is in the “Processed (Photos)” category, it means what it says. Now, it’s back to reality as I get some school work done at this afternoon’s baseball game.

iPhone Photo of the Week (Week 3)

Alright. It has been waayyyyy too long since the last time I posted. I promised some posts about Spring Break, but those have not come yet. I still hope to be able to get around to them, but  I can’t make any promises! School comes first! But, today, I have a few minutes to post. Yesterday and today were pretty much the first two days of spring that felt like spring. Just on Sunday, there was snow falling! Now, the highs for the week are in the 70s and it’s been absolutely beautiful and the trees are blossoming to show their appreciation of the warmer temperatures! So this iPhone Photo of the Week is a picture I snapped this afternoon on my way to work in the courtyard behind the main academic building here at school. I love how well iPhone’s are able to focus on subjects up-close!

Beautiful blossoms in the courtyard of Demoss Hall at Liberty University.
Beautiful blossoms in the courtyard of Demoss Hall at Liberty University.

Also, I have decided to start trying to process my photos. I have Photoshop and Lightroom installed on my computer and am wondering if anyone has some suggestions about how I should get started with my experimentation. I’d like to try to process this specific photo just to see what I can do with it. Thanks for any input you guys can give and have a great week!