PhotoSpeak • Session 003 ”Risk>Reward”. A simple shot of a passing train from a familiar location. A photo many Torontonians have probably taken time and time again. So why shoot it? What was so special about this composition?
Well, the warm rays covering the landscape beautifully. The train being in the centre lane was a bonus and the white painted cars with slight green accents… perfect! Still, in my mind, this story had been told before.
While deciding if I should post or not, I figured I might as well edit the photo. So I opened up the Camera+ app to quickly crop it but accidentally pressed adjust instead. Oops! However, once inside the adjust section I started spinning the image round and around, testing each angle and completely changing the dynamics of the photo! It looked so different when turned upside down. All of a sudden I was interested in the composition, excited about the lines and curves on the railroad tracks, fascinated with the “snake-like” feel the train now had! All because a simple mistake sparked my curiosity, which in turn sparked my creativity!
Constantly experiment and question everything you see, keep an open mind and strive for originality in all that you shoot.
The Camera: iPhone4 native camera
The Apps: Camera+, Snapseed and Instagram
The Edit: I took the original photo using the native iPhone4 camera. Brought the image into Snapseed for straightening (+0.21). While still in Snapseed I went to “selective adjust” to enhance the green paint and whiten the cars a touch. Over to Camera+ to crop and adjust the photo upside down. Final step was done in Instagram using the rarely used “Lord Kelvin” filter to help that sun stay nice and warm!
• [iPhone4] © 2012 TahaPHOTO