2014 Citrus Classic Balloon Festival

July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

For the past few years, I have attended Santa Paula’s annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of hot air balloons. This past weekend was the weekend to grab my camera and make some images of the festival.

While I love the beautiful colors of the balloons when night falls and the balloons start to “glow”, I love watching the set up of these massive balloons. The work and human power that goes into making the balloons light up the night sky is pretty amazing. Crews set up the balloons, handlers hold the balloons to keep them from taking a premature flight, and pilots work the controls to make this a beautiful and memorable event.

Crews roll out balloons on the ground before blowing fans into them to inflate them.

Crews roll out balloons on the ground before blowing fans into them to inflate them.

Crew members hold open the balloon so that air can get into the material.

Crew members hold open the balloon so that air can get into the material.

A hot air balloon pilot blows heat into the balloon.

A hot air balloon pilot blows heat into the balloon.

A young attendee is mesmerized by the balloons.

A young attendee is mesmerized by the balloons.

An attendee looks at his camera phone to review his pictures.

An attendee looks at his camera phone to review his pictures.

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Views From the 2014 Esri International User Conference: GIS In Imagery

July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

As a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional, I had the opportunity to attend the Esri International User Conference this year. Of course I brought along my camera, and the wonderful site GISLounge.com published my photo essay on the blog. Click here to see the photos and read the article.

The ESRI logo fills the San Diego Convention Center

The ESRI logo fills the San Diego Convention Center

The game “Where in the World” tests attendees knowledge of geography through aerial imagery.

iPhone camera fun

July 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

After months and months of having a broken camera phone (among other mobile phone issues that ended up with a replacement) I finally got my smart phone camera-less-ness taken care of. it is tough to be a photographer and without the ability to quickly whip out my device and make some images. I have used a few apps in the past to edit/enhance my smartphone pictures, and have found iPhoneography to be as much about convenience as it is a challenge to create interesting images.

I have recently found and started to have fun with creating triptychs from my iPhone photos. I use the apps Frametastic and PicFrame to create a triptych effect,  Typic+ to add words, and then post to Instagram:

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Do you have any camera phone editing apps that you like to use for unique frames? What do you use to add words/designs for fun photos? Let me know in the comments section!

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