Lemon Grass

I named this photo “Lemon Grass” after the filters that I used to get the warm sepia split tones. I used the Film Lab iPhone app once again here to simulate film and grain, and I quite like the shot even though (especially because) the grain is very coarse, which was obtained by adjusting the sharpness of the image as the last step in the processing.

A lot of people don’t like mobile phone photos, and I can “kind-of” understand the reasoning…The low-resolution and the poor quality of mobile telephone lenses and sensors means that the end image is usually far from great. But on the other hand – even though the iPhone is less than half of the resolution of my DSLR and simply can’t compete in quality when compared to film… …and even though it has a tiny, tiny sensor and a tiny, terrible lens, I honestly don’t think that iPhone photos and other low-res digital photos can be immediately dismissed from an artistic point of view.

Think about Lomo style cameras for a moment. These cameras took off in popularity simply BECAUSE of their shortcomings! These cameras are purposefully manufactured to produce lo-fi photos with poor lenses and light-leaks that photographers (artists) are absolutely loving! I think we should embrace the same concept for mobile-phone cameras, especially now that there are so many post-processing apps available – and you’re not limited to just the iPhone either.

Even if you put the art aside for a moment. Who in the past hasn’t missed great photo opportunities simply because you didn’t have a camera with you at that magic moment? Mobile telephone technology means that many of us have a 5MP or better digital camera at our disposal at any given moment in time, and this is starting to give rise to some really great photos – shot on mobile phones – simply because we have a camera on-hand and we’re able to capture a moment that would normally have been missed only a few short years ago…

If you like what you see, shoot it with whatever camera you have at your disposal.


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