A Room With a View
It’s nice to have friends, or as in this case, it’s nice to have a sister with cool friends who have awesome penthouse apartments with amazing views like in this photo. Even better is when those cool friends of your sister get you the keys to the place, so you can go grab a sweet sunset photograph from one of the coziest terraces in the city. I had such a nice time in Toronto on my recent visit. I met up with some old friends, some new friends from the online travel community and got a chance to hang out with my sister for a bit which doesn’t happen all that often. The weather for that week was near ideal on most days, and in the case of the day that I shot this Toronto skyline photo, I could not have designed more wonderful weather if I tried. The clarity in the image is something that I’m particularly happy about. So often when photographing cities in the summertime, there is a lot of haze and smog. The ideal time to avoid these conditions is at sunrise, not sunset, so I was really fortunate to have a day where it was windy, not humid and sunny. Since most of my meetings were late morning, afternoon and evening, I did not see one sunrise while in Toronto. This is a bit odd for me when I’m on the road, but in my defense I did have a few late nights out, and my sister and brother in law are very generous hosts who have an impressive wine collection… Just sayin ;)
Taking these kinds of photos that you see on my blog usually involves waiting and patience. It’s not glamorous and to be honest it can be quite frustrating to get to the place you want to photograph and have to wait for:
- people or no people
- people in the right position
- traffic or no traffic
- rain to stop
- security guards to go away
- Wind to stop blowing
- or a combination of any of these things
So on this day it was nice to have no pressure of shooting for a client, sitting around with my sister, playing with my brand new iPhone. Fun stuff this iPhone, I think I’m a new addict. I held out as long as I could but my old cell phone was dying and it was time for an upgrade. While there are a million things you can do with an iPhone, one of the things that I love the most is the fun snapshots that you can take with the camera. Even cooler are the apps that allow you to manipulate the images like in the one above that I shot using Instagram. Another cool iPhone app for taking these type of photos is Hipstamatic.
I’m enjoying these fatures on my iPhone, and it’s making it possible for me to share some fun casual snapshots form where I happen to be shooting my real photographs. I’m hoping to be able to do more of this kind of fun photography and share these pics on Twitter and Facebook, so look for them there.
Here are just a few more examples of what you can do, the possibilities are quite limitless:
What are your Favourite iPhone Photography Apps?
I’m looking for more fun iPhone Photo apps and would love to hear what you are using and loving. Let me know your favourites in the comments below and I’ll make a list to share with everyone in a future blog post.
If you want to send me your photos that you have taken with your iPhones and any of the cool photography apps, send them to me in an email: info [at] kenkaminesky.com
I’ll share them in the blog post and credit the photographers.
Great shot! And your sister sounds pretty fantastic – lucky you ;-)
WOW! ;) sweet shot indeed! I love it
Wayne Frost says
You have produced a classic post card image, and I mean that in the best sense of the term, Ken.
Dave Wilson says
You have me itching to get back to Toronto. I got some great dusk skyline shots from the roof of our hotel last time I was there but, unfortunately, the CN Tower was hidden from that viewpoint so they don’t count :-)
Regarding iPhone apps, my favourites are Camera+, Photogene, Night Camera, PhotoSynth, TPE for iOS, Focalware, PhotoCalc, Fotomatic, Filterstorm and Iris.
My favourite app is this golden hour calculator: app.golden-hour.com. Love the daring toronto shot!
Carlos Garcia says
Sweet picture Ken. Thanks for the “behind the scenes” view!
Great shot Ken! Makes me miss Toronto some. The iPhone pics are great too.
I use the Hipstamatic and Camera+ apps on the iPhone. Even ordered a 30 inch print from HIpstamatic which came out great.
Chris boyd says
I like mywi with shutter snitch (for my eye fi)
And photoshop express and photopro for editing on the fly snaps.
Camera+,Hipstamatic,Instagram,Pro HDR,360 Panorama
favorite iphone photography apps: instagram for the social aspect (and overall great features), pano for stitching into panoramic pics, photoshop express for editing, and best camera for nostalgia (first to use filters, i think).
Andrew - The Unframed World says
Shake It. Because it’s kind of a work out too.
crazy sexy fun traveler says
One of my fave things to do is to look at the sky! This shot is so cute!
Wow, yeah, probably the best photo I’ve seen of downtown Toronto!
Zablon Mukuba says
you take such beautiful photos
Hi Ken – I think UltimateCam is great. SO much more flexible than the standard iPhone camera. Keep playing – the pictures are great!
I have a bunch of iPhone photo apps but my current favorite are: Camera+, TrueHDR, PhotoForge2, and Photosynth.
As for apps that assist in my photography: Light Meter, DOFMaster, and Darkness (for knowing when the magic hours are).
Ken Kaminesky says
Sue, Thanks… and that sounds like something my sister would say about herself… Hey wait a minute!! ;)
Thank you Gaby!
Thanks Wayne, I love old postcards. I’d like to do a series of them in my own style one day.
Dave, that is a great list, I will check out those apps and have some fun with them. Toronto is great for photos but have you ever been to Montreal?
Thanks for the golden hour app info, I’ll be sure to look into it.
Carlos, Glad you enjoyed it :)
Sean, I just got Camera +. Looking forward to testing it out.
Chris, Sherman, Sonny,, thanks for the recommendations.
Andrew, Shake it looks sweet. Getting it!
CSFT, Dina, Zablon, thanks for the nice comments!
Liv & Bill, Great to hear your app picks, thanks so much for sharing.
christian anderl says
i love instagram, hipstamatic, best camera (chase jarvis), shakeitphoto and camera+ …
btw, great shots!
Great shot Ken, and thanks for the photo tips!
Natalie T. says
Great shots Ken! You’re making me a proud Torontonian. :) Love those tints on the first shot. Was so fun to show you my slice of Toronto, catch up and get some beers. Until next time!
When I think of Toronto in the summer all I think of is haze and pollution. You did get the perfect shot on a perfect day.
I don’t have an iphone yet but at TBEX one of the photographers shared with us her top 15 iphone apps. Two you have mentioned – histamatic and instagram. Others included:PS Express, Basic Camera, PRO HDR diptic (gathers 2-8 images & puts in 1 frame), Cross process (for colour saturation), more Beau2, incredibooth, swankolab, plastic bullet, Impression (for watermarks), camerabag, lowmov and photosynth. Sorry if the spelling isn’t 100%. The photographer presenting (Kirsten Alana) said she had over 500 photography apps in total!
Yowza! Great shot. Yeah, I love both of those apps too! Another good app, it’s a video one though, is 8mm. As the name suggests, it turns the iPhone into an 8mm camera with a few different filters.
Thiago da Cunha says
Apps I use: itimelapse and photosynth
Nice one! As a home-born Torontonian I must say this is the best photo of the city a I have ever seen. It almost looks like a painting!
Most of the city shots are being taken on Broadview near Queen/Dundas, Riverdale Park, The Harbourfront or Centre Island. This is a great spot, you have managed to capture the essence of the city, not just the steel and the glass. Your sister is a happy person indeed to have such an amazing view!