Posts Tagged ‘Oggl’

Check Out My HipStop: St. Lucia Piece in the New Summer 2014 #HOT Issue of SNAP Magazine

A honeymooner going coconuts in St. Lucia

The summer 2014 #HOT issue of Snap Magazine is live and available for free in iTunes here. It’s filled with stunning images, recipes (chorizo breakfast tacos, anyone?), a hot summer playlist and my HipStop: St. Lucia piece.

The cover of the Summer 2014 #HOT issue of Snap Magazine

Left: Sugar Beach does umbrellas right  Right: squirtguns on the table at Dasheene

I love shooting assignments for Snap. The hard part is picking which images to send in the final edit. In this post I’ve included a few of my favorite images that did not wind up in Snap.

I met this fruit and vegetable vendor at the market in Soufriere.

Left: Diamond Falls Right: The Rain Forest Walk at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort

All the images in Snap are shot using the apps created by Hipstamatic. I shot all of my St. Lucia images for Snap using Hipstamatic’s Oggl app, which allows you to changes the film and lens after you’ve captured the image.

Palm Frond Sunset at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia

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Honored for the Honorable Mentions in the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

Images I shot from Morocco, Italy and India received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 IPPA Awards

Yesterday the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAs) announced their winners and they are stunning. I was honored- and humbled- to find five of my images among the Honorable Mentions in the Travel, Sunset, People, and Architecture categories.

Left: Snake Charmers in Marrakech Right: Arrividerci, Positano

The gallery of winning images truly shows that it’s possible to shoot incredible photos with an iPhone and made me geek out about the amazing  (and every improving) state of mobile technology.

I’m honored to be in such fine company as my friend, Hector Navarro, whose image won Third Place in the People category. I’m also thrilled to discover  photographers previously unknown to me in the mobile photography arena.

Of all the images honored this year, I’m particularly inspired by this image of Marina Towers in Chicago (aka the building on the album cover of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), which placed Third in the Architecture category. I think it resonates with me because it is both a travel image and an architecture image, and speaks to my inner aviation geek.

The Taj Mahal

Contests are strange things– often it’s about trends or personal taste of judges. But I’m thrilled that some of my favorite work from the past year connected with the judges among others.

All of my images honored by the IPPAs this year were shot using the Oggl app by Hipstamatic. The image of Positano, Italy is one of my all time favorites– I recently had it printed using the Photos to Art app and hung it in my guest bathroom at home.

Left: water carriers on Jamaa el-Fna in Marrakech, Right: Sunset in Marrakech

This year’s IPPA Travel category is particularly strong and worth checking out if you need a little artistic or vacation planning inspiration.

My iPhone to Art Print hanging in my guest bathroom

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Seattle in Motion: Time Lapse Video & GIF

Sunset reflected in Belltown windows

Time lapse videos are such a great way to show motion. I’m a big fan of the TimeLapse for iPhone app ( $4.99) and have really enjoyed using their new presets. I shot this video of a particularly beautiful sunset in Seattle on my iPhone 5s using the “Clouds” preset.

Clouds and Sunset Time Lapse Video

Pastel sunset over Elliott Bay in Seattle

My view of the May Day demonstrations and marches through Seattle was from above and I found the still shot a bit boring.

May Day Demonstration in Seattle from above

I decided a GIF might work better to show the action. I thought it better conveyed the protest vibe than the still photo. I use the GIFFER Pro app for iPhone, which is well worth the $3.99.

Seattle May Day March GIF

When photographing motion, I don’t mind a little blur, especially when another part of the image is in sharp focus. That’s what I got when using the Oggl app (free) to capture some flying salmon at the Pike Place Fish Market.

Catching salmon at Pike Place Fish Market

On my next trip to Pike Place Market, perhaps I’ll try and get a GIF of the famous flying fish.

Interesting factoid: the “stunt” salmon which are tossed at Pike Place Fish Market are donated to the zoo to feed the Grizzly bears.

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A Virtual Tour of GeeJam Studios in Port Antonio, Jamaica

Dale Dizzle Virgo at the board in GeeJam Studios

One of the coolest things about my recent stay at GeeJam Hotel in Jamaica was getting to tour GeeJam Studios, which are right on the property. The studio is above the Drum & Bass suite where Zan and I stayed.

The exterior of GeeJam studios

GeeJam Studios were founded by Jon Baker, who founded Gee Street records and worked for Richard Branson Chris Blackwell in the early 90s. Before that, Jon Baker worked as a stylist for Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran.

The Marumba Box

The studio has a cool island vibe that has drawn artists like Drake, The Gorillaz, Alicia Keys, No Doubt, and Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion. Snoop Dogg changed his name to “Snoop Lion” right in the studio, when he was working on Reincarnated.

The GeeJam Studios piano… if it’s good enough for Alicia Keys

Amy Winehouse stayed at the hotel while developing material for Back to Black. This was the first place I’ve I seen a Marumba Box, a stringed instrument used frequently in Jamaican music that is strangely always in tune.

Percussion section still life

Dale “Dizzle” Virgo, one of GeeJam Studios in-house producers and engineers showed us around the cozy island studios. Dizzle has worked with Rihanna, so I suspect giving a tour to Zan and me was slightly less exciting but he was a great host.

Knobs at GeeJam

Left: Controls Right: The Distressor

These cords seem important.

Since I don’t know much about music recording I don’t know what they do. Fortunately the crew at GeeJam Studios know how to use them!

In the studio at GeeJam

Artists seek out GeeJam for the vibe and some pretty amazing music has been recorded here.

No Doubt Underneath It All ft. Lady Saw

If it’s good enough for Gwen Stefani… then it’s pretty damn cool.

Drake Thank Me Now

GeeJam Studios

Geejam, San San, Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica
Telephone: +1876 993 7000
Fax: +1876 993 7156

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Check Out HipStop: Port Antonio, Jamaica in the #Music Issue of Snap

The #MUSIC Issue

I’m still crushing on Port Antonio, Jamaica, and I’m thrilled to share my HipStop: Port Antonio, Jamaica feature in the #MUSIC issue of Snap Magazine.

Boston Beach overview

It’s always hard putting together an edit for Snap, and not everything makes it into the issue. For my blog readers, I’ve included some additional images that didn’t make it into the magazine.

Left: Jamaican Crayfish  Right: Breakfast at the Trident Villas including mackerel and a boiled banana

French press Blue Mountain coffee was a lovely way to wake up at the Trident Villas in Port Antonio

left: Live Jazz at Mike’s Supper Club Right: The Jolly Boys performing a GeeJam’s Bush Bar


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