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Every once in a while I actually “stop to smell the roses” at the local supermarket, but I also love to take pictures of them with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone. I especially like to take pictures on the Random mode so I am pleasantly surprised by my photos. In Random mode, you shake the phone and the “film” and “lenses” automatically change, but you are unable to see which lenses and films are being used until after the photo is processed. It’s a fun way to get out of a rut if you end up using the same Hipstamatic combinations.
I discovered Frenchy & the Punk quite by accident at the 2014 Steampunk World’s Fair. I watched their Sunday afternoon concert and couldn’t believe how amazing they were and wondered why I hadn’t heard of them before that day. I bought their CD “Hey Hey Cabaret” at their merch stand and listened to it almost every day for a month thereafter. I’ve found that a nice way to relive an event such as the SPWF is to purchase some of the music that I listened to (and it supports the artists also).
Their music as described on their website:
Imagine Siouxsie Sioux and Dee Dee Ramone had a duo that was inspired by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Toulouse Lautrec and Deepak Chopra, this is what it might sound like. One part Dresden Dolls, Sonny and Cher and one part White Stripes. A pixie spirited flexitarian band of tree hugging, gothic, folky, Steam Punks by way of Paris and New York. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting… fun with a capital F!
Hipstamatic released its Shanghai Hipstapak over the weekend and I experimented with it quickly to see what type of effects it made. I went to a local supermarket to take some photos of roses and took some photos of some antique “heads” that I have at home. Here is how the Hipstapak is described on Hipstamatic’s website:
Being in the worlds biggest city can be a whirlwind of visual stimulation made of lights and bright colors. The Shanghai HipstaPak emulates the energy of this global center in a vivid watercolored image.
Jing Lens Add a textured kaleidoscope of color to any photo. The gentle strokes seem to be applied with the loose grip of an impressionist painter.
Gongbi Film Close your eyes after a time-lapse of traveling through Shanghai, and the resulting memory is what this film produces. Only dreams can be created in this fashion.
I want to experiment with combining these elements with other lenses and films to fully explore what they can do.
Last weekend I saw Freedy Johnston and Jeffrey Gaines perform at the Van Vleck House in Montclair, New Jersey. The event was part of Out Post in The Burbs, an organization that holds musical events in the Montclair area.
The Van Vleck House and Gardens was a beautiful place to hear music. We were able to take a quick walk around the garden before the show, where I was able to take couple Hipstamatic iPhone photos. The atmosphere was calm and serene, with butterflies flitting around while the music was playing.
I enjoyed the music of both the performers and the stories they told between the songs. Amazingly (and luckily) the weather held out until the very last song. I am hoping to visit the Van Vleck House again to explore the gardens a little more and get more photos.