Meet Buffalo Bob. He is a Yellowstone bison.
I call him Buffalo Bob–probably too much Howdy Doody watching when I was a kid! A few weeks ago we were visiting Yellowstone National Park when we came across Bob and his herd. Bob was very friendly and ambled toward the car. One family member mentioned in sort of a concerned voice, “Hmmm…there’s a buffalo coming toward the car.”
I figured the worse he would do was dent the car, and it was a rental. So no worries. I started fumbling for my camera but happened on my iPhone first and started shooting. Let me tell you, bisons are BIG.
I am always pleased with the images that I am able to capture with my iPhone. When I travel, I alternate taking photos with my iPhone and Canon PowerShot depending on the situation.
One of the things I love about the iPhone is the panorama option. With a quick slide of my finger, I can shoot a vast sweep of scenery and then edit out people or other distractions from the beautiful vista.
Panoramic view of the Tetons from the summit of Rendezvous Mountain near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
None of my pictures are prize worthy; they are just wonderful reminders of adventures I have had with family and friends. However many folks do take spectacular pictures with their iPhones. If you are interested in upping your photography skills, here are two sites where you can pick up tips and tricks to create stunning images.
- iPhone Photography School. This site offers free videos, courses, and tips. There is also a Facebook page which is fun to follow.
- Digital Photography School. The intended audience for this site is camera users, however there is a lot to be learned from their tips on image composition. They also have a Facebook page.
Once you are taking great pictures, what do you think about submitting them to an online contest? No mounting or framing involved. Here are several ongoing contests for digital images:
- The iPhone Photography School Facebook pages runs challenges continually–night pictures, interesting foregrounds, portraits, and more. These challenges are entered by people from all over the world. It’s fun and interesting just to view the entries chosen as the best.
- The Smithsonian has a photo contest. Professional photographers no doubt enter this contest. However, you never know, your shot may just catch the judges’ eyes.
- Here’s a website that lists a variety of contests: https://photocontestguru.com/free-photo-contest-list/
- Birds and Blooms magazine. They are looking for great images from your backyard: birds, insects, flowers, plants, or any combination of these backyard phenomena.
Keep that iPhone or iPad handy–you never know when a once in a lifetime opportunity is going to stroll up to your car!
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