Monday, November 16, 2009


Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I decided to toy around with different containers and various bottles around my apartment, just to see what would come out of it. I was fairly pleased with most of the results, but this one stood out the most to me. The way that it's partially blurred and partially normal, along with the slight green tint, gave me the impression of a scene from a nightmare or a horror movie. It was completely worth the experiment, and something I might play around with again in the near future.

Oh, and please note that this was not edited in any way, shape, or form.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

the wall

the wall
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I went for a short walk around my apartment complex, looking for anything interesting to take a picture of. I found it, a brick wall with stains and shadows on it that just gave it kind of an eerie look/feel. The color, the way the light touches it, and the way my cell phone captured it all came together just right.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

pool at night

pool at night
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
Bringing back my photo-a-day project, with one twist that won't be seen here. Instead of just posting pictures and talking a little bit, I've purchased a Polaroid Pogo Instant Mobile printer and will be printing every photo you see here starting with today's for my own collection.

This particular photo was taken at the pool behind my fiance's apartment. Pools at night are always really interesting for shoots. Playing with my phones settings, I ended up opting for the picture that wasn't taken in "night mode" and instead just used the standard setting for this one. Then, you gotta get in close while making sure the phone doesn't go in.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Day 29

out the window
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
A window screen can be very useful for adding texture to an otherwise "blah" photo without the need for photoshopping. This particular picture was taken looking out my bedroom window to the complex next door. While it's a beautiful area, nature-wise, the building's typically detract from the natural beauty and something else was needed to make the photo look good again.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Day 28

through the tree
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I love pine trees: the smell, the look, always green (until they die on you). Beautiful trees, but not fun to take pictures of when you live in the city. So, instead, I took a picture looking through the branches. I feel this shot has more character than just a shot of the tree. As well, it allows for more detail of what makes the tree special.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Day 27

glass ceiling
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I've always like the way the ceiling looked in the food court at the mall I work at, so I took a picture. I think it turned out pretty good with interesting colors and a good angle. Might try it again soonish from a different angle just to see how that one looks.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Day 26

Originally uploaded by Saint BK
One of these days I won't post pictures taken from around the mall... today is not that day. Another lovely area outside the mall I work in, and further proof that it's all in how you look at it that determines how the picture can turn out.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Day 25

Originally uploaded by Saint BK
More landscape from outside the mall. In and of themselves they're nothing special, but at the right angle you can get a fairly cool looking shot. Yet another example of how changing your perspective can mean finding beauty in an oridinary world.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Day 24

reflection in puddle
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
As I continue to try and look at the world differently through the eye of my cellphone, I decided to attempt a photo of a reflection in a parking lot puddle. I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Day 23

sunset wall
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
It's getting tough to find creative things to photograph at work, which means it's time to start changing my perspective more and finding creative ways to photograph the ordinary things around me. Here is a good start.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Day 22

wild flower
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
There are some wild flowers growing outside the mall I work at, and for the longest time I just saw them as weeds. Today, for some reason, I liked the way they looked and tried to get a close-up of one of them... but, apparently, my phone can't do extreme close-ups and the result was this. The flower I was trying to get a picture of is blurry, and the flowers behind it aren't. So much for the "infinite focus" setting, but at least it still looks kind of cool.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Day 21

Originally uploaded by Saint BK
This was taken at a pond close to my girlfriends apartment. I love it out there, despite being in the middle of suburbia it feels peaceful. It was getting too dark to shoot in regular mode, but was just light enough for photos to turn out in night mode... albeit looking very blue.

Day 20

Originally uploaded by Saint BK
It's still Tuesday somewhere, so I still have time to make this update right? Tuesday nights mean a trip to Fox for me and my friends, and it's always fun to see how the lighting there will effect photos. That, and people are always on the move. Take Fogle here, who moved while I snapped another panoramic shot, creating a slightly see-through look to his head. I thought it looked cool, so here it is in the blog.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Day 19

vending machine
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I see this vending machine everyday at work and had been wondering how it would look as a nightshot. The answer: not too bad. The glow of the text is particularly eye catching. Overall, the photo may not be anything to write home about; but it was still great practice for lighting and blog-worthy.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Day 18

J and J
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
This is a pic of my two youngest nephews doing what they do best... goofing around. I love taking pictures of them as they always display the purist of their personalities. A good portrait shows you a person, but a great portrait shows you THE person. Anyone can sit and smile, and that's why I prefer people who let their personality show up in photographs.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Day 17: Missed

Sorry, guys, I missed day 17 due to my phone dying on me by the time I got to where I was planning on taking pictures... Taste Addison. So, instead you'll just have to try and imagine a Foreigner concert shot here.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Day 16

green night
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I love how this one turned out, the green tint and contrast of light and shadow gives it kind of an eerie/forboding feel. As if any second something's going to pop out at you. Keep watching it incase something does...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Day 15

Originally uploaded by Saint BK
Another one where changing the perspective made the difference. When I first saw the light box on the side of the wall I had no idea what it actually was, but when I got closer and looked down at it to see that it was a light is when I noticed how cool it looked. I'm very pleased with how the photo turned out, showing a lot of the detail that stood out to me.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Day 14

Originally uploaded by Saint BK
This would be a good example "looked better on the small screen", that and it's difficult to get an interesting picture of a cat despite what lolcats may lead you to believe.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Day 13

another sunset
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I like sunsets more than sunrises, but only because it doesn't mean I had to get up early to see it. I feel it's easier to enjoy them knowing I've survived another day. The clouds help add some character in this particular picture as they hide the sun.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Day 12

the sky at dusk
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I liked the way the sky looked, so I started taking pictures. Unfortunately all pictures of just the sky and cloud cover didn't really show any of the detail that I was wanting, so I tried with the lights visible and this is what I got.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Day 11

lighting up life
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
Sometimes, to find the photo that's really going to cut it, you have to step back... or step down. It's important to try and look at things from a different perspective, ordinary things can look new.

I like how the light and shadows work together in this photo, looking at the light from the normal angle would have meant missing out on a lot of that.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Day 10

looking up
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
This photo was taken about an hour or so before the severe weather warning and tornado panic (never touched down, but we hid anyways). What gets me about this photo is the different shading that goes on. The sun had moved behind a cloud as I was trying to snap this taller panoramic shot. Still not prefect on layering, but lets see you try this on your phone. ;-)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Day 9

pano-night 2
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I've been meaning to check the quality of a true panoramic night-shot from my camera for a few days now, and today I finally took that time. The thing with night-shots, even with "real" camera's, is that you have to be careful of too much shaking. You can use tripods to help you out with normal cameras, but cellphones don't have that option... yet. They try to make up for it with, what seems to be, a better quality "steady shot" than I've seen on any regular camera. The result, seen in the picture.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day 8

the one I love
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
This my first attempt at a portrait shot with my cell phone, featuring my girlfriend in one of the poses I love to see her in... sitting on the couch just looking at me. The lighting could be a little better, I suppose, but I still like the overall look of the photo. It's a good start to what I hope becomes great portraits.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Day 7

rainy day
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
This was an attempt to get a shot of rain drops that failed either because the "shutter" speed wasn't fast enough or because the rain wasn't big enough coming down. I still like the shot however, simply for the way it looks. Another example of never quite knowing how something will turn out but taking the shot anyways. And, remember, just because something doesn't turn out the way you were originally hoping doesn't mean it was a complete waste or needs to be deleted; you never know when you'll look back on a photo and find yourself pleased with the overall look.

Check out what didn't quite make it as well as some shots from my point-and-shoot at

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Day 6

Originally uploaded by Saint BK
Not all phones can pull off panorama shots, so the fact that mine has it built in made me happy. I had to try this 3 or 4 times before it looked right, which just makes me like this one even more. Despite some minor flaws, this shows a great view of Fox during the Mavs game.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Day 5

Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I tried 2 different ways of taking this shot, 2 different settings on my phone. One was labled "sunset" and this one was the normal shooting mode. I liked this one more, as the other one made the blue sky more pink. This one just looked more like the sunset I was actually looking at.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Day 4

A solid greeting
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
Pronounced "cade meelah foyle-ta" it means "a hundred thousand welcomes". It's a traditional Irish greeting engraved on a paving stone that once belonged to a street in Dublin, Ireland. One of my most prized birthday presents, this stone waits to greet any visitors where ever I live.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Day 3

Truly mobile photography
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
I've always enjoyed the look of motion blur when used right. It's nice to be able to pick up on a sense of movement, but only for certain things. Don't be afraid to try it, just be careful when and what and try not to worry if others don't dig it.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Day 2

blue light special
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
Was taking the trash out at work when I saw the blue light over the door. It's my first time trying to get a shot of a light from a cellphone and I kinda like how it turned out. Nothing as "nice" or fancy as what I could do with a real camera, but it still made a nice photo to blog with.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Day 1

mobile feet
Originally uploaded by Saint BK
Today was a day off for me, so I walked out on my balcony to sit and relax enjoying the weather here in DFW. As I looked across at my feet I noticed how the shadow was laying across them and decided to take a shot. Not sure the camera captured what I thought looked cool, but here it is anyways.