Project Alicia : WW: Cali Vaca Part 2

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

WW: Cali Vaca Part 2

Our Cali vacation has come to a close and I'm gritting my teeth and holding on to the last hours of summer with all of my might. As much as I love fall, I'm just not quite ready for all the fun to end.

I've been enjoying reliving our memories through photos...

Last week hubs and I were able to take a stroll on the Grandview Beach and we happened on a wingback chair just sitting there, the waves crashing up around it. It definitely isn't something you see everyday. After a little detective work, we learned there was a photographer who had dragged it down to snap some photos. I took a pic with my iphone and posted it to instagram. By morning it had over 70 likes, which is a lot for a gal with only a few loyal followers.

Turns out people like unusual things. And as much as I love my DSLR camera and the beauty that I've been able to capture, I love the ability to just snap my phone and text or tweet my pic in a matter of seconds without any uploading or computer editing. And instagram takes iphoneography to another level.

I'm sure there are some of you, like my brother in law, who think instagram is lame- heck I was even a little hesitant in the beginning, but you've obviously never lugged a heavy camera around an amusement park or beach all day. Instagram has literally transformed the way I think about photos. It removes the hassle of the bulky camera and the headache of all the settings and allows me to focus on the composition and perspective more. I also find I snap in locations that I'd never think to with my big camera. 

Although I did tow my camera to the beach several times, it was my iphone that I preferred during the midday sun. Let's face facts, you can't plan your vacation or beach time or whatever it is you're doing around the placement of the sun. As much as we'd love to get perfect photos all day long, it's just not a realistic expectation. Not to mention the sand or humidity! Definitely a formula for disaster with expensive photography equipment as opposed to the portable phone, which you can plug into a protective case (ie. life case or otterbox) and even make safe in or around water.

The smart phone is the perfect solution for trips. Who knew?

Turns out the best camera really is the one you have with you! :)

Today I'm sharing some of my favorites. Enjoy my trip via iphone pics...

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If you aren't yet following me on instagram you can find me @projectalicia. Oh, and FYI- my favorite iphone apps are currently snapseed, camera +, pic stitch and my lens booth. What are your favs?
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Just grab a photo and link up below! And if you'd like to connect with other WW participants, click HERE or one of the thumbnails below. (These are just a few of my favs.)


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46 comments:

  1. As others have said, "the best camera is the one you have with you". And, especially when running around in air laden with salt water, cameras without openings where salt water can get in and corrode things are really great tools! (That being said, I just got a new camera, as you can tell from my WW post!)

    My current fav iPhone apps are Camera+, Instagram, Hipstamatic, Diptic, Snapseed, and iPhoto (I am a Mac type of guy.)

    Happy WW!
    ~EdT.

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  2. Love these soooo much! Gorgeous photos!! Looks like you all had a lot of fun!

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  3. looks like a fantastic vacation :)

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  4. It looks like you all had a great vacation.

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  5. I love the Sun and Palm trees (2nd row) reminds me of a drawing I did once (about 30 years ago) in those greenish gray color tones of a gigantic pea and palm trees, never knew just what promoted it but seeing this it makes sense in a way (except for the pea pod :) must have been awaking dream...

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  6. Love the surfer crossing sign.

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  7. Beautiful pictures, as always!! :)

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  8. Nice set of pics! That must have been an awesome vacation.

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  9. The one on the top right looks like a cartoon character silhouette! I am loving my android for documenting my day in ways I can't with my camera. It does make you think about composition, perspective and angle more than usual. You have had some awesome vacations this summer, BTW.

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  10. Great photos!! I especially like the one where you are on the airplane with your kids giving the thumbs up!

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  11. I'm beginning to use Instagram more and more too...love your collages...such a great lot of memories captured :-)

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  12. I love instagram too but don't always remember to post photos on there. I'm going to find you on there now and follow. I'm @papercrushcrafts :)Hope you'll follow back.

    Happy WW!
    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  13. Your picture collage tells the story of a fun vacation, Alicia!

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  14. Love these shots! I love snapseed. Can't wait to try out the other apps you mentioned!

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  15. Looks like you had so much fun! I'm really bad about carrying around my big camera, and I don't have one on my current phone, so I have a little Samsung digital camera that has a permanent place in my purse for those unexpected photo-op moments! I'm always surprised at the great pics it can take.

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  16. Oh my gosh, I am jealous of every second of your trip. Your phone pics look better than my BEST pics. I've heard great things about Snapseed so I think it's time I bite the bullet and just go for it.

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  17. These are so freaking awesome, Lish! Love your iPhone pics!

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  18. Lovely holiday pictures.. I too sometimes prefer to bring along my phone then the camera.

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  19. Love your instagram pics and collage!!! And oh I just love vacations!! Who doesn't, right?! This one looks amazing :)

    ~Tabitha

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  20. I just can't get into the camera phone, but I love your pictures! Beautiful vacation.

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  21. I love Instagram. And you can tell you brother in law that IG has send more business my way then website, Twitter and Facebook combined and I did not even link it to my actual work site! It is the new way to share photos for sure.

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  22. I wrote a very similar post the other day with the same findings! http://dagmarbleasdale.com/2012/08/tutorial-of-my-favorite-instagram-filters/

    Using your iPhone camera is so much more convenient and that's all I use now! And it has totally changed what I now take pictures of. I wonder how professional photographers like you feel after years of perfecting their art and lugging a big camera around?

    Have you heard of those lenses for the iPhone I mention in my post? Can't wait to get them! I'm so glad I didn't buy a DSLR camera, I was just going to spend a lot of money on it. Now I don't need to :)

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  23. These are wonderful! You take fantastic images with your iPhone! One of these days I'll just on the iPhone bandwagon. Maybe. :)

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  24. Awesome pics! My favorite apps are snapseed and picfx!

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  25. yeah....but....
    These shots are still only this fabulous because of your gifted eye for composition.

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  26. LOOKS like so much fun, wish I get jump on a plane and head to Cali. I have to agree, having my phone with me makes it easier to snap shots of my little dude, and a lot easier than lugging my big camera around to capture little moments.

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  27. What a fun trip collection! The iPhone (4 + 4S) can indeed be a great camera that is available at a moment's notice. You did well with it on this trip.

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  28. I've enjoyed seeing your fun trip pics come in on Instagram. And yes, that chair was Cool!

    I'm a Droid user, so some of those iPhone apps aren't available to me. In the meantime, I've been playing around with PixlrOMatic (my last two WW posts were all Instagram photos, so this week, I'm using phone pics tended to in this app) & retroCamera (this one's a lot of fun, but not applicable in all situations).

    Glad you guys had such a fantastic trip! :>

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  29. Gret photos! I love my iPhone and I have taken one of my favourite photos with it! x

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  30. I know how you feel. I´m so sad summer is almost over, too. The kids had their first three days of school.Now they are counting the days till fall break starts. ;)
    Lish,I love your Iphone photos! Just got me a new cellphone and love taking photos with it. I´m still thinking about joining Instagram... :)

    Have a great week,
    Verena

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  31. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end... gorgeous captures of your getaway. :)

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  32. Great pictures of a fun time. School starts today for DD, she's bemoaning the end of summer too. I like your comment about the best camera being the one you have with you. I have to remind myself of that sometimes. You can't always get the shot you want with a point and shoot (or an I-phone), but it does force you to look for other shots you might not have gotten if you had the SLR.

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  33. I need to start utilizing my SmartPhone camera more often - or at least utilizing Instagram when I use my SmartPhone camera since I've got a bunch of pictures on it I keep forgetting to download to my computer! :) LOVE all your shots - looks like an awesome vacation! :)


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  34. You certainly captured a lot of the things that I love about home. Great trip!

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  35. Love this collection of photos, looks like you're all having a great time! xx

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  36. I couldn't agree more. Who cares what equipment we use capture our adventures, it's the capturing that counts!

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  37. looks like a great vacation...
    i always forget about my instagram account.. need to try and use it more often...

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  38. wonderful vacation photo shots ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  39. Lovely iPhone pics! I love the portability of my iPhone.

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  40. I'm with you on not being ready to give up summer. And I always love seeing your ig pics. I totally agree about seeing things differently and taking shots I wouldn't take with my camera. I love my phone for that. I find that I'm always seeing photographically and having my phone handy to capture a unique perspective or an unusual moment is very freeing creatively.

    So glad you all have enjoyed a wonderful trip. Looks like Heaven ;)

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  41. Personally, I am an Instagram junkie!! I love seeing your pics (and those of other fellow bloggers on Instagram). I agree with you that it's often easier to snap a pic with your phone and upload immediately. I always have my camera with me but sometimes it's just easier to snap an iPhone pic. My favourite apps at the moment are Squaready & Frametastic :)

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  42. Your photography is great. I love stopping bye to see what you have done.

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  43. I love your beautiful photos, instagrams included! :)

    I recently started a new link party on my blog that is exclusively for traveling and experiencing different places. If you could hop on over and link this post or any other 'traveling' post, I would be so grateful! Thanks so much!

    http://letbirdzfly.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-places-youll-go-travel-party-5.html

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