Archives For VSCO Cam

with honor vsco selects

February 20, 2017

Something different from VSCO this time.

WILLIAM BEEBE — Your work has been curated to VSCO Selects — a showcase of exceptional content from around the globe. Use this link to view and share your work. See it among a selection of the finest content online in VSCO’s Collection.

https://vsco.co/vsco/collection/goto/588a9c861d3a137450617d93

The photo above is part of a larger collection. I am indeed honored. This makes the third time in less than two months that VSCO has recognized some of my work published to their platform. Photo was taken with the iPhone 7 Plus.

15mm #1

February 4, 2017




E-P2, 15mm body cap lens, VSCO post processed on iPhone 7 Plus.

Received an email from VSCO today declaring this photo as “With Distinction.” The text of the email as follows:

WILLIAM BEEBE — Millions of images are shared on VSCO every day. Today, your image has been recognized by our Curation team.

Thank you for sharing and contributing to VSCO, your community for expression.

The first VSCO WD was taken with the iPhone. This photo was taken with the Olympus E-P2 and the 14-42mm EZ, with the JPEG moved to my iPhone with an SDHC to Lightening adapter. The E-P2 was announced November 2009, and is now old enough to be considered vintage. Which means if I want to shoot vintage all I have to do is reach up to my shelf. I picked mine up in December 2009, paying full price for the kit that included the VF-2 EVF.

After working with the OM-Ds (E-M5 and E-M10) it’s a bit of a shock to go back to this body, primarily because of its slow autofocus, even with the latest lenses. But it took me very little time to get back into the E-P2’s groove as it were, and I’m also using the body with the 15mm body lens. More in the next post.

with distinction – vsco

January 30, 2017

Received an email from VSCO today declaring this photo as “With Distinction.” The text of the email as follows:

WILLIAM BEEBE — Millions of images are shared on VSCO every day. Today, your image has been recognized by our Curation team.

Thank you for sharing and contributing to VSCO, your community for expression.

orange and white
blue wall
train wreck
missouri river bank
I recovered these from my Samsung S4 tonight, after VSCO Cam had undergone at least two updates. These were actually some of the first photos I made while in Kansas, in Leavenworth, next to the Missouri River, while there was still snow on the ground from the earlier storms. I was excited to get these, and I liked the VSCO treatment on them. When I got back to the hotel room that evening, my excitement evaporated in the face of an obstinate phone and application that refused to give me the images. In particular the images were rotated 90 degrees to the right, and the phone/software refused to allow me to rotate them back. Unlike the majority of smartphone photographers I do know how to use the phone/camera in landscape mode. And one other note, it’s in 4:3rds aspect ratio, to match what I get from my Olympus and Panasonic cameras.

When I finally gave up trying to unload my camera photos I tweeted that the experiment with the smartphone had ended. And for the time it had. I went on to concentrate using just the E-M5 and the two primes I’d brought with me, the Panasonic 25mm and the Olympus 45mm. I got what I consider a lot of good photos out of that combination.

Then today I got a email from VSCO about four more new “analogue” effects, all for free. I love free. I downloaded them, then thought maybe I should give the S4/VSCO combo another go. And then I found these photos still on the phone. I went back in and discovered I could rotate them back to normal view, and then pulled them off the S4 and on my notebook. They’re now up on my Flickr stream.

It’s hard to pick an individual favorite. But if I had to, it would probably be the third, “train wreck.” Except they were all taken together, and trying to break them up just won’t work. They were taken at the same time of the evening, on the same day, in the same evening cold. That deep, deep Kansas cold.

Now that the combination of smartphone and software are behaving again, I’ll probably give it another go. But just as I’m not one to suffer fools gladly, neither am I one to suffer screwy tools either. And I’m speaking more of the smartphone than I am of VSCO Cam. I can certainly see the creative potential of the two together, but I consider the camera on the Galaxy S4 to be almost fatally flawed. What pulls me back to trying again is VSCO Cam.