I used to be a huge fan of Nascar. It started innocently enough, a VIP pass here, a VIP pass there, and before I knew it I was hooked, or so I thought.
I worked in recon at the time for a local GM dealer. We would get all kinds of goodies for the two local tracks, Dover and Pocono speedway, and I am not one to give up a freebie. Pocono was great, but my first visit to Dover, or the “monster mile” as it is affectionately called, was my first experience with raw, in your face, unadulterated speed. If your hair did not stand at attention when the boys sped past, than chances are you belonged in a morgue and not at the track.
Fast forward about five years and I had become disgusted with the sponsors and their impact on the sport. It became a silly game of how many different hats you could wear while being interviewed in winners circle, and the race took a back seat (pun intended). And with that I was finished.
Although I stopped watching Nascar and every other sport that were taken over by the latest flavor in beer, I never forgot the hair raising feeling from the speed of those cars flying by at 200 mph, and my need for speed has never waned.
Over the years, I craved the fastest everything from hard drives to internet connections. When I became involved in photography, my “point-and-shoot” didn’t last very long. I needed something that had a shutter speed of 1/80,000 s, and the ability to fire off shots like an army issue semiautomatic machine gun.
Recently, I purchased my very first iPhone.
Yes, I am an Apple guy, but the selling point for me was when I heard the term 3G and instantly thought speed! As the salesman packed up my new toy, my first thought was, “There is no way I will use all these features.” This, of course, was pre “app store” thinking and soon enough my wallet would be screaming for mercy.
There is a ton of apps for photographers, most of which held no interest for me or were too expensive for what was being offered. However, that all changed when Trey Ratcliff, an inspiration within an inspiration, released his first app 100 Cameras in 1.
Again, the hair on my arms stood up and I felt the rush of adrenaline; I felt speed.
For those who are unfamiliar, Trey Ratcliff is, for me, the first thing that comes to mind when the word HDR is mentioned, and I highly recommend visiting his site, Stuck in Customs, when you have the opportunity.
So what exactly is “100 Cameras in 1” you ask?
Imagine taking a single photograph, and in less time than it takes to compose the shot, you are presented with 100 variations of that photograph, from a simple black and white version to a kaleidoscope of colors and textures. As if that isn’t impressive enough, you can now take the original photograph and begin layering the other 99 variations on top of it.
Don’t let greed stand in your way, layer that photo until your heart is content. And hey, if you feel that you have gone too far, simply start over using the original photo. You also have the option to save the photograph at certain stages of the transformation. When you are finished with your “masterpiece” as it is called within the app, go ahead and show it off by using any of the included services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Smugmug, or Dropbox. You can even email or print the photo directly from the app!
What if you want to “play” with a photo that was taken “pre iPhone”? Not a problem, simply choose any photo from your camera roll and let the layering begin!
There a couple of drawbacks which may be implemented in future versions. The first is the ability to shoot in landscape mode, which Trey informed me was a design decision. The second is the ability to zoom, which can be rectified within the app when you choose a photo from the camera roll. However, I would like to have the option to zoom as I am taking the photo.
Do not let the drawbacks (if you can call them drawbacks) keep you from purchasing this incredible app; At $0.99 you can’t go wrong.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few before and after shots I took using the 100 Cameras in 1 application from Trey Ratcliff. Some of these have only one layer, while others have as many as twenty. Enjoy the photos and if you decide to purchase the app, please let me know your thoughts both good and bad.
I also started a Flickr group for the 100 Photos in 1 app, and extend an invitation to upload your creations. It is a great place to share and discuss techniques!
Bryan Zimmerman is a seasoned musician, writer, videographer, and photographer based in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. His style varies between landscape and architecture, however, he has a “thing” for cemetery photography. Bryan’s true style is black and white photography, and he loves to tell a story with each photograph. Bryan has won several awards for his work and is currently working on his first novel which will contain both his poetry and photography. You can view his work at http://zcs41.deviantart.com/gallery and http://www.flickr.com/photos/bryanjzimmerman