Joshua Tree-gram

I used my iPhone for this shot of a Joshua tree back in March. New subscribers can see more photos of Joshua Tree National Park here and here.


I liked it well enough, but thought it would be fun to add some drama for Instagram. I also wanted to convey the intensity of the sun in the desert:


The filter also gives it a bit of a vintage feel.

Hope your week’s going well so far. . . .


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13 Responses to Joshua Tree-gram

  1. TBM says:

    maybe I should break down and buy an iphone. great shots. Love the second one!

    • Thanks so much!
      I have to admit I was pretty shocked when you said you don’t have a phone, but I understand wanting the freedom. I don’t keep it with me every minute of the day like some. Drives my sons crazy. πŸ™‚

  2. Caroline says:

    Interesting to see the difference.
    I prefer the first, the colors are so intense one actually thinks you’ve done something.
    But the vintage feel has something as well.

  3. The clouds are just so interesting like little wisps of cotton.
    PS – my iphone shots don’t seem to turn out as lovely as yours. What’s your secret?

    • I do like the wispy clouds, Jackie. They didn’t look that great to the naked eye, so I’m glad they turned out like this.

      Just take LOTS of photos–it’s the only way to learn. You will eventually find out what works on an iPhone and what doesn’t. I did a 365 project where I took an iPhone photo every day and learned a ton.
      I hardly ever use mine at night, because it’s too unreliable, and I don’t want to use an iPhone tripod or other gizmos. If it looks like an interesting subject, chances are the image is worth taking, whether it’s with an expensive camera or an iPhone.

  4. Cheryl says:

    HOT! Both in choice of filter and the sense of heat it portrays. Well done, Carole! Still envious of your iPhone … but my Samsung Galaxy has an OK camera.

    • Thanks, Cheryl! It is a lot of fun playing with different filters–something I don’t do with my Nikon shots.
      I’ve heard very good things about other camera phones. It just takes some getting used to. I am still getting surprises. Just when I think something will look great on the iPhone, it doesn’t. Works the other way too, though.

  5. The vintage one downloaded first so that one seems more interesting to me – a warmer look, and yes, the desert sun.

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