A photo taken in the Washington D.C. subway using the Instagram app for the iPhone. Photo by Keith Jenkins, via Flickr.
We’ve been running our “art of transit” posts for almost a year. The idea is to feature photography that tells the story of transportation here and elsewhere. There are, after all, some beautiful transit systems across the planet that we can look to for inspiration as Metro continues work on fulfilling its Measure R program. And transpo can be very photogenic.
A train station in Brussels taken with the Hipstamatic app. Photo by Ze Valdi, via Flickr
On the local front, I would love to see more local submissions from our readers. I’m a little surprised we don’t receive more, given that so many people these days have cameras as part of their cell phones. Here are two iPhone photos we recently featured on The Source: this image of a woman on the Gold Line and this photo of a Metro bus at night next to a couple of sporty cars.
How to get the most out of your photos? The New York Times’ tech writer David Pogue last week wrote a very good story about some of the many apps available to transform photos taken on the iPhone’s camera into something special. Most of the better apps are free or cheap and can be used to boost colors, change tones to alter the photo’s mood, stitch together panoramas and even do time lapses.
My faves (so far) are Instagram, Camera+, Hipstamatic, Photosynth and Plastic Bullet. Please feel free to recommend and discuss others in the comments section.
All this is a long-winded way of saying please submit some photos! To submit, post them to Metro’s Flickr group, email them to email@example.com or Tweet them with an #artoftransit hashtag.
And check out a few more phone photos after the jump…
This photo of a bridge over a road was taken with Instagram, with the tilt-shift function applied to make it look like a miniature. Photo by Jorge Gobbi, via Flickr.
The view from a bike in the English countryside using the iPhone's Hipstermatic app. Photo by abrinsky, via Flickr.
A panorama stitched together using 44 iPhone photos at the Fulton Street subway stop in New York. I'm not sure how it was done, but I've had good luck with the free Photosynth app for the iPhone. Photo by pOps Harlow, via Flickr.
I took this one while riding shotgun last Saturday evening on the northbound 110 freeway in downtown L.A. I used the Instagram app's tilt-shift function. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.