Behold the mighty Moto!

This posting features digital photography gone WAY low-tech. Pictures from my endearingly lowly (yet cheap) cellphone. I call these “Motofotos” after the “Motorola” cellphone I use. This is no iPhone, which actually take reasonably good photos. Motofotos are a Holga’s equivalent of the digital set. The mighty moto is only good for 640 x 480 pixels. The old “less is more” aesthetic. I take them into Photoshop where I use every trick in the book to squeak out some acceptable images. They are quite small although I use a Scott Kelby upsizing trick to bring the images to about 5 x 7 inches.  “Rule breaking Resizing for Poster-sized Prints”, page 168, from his “Photoshop CS3 book for digital photographers”. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Even 5 x 7 is pretty small for an image so it forces you to be more “graphic” (communicatively more simple). A fun little aesthetic excercise…and I always have it in my pocket at the ready.

Behold the mighty Moto!

This is not a motofoto, but the beauty shot of the “camera”. Dig that sexy mood lighting! Taken with my Canon S3is — since the Canon 5d was busy.

Checkin' out the rear view on Freedom Parkway, ATL

Shot recently while sitting in traffic and a perfectly framed vignette of the ATL skyline – in glorious sunset mode – came into view.

And a couple of shots at Pike’s, a local nursery.

Psychedelic ball at the nursery, Self-portrait
Not Pot
Neighborhood piggie

I came home one day and found this little pig who strayed from his owner’s yard. I lead him back home and managed a couple of shots. His owners, Arthur and Natalia, get the most interesting neighbors award. Their other pet is a cockatoo named Muffin. I must photograph Muffin.

Big chicken composite

Where would Marietta be without the Big Chicken? We would have no landmark and be constantly lost. This is a composite shot of 2 or 3 pix combined.

After the rains (Forest maidens)

Forest maidens are a composite of two images.


Ah, life in the south.  Shot yesterday.


Scott Kelby’s Blog If you’ve had anything to do with PhotoShop for the past few years you’ve probably heard of this guy. Also check out his PhotoshopGuys on iTunes and elsewhere. He has some great info and tips given with a heapin’ helpin’ of Kelby humor. His guides, while high priced, are worth it and will get you up to speed in no time.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. REALLY nice motophotos! I will explore more about the upsizing techniques. thanks for the info.

  2. lorigami says:

    nice! especially love the mushrooms.

  3. Vance Cox says:

    Thanks Rob and Lori!

  4. So many great pics, Vance! I’ll have to stop by more often. I love that little piggie 🙂

    1. Vance Cox says:

      Thanks Shelley… I need to arrange for a proper photo shoot with the piggie.

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