Hipstamatic iPhone app: Retro-garden photography


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The Hipstamatic application puts a filter on iPhone photos to make them look as though they were taken with an unreliable plastic camera from the 1960s, rather than this complex mobile smart phone. The interface, pictured above, is designed to look like one of those cheap cameras, which adds to the fun.

The Hipstamatic effect gives an instant haze of memory to the photos, as though you are seeing whatever is before you through the filter of a dream. The functionality however, is completely 2010: You can instantly upload photos to Facebook or Flickr. The two photos below are from my first shoot at the Descanso Gardens on Saturday afternoon.


On Sunday, I braved the Valentine’s Day crowds at the Huntington Gardens, to try out the app in the brighter sun. The pictures are brighter and more crisp, but still completely retro. I love how it connects me to fellow garden photographers from decades past. Plants, after all, look timeless.

The hipstamatic app is $1.99 at the iTunes App Store. Once you have the app, you can also purchase additional ‘film,’ ‘flashes’ and ‘lenses’ (technically each a different digital filter) for 99 cents each.

-- Deborah Netburn


All other photos taken by Deborah Netburn.

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