These photos were taken this past weekend while I was doing stand-up at the Punch Line in San Francisco (btw, thanks to everyone who came out–the shows were friggin fun!). They are all the product of Hipstamatic, a super kick-ass vintage camera app for the iPhone. Nerds have been swooning over this for the last couple of months, and now I see why. It allows you to swap lenses, flashes and films to create Mad Men era-looking images. It’s $1.99, and with in-app purchasing of extra lenses and whatnot, you’ll spend about $8 total, which is still aces in my book.
LET ME BE CLEAR: I don’t claim to be a photographer. I’m just a dude who travels a lot and takes craploads of pictures. This app made that more fun. Things like flash burn, saturation and worn edging were all products of different lens, flash & film configurations. In some cases I took the same pic with different settings just to test the range of image processing. Also, I did my best to keep anything too contemporary out of the shots to make them look authentically old.
And no, they are not paying me to say these things. I don’t even know who “they” are. I’m glad we resolved this. Wanna grab a pizza?
SIDENOTE! The original Hipstamatic was a toy camera created in 1982 by two graphic designing brothers in the Twin Cities who were tragically killed before they were able to mass produce it. Only 157 were made. Read more about that here or visit the surviving brother’s tribute blog, The Great Hipstamatic 100.
SIDESIDENOTE! The song in the slideshow is called “Stratus and Cumulus” and is from a late 50s album of science songs produced by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer. One of their other songs, “Why Does the Sun Shine?” was covered by They Might Be Giants for its eponymous 1993 EP.