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Making photos on iPhone and DSLR

It took a bit of time for the rain to pass, but mid-July and early August have finally started to feel like summer.

Blue skies, festivals and portraits seem to take up most of my time lately. Usually when I get an assignment, before anything else I check out the archives.

Each time I do this I am reminded of what a privilege it is to work with such a creative and technical staff. It’s amazing to see such consistently, good work, even for the dullest of assignments. It keeps me motivated to try new things, set up lights and to make photos along the way and in between (usually with my iPhone 5).

Here is a mix of photos shot on assignment, as well as iPhone photos that have ran through Instagram. You’ll notice the quality of the iPhone photos is pretty low-grade as I downloaded them from my Facebook (I don’t recommend this, save the original files) but that is beside the point. As many interns before me have said, “make photos for the paper AND make photos for you.” Most of these iPhone photos I shot for myself, and the DSLR photos for the paper, though I think every photo is part of the overall growing process.

The Ohio State Fair, photographed on iPhone 5 on July 30, 2015

Calvin Williams, 3, of Toledo enjoys the swings ride at the 2015 Ohio State Fair on Thursday, July 30, 2015 in Columbus. When Williams was 34-days-old, doctors discovered a brain hemorrage causing some developmental difficulties. Most recently he has began improving and he is able to enjoy the rides at the fair this year.

Stratford Ecological Center sunflowers, photographed on iPhone 5 on July 25, 2015

Laura Berger of Westerville (far right) admires the Black Croppy fish she caught at Stratford Ecological Center's first Adult Farm Camp on July 25, 2015. Participants spent the day learning farm chores and skills and spending the night camping out on the land in Delaware. Campers ages ranged from 20s-70s.

The Ohio State Fair, photographed on iPhone 5 on July 31, 2015

Manning Hill, 2, and his aunt Johnique Springer, 27, of Dayton are reflected in a puddle while dancing at the 2015 Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Friday, July 31, 2015.

Ricky Lasley of Dayton (right) cheers after defeating Joshua Knuckles (left) of Cleveland during the Amateur PeeWee Boxing Tournament at The Ohio State Fair on Friday, July 31, 2015.

Two young girls on Civic Center Drive downtown Columbus, awaiting the firework show, photographed on iPhone 5 on July 3, 2015

Ella Goodwin, 8, of Dublin flings a stuffed sheep over a bar using a pitch fork during the Kid's Gaelic Games at the annual Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio on Saturday, August 1, 2015. The festival attracts thousands of locals and out-of-towners with traditional Irish music, sports, arts, and food.

Reporter Kevin Joy waiting for the lobster to be photographed while on our lobster tour of Columbus, on August 5, 2015 on iPhone 5.

A lobster roll from 101 Beer Kitchen in Dublin is complimented by seasoned corn on the cob and redskin potatoes, photographed on Wednesday, August 6, 2015.

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians, photographed on iPhone 5 on July 24, 2015

Columbus Clippers right fielder Tyler Holt cheers as he makes it safely across home plate and scores the first run at Friday's game against the Indianapolis Indians at Huntington Park on July 10, 2015.

From the Columbus Dispatch parking lot, photographed on iPhone 5 on July 6, 2015.

A woman takes a picture of a pirate float with her iPhone from a building on Front Street at the 35th annual Red White & Boom parade on July 3, 2015 in Columbus. The parade started at the Main Street bridge and ended at Spring Street.

Shadows of my commute down Oak Street after work, photographed on iPhone 5 on June 25, 2015.

A smoker awaits for the COTA bus on a windy afternoon at the corner of Broad and High Streets in Columbus on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

Ralph Martin stands for a portrait in his work station at Ralph Martin Shoe Repair on West Winter Road in Delaware. Martin, 84, recently suffered a stroke that caused his shop to close down for a few months. Martin's shop is back open now, and he plans to keep working in the business as long as he can.

Rick Stickles, a locomotive mechanic for 20-years, photographed at Silcott Railway Equipment in Worthington in July on iPhone 5.

Mike Schreiber poses for a portrait with his 1998 Ford F-250 pickup on Thursday, July 22, 2015 at Silcott Railway Equipment in Worthington. The truck has over 942,000 miles on it.

A sunset in Grandview, photographed on July 6, 2015 on iPhone 5.

The Landsharks volleyball team (right) compete against Served Hot on Tuesday evening at Flannagan's in Dublin. The Landsharks have been competing in the beach volleyball league for 2-years.

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