Daily Inspiration #291 by Stelios Makrydakis

Dear Steve,

My name is Stelios Makrydakis and I writing from Germany. I have been a regular visitor to your site for more than a year. Needless to say that I have appreciated your stimulating reviews on mirrorless cameras (In fact, I could not eventually resist the temptation and ended up buying one to complement my DSLR gear!).
I am also enjoying and being inspired by the high quality of the photographs I regularly see both from you and your readership.

I am not a professional photographer, yet I have been practicing photography as a hobby for much of my adult life (that is more than thirty years). I am sending you three pictures that were taken with Nikon cameras in 2006 (D70) and 2010 (D300) in Paris during family trips.
The photos have been given a different feel recently by being post processed with Snapseed on an iPad. I hope you will find them interesting and inspirational to be shown on your site.

Keep up the good work.

Best regards



  1. Very nice! And from my favorite city of them all 🙂
    I can recommend getting a used M3 or M4 and shooting B&W. There’s nothing quite like it!

  2. Good work. These are creative and interesting. I would be interested in hearing more about the software, though. Was this a single effect applied in the software, or multiple effects? Have you posted the originals somewhere so we can peek?

    I realize it is just meant to be inspiration and not a tutorial, but I am always left wondering about the thought process behind the scenes.

  3. These are all beautiful shots. I think they could easily look great in print if you could reproduce the same post process effects at higher resolution using Photoshop or some other pro app.

    • Thank you all for your kind comments.

      I have actually printed these pictures via a pro-lab in Germany as canvas gallery shots (90×60) and they look very good indeed.

      On the technique, I always shoot RAW and I do minimal post processing in NX2. Unless if I shoot with my NEX5 in which case I use Aperture. The idea to use the iPad came up due to Snapseed being only available for tablets/mobiles. I actually uploaded the full resolution JPG of the original raw files to the iPad. I did a single filter effect in Snapseed and re-exported to my desktop computer. I did not know that Snapseed supports raw. This means that one step in the process can perhaps be skipped.

  4. these would look horrible in print, because all of the details would be magnified. especially with fake film effects on a weak ipad, the hyperfocals and grain consistency would be totally off. since it is a hobby, why not get into “real” film?

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