iPhone

I’m simply tired/frustrated/ticked/disappointed (you get the idea, fill in the blank) at folks who discount the value of mobile cameras for shooting anything.  Stills.  Video.  Doesn’t matter.  This isn’t about how great the mobile devices are becoming nowadays – I’ve always felt this way.  It’s never been about the equipment !  Get it right people.  There are plenty of videos out there where pros take the challenge of unlimited gear vs. mobile phone.  And the results?  Well, judge for yourself.  Here’s just one example I found.  And if it’s good enough for Steven Soderbergh, then it’s good enough for me.  I’m not saying that the mobile device should be your go-to camera – it’s simply another tool in the proverbial toolbox of gear.  Chase Jarvis even wrote a book about it.

“It’s NEVER been about the equipment!”

So, quit comparing megapixels and L-Series or Art lenses.  Stop the ridiculous talk about the sheer size of the camera/lens system.  Or how much it weighs.  Stop talking about how much everything costs.  This is nonsense.  It’s only ever been about the photographer and their eye.  Give the most expensive gear to a noob – see what happens. Give a point-and-shoot to a pro – see what happens.  Makes me wonder what brilliant things Ansel Adams would have done with an iPhone.

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Yep, you guessed it – shot on an iPhone.

Tiny Planets

There’s only a couple mobile photography apps that I use regularly and they’re both Adobe.  Photoshop Express for Mobile and Lightroom Mobile both accomplish the same things and I like what they can do with the mobile JPEG.  Very once in a while, though, it’s fun to discover a new photo app that is just for fun.  I’ve done this effect with my desktop applications and it’s quite a process so when I found a mobile app that produces pretty nearly the same result, I jumped.  Tiny Planets – look it up.  You’ll be hooked.

You can check out more of my tiny planets here

A new twist on the Apple Blossom carnival (ha, see what I did there?).

A new twist on the Apple Blossom carnival (ha, see what I did there?).

Filters

I know a lot of people aren’t big on the “creative” images full of filters that come off a cell phone these days – me included.  But I’m a real sucker for a photo that has that graphic novel look to it.

I chose to only take my phone to the Christmas parade tonight.  My thinking was that I’ve shot this parade for 6 years now and I always come home with the same shots.  BORING!!  So here’s what I came home with tonight.

The John Handley Marching Band in the annual Winchester Christmas parade.

The John Handley Marching Band in the annual Winchester Christmas parade.

Drink Lid

I think Snapple drinks have programmed everybody to look under the lids of their drinks to see what’s under there.  You know you do it.  I’m alway looking under the lid.

I think I got somebody else's drink.

I think I got somebody else’s drink.  This was not a Snapple, by the way.

Material

Do you think there’s an American restaurant in Japan where they grill hotdogs and hamburgers and participate in various American idiosyncrasies?  I wonder what those idiosyncrasies would be.  And I wonder where the Japanese restaurants here in the U.S. get their material.  Is there some father somewhere in Japan making onion ring volcanoes for his kids at dinner?  Is there a Japanese mother making beating heart shapes out of rice?  These are things that make me go “hmmmmmmm…”

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-40

They say that -40ºC is equal to -40ºF.  Not sure I want to find out first-hand.  -4ºC is cold enough for me.

It's apparently also been proven that -57.6ºF is twice as cold 0ºF.  I just know it's cold!

It’s apparently also been proven that -57.6ºF is twice as cold 0ºF. I just know it’s cold!

Groupie

We all know what the selfie is by now.  So wouldn’t this be considered a “Groupie?”  A group selfie, right?  Well, that’s what we’re calling it anyway.  And how quickly the concept of a family picture evolves when technology becomes involved.  No need to Photoshop a missing family member in anymore.

This is what you do when a family member is away and you want to include him in the group selfie - aka groupie around our house.

This is what you do when a family member is away and you want to include him in the group selfie – aka groupie around our house.