Tagged: iPhone 6

Morning Fog

I was out a little before 6am with Misty and all I had for a camera with me was my iPhone 6.  I made the first image above with no flash.  I found the second image to be interesting.  I used the flash and noted that the bands you see above were moving around.  I guess the fog was being moved around by a very light breeze.  Since I thought it interesting (the bands were not visible without the flash), I decided to show you.

About 47 min. later I went back out with my camera to make some other pictures.  The following was another experiment of mine using the K-1 II camera.  I merged three images into a panorama and that resulted in an image that was almost 62MP in size before I cropped it and resized it as seen below.  I sure can’t afford to make many images of that size (eats up storage since I started with three 36MP raw files) but I didn’t have any trouble using LR on my early 2015 13 inch MacBook Pro computer to make it.

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Photo Therapy

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What do you do when sitting in a waiting room before 8am to be called for some medical tests?  Since I only had my cell phone with me, I used it to take the above picture along with some others.  When I got back home I used the others to make what you see below.

Photography is my hobby to fill my time and have some fun at the same time.  I try to create views that others didn’t see.  Some call it photo therapy.  What would you call it?

Dave Stahl Quintet at the Eichelberger

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Last evening, I attended an intimate evening of jazz in the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center.  It was the Dave Stahl Quintet and they were the best musicians that I have ever seen at the Eich.  The very accomplished musicians were Andrew Neu, Paul Bratcher, Rob Cochran, Lew Leabman, and Dave Stahl.  It has been a long time since I listened to jazz music, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.  They played in the conservatory to a sold out limited audience of 50.  In my opinion, it was a shame that the performance wasn’t in the main auditorium so that more could have enjoyed it.

I didn’t take a camera with me, but I had my iPhone 6 in my pocket so I thought it would be a fine time to try it with some different processing.  The image above is not as the iPhone made it.  After I downloaded the picture into Adobe Lightroom I first corrected the color balance and then used the latest version of the “auto” function in LR Classic.  It does an amazingly good job, even with an older cellphone jpeg image.  I then switched from color to B&W in LR to make the following version of the same picture.  I need to use my cell phone more often to make pictures.

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Smart Phone Dilemma

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As I indicated earlier, I got a smart phone to try as a pocket camera.  I still haven’t been able to try it out in good light for distant pictures due to heavy overcast, drizzle, and/or light rain; but, I have been able to at least take some near pictures.  I was curious about how close it functioned.  It seems that around 3 or 4 inches is OK for the iPhone 6.

The following is a crop of the above.

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In the past I have found that most P&S cameras do their best for close range pictures, so the above isn’t a good test of the camera in the phone.  In fact, if all you own is a smart phone or P&S camera, you have no excuse for not being able to take pictures as long as you take pictures of things reasonably close in good light.  The old adage:  if your pictures aren’t very good, get closer, is really true.

In addition to the uncertainties associated with when and where I might use the phone camera, I am finding that I have been sucked into a whirlpool.  For example, should I use the calendar function and give up my pocket calendar?  My wife, who has the same phone tells me that she intends to use the calendar function and that she expects me to do likewise so that we can keep our schedules straight when in the doctor’s offices and making future appointments.  I’m afraid that I’m going to start having nightmares about losing electrical power for long periods.