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The iPhone Quandary

 

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Shot With An iPhone 7+

I now own an iPhone 7+. It sports a 12 megapixel camera, has optical image stabilization, a ƒ/1.8 aperture and can shoot good looking videos very easily.  In short, the damn thing is is a powerhouse! 

An interesting writer, Craig Mod, just wrote a terrific article about the changing nature of cameras and the evolution of photography. See It Here

His point is that our phones now capture much more digital data than just the light falling on their sensors. He puts it this way:

“Once you start thinking of a photograph in those holistic terms, the data quality of stand-alone cameras, no matter how vast their bounty of pixels, seems strangely impoverished. They no longer capture the whole picture.”

Frankly I’m not sure how this digital evolution will all play out, but I do know that the thing I always have in my pocket is well on its way to transforming the photographic industry.

And probably me

The IPhone 

I just bought a new iPhone and today was the first time I used its camera. Damn that thing is good! The day is probably not that far off when, for many people, the camera in their cell phone will be all they will need. In fact, the cell phone will be the only digital device they need.

Lady In A Hat

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This is a photo of my long-suffering wife Sarah sitting on the front stoop of our rented house in Maine. I say long-suffering because I am constantly bothering her by asking to pose for some shot or other. This one however didn’t require any as she was just sitting in the sun with her back to me. Since her hat was way overexposed to start with, when I cut the exposure way back and added some heavy vignetting, the result was what you see above. The moire on her shoulder is very obvious but since it looks like part of the shirt design so it wasn’t really too distracting in this case.

Retro Retro Retro!

DSCF0110small.jpgFor those of us who are afflicted with a terrible urge to buy the latest and the greatest new digital camera thingy, take a look at this guy. I saw him yesterday wandering across Charles Street toward the Public Garden.

I bet he takes really great photographs with this antique. 

Storage Company Abstract

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Sometimes the simplest things can be visually arresting. This door is the entrance to a storage warehouse near here. The geometry and color of the siding, railing and door makes one look twice.

Over Saturated, Badly Exposed and Not Sharp

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Just one of those lousy grab shot photos that somehow turns out OK. I never could do it again in a million years. The moral here is take photographs, lots of them. Not only do we get better because of the practice but occasionally we get lucky too.

Fence and Rusty Friend By The Sea

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Sometimes even the most bland elements in just the right combination can make for a strong photograph. This rusty yellow fire hydrant and white picket fence with just a thin strip of ocean on the top taking separately are certainly nothing special. However, seen this way they do just fine.

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