Of this and that

© Dave Whenham
Created using the panorama function on an iPhone 5s

It’s time to decide whether or not to upgrade my mobile phone and I’ve been trying to decide whether to keep the current handset, as I did last time, and bank the monthly saving or upgrade. Short version – I’m upgrading this time and having skipped the iPhone 6 generation and had many poor Android experiences I’ve opted for an iPhone 7.

I’ve never been a huge fan of mobile phones for “serious” photography but have at various times really enjoyed a spot of “iphoneography” and given that the new phone apparently has a decent camera I suspect I will have a play whilst the novelty lasts. I have just downloaded everything from the old handset and the Photos application on my Mac kindly sorted them into various categories which is how I came to rediscover the panorama above created with the phones sweep panorama feature. Not bad at all and it’s printed OK too.

© Dave Whenham
Taken with an iPhone 7 and processed in Snapseed on the iPhone – first snap and it is sharp!

May was a funny month all told. Lots of activity but not a lot to show for it at first glance but when one sits back and takes stock there was a heck of a lot of new skills that were taken onboard particularly in regards to video editing and capture. There was also quite a bit of variety with bluebells, rapeseed crops and poppies in sharp focus (and out of focus too). I managed a few words on the Fuji X-T1 vertical grip and on using Nikon lenses with my Fuji X-series gear. No less than five videos made their way on to YouTube as well during May and I certainly won’t forget my trip to the Lincolnshire Wolds and a few days later my pre-flight nerves when I took the plunge and purchased a DJI Mavic drone.

So far this month, in-between looking after grand children, fitting new curtain poles and rehanging doors I’ve been researching the murky world of LUTs (look up tables as I discovered) and how they can help with the quality of the final video. Exploring D-Log recording is on the agenda for my next drone flight to capture some footage to really explore these LUTs in detail.

So, lots achieved when you sit back and review things properly. I guess the same is true of life in general, we feel we’ve not achieved much but when we take stock and look at things objectively we’ve been more productive than we’d first thought. But that’s enough philosophy for one day!

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