smartphone photography


I am just getting started with smartphone photography, using a Sony Xperia.  I confess it goes against my grain.  I believe you will take better photos with a camera not a phone trying to be a camera.  My first surprise in this area was the quality of photos I could get out of my Blackberry tablet.  My iPad2 has trouble in low light but does well in sunlight.  It seems to me to take better video than stills.

Just got around to hooking up my phone to my desktop pc and here are two photos.

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rare photo of the u-shaped golden


Image representing Sony as depicted in CrunchBase
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taken of Grace, the wonder dog, in 2010 using a Sony H50 digital camera

new beach park in Victoria Harbour, Ontario


Tay Township put in place this small beach park in downtown Victoria Harbour, next to what was once the covered town dock but which has more recently been assumed by the Federal Govt.

Nice sandy beach, fairly shallow for the kids, lots of sod put in, a gazebo and a few tall shade trees, although a good umbrella might be a wise thing to bring along, remember your sun safety.

Sony H50 shot of the new Gazebo

Sony H50 shot of the Coldwater Mill 1833


Grist mill in Coldwater, Ontario, Canada

Plaque Text: In 1830 Indians of the surrounding region were gathered on a reserve along a newly opened road connecting The Narrows (Orillia) and Coldwater. The superintendent, Capt. Thomas Gummersal Anderson and a band of Ojibwa under Chief Aisance, settled in Coldwater. Land-hungry settlers influenced the government to move the Indians to Rama and Beausoleil Island 1838-39. This grist-mill, financed with Indian funds, was constructed by Stephen Chapman, Jacob Gill and others in 1833. The mill was sold to George Copeland in 1849 and has been in operation for over 125 years.

“land-hungry settlers” is a chilling term.  Makes you ask yourself how many times a similar land grab took place throughout North America.

Today, a small cafe operates in the mill at the end facing the camera.

I chose to spend the time removing some overhead wires from the photo below usind the clonebrush tool to get their distraction out of the image. I used Corel Paint Shop Pro X4.

The Sony H50 is a good point and shoot super zoom camera. It has just one drawback. invariably my right thumb falls naturally on the back of the camera on top of the zoom button and I unconsciously zoom out. It has a partly articulatable (is that a word?) screen which I can pull out and let my thumb fall away from the zoom button if I remember to do it. good camera, has an odd access to certain controls under program mode, took me awhile to figure out. 15x zoom

About ten yards behind where I stood here and around the corner to the right is Tiffany’s Restaurant, a nice “greasy spoon” family eatery, where I go about once a month. It is about fifteen minutes SE from my home along Hwy 12.

my Sony ereader and returning library books early


Got my Sony reader for Christmas and have added a number of books, newspapers and magazines to it.  Some from the Sony Reader Store, some from the Gutenberg Project, and some books from my public library.

I have read about 6 books so far and enjoy this book method.

I borrowed Dick Van Dyke‘s memoir from the Midland Public Library and their ebook cooperative, http://www.simcoe.pulse.ca and finished it in two days.  The book was borrowed for 14 days, the default loan period.  That was when the trouble started.  I dropped by at the library on the way home and spoke with one of the librarians who was knowledgeable about ebooks and readers but we could not work out how to return a book early.  I puzzled it out last night.

It may be in the user guide but I did not check there.  As an old tech writer, that was quite a sin.

With the Sony Reader running and a wi-fi connection, open the Books folder from the Home screen.  Change the view of books from cover icons to the text list of books.  Then press the options button and go to the second page of options for that screen and view.  Return library books is an option that you can select.  Only the library books show a check box for you to check to make your selecction of returns.  Press done, found at the top right of the screen.  And back they go.

 

major league gear loss


somehow last Thursday my Pentax K10d went missing….

either I left it somewhere, and I have retraced my steps or

someone lucked out and spotted it on the floor of my backseat and I was dumb enough to forget to lock the car, and given that it was one of those days with about ten stops and therefor ten chances to forget to lock it, that may be the answer.

It was a good camera.  I will miss it.

I am pondering whether to replace it and how to replace it.  I bought a Pentax Ds;r to make use of all my old pentax film lenses but then found I didn’t use them much.  I mainly used the kit lens, a 18-55mm da lens.  Some people scoff at the quality of the kit lenses, but seems fine to me. If I do that in future, I can buy a lower end dslr from Canon, Nikon, or Sony and be pretty much back into my old digital slr grooove

However, I am looking at a Samsung NX100  as a possible buy.

There is one other factor, DSLRs are heavy generally.  I found I often left the big guy at home and took a more compact camera with me, sometimes my Sony h50 and more recently my Samsung PL80, a very compact little guy indeed.  The  best camera is the one you don’t leave at home.