Category Archives: Daily Thought

Just a thought or two that trickles from my stream of consciousness.

Before Snapshots Were Digital

As the old song says, the boys are back in town. As you may have noticed, there haven’t been many posts here in recent weeks. I’ve been out in California. My father passed away after a four month struggle with cancer. He was a cinematographer for many years (primarily working on documentaries with PBS), and then tinkered around with a new way to produce tempeh (he was a vegetarian for more than 40 years), created some great art, enjoyed modern photography, and played tennis every day during his retirement. I hope I can get as much fun out of my retirement as he did!

Back in the ‘old days’ of photography – when pictures were developed in darkrooms – he took a lot of great shots. Here are two that just show the simple joy of childhood.

Having nothing but fun on a sunny day by the farmhouse.

Having nothing but fun on a sunny day by the farmhouse.

Nothing more fun than running with a frisbee.

Nothing more fun than running with a frisbee. That’s me!

Now that I’m back in town…posting will resume once again. 🙂

If you would like to donate to a charity, he requested donations go to the Farm Sanctuary.

Why I’m Buying an Apple Watch

Many people have been discussing the Apple Watch for the past months, but tomorrow is finally the day when you can pre-order the brand new product.

Some really want one, some don’t, and others are waiting to see one in person. I’m going to order one for one reason – the camera remote function. From Apple:

Apple Watch can be a viewfinder for the iSight camera on your iPhone. So you can take a perfect selfie or join the group shot. See a live preview of what your iPhone sees, then snap the photo or set the timer on the camera.

Besides just shooting a photo, I’m curios if we’ll be able to control/toggle video, or flip from standard video to slo-motion video using the watch. I have a feeling in this version 1.0 of the Apple Watch we’ll only get the ability to snap a photo. In future versions I’m hoping for more. I won’t be awake until around 8am Eastern Time so I won’t be one of the first to pre-order and may not get my watch on April 24th…but as soon as I do I’ll let you know how it feels. Hopefully before June. 🙂

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Update: I randomly woke up at 3:25am and ordered my Apple Watch. Shipping estimate…June. Ugh.

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Apple Releases Photos, Retires iPhoto and Aperture

Apple let us know that Photos would be arriving in early 2015, and that day has arrived. Apple released OSX Yosemite 10.10.3 today which included Photos. This app replaces both iPhoto and Aperture (a high end photo app). I’m sure some will be happy but many others will be frustrated by the changes.

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You can learn far more about it on the Apple Photos page. When you first start Photos an introductory screen will appear and start providing a lot of information. I’ve been an Adobe Lightroom user for many years on my Mac and have briefly played with Photos. I like Photos more than iPhoto, but am not yet sure if I’ll start using it.

What I’m more interested in is getting the new “iCloud Photo Library” up and running on my computer, iPhone, and iPad. The iOS operating system was updated to version 8.3 today and that includes fixes for that feature. I’m going to be sure to back up my iOS devices first, since when I played with the beta version of the new iCloud Library a few really strange things happened.

In a month or so I’ll let you know what I think of it all.

Apple Promotes iPhone 6 Camera

Apple has recently started a campaign to promote the iPhone 6 camera. They’ve used images from people around the world. They let you know which apps (and in one picture a lens clip) were used. There was also a time-lapse video and a slo-mo video. An impressive bunch of photos that give you great ideas as you look through them. I don’t know how why they didn’t pick mine! Just kidding. 🙂

A storm passed through during the day and as the sun was going down I glanced out my back door. Used Snapseed.

A storm passed through during the day and as the sun was going down I glanced out my back door. Used Snapped on my iPhone 6.

Apple also includes a link to a page on the app store that includes a listing of apps they’ve selected for creating great photos and video on the iPhone. There are a lot of great apps in that list, but unfortunately, there is no way it can include every app. I have a feeling if I were a developer of a great app I’d be a bit bummed if I wasn’t included in the list. At least I’d have personal satisfaction, like I often do with my own photos…if you know what I mean.