Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Random Skywatching


Smart phones and I - we have a complicated relationship stemming mostly from the fact that I simply cannot keep up with its technology. My smart phone has a good camera. In fact it's really good according to the specifications, but I seem to dismiss it and prefer to lug around a camera. I just cannot trust it enough to mainly rely on it to capture my travel memories.

However, I don't dismiss its usefulness altogether as a camera. As a matter of fact, I find myself using it more and more as a camera. It's also perfect for skywatching opportunities.

Some random shots from my smart phone.

Ocean Beach
January 18 was a very mild winter day when we took a friend's niece to visit Ocean Beach.

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By sunset we were in Land's End, also on January 18.

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Ten days later I was shooting a night scene in Vegas with the smart phone. I thought didn't do a good job.

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The phone fared well with drive by shooting. Somewhere in Nevada, road tripping.

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Destination for the day was Zion National Park. Here the phone also handled the drive by shooting very well.

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One more from Zion, these are the Three Patriarchs.

I still prefer to use the camera, but there is a shift in my feelings about the smart phone. I'm starting to like it.

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(All photos taken in January 2014.)

22 comments:

  1. I can't tell these photos are from the smart phone at all! They are amazing and beautiful photos!

    (Hmmm...smart phone, got to remember this! :)

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  2. Beautiful photos and wonderful places to visit.. I really loved Zion! Have a happy weekend!

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  3. Great mix of shots and I wouldn't have known you took them with your I phone.

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  4. I have a similar relationship with my smart phone too, still preferring to take a smallish camera with me if I expect to be taking photos....

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  5. Have no relationship with my phone, since I don't want my life ruled by it. Zion Nat. Park, aren't the mountains amazing there? This is in the winter? I've been there for 2 summers - and the colors are much more vivid (maybe also due to more pixels of my camera).

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  6. I enjoyed your assortment of smartphone pics. :-)

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  7. Wonderful shots. I like those from Zion National Park.

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  8. I'd say you got some good shot on your phone--love Zion Park. Mickie ;)

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  9. You were in one really beautiful place... nice captures...

    Pixellicious Photos

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  10. Awesome varieties!
    Thanks for stopping by :)
    www.womenandperspectives.com/2014/06/sky-watch-grey-sky-above-curving-bridge.html

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  11. Terrific photos...especially the landscape of the Zion Nat'l Park!!!

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  12. Hi! Nice collection of smartphone photos. You travelled many places. I enjoyed your photos very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Your smart phone is doing a good job for you. The night shots must be rock steady by leaning against something. Smart phones don['t zoom like a camera.
    I carry my camera all the time and use the smart phone occasionally.

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  14. Great series! Very interesting compositions.

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  15. Hurrah! Those are great! I almost exclusively use my iPhone now to take pics; it's so much easier than lugging my Nikon around. By the way, when I take night shots with my phone, I try to set it down somewhere on a ledge, for example, so that the movement is minimized. I recently received a mini iPad as a gift and I've actually been using it to take photos now too! Thanks for stopping by at my SWF. Enjoy the weekend!

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  16. The Zion NP shots are my favourites. Fantastic place.

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  17. Looks to me like you know exactly what to do with your phone camera. Zion is a favorite place of ours.

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  18. Nice selection of skies from your archives!

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  19. They are so sharp that we will not know you used a handheld phone if you didn't tell us. My problem with my phone is i don't know how to transfer them to the computer for resizing to upload in posts, haha. I still have to ask my nephew, so always forget that it can be used as a camera, haha! Before you know it you might get used to it much that a camera will be a 2nd priority.

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  20. Very convenient, 'no?

    Love those last three shots—the landscape is awesome!

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  21. I totally get ya. I love my 'big' camera but it is burdensome to lug that sucker around all the time. But even when I have my SLR, I still use my phone camera to post immediately to instagram or whatever social media of choice. On our trip I used it mostly for video and the SLR for my stills. Your images are very very nice, and they look like they're from a regular camera. But I suspect you can easily see the difference because you can compare with what came out of your SLR. I'm sure you agree though, that even a mediocre camera photo is better than no photo at all. :)

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