Love is a verb. You can give it by showing kindness, through a shared experience, or by simply listening to someone. If you manage, somehow, to accomplish all three of those at the same time? Well, that’s a little bit of heaven on earth. This image is from a moment like that, and I will hold it in my heart and never let it go.
I wish you peace, joy, and an active verb. 😉
I started out as a traditional artist, and I mean from the time I had my first vivid artistic memory. My father was drawing a pencil sketch on an entire wall of our home, and I remember watching him (while he whistled) and feeling at peace and thinking how beautiful the drawing was — I felt joy. It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s, and questioning my mother about the drawing that I was told, “You can’t remember that you were only six months old!” Hahaha! I was always drawing, painting, singing, feeling and looking for wonder. It’s in my blood. My great-grandmother was among some of the first women to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. It was while she was there, that she met my great-grandfather, who had been invited to this country to perform violin with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (He had been brought up in the King’s Court in Austria where he achieved Concertmaster). There are ballerinas, painters, singers, writers, storytellers, and musicians on both sides of my family, so I don’t think I could have outrun art, even if I’d wanted to. I was lucky enough to know, and be influenced by many of them. However, I never met my great-grandparents — but I feel them all the time.
I told you all of that to tell you this…
I believe that seeing is so much more than seeing. Seeing is also feeling, and making a mental note about how you feel. Take this seagull photo I recently captured in Norway. I was standing hillside and looking onto this beautiful scene when all of a sudden this seagull showed up and flew right next to me, in front of me and soared high above me. I felt joy! As soon as I recognized my joy I went for my camera because I knew that something magical could happen (and so did that seagull). Sure enough, with a little patience, things lined up. Haven’t you ever been driving somewhere and looked out your window and saw a beautiful sky or shoreline, or tree, or haven’t you been present and heard a child giggling and felt joy? Or peace? Or wonder? Whatever the feeling was, you felt something, right? Oh man, when you do, when you feel that something, make sure you stop or go back or do whatever you have to do to see, see what you felt. Once you feel it, you can see it, and once you see it you can capture it.
I wish you joy, peace, wonder, feeling and seeing.
It goes well with tea. Try it, you’ll see.
Happy Tuesday, Friends.
Because I shot it in the morning, but it could also be afternoon fruit or evening fruit depending on when you decided to eat it. Or if you’re my Yittle it might be definitely eating the cherries, trying the blackberries but as soon as you hit a tart one, you’re out and, completely ignoring the green grapes fruit. That seems a little long but whatever. 😉
Happy Tuesday, folks!
My little Maggers was kind enough to model for my first iPhone X shot. Good job, Maggie—now let’s get you a treat! ☺️
Have a great weekend, everyone!
…is that they’re still calling them phones.
Bear with me for a minute because I don’t limit this to just a problem with the new iPhones (or any recent iPhones) but also any recent Android smartphones too, like the Samsung Galaxy Note8. The problem is that we’re still using the term “phone” when we talk about them and especially when price becomes part of the conversation it can get silly — fast!
By far the typical comment for smartphones upon a new release is, “That much — for a phone?!”
I think any reasonable person would agree that spending $700 to $1,000 for just a phone would be ridiculous. In fact, $500 or $300 or maybe even less would also be ridiculous because a “phone” is simply an electronic device that is meant to transmit sound or speech to a distant point. I think the conversation needs to change because the “phone” sure has. These smartphones like the iPhone X have now become our:
- Cameras. And what a wonderful world it became for me when the first iPhone came out with its camera. Honestly, it changed my life. It helped me be a more creative person, a more spontaneous creative person and allowed me to capture moments that I would never have been able to capture before its invention. Then they introduced Portrait Mode, and now they’ve made it better. For the technical reasons why visit the specs page at Apple.com
- Lighting. There is a flash and a flashlight built right in.
- Post Processing. Don’t get me started. Hahaha! One of my favorite things to do is the post processing of my images on my phone. So many, incredible, apps that make it easy, fast and fun!
- Theatres. This is big too. We watch movies, sure, but we live-stream TV, YouTube, and Training — we learn and improve our lives with these devices.
- Communication. Finally, we get to the phone part of our “phone.” We can make a call, video chat or text someone. Although it really can be frustrating to get interrupted with a call when I’m trying to take a picture. Hahaha! The fact is that most of us are using our phone for an actual phone less and less. We do use it for all the Social aspects of communication like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and GooglePlus.
- Work. This one gets overlooked by those who don’t use it for their work, but I do a lot of work on my phone because a lot of my work is communicating (with my office and with others). I need to write, edit, read and sign documents and contracts, and collaborate on projects. Sometimes, I’ll even take and edit photos for work. Using this device means I don’t always have to lug around a laptop or even a tablet and that is glorious!
- Play! Here’s one I don’t use it a lot for but there are loads of games, and now with the addition of the augmented reality, it’s about to get nuts!
- Banking. Some do all of their banking on their phones. I know people that haven’t been to the bank in forever because they bank from their phone.
- Reading. Every day we read the news, books, novels, devotionals and more on our phones.
- Sharing. We share our lives with others through the images and videos we’ve taken and keep on our phones.
I could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it up by reminding us not to forget how these devices inspire our sense of design and technology (inspiring companies and products to try and match or outdo one another — and that’s a good thing)! These pricey “phones” really are giving us some of our glimpses into the future. Just the camera advancements alone are amazing. I know a lot of photographers that would like to see cool things happen as often with DSLRs. I can’t help but be reminded of a Louis CK comedy routine about people complaining about flying. He talks about how their drink doesn’t get there fast enough, the wireless on board isn’t working, the fare is too high, and then he cleverly reminds everyone that they’re in a chair, flying through the air! Hahahaha! Sorry, as a pilot, that one always gets me. Somewhere along the line, we stopped being amazed at what these things are capable of, what they add to our lives, how much research and technology goes into them. Add to them that they come water resistant while charging wirelessly and it makes me wonder if our expectations haven’t gotten just a tad too high.
At 64GB the iPhone X lists at $999. For the same 64GB, the Note8 lists $929.99. I do prefer the iPhone. I enjoy its experience and am most comfortable with it. I have friends who feel the same way about their Galaxy phones, and none of us have an issue with what we’ve spent because none of us feel we’ve spent “That much — for a phone?!”
Hel-lo! Did everyone else hear “improved portrait mode AND real time studio lighting effects?!” Built in — on the front and the selfie side cameras — be still my heart! And wonderfully, finally, we now have an OLED screen that fills from edge to edge (except there are no edges of course) for true blacks and richer more beautiful colors. I’ll be moving from a screen size of 5.5 (my 7plus display size) to now 5.8 on the iPhone X. The telephoto lens (super important for low light situations) went from f/2.8 to f/2.4. Something that I’m thrilled to see improved and honestly will always be glad to see improved no matter how good it gets. Better in low light will always be better.
Believe it or not, one of the things I will enjoy the most is the size. The 7plus has always been just a little too big to hold comfortably, and this X goes down in size, but magically the screen size goes up. Well, not magically, it’s because of edge to edge but magically sounds so much more magical.
Lots of other cool additions like face recognition to get into your phone (I’m pleased that the recognition stays on your phone and doesn’t get stored on a server) which also lets you animate emojis and doesn’t that sound like fun. And the last thing I want to mention, which is no small thing, is that they increased the battery life by two more hours! But I was waiting for the camera advancements and hoping the new phone would go down in size, and I got my wish on both counts so sign me up!
Once I get one in my anxiously awaiting hands, I’ll write a review and let you know more.