It’s been a strange couple of weeks. Things that seem big rungs on life’s ladder all kind of happened at once. I guess that is how life works. Christmas also happened. I took this photo on Christmas morning. My navigation took me off the highway and I saw these birds.
This is one of those examples where I really understand the power of a mobile device when it comes to photography. I know many of you are still holding out (I was a fairly early adopter of this premise) with the thought that a phone doesn’t “feel” like a real camera.
A mobile phone works in the exact same way a compact film camera once did. It has taken that niche. People thought the Ricoh GR1V wasn’t a real camera once. Sure, one might argue that that camera is “full frame” (as if that matters) so the quality of a mobile device can’t compete. I think this is mostly hipster nonsense. You may not be a hipster, but that is a hipster mentality. The iPhone has been “good enough” for generations. The iPhone X I started playing with the last couple weeks really makes a pocket camera obsolete for me. Sure, in some cases you may have to actually think to take a good photo with a smaller sensor like this but I’ve NEVER felt like it couldn’t do something general I wanted it to do.
I was eating Chinese the other day. The light inside the restaurant was lovely. Considering I was going to eat Chinese (something we do on Tuesdays) I hadn’t thought to take my camera. The iPhone X (and it’s portrait mode) did an admirable job. In fact, because it actually has two lenses it is better in my mind than zoom lens compact. Having a 50 and a 28 in my pocket is all I could ask for.
Because of where we were sitting the 28 just didn’t work. It wasn’t flattering at all. Was great to have the 50.
A camera is a machine that takes a photo.
Or some such.
I saw these pandas on my way home from work. Again, no other camera but the iPhone did more than good enough.
This is where this post starts to feel like two posts. Yesterday, I visited what will most likely be my house in the new year. Not a rental, literally my house. The room above is where I plan to build my dark room. I went to the house with someone from the bank. He didn’t want me to use my Leica. Had no trouble at all with my phone though.
The house hasn’t been treated well. It needs a full on renovation. I plan to do a lot of the work myself over time. I don’t like luxury or modern anymore. Not sure where along the line this became the case.
It has lots of problems. I don’t really care. It will take lots of love, but, I’m sure it will get it.
I’ve dreamed of living in a city house in Korea for a long time.
Whatever happens, it seems to be becoming home and I’ll make it such.
Doors close and doors open.
As they say.
Iksan, South Korea.
My last blog post of the year. Have another one ready for the 1st. See you all then 😉 Have a happy and safe holidays.