Today’s Milestone Event: My Car Wreck that Changes Everything

I was returning to our apartment in the city after having a completely wretched 1.5 hour experience at the Corte Madera Apple Store. Apple said my phone needed a simple $29 battery replacement; so, I scheduled the repair appointment. Well, no. Each new repair solution grew significantly in price. We went from $29, then to $99, then to $399, then… Continue reading

The Current State of iPhonography

Some of you endured my anguished decision-making process over whether or not to buy the new, absurdly over-priced, iPhone X. Frankly I don’t give a hoot about the communications aspects of a smartphone. I care about the photographs and video the phone’s camera can create. And when I look back at how drastically far smartphone camera technology has come, I’m… Continue reading

Upgrading My iPhone Part Four: Using My Osmo Mobile

Weight I prefer using the iPhone X (6.14 ounces/174 grams) with the OSMO Mobile because it’s noticeably less heavy than the iPhone 6s Plus (6.77 ounces/192 grams) I’ve been using. This should slightly improve OSMO battery life. The iPhone 8 Plus (7.13 ounces/202 grams) is heavier than my iPhone 6s Plus, and is actually the heaviest of all of these… Continue reading

Upgrading My iPhone Part Three: Flying the Mavic Pro

Using the iPhone X Screen Size I’ve already written about the screen size of the iPhone X in this blog post. Apps that operate in landscape mode lose a significant amount of screen space on the iPhone X. Additionally, the DJI Go 4 app is, as of this writing, not optimized for the iPhone X screen. The app therefore doesn’t… Continue reading

Upgrading My iPhone Part Two: The Unexpected

FaceID on the X I actually thought I would hate FaceID. I read the terms of service carefully. Apple claims the FaceID data never leaves the phone and is not shared with any apps that use FaceID for authentication. Apps merely get a passed/failed authentication response from the hardware. Apple did not explicitly say that 3rd party apps would be… Continue reading

Upgrading My iPhone Part One: Setup

I presently own an iPhone 6s Plus. That phone was released on September 25, 2015, and I bought it shortly thereafter. A couple of weeks or so ago, I purchased both an iPhone 8 Plus and an iPhone X. Steve will end up with one of them. I might end up with the other. Since Steve is not out here… Continue reading

Should I Upgrade to the iPhone X?

That is the question! And I have several friends for whom it’s no question at all. The instant they can pre-order, it’s a done deal. Even our housekeeper can’t wait. I freely own the fact that I like to have the latest and greatest tech device. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the first iPhone, and, for years,… Continue reading

A Little Video Lens Experiment

I shot this when I was last in San Francisco. I went up to Mount Tamalpais. It was so green! This video demonstrates what an anamorphic lens does (comparing it to the iPhone camera lens by itself), shows the effects of a polarizer filter and a neutral density filter on the Moondog Anamorphic Lens, and has some Prisma image output… Continue reading

Time for Something a Little Different…

Perspective, point of view, is everything, isn’t it. Ideologically to be sure, but I’m speaking from a purely visual standpoint. For all of the visual information we perceive, we are really very constrained in what we experience through our eyes. We almost always see things from the same height, in a limited color pallet (granted its millions of colors) compared… Continue reading