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

Okay, Okay! I Was Wrong! Yes, Again…

This past weekend I did another one of my treks1 up Mount Tamalpais. I love being up there, especially when the fog and clouds are doing their etherial dances. Yes, you can expect another time lapse soon! I had positioned my tripod at the edge of a pullout on the side of the road–a pullout with a stunning view. An… 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 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

@Plotagraph: An Update on Their Pricing

Previously I wrote a blog post about 2 very cool software products: Cinemagraph and Plotagraph. In it, I bemoaned the unaffordability of both, and the expensive software rental model Plotagraph chose to use1. For the casual user, like myself, Plotagraph was just too expensive to rent for the few projects I would like to produce from time to time. Well,… Continue reading

Cinemagraph and Plotagraph

I’m late to this, but I find it interesting enough to share. I suspect that if information about Cinemagraph and Plotagraph didn’t break through the digital noise and get my attention, the same may be true for others who might find it interesting. Plus, I make a recommendation for the software developers at the end. Broad Strokes Cinemagraph begins with… 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

Tripping Out in the Marin Headlands

You know, I discovered the Insta360 Nano camera that shoots in 360º—panorama photos, panorama videos, livestreams in 360º… This little camera rocks! It stitches in real time. Now, it’s certainly not the picture quality of my Canon 5D DSLRs, but it’s instant, it’s crazy small and light, and this counts for a lot. So last weekend I took it up… Continue reading