Posts Tagged: Photos

Testing Nikon D850 -> Phone via Snapbridge

Sakura in Kensington Gardens from April 2018

Tues. 08.28.18 – Photo above is from my Nikon D850’s memory card from early April in Kensington Gardens. I used Snapbridge to transfer the photo via wifi to my phone, did a wee bit of editing on the phone, and am now posting it to this blog.

Currently Snapbridge only sees the first 20 photos on the card. Right now I have hundreds of photos on the card between April and August of 2018. I need to figure out how to see all the photos on the camer’s card and transfer the ones I want, aka the new bird photos I took today.

The Tale of Two Cameras, Part I

This was originally posted as Early Access at my Patreon account.

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Olympus Pen - The View From Palm Canyon

Feb. 12, 2018 – I am finding that the differences between the photos that my camera phone, the Lumia 950, and the new Olympus micro 4/3rds Pen E-PL8 mirrorless camera are both evident and very subtle.

As my previous post states, I had hoped to replace a camera phone photo practice with a very small mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. The transition is coming along in fits and starts.

The immediate difference between the two example photos taken yesterday while on a hike to Palm Canyon in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is the way that the cameras handle color. The Lumia 950 is rather famous for its yellow-tinted take on the world and the Olympus Pen E-PL8 for its lack of neon saturation.

My eyes have become so used to the vivid to neon saturation that most camera phones produce that the subtler colors and tones of the Olympus Pen appear almost desaturated (top photo) until I look at the Pen’s photo carefully – wherein a world of beautiful tones opens up – esp. at the dusty horizon.

Lumia 950 - The View From Palm Canyon

In the Lumia 950 photo (directly above), the sky, plants and rocks are much more cheerful in color and the horizon is just a few volcanic cones peeping up from the dusty, windy day.

For what the Lumia photo lacks in contrast and strong shadows, it makes up for in bright color. For what the Pen photo lacks in saturated color, it more than makes up for in mood, contrast, contour edges, and shadows.

What do you think?

The Years of Silence

It has been 5 years, 6 months, and 22 days since I was hit with a large shockwave that blew me off my daily blogging perch. I have struggled time and again during this past half a decade to resume a daily blogging practice to only have the silence over take my blog, my typing fingers, and more deeply my soul.

For many bloggers this past half a decade has been a time to leave their personal blogs for writing on their Twitter or Facebook or Medium or other social accounts. That has not been the case for me, as the silence has gone deeper: I quit Facebook in April 2012, I see no reason why I should write on Medium when I could write here, and my Tweeting has declined since 2011-2012 significantly.

No, the real problem that I have become silent. My whole world, internally and externally, has shrunk. And this is more than ok, it was necessary.

I have had one major cycle of quiet whole life silence in the past, where I withdrew into myself for a period of nearly four years. It was a time of reading, learning and conserving my energies before I jumped back out again.

I am not interested in discussing at length what happened in the past but finding a way forward from here. While I am not quite ready to be out and about yet, I am working steadily in the background; there are a number of background processes currently running of writing, thinking, and taking photos.

I am writing fiction stories to be published soon. And I am, also, thinking quite a bit on ideas and trends in technology and how people use it – whether I blog about it anytime soon remains to be seen. I continue to take and mostly post photos daily to Flickr and/or Instagram and/or here.

I don’t think the personal blog is dead. This one may be quiet and full of photos, but it is not dead and the background processes may very well come to the foreground soon.

August 2015 – Best Of…

Belle and Duckie OC Fair View of the Sunset & Olympic Mountains on the Descent to SEA-TAC Dusk at the Bellingham Marina-1 View of Mt. Baker / Kulshan from the highway Koi Mosh Pit at the Huntington Lily Pond

While this blog seems to be in sleep mode with occasional bouts of activity, there is actually quite a bit going on in Ms. Jen-land, but I am not ready to talk about it publicly, yet.

Anywhoo, here a few of my favorite photos from August with my Nokia Lumia 1020.

It is That Time Again: The Annual NaBloPoMo!!!

Yes folks, after you have said your “Rabbit Rabbit” and properly put on your All Saints Day / Día de Muertos attire*, it is time to start with the 9th annual November National Blog Posting Month!
If you need a few reasons to blog daily, Eden Kennedy is here to help.
I am going to do my very best to write out a text / typed post every day during November and a photo or photo/essay. I also have a backlog of photos** that need to be posted, including some awesome black and whites from the Nikon FM3a.
* What?!?!? You aren’t dressed up as your favorite Saint or Día de Muertos’ figure today?
** Can I say Helsinki and the visit to Nokia House in July? Ummm… Why yes, those photos did fall down into the black hole that is my computer’s ‘Pictures’ folder!

Zoom ReInvented: The Nokia Lumia 1020 Revealed

Nokia's Vesa Jutilla showing off the Nokia Lumia 1020 next to the Nokia 925- Nokia 925
Katie and Rafe before the Zoom Reinvented event begins - Nokia 925 Nokia's Kristina Björknäs, Juha Alakarhu, and Stephen Elop on stage - Nokia 925 Zoom Reinvented Q&A time - Nokia 808 PureView The Nokia Lumia 1020 demo area after the presentation- Nokia 808 PureView The Nokia Lumia 1020 lens testing room - Nokia 925 Bloggers talking about the Nokia Lumia 1020 - Nokia 925 Kristina Björknäs demonstrating the wrist strap for the Lumia 1020 - Nokia 925 Photographers and Bloggers chatting - Nokia 808 PureView Shannon, Cajun Mama, and Jason, Tech Craver - Nokia 808 PureView Stephen Elop introducing the Lumia 1020 at the Partner's session- Nokia 808 PureView Before the Blogger's session starts - Nokia 808 PureView Eero Salmelin, Juha Alakarhu, and ... presenting on the technical aspects of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - Eero Salmelin, Juha Alakarhu, and ... presenting on the technical aspects of the Nokia Lumia 1020 -

All photos taken by Ms. Jen on Thurs July 11, 2013 with either her Nokia 808 PureView or a loaner Nokia 925, please click on the first photo to start the slideshow and see caption for which photo is taken with which camera phone.

Thurs 07.11.13 – And today was the BIG day, the Nokia Zoom ReInvented launch and announcement / demo of the Nokia Lumia 1020 41-megapixel Windows Phone 8 camera phone.
The Zoom ReInvented event was held at pier 94 on the Hudson River in New York City and started nice and early with the announcement and presentation of the Nokia Lumia 1020 by Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop with help from the imaging team’s Kristina Björknäs and Juha Alakarhu.
After a very spectacular announcement, the back of the stage was opened for everyone to proceed down the length of the pier to the demonstration area, lunch, as well as meeting and session rooms. At each turn through the demonstration area were Nokians with Nokia Lumia 1020s to show you and engage about the device. Also along the sides were small rooms with more detailed technical displays and demos on the sound, lens, and navigating capacities.
The afternoon of Zoom ReInvented was taken up with visiting each display, meeting and talking with folks, as well as attending sessions on applications for the Nokia 1020, technical details of the imaging capabilities by members of the Nokia Imaging team, and a blogger’s session.
Within 20 minutes of the event starting, I was very happy to find out that the new Nokia Pro Camera app would have the ability to set one’s own shutter speed (!!!!), ISO, White Balance, and manual focus from close-up to infinity in a very lovely to use interface. My biggest excitements of the day were the announcement of manual shutter speed and seeing that there is a place for a wrist strap on the device, as well as attending the developer/partner session on what applications are being developed with the new announced Nokia Imaging SDK (Oggl).
Big thanks to Nokia and Nokia US for the invitation to attend the Zoom ReInvented Nokia Lumia 1020 launch event.
An official Ms. Jen photo comparison and review of the Nokia Lumia 1020 coming to a browser near you soon…
If you would like to know more about the Nokia Lumia 1020’s imaging technology, here is the white paper for download or reading online.

It is November 1st and it is NaBloPoMo again!

National Blog Posting Month

Yes, folks… depending on your persuasion November 1st could mean for you that it is rabbit rabbit rabbit time, All Saints Day, first day to start your mustache for Movember, or the start of National Blog Posting Month, or some other good thing.
Here at Black Phoebe, I am going to do my best to blog away happily and jump start my daily blogging practice again.
The nice BlogHer folk at NaBloPoMo have stated: “The theme for November’s NaBloPoMo is blogging for blogging’s sake.”
Yay! So here I am, blogging for blogging’s sake! Rather than tweeting for tweeting’s sake, of which I will do when I push publish on this post to encourage folks participate in NaBloPoMo.
Blogs away!