Neko Sleeps

The Nokia Lumia Icon is consistently one of the best dSLRs I have ever used. You read that right. I don’t desire a big-ass camera carrying this little beauty. I shot all of San Diego Comic-Con 2014 with the smartphone, which delivers even better for video.

I cropped and edited this photo of Neko using Adobe Photoshop Express on Windows 8.1. Zoom in to see detail of the fur.

Joe and Neko

Today I started updating my profile photo with the one taken by my wife this morning. She used the Nokia Lumia Icon, which is a fantastic shooter. I edited and square-cropped (because that’s the profile photo style) using Windows 8.1 app KVADPhoto+ Pro.

The last profile pic had me carrying our long lost Maine Coon Kuma (Japanese for bear). Here I hold Neko (Japanese for cat). Seriously, he’s not that big. It’s an optical illusion, but I don’t mind, seeing is how the contrast makes me look thinner.

Photo Credit: Anne Wilcox


This car is in my neighborhood. I shot the photo using Google Nexus 5 with HDR+ mode. Colors and contrast are accurate as the eye sees. That’s what a good phone camera should give.

HTC One M8 UFocus
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HTC M8 One is a Worthy Phone Camera

I snapped this cat around sunset under overcast skies using HTC One M8. Both renditions are cropped. The left is otherwise untouched. To the right, I applied the phone’s UFocus feature. The One uses a duo-lens system to capture photo and additional depth information. I applied depth-of-field centerpoint to the cat’s face, which blurs rest of the image. I cropped afterwards. UFocus can also change the focal point, even after shooting.

Quite a few reviewers ding The One for having only a 4-megapixel camera. I shake my head and laugh. Look back a few years when 4MP was state of the art, and the same reviewers raved. Here’s the problem I see: Relativity. Making relative assumptions about A to B. Not long ago people praised 4MP for printing large photos, close-cropping, etc.—cited criticisms today. Now that there is 8MP and greater, 4MP is looked down upon.[Read more]