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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]

Every Man a Hero

Yesterday I awoke to an email from The Graham Norton Show asking to use this photo from my Comic-Con 2010 Flickr set. Well, thank you for asking! My pics all carry a Creative Commons non-commercial license. Please use them. But if you want to make money from them, so would I. Asking permission, and in this case offering to pay £175, is right thing to do. I would ask, too, and always credit CC photos.

I used the Leica X1 to shoot Comic-Con 2010, and my photos that year are superior to the other four. The Leica is small, limited, and pricey, but what photos she can produce. Yes, better than the Fuji X100 and chunky dSLRs costing much less.

WiFi Barber

I can’t help but wonder why a Barber Shop offers free WiFi. For what? Snapchat selfies while getting a buzz cut?

I took the photo using the Fujifilm X-E1 and 18-55mm kit lens. I enhanced the image using Alien Skin’s terrific Exposure 5, which I’m testing on a MacBook Pro.