OLD TIMER

Today was one of those days. I actually got caught out without my iPhone! Gasp! Remember that old Chase Jarvis saying? The best camera is the camera you have with you.

Well, I had my iPad Air wth me. So I used it. So glad I did.

 

PEEK-A-BURRO!

After breakfast this morning, I was sitting on the equipale sofa in the kitchen, checking my email on my iPad. I just glanced up, and there he was, our polychromed wooden Mexican burro centerpiece, peeking over a chair back.

My iPhone was in the office, charging. Oh, well. The best camera is the one you have with you, right? So, I switched to the native camera app on the iPad and fired away.

I'm glad I did. I like this one.

 

BARRY

iPad4 / as taken

Here's that candid portrait I promised yesterday. It was taken around three years ago, on my iPad 4, with its five megapixel camera. This is what I had to say about the shot at the time:

The best camera is the camera you have with you! I was in the Barry Norris Studio a couple of days ago to proof a large print for the Kachina Show (see below). I usually have my iPhone in my pocket, but on this occasion, it was out in Betsy, being charged. I had my iPad4 with me, though, and when Barry was talking with another artist and the light was right, I used it to grab this candid portrait shot.

I see a lot of people slamming iPad photography on the internet, but I also see a lot of perfect, yet perfectly boring, photographs taken with top-of-the-line cameras.

As a stealth camera, the iPad is less obvious than a camera, in spite of its size. People just don't tend to think of it as a camera. Speaking of size, the iPad is hard to beat as a viewer, making framing, composition and lighting of the shot much easier. Of course, it also serves well for reviewing, adjusting and enhancing images.

Sometimes it's just plain fun to work within a camera's limits.

Hasta mañana.

 

TAOS DECOR

TAOS DECOR / iPad Air 2 / Noir

Another bit of iPad play. The start of a series? Maybe. I know that when the iPad is in my hands, and I look up, and there's something wanting to be photographed, I'm not going to simply ignore it.

A series will surely accumulate over time, but I'm not likely to devote a specific period of time to creating such a series to the exclusion of working with other cameras, especially my iPhone 6s Plus.

Tomorrow, I will show you how the iPad can come in handy for doing candid portraits.

And now, back to the world of books…

Hasta mañana.

 

COFFEE TABLE AND BRUSHES

COFFEE TABLE AND BRUSHES / iPad Air 2 / Leonardo / FrontView / Snapseed

Playing around with my iPad Air 2, I came up with this somewhat different view of one of my favorite subjects. These brushes are what's left of many recovered from a train wreck on the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, west of Flagstaff, Arizona, back in the late sixties. I guess I'm going to have to get busy if I ever want to use them all up.