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.



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.



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 / 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 / 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.