My girlfriend and I live in different cities and because I am the one with a car, it is mostly me visiting her. Because of the insanely high parking rates in Amsterdam, I am forced to park my car in a nearby area where the rates a little more-let’s say-friendly. The stroll from this area has become a routine for me and the photographer in me watches the lines and shapes passing me by. I cross the A10 ring road from under and it is here where I took this picture. I expected a cyclist to pass across the canal so I waited for the right moment. Shot with the (amazingly capable) LG G4 smartphone and edited in Snapseed.
‘the sweet memory
your smell in my clothes
your voice in my head
going home but not
away from you’
Armed with the Yashica medium format, I saw these boys being emerged in their play with a smart phone. I noticed that the younger boy had to stretch his body to see what the other boy was doing. The other boy, I’d guess his older brother, did not seem to matter in the slightest way that his younger brother had to do go to such great pains and kept on being busy with his phone. This sight and the composition prompted me to take the camera out of my bag and snap this picture.
Recently I came across an article in which was stated that on average, smartphones are being checked 150 times a day. I think that is a very plausible estimate. FOMO and the use of your smartphones for your work or study makes that you grab your device many times in an unconsciousness way. I took this picture of my daughter while I sat across her at the dinner table. My camera happened to lay beside me on one of the chairs. Just in front of her you see the mug she gave me for my birthday 🙂
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know by now that one of the greatest challenges with this blog is having enough material to have a regular and somewhat steady ‘production’. Being an amateur photographer with other occupations and responsibilities as well, I am simply not able to blog as much as I want to. At this moment there a few Portra 400 medium format rolls to be developed, but that will take a few weeks I am afraid. Until that moment, or other photo opportunities, I take the freedom to dig up an old picture taken with an Iphone 4S. I think I have used the Hipstamatic app, but I am not sure. I like the lines and contrast of the picture, I hope you like it too and will hold on to Pixandthoughts! 🙂
I recently purchased the Nokia Lumia 1020 phone. As an Apple ‘fanatic’ I’d never thought I would switch from the iPhone to a Windows device, but the steep price of the iPhone 6 and the excellent 41 MP camera of the Nokia made me do it. I never really cared about the amount of mega pixels and have always been focusing on quality of glass (hence the love for my Leica M8, which has only 10MP), but I have to say that having so much real estate with the picture resolution, it means that you have an awful lot of room to play with in terms of composition. This picture of one of our cats chilling on the lap of our my daughter, edited within the awesome Oggl app of Hipstamatic, is about one tenth of the original picture and still shows quite a lot of detail. That’s the beauty of photography; although I tend to state that is all about the photographer and not the equipment, new equipment opens new opportunities for creativity.